Leukonychia is the medical term for the white spots on your nails. The cause is actually mild injury, not lack of calcium or other vitamins as commonly believed. Injuries to the base of the nail are the most common cause of these spots, you may not even notice or feel the injury but you will see the results. These spots do not need to be treated and they will go away in a few weeks or months, whatever time it takes for your nail to grow out.
However, if your entire nail is becoming white, this could be a sign of a nutritional or other medical disorder so you should go to your doctor in this case.
Now go out there and protect your nails!
This past weekend I went to a childhood friend’s house and made some ornaments. She provided pretty much everything: the glass ornaments, fake snow, glitter, and paint. I brought some of my own paint as well, although they weren’t Christmas colors (as you can see in the pictures).
I had a lot of fun! I’ve never decorated these kinds of ornaments before. I made a few different ornaments: snow, snowman, pompoms, and paint. The painted ones were the most fun to make but they were a bit tricky. We used acrylic paint with a bit of water. Sometimes I put too much water in the ornament and sometimes I put too little, so it was a guessing game. But in the end most of my ornaments turned out so beautiful. I wanted to make a glitter one but we couldn’t really figure out the glitter with the paint. My friend used some Modge Podge, so I’ll see how hers turns out and then possibly try it on my own.
It was nice to be able to get together with her because I might not have tried out these ornaments on my own. And it’s always pleasant to hang out with old friends. I got to meet her 14 year old cat and see her awesome town house.
Once again, I like this season (besides the snow and the cold).
- Advent calendars: Last year, Lydia sent Gene an interactive, online advent calendar. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed watching the little scene each day. This year he got another one! This one is set in England in a large mansion like that in Downton Abbey. So far it’s been fun too, just last night we got to make our own flower arrangements. Gene even made one! The scenes are so pretty to watch. It’s a very nice addition to the holiday season. I’m not sure where Lydia gets these, otherwise I would include a link, but I’m sure if you’re interested you could find it on the internet. It’s all computer based. Each day there is either a scene or an activity to do.
- Gas fireplace: Last night I turned on the gas fireplace. Not only is it a beautiful site but it actually cranks out a lot of heat, at least in the very near vicinity of itself. I sat by it for a few minutes and enjoyed the warmth flowing out of it. It was on this morning too before I went off to work. Why is it so cold? The high today was 10 degrees, how is that even right? That’s just not right. When will winter be over? Rawrr.
- Rocket tea infuser: I actually got this for Gene’s birthday because he likes tea and I thought spaceships were cool. I don’t drink tea very often, if at all, but I might try some now with how awesome this strainer is. There are some really neat tea infusers out there. ThinkGeek has some neat ones, Amazon too. Never knew there was a whole geek market for tea infusers but I guess there is! Now I’m starting to wish I drank more tea!
This past weekend I decorated the apartment for Christmas. Gene put on some Christmas music and I set everything up. I kept asking him if he wanted to help but he never got around to it. Probably better anyway because I can have everything exactly the way I want it. He did tell me the tree looked nice and helped me determine where to put some lights so he did help in the end, just not with putting up the tree or the ornaments.
I bought a few new things at the Dollar Tree this year to help add to the tree and I have to say, even though there are still huge gaps in it, it does look really nice. I’m staring at it now and it brings a smile to my face. For my first Christmas tree, it’s a success. It might even look nicer than it did last year, who knows. There’s still a few more ornaments I’m going to put on too.
I have some (fake) presents under the tree already too! This is such a nice season. I’m not sure if I’ll get around to making a Christmas wreath but it’s on my list of things to do by next year for sure. I figure I can add a few Christmas items every year until I have boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations! Okay, maybe not boxes and boxes, but at least three boxes. That should be good, right?!
One of my favorite ornaments: a painting that Lydia did.
I forgot to mention yesterday that along with the shoe came a few more birthday/Christmas gifts from my dear friend Elisabeth!
She got me a gorgeous Doctor Who blanket (which I am cuddled in right now actually). It’s so big and blue and warm and fuzzy. I keep trying to set it up on the couch so I can see part of the police box. Hehe.
Her mom also threw in a….perfect gift for me, a Disneyland Tower of Terror pin. I say perfect because it captures my feelings towards the ride so completely. The pin has two elevator doors that open up to reveal Stitch cutting the elevator’s rope. This tiny little pin brought back all the frightening memories that ride provided me. Thank you, Becky for sending this! Although it may sound like I don’t like the pin, I like it quite a lot. Next time I’m in Disneyland I’m going to wear this with pride (although I will not be returning to the Tower). In the meantime I will find a place to show off this pin.
Elisabeth also lent me the movie, Newsies, since I have never seen it. I’d like to watch it either sometime this week or this weekend. Looks like it’ll be something I’ll enjoy.
She was also kind enough to give Gene some awesome chocolate dice and a really cool condiment gun. You put mustard or ketchup in it and you can squirt it on stuff! I am super excited to try it, even if technically it’s not for me.
Thanks again Elisabeth for some awesome gifts!
A little backstory, about a year ago I mailed off a pair of converse shoes to my two best friends and asked them each to paint/draw on the shoe they were given. Well it has taken a year but I got the first one back! I’m so excited, I have to share this with you guys!
Isn’t that fun?! I originally thought I would wear the shoes but now I’m worried if I wear it I’m going to mess up the paint. However, I will at least wear them once because I just have to! I will likely be getting the second one in April so I’ll take pictures of them on my feet after that.
Yay for awesome friends who are willing to do this for me! I love how it’s colorful and fun, two things I enjoy a lot! Thank you Elisabeth for making this lovely shoe!
Yesterday was the last day my cousin and uncle were in town, so what did we do? We made crayon art!
It was the first time Kaitlin and my cousin had done it so it was a lot of fun to see what they came up with. I made some too and my goal was to make it look kind of like space. I wanted blues and purples with bursts of color. I really like how it turned out!
It was fun to try new things this time around. I glued the crayons halfway off the canvas instead of completely on like last time. It worked out okay but the crayons started to bend at the top because they were so hot. I think next time I’ll split crayons in half and glue them on that way. Maybe I’ll be courageous enough next time to glue crayons all around the canvas and not just one side! I bought some more canvas and crayons today so I can do another one some time soon. I really enjoy doing it! Kaitlin’s turned out really pretty, she did a heart pattern in reds. My cousin’s first one was a bit dark, the colors blended together a tad much, but her second one was gorgeous. She only used six crayons on her second one, which was a very interesting idea that turned out lovely. I’ll have to try that too!
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday. I thought that after all the food and festivities it would be fun to look up some facts about Thanksgiving. And so I share my finds with you:
- According to the United States Census Bureau, Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863 when President Lincoln declared it should be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. President Franklin Roosevelt was the one who decided Thanksgiving should be the fourth Thursday of the month, so people could start Christmas shopping earlier (occasionally there is a fifth Thursday in November).
- Four towns in the United States have the word “Turkey” in their name, including Turkey, Texas and Turkey Creek, Arizona.
- It is estimated that 242 million turkeys have been raised for this Thanksgiving. The Census Bureau states that that is down 5% from last year.
- According to the National Turkey Federation (the people who present the President with a turkey), the average turkey purchased weighs 16 pounds. This means that in 2012, around 736 million pounds of turkey were eaten on Thanksgiving.
- The first meal on the moon was turkey and all of the trimmings.
- 1924 was the first year that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade occurred. At that time it was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
- In 1927, Macy’s Parade introduced the huge balloon characters. Felix the Cat was the first to make an appearance.
- 1946 was the first time the Parade was televised, but that was only local. They televised the parade nationally the next year.
- According to the US Fire Administration, as of 2010, an estimated 2,000 fires are reported every year on Thanksgiving. This is estimated to cause 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million dollars in property loss. So next year when you’re cooking your turkey, please be safe, we don’t want you to be one of the statistics
Hope you enjoyed these facts as much as I did researching them. Use them next year to sound intelligent around your extended family. Now go out there and eat some leftovers!
To those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope had a great one.
I meant to post this in the morning before all of the festivities but that, for some reason, went out the window.
I got to video chat with Lydia, Dave, Martha, and Gene’s uncle, Steve, which was a lot of fun and really nice. I love being able to do that. Technology has allowed me to keep in touch with people and actually see their faces even though we are miles and miles apart. I’m very thankful for that.
I went over to my parents’ place for Thanksgiving dinner which was much fun. I showed my cousin Colleen one of my favorite games at the moment, Terraria. I also played the Game of Life on her phone with her (I won by like $5,000). We had a delicious and filling dinner (stuffing was the best) and got to share what we are thankful for.
We played a game that Lydia got my parents a couple of years ago, Guesstimations (My dad won) and then we watched the movie Wall-E.
Chatting of course occurred and lots of laughs were had.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who spent it with your family or spent it with friends, or even spent it alone. I am thankful for every reader I have and I hope you are having a wonderful day.