Last week - on one of those uncharacteristic 65-degree January days we enjoyed - I popped up to my neighbor's house to take some swatch photos. It was late afternoon; he still had sunlight when I didn't. Suddenly I saw the little groups of "snow crocus," proudly announcing an end to winter. While I'm afraid they were premature, it was nice to see something blooming.
This week, I had trouble keeping up with the blog. I worked 10-hour days, then came home to blog, grab a bite to eat, entertain Charlie, and take care of basic life management before falling asleep. A lot of things didn't get done. There were two days when I could only post one feature. I owe e-mail responses to friends. My house is a disaster. I must return something to the hardware store. The to-do list is long. I fear the same thing may happen again next week. I'll try to do a better job of keeping up.
Charlie didn't help. One gorgeous evening this week, I trusted him to play on the screened porch unattended. That was a bad call. When I went downstairs to call him for dinner, he didn't come. Instantly, I knew that could mean only one thing. He had broken through one of the screen panels (ripping it away from the frame) and escaped, leaving $100 in damages to be repaired later. It took 15 minutes of frantic calling to find him in the dark. Fortunately, he answered me. He was afraid and had wedged himself into an enclosure that surrounds my heat pump and a small storage area. After a five-minute struggle, I got my hands around him and carried his little hissing and growling body back inside. Now, he screams to go out on the porch, but he can't until I get the screen replaced. Charlie is one high-maintenance cat.
I saw my fox early this morning. After I saw him, I took some dog (fox) food outside for him. He didn't eat it! I've begun to think he's tired of dry dog food. This weekend, I'll buy him some moist food to see if he's getting picky. I was relieved to see him; at least I know he's safe.
Apothica is holding its first-ever Valentines Giveaway. They put together a nice $150 bundle of best-sellers for the prize. Head over to Apothica's Facebook page to enter. If you comment on the wall (you don't need to do that to enter), please tell them Best Things in Beauty sent you.
Don't forget the Too Faced On the Prowl giveaway contest here. The deadline is tomorrow, February 4, at midnight. You could win a "cat" who isn't the cause of expensive repairs (big grin).
It's time for The Friday Forum, our open chat. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers have moved on.
I received more Sephora Collection goodies this week. The eye palette I ordered looks gorgeous. I'm headed outside to get a few photos. Then I'll come back inside to play with it so I can show it to you soon.
For anyone who was interested (one of you asked), the Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Collection model was wearing Pink Peony Rich Lip Color topped with Pink Gold Rich Color Gloss.
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