Just a few random things from the week…
Our neighborhood is a Trick Or Treat Destination, and many of our neighbors really get into decorating. Wednesday night’s crazy Santa Ana winds played havoc with some of the yard decor I’d planned to photograph yesterday, but did manage to find these two yards intact while out walking the dogs early in the morning.
I’ve held off on carving my pumpkins until tomorrow; because of this heat they’ll mildew quickly, and I wanted them at their best for their big night. We usually get between 300-400 trick-or-treaters, and with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, I’m anticipating even more than that. If jeune homme decides he wants to go out, le Monsieur will take him, while I hold down the fort with a glass of wine and basket of goodies.
We celebrate at the office too, which means as part of the management team I’m in costume for at least part of the day. I’ll share some of my costume photos on Instagram later today.
Now for some VERY exciting news…if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you have an opportunity to meet Tish Jett, author of Forever Chic and her eponymous blog next Wednesday November 4! She’ll be signing books at a Christmas Open House at Bianco, 418 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Hours are 10-5:30. I’m planning to be there too, hope to see you!
Last weekend I noticed my upper lip right under my nose was a little sensitive to pressure. I didn’t think much of it, just assumed it might be a developing zit or cyst (yes, even in my late-50’s I sometimes still get them). Tuesday morning as I was brushing my teeth, I realized it was actually my gum that was sore, and very swollen and red. Fortunately my dentist was able to see me that afternoon. She took some x-rays to rule out root or bone problems, and said it was an abscessed gum. She deep-cleaned around the roots, and deposited some slow-release antibiotic up under the gum line. (Yes, there was novocaine first.) She told me that if there is a recurrence she wants me to see a periodontist for evaluation and treatment to avoid more serious issues. Lesson: even if you are diligent about brushing, flossing and getting regular dental cleanings (which I am), gums tend to recede with age, and it’s easier for small hard food particles to become lodged up in those pockets, where bacteria can flourish. Left untreated, infection can spread to the bone and roots of teeth, causing tooth loss. So if you notice any soreness, bleeding or inflammation of your gums, don’t wait…get to your dentist! The good news: three days later everything is back to normal.
I’ve updated my SHOP page with some of cool-weather travel essentials. If you have any travel planned over the holidays or other winter travel on your calendar, do check it out.
Happy Halloween and bon weekend!
Linked up with Style Crone’s Hat Attack.