Cold shoulders in the springtime!

I’m learning there’s some truth to these cold shoulder tops leaving you with actual cold shoulders if it’s not a nice warm day. We are having a particularly cold spring and let me tell ya, my little shoulder was feeling cold the day we took these photos! But, warmer weather is coming! Tomorrow, I hear. And without having had any 70 degree weather, we’re going to jump right into the 80’s for a few days. Cause that’s how we roll in Portland!

I love the little bow detail on the cold shoulder. And the bell sleeves are so in right now! Red is definitely one of my colors, too! There is a bit of shimmer to this top as well, but you can’t really see it in these photos. This top would be perfect for 60 and low 70 degree weather, but not so much if it’s any hotter than that as it’s a sweater. I have another off-shoulder top I keep putting on and taking off for a warmer shirt because it’s been way to cold to have my poor shoulders hanging out this spring. I just can’t bring myself to wear it indoors or outdoors yet because I just want to be warm. I know. I’m a cold weather wimp. I’m okay with that.


Red off-shoulder sweater


Off-shoulder top with bells sleeves


Red and brown

Off-shoulder long sweater


Looking through


Bow tie cold shoulder sweater with bell sleeves


All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

What to do while recovering from an injury

I’ve hurt my tailbone, and while it’s feeling a bit better, I’m trying to figure out what to do while recovering from my tailbone injury. Like, really? I’m asking you. Before I go nuts from boredom…

So, one thing I can tell you not to do while recovering from a tailbone injury, is feel the pain easing up to a duller ache and then decide to go walk up a steep hill to the viewing area to see waterfalls out in the Columbia River Gorge. Yeah. That will set you right back to having the sharper pain you had at the beginning. Now I’ve learned my lesson and will not be heading out to the Gorge for a while so I can heal up the rest of the way. Yikes. No fun having a set back like that when you feel like you are on the road to recovery.

Do take it easy for a while. Use a heat pack to ease the pain and rub on some sort of Deep Heat or other pain relief. I currently have a roll on one called Max Freeze.

Take baths with Epsom salts. I sometimes found myself doing this morning and night to get pain relief. I’m back down to having minor achiness in the backside and am now doing light exercise like stretching, yoga, or small walks around the block or store, or just my house. I feel a lot better, but am not wanting to do anything that will set me back during the next couple of months. No uphill walks for me for a while. Or running, jumping for joy, ect… Boo.

Know that this too will pass. And in the meantime I’m trying to get my photography fix in by taking photos of rainbows I’m seeing from my window, the cats, the flowers as I walk around the block. Mr. Squirrel. Yeah. Got a good one of him today. And made my poor cats sit for a photo session. Or tried to. Cats being cats, they do what they please, and eventually wander away from me. Feather toys or no… Le sigh.

I’m kind of glad it’s still cold and rainy out right now. That way I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Ha. But, really, I still like the sunshine better than the rain, so will still be glad when it’s gone. Even if I’m barely able to get outdoors to enjoy it.


Rainbow through the trees
Rainbow through the trees


Mr. Squirrel eating a peanut
Mr. Squirrel eating a peanut


Pink flowers
Pink flowers


Sheba - framed
Sheba – framed


White magnolia
White magnolia


Isis - my ragdoll baby
Isis – Ragdoll cat


Women and cats will do as they please...
Women and cats will do as they please… Quote by Robert Heinlein