Mmmmmm – Blueberry muffins!

Mmmmmmmm  Tea and blueberry muffins.  With all the flu strains still circulating, it is good to nurture my body and mind with these age-old treats.  Seriously, I’ve been feeling like Magoo but it is almost clear.

Last Sunday the bug hit me so bad I stayed in bed.  But I could follow every play the Eagles made from listening to the neighbors.  Then when they won, the streets were jam-packed with people and cars and everything.

What an accomplishment!  But I feel like that every day, coming into work.  Being with all my friends and customers, it is like winning the Super Bowl every day.  ❤

Icy winds, happy trims . . .   Wow, this weather is something!  It was 60˚F at sunset yesterday and right now the wind chill is approaching single digits.  Pretty remarkable, the temperature dropping 60˚ in a day and a half.

But winter means being ready.  Ready for construction traffic, ready for wet cold commutes, and ready for brilliant sunshine, zero-percent humidity, and crisp beautiful weather.  Today, spying the forecast, I pulled on my flannel-lined Lands End jeans, two tee shirts, and my favorite thick wool sweater.  With boots, double-sided scarf, long coat, and gloves, my walk from the train to the salon was absolutely glorious.

There was ice on the Schuylkill the other day but it went away when the temperatures gave us a taste of springtime.  Chestnut Street is blocked at 20th;  a giant crane is lifting HVAC equipment atop 1930 Chestnut.  The ‘farmers market’ is in full swing along Walnut at Rittenhouse Square.  Fred has brought in, what else, apples!  Yummmmmmm

I’m so thankful to have a beautiful salon and beautiful kind customers who like to come in to receive the kind of work I like to do.  I’m blessed and lucky to have this opportunity to provide for my family, and I thank every one of you.  

Fran-Tastic Holiday Memories

To the guitar of Chuck Berry and his sincere plaintive voice delivering Run Rudolph Run,  Christmas in the air, and constant chatter of gift-giving, we float through the day in seasonal bliss.  Tousled hair being straightened,  straight hair becoming tousled, another near buzz-cut for a few.

People are smiling a little more along the sidewalks but are still in a hurry.  Me, I seem to always be in a hurry sometimes and manage to slow down others.  But it is always easy to smile with such nice people around me.

I’m not sure exactly how the season makes me feel, which is not a bad thing.  So many memories compete with fresh experiences … It’s good.  Warm fuzzy friends, love, special jokes, a familiar laugh, it all makes life a great experience.

2011 AlmaWow, is it cold.  I mean, like, really Really REALLY cold.  With winter winds upon us, it feels more like Christmas every day.  It even smells like Christmas.

Last week when we got snowed in, I stayed closed – but so far, no one has complained –  good or bad?   🙂  and I stayed home with my adorable husband and children and we made sugar cookies with red and green sprinkles on them.  We could not find all the tin cookie stamps, but we made some stars and some snowmen and some moons. Yummy yummie yummy!!!  Oh, the tree stamp is in the Play-Doh box  🙂

Then the next day I brought a big tin of cookies to the salon.  We put cinnamon sticks and apple slices into a pan of simmering water.  Mmmmmmmm the smell!  We ate sugar cookies and drank hot chocolate with the smells of the holidays.  What a delicious experience!

In the end, Christmas is all about family and friends.  Happiness and love and forgiveness and compassion.

Have a blessed holiday, everyone.  I love you.  – Alma

Rest in peace, beloved Francis

It is with the saddest heart I have learned Francis passed away this morning at 1:00am.  We’ll be adding images and perhaps some audio tracks in the coming days and weeks.

Join us in daily personal remembrances of this great guy.  ~  Love, Alma.

Francis discovered in August 2016 he had AML, which is a blood cancer.  His brother Jimmy donated bone marrow.  It looked like Francis was improving.  At least it sounded that way, but you know the way Francis sounds.  Always positive.  But in time Francis regressed.  He passed away just last week.  I’m very sad and heartbroken.  It seems like he is still in the room with me. – Alma 12/04/2017