Monday, September 30, 2013

So who is this Siri anyway? Does she know where I'm from?



So I told Jack I was turning over a new leaf now that I have all the modern day technological requirements – I just got a new MacBook Air and iPhone 5, and am going to start blogging more often.  My reluctance for consistency in the past has been because I travel quite a bit and having to lug around my old laptop was kinda like carrying around a bowling ball bag.  I say that because my Granny was a bowler, right up to just a few years before she past away.  She was on a bowling team with her girlfriends and had her very own ball and bag.  In fact, her bowling ball even had “Granny” engraved on it.  As a kid I remember picking up her bowling ball bag and thinking it was so heavy.  Hence, my reference to my antiquated laptop that felt as heavy as a bowling ball in a bag. 

I’m realizing as I’m typing this that my Granny was only in her late 50’s and early 60’s (although she seemed so old to me. I guess my nieces and nephews think the same of me....) during those years when she and her girlfriends were loading up in her big Buick to drive 12 miles from the small cotton town in west Texas where she lived, down Hwy 385 to Levelland (a practical name for a town in the South Plains) to giggle and cut up with her lifelong friends while drinking Coke in bottle with a straw and playing her little 5-foot 2-inch self out and hoping for a strike.  They were a competitive bunch, and a lively, fun-loving bunch, too.  That was my Granny’s definition of a wild night back in 1969. 


How things have changed.  But at least I am happy to say that I have kept a part of my west Texas roots that I will never shake, although I have tried.  Boy have I tried…  Just ask Siri.  While I’m trying to take advantage of my new phone and the ability to text by voice activation instead of typing, I have learned that Granny is still channeling through me.  I’m guessing Siri is definitely not Southern because when I say things, Siri  types thanks.  When I say peace, she types pace.  When I say leak, she types lake

And to think that this computer lady embarrasses me when she can’t properly decipher what I’m saying.  I mean, come on – she’s not a she, she’s a computer! Goodness, I’m getting intimated by a computer, who I forget is not a woman and who makes me feel less than sophisticated myself sometimes….  In my mind she is some fancy lady from from somewhere like San Francisco who kind of rolls her eyes when I speak to her.  

Oh well. 

What I really think is happening is Granny whispering in my ear shall not you forget from whence you came.  


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Julia 1933


Oh how very excited I am for everyone to try our new Hand Cream! It is the first product in our new collection, Julia 1933.  Like our signature Farmhouse Lavender Collection, Julia 1933 is aloe-based, dye-free, paraben-free, and naturally scented.  This new collection has a fragrant blend of patchouli and rosemary.  And since I like to add anti-oxidants to our blends, I threw in some green tea because we need to be fighting off those free radicals in any way we can, even in your body care.

Patchouli is naturally energizing, so I have been enjoying using Julia 1933 Hand Cream during the day, and then using our No. 145 Lavender Body Lotion in the evening to benefit from the calming benefits of lavender.  After all, who doesn't need help during the day staying alert AND help in the evening to calm down? Why is it that during the day we are struggling to stay awake, and then at night when we are struggling to sleep? What's up with that? Crazy world, that's for sure.

Everyone has been asking where the name, Julia 1933, came from.  Julia was my mother-in-law whom we lost in 2008.  I think she would be pleased with the new collection.  I hope so anyway....

So Julia 1933 is not available on our website yet, but will be soon.  Right now you can find it at some of our retail partners, as shipments are going out daily.  We are working on more products for our Julia 1933 collection, so please stay tuned! I want to thank The Secret Garden in Fredericksburg, Texas, as they were not only the first to carry the new line, but owner Kathy did a great deal of test marketing for us prior to launching.  When Kathy and all her cool customers declared we had a good product, we ran with it! We hope you enjoy it, too!