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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

'Tis the Season for a Trip Down Memory Lane

The weather has suddenly turned chilly in Southern California. My neck of the woods has gone from 85 degrees and dry to 65 degrees and breezy. Winter is on its way. We even had our first rain. I'm now dodging falling leaves on my morning walks.

'Tis the season to start thinking about holiday gifts. For some reason, my husband has gotten on the mailing list of several catalogs. My youngest child always gets a kick out of all the cool doodads and potions we never see at Target. One of our favorite catalogs to browse through is The Vermont Country Store Catalog. They have lots of practical items for folks who live in colder climates. Things like real wool blankets, long johns, etc.--amazing stuff you rarely see in Southern California. But the the gifts that really grabbed my attention were the blast from the past stuff--toiletries from the 1960's and 1970's.

Does anyone remember Sweetheart soap? How about Lifebuoy? My granddparents had both, Sweetheart for the ladies and Lifebuoy for the gentlemen. Says a lot about how our society has changed over the years. Now we have unisex deodorant soap 'cause girls now sweat too, not just perspire.

Here's one of my favorites that brings back fond memories from my junior high school days when suddenly your hair need to be washed on a daily basis, which was so not fun--Psssssst-instant spray shampoo. My thirteen-year-old really had a lot of questions about this one, like, "What did you say when you told your mom to pick up some more Psssssst at the store?" I tell you, for a thirteen-year-old trying to keep swear words out of her speech in the presence of adults, this was a major dilemma. "Well, Honey, p-ssed wasn't exactly a popular word in my day. We just called it the name on the can, Pssssst." "Sure, Mom. And Grandma bought it? Right."

How about Tigress or Maja cologne? Have you ever had that deja vu feeling when a certain perfume from your past drifts through the air while you're out shopping? There are still a few scents from the 1980's that transport me back to a time when I was tall, thin, blonde, and single! Oh yes!

There was one more item in the catalog that is a must have. If you haven't laughed up to this point, this is it--the big finish. Tired Old Ass Soak. No lie. This stuff promises "to wash away the years of abuse your tired old body has taken." "This Soak is No Joke" It has rosemary, eucalyptus, and vetiver, whatever the heck that is. It's aromatherapeutic. Handy stuff. Since we writers spend endless hours sitting on our tired old asses, I figured this is the perfect gift for your writer friends. Check it out at www.vermontcountrystore.com

Happy Fall!

Lorelle

4 Comments:

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Sandy Blair said...

Oh ya, Lorelle, and what about the Midnight in Paris and Canoe!! (Flashback to an old Rambler with fold down seats and the drive-in. Oops, probably shouldn't go there. This site's PG.)

And what about those cool cast iron pots shaped like acorns and such that you put water in and set on your wood burning stove so you can breath, don't grow parched everytime you walk in the room. Ah, New England goodies! Makes me homesick.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Tori Scott said...

Anyone remember Love so Soft spray? Used tons of that in the old days. Breck shampoo (the new Breck isn't the same. It stinks!), Aqua Net hairspray. Used plenty of Pssst in my day, too, until I learned baby powder did the same thing and was cheaper. Arpege cologne. And they sell the old ass soak at Whole Foods in Dallas. I use Epsom Salts, which seems to work as well for about 5% of the cost.

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Kathy Holmes said...

Gotta have this "Tired Old Ass Soak." Love it! Figures Dallas would have it. :)

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

Two words: English Leather

 

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