Aloe Harvest

aloe plant minus a leaf

cut aloe and supplies

A few weeks ago, F fell and got a pretty deep, awful cut just under her eyebrow. It required stitches.

When she got her stitches out, the doctor said that we could try putting aloe on the wound to help reduce scarring. When I went to try to buy aloe in a bottle, I discovered that it was kind of a ton of money, and all for aloe + xyz. I decided to buy an aloe plant, but that required getting out to a store.

In the meantime, her cut seems to be healing beautifully, so I wasn’t in panic mode about it.

We finally got out to a nursery this past weekend and among our purchases was an aloe plant. F and I harvested the gel from one of the leaves yesterday (how-to). She was very interested and involved. At first, she was nervous to put it on her cut (“It’s gonna sting!”), but we put it on some rough skin on my hands and on her hands, and then she was open to putting it on her cut. It didn’t sting at all.

PS – see that dining room sponge paint? 🙂

Let’s Talk Dining Room

Sponge paint.

The dining room walls are sponge painted pink and white. Sanding will be required, at minimum, to get rid of the texture of the early ’90s. And the pink isn’t a refined dusky rose. It’s the kind of pink a little girl would pick out for her party dress.

The chandelier broke the second my husband touched it to put in a brighter bulb. We bought the cheapest replacement we could find because we didn’t know what we wanted. Turns out that the open bottom made for blinding glare. We upgraded to a dangling boob light, and it’s fantastic.

It’s a small, kind of dark room. Right now it just has a table and chairs in it. We’d like to find or make some inexpensive corner cabinets for it, but I think that’s all that would comfortably fit.

Color-wise, I’m thinking white/cream. Nothing exciting, just fresh and light.