Sunday, June 26, 2011

Looking Good Feeling Better, Weekend Fun, and Better Weather on the Horizon

Last Friday I attended an American Cancer Society "Look Good Feel Better" session at Elliott Hospital in Manchester. What a great service by the ACS!  The sessions are conducted by volunteers, the ACS gets donations from some very, very high end cosmetics companies (think Chanel, Clarins, Clinique, Estee Lauder) and they put together tote bags full of cosmetics and skin care products for each participant.  Any woman undergoing chemo can attend a session by just making a phone call.  My session was conducted by a licensed cosmetologist (a survivor herself) who demonstrated each and every product so we all got makeovers, she gave us great ideas on how to make headwraps out of the bottom of a tshirt, and showed us how to tie scarves.

At the end of the session we were provided a listing of all the ACS wig banks in the state.  We were encouraged to take advantage of the offer for a free wig.  So on Saturday, I called a salon on the list that was ten minutes from me.  The salon owner answered the phone, I told her why I had called, and she said she had one wig that she thought would be perfect for me, and that I could stop by any time before 2 p.m. to see if it would work.  So I found my way to the salon and Penny, the owner, directed me to the wig salon.  She came in, pulled out a wig and helped me get it on.  She told me to play with it for a few minutes, then she would come back and see how I was doing.  Well, the wig was a perfect fit, it didn't require any trimming, and I was out of there in less than 20 minutes sporting a short little blondish-brown summer do!

On Saturday afternoon, Allison and I headed to WalMart where Regal Nails has a nice salon, and we got manicures and pedicures.  I went way out on a limb with my toenail color, and Alli opted for Smurf blue.  Then we hit Rockingham Mall for a little shopping.

We woke up this morning to another grey, foggy morning.  It has been raining since Wednesday and we have all had just about enough of the dreariness!  I feel bad for anyone who rented a vacation spot anywhere in New England this past week.  It has been rainy and chilly with almost no relief until today.  By noon, the skies started to make way for some peeks of sun, and the day ended with a beautiful array of colors on the lake.  We had dinner on the patio of Brookstone Grille, a beautiful property with a 9 hole golf course, driving range, mini golf, ice cream shop and restaurant.  The landscaping is impeccable and we found out that the owners of the complex also own a landscaping business.  That explains a lot!  I'll get some pictures next week, there is a pond full of lily pads just about ready to blossom.  We walked the golf cart path so we could earn our ice cream cone.  It really is a pretty little course, and I think we'll try to play on Tuesday evening. 

Then we came back home to a beautiful sunset on the lake. 

The colors of the night


  1. Hi Michelle,
    You look gorgeous in that wig! Great color! I really liked your toenail choices, too. How fun!
    I would have enjoyed learning all your did about make-up, etc. What a fun day for you. I'm REALLY jealous. There are going to be lilies on the lake! One of my favorite photos was a picture of a lily I took at a pond on my trip back East. It was at the Edison Museum. Take a ton of photos while they are blooming and post a few to me.
    Good luck tomorrow!

  2. I like the wig and the toe nails. It must be fun to have daughters you can share those girlie things with.