By Amber 'Blob' Orpin, 2012-09-20
Get the kettle on, find somewhere soft to sit (im going with floor chustions today) and lets have a good chin wag. Home life is feeling good, had a bit of a downer month but it seems to be sorting its self back out makeing the vibe here a lot more relaxed. John has just started his new job, longer hours brings the useual worry of not seeing Kyra as much (more about her later) but it does mean the pay is better which brings a 1'st for us as we can now pay all the bills, every month! so hopefully red bills we be a thing of the past. Yippie! Kyra has just enterd the world of potty training and doing really well, only a couple of accidents so far and a bit of a barin teaser of the best way to get a runny poo off a rug (all sujestions welcome)
All things dreds.
Well its all been moving rather fast. John after hateing the idea of dredsoriginally has come full circle and is even in the lead. John has a slight curl to his hair so its dreading really well without much help, i have been trying out my backcoming methods on a few dreds round the front as they kept getting in the way while he was working. He is trying out diffirent ways of tying them up for work but still havent found anything that works for him just yet, need to find a good bandana i think.
My dreds on the other had are taking the slow and steady approach. BS washing is really helping, although im fighting some hairspray out of my hair at the moment, its nearly all gone its just taking a few washes. As my hair is really long im worried it will create one big knot at the back so im going to section it all out taking the lead from knots that have already started to form, plait the sections then work my way round backcoming. I did want to leave it to do its own thing (neglect method) but it isnt really practical when running a house with a 2yr old in it. Even Kyra is beeting me in the dred department, she has one the forms at the end of most days right in the back (its very cute). she has asked if she can have dreds as well, which im all up for but its going to have to wait till mine are a bit moremanageable and i get better as washing them. Hopefully this wont be long as im getting lots od parctice washing johns for him. Hopeing to get some pictures up soon
Well i will leave it there for today and try to blog again soon.
Safe journey till next time
By Nixxi, 2012-09-20
Around the 11 month mark, and my little dreadies are crazier and loopier than ever! I'll post some pictures soon. Very slow maturation compared to some others... but that's just fine with me! In the beginning, I was fixated on "achieving" certain result, a certain look. Now I'm simply enjoying the journey, and becoming increasingly accepting of this process. And, of course, I am eternally grateful for everyone on this site for support and encouragement.
By John Summers, 2012-09-19
By Shannon Roman, 2012-09-19
So, it's been 5 months since I started working on my dreads. I completely neglected for 4 months, washing it once a week with cold water and a baking soda/Dr. Bronner's mix, and a mid-week salt water rinse, and my hair was unchanged. So, then I rubberbanded the roots for a month, and I got some decent knotted/matted roots, but nothing else happened. So then I rubberbanded down the entire shaft of the hair. And still, nothing happened. So, reluctantly, I decided to backcomb it. I have such thin hair, that it just doesn't seem to be able to dread on its own. Well, now I look like Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons and a friend of mine is trying to talk me into using wax to get them under control. She knows how adamantly I don't want to use the wax, so she suggests just using a little in the beginning to get them to lay down more and lock, and then not using it anymore.
I know this site is also really against wax, so I was curious your thoughts, tips, suggestions, etc.
By Baba Fats, 2012-09-19
Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?
Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.
By Shamra Lucky-Rose Chapman, 2012-09-18
I really love adding things to my hair but have been having some problems finding anything lately and some are just to big for me to get anything over them and sugestions on sites I can go to and have a look about see if I likes anything or on how to do my own creations
By Tiggum Strixx, 2012-09-18
By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2012-09-17
prepare to be grossed out
when you read the label on food and see natural flavour and natural color
ever wonder what it might be? well vanila ice cream ..yum right? untill u realize that yummy natural flavour is a beavers anal gland
other natural colors might be ground up bugs ..or worse
heres a nice lil list of a few of the gross things you eat every day without knowing it
why are these things not labked?
why are we forced to eat things that are totaky gross against our knowledge?
By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2012-09-17
the journey to any destination takes several steps if it was just the destination that was important then anyone could "climb mount everest" by taking a helicopter to the top, or even just photoshopp9ng their photo there.
the dread journey is no different then the journey to the highest peaks, or even to the stars.
you dont earn the destination by taking shortcuts, or by faking your way there, you earn it step by step through the hardships and trials that make it a dificult destination to reach.
when you reach that peak, near frozen to death, unsure if you will pas out and du=ie from lack of oxygen and decreased bloodflow due to hyper thermia you will know you truly earned the photo you take from the peak
but if you fly on up in a heated helicopter step out to a breathtaking cold and breathtaking view to snap your photo and leave before the cold even settles in to numb your fingers you will remember the view from the top maybe the pleasant conversation with the pilot along the way but you will not have the memories of every step a struggle of the pure willpower it took to take another step and survive ..
and then theres the other guy, proudly (or not so proudly) displaying a photo ..a photoshopped photo of himself in jeans and a t shirt standing at the highest peak unfazed by the cold he never came close to...
perhaps he tells a story to go along with the picture to impress the oposite sex (or should i say preffered) he puts on the appearance of a man whos been there done that but lacks the memory. the experience.. the growth and self determination it took to carry on when others would turn back..
even the view from the top is experienced diferently from each perspective
the t shirt guy is 2 dimensional no awe no mystery , it might as well be as mundane as the brick wall outside his office window where he once saw a squirrel scurry by without leaving any permenant impression
helicopter guy remembers the view as awe inspiring and beautiful but the cold biting at his lungs doesnt let him enjoy it long before snapping his picture as proof hed been there and moving on
now the true climber might be close to death..unsure if he will ever make it back down but tears fill his eyes and freeze onto his cheeks, he falls to his knees taking it all in in a profounde awe that he will never forget for an instant wether he lives or do=ies this momment is the defining momment of his life..worth risking it all in fact if staying another momment means death then he will stay and experience that death too..
days may go by as he memorizes every detail the sun sliding up the slope he had climbed only hours or days ago..the shades and hues of the valeys far below.. the profound isolation of being one of few men whod ever made such a journey..if it wernt for the deadliness of being there hed live there forever..with reluctance and profound regret he begins the painful journey home frozen step by frozen step wondering how many toes would be lost for such exquisite memories..again he realizes if he dies and loses it all that memory still was worth it..
By Tiggum Strixx, 2012-09-17