Eyebrow update

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So often, when I return home from a trip, time molds itself around me and it almost feels like I’ve never been gone. When I returned home from this trip, every time I looked in the mirror my eyebrows reminded me that I had been away. I hadn’t warned my son Colin, and when he saw me, his eyes bulged and he immediately cried (with appalled shock), “sweet Jesus mother, what happened to you”. Any illusions that my brows would go unnoticed evaporated like wisps of smoke. Who was I kidding – they looked like two caterpillars trying to mate, and weren’t turning into butterflies anytime soon.

While reading about the importance of not peeling off tattoo scabs due to the risk of scarring and loss of colour, a little lightbulb went off in my mind. I raced upstairs and into the bathroom. I stared hard into the mirror asking for the answer: should I do it? (All I heard back was that I was the silliest of them all.) My heart pounded with uncertainty. My scabs were thick and hard.

I slowly started to peel off the outer tip of the left one trying to see a few minutes into the future. Instead visions of the past when I  burst into tears when the Thai lady put the mirror to my face loomed in my mind. Was I was making a good decision or adding to the problem? If I ended up with a crater where my eyebrow should live, not even God could help me. In for a penny, in for a pound, or something like that. Carefully and painfully, I peeled off the thick brown scab.

I couldn’t believe it. The edges were raw and red but didn’t look like they would scar and much of the colour had been removed. Not going to lie – I shed a few tears of relief and joy. My caterpillars had become weird, crooked-winged butterflies but to me they were the most beautiful butterflies in the world. They still eventually need some repair; one is higher and completely off my brow but unnoticeable unless pointed out. And I need to pluck out my natural eyebrow hair on that side, but as you can imagine, that’s nothing compared to mating catapillars. So there you have it – the eyebrow update. I have lucky stars and I thank them every day.

On a conclusive note, I am having a girls get together for anyone wanting to see some pics, hear some funny tales and learn to make Thai spring rolls (which naturally we will then devour), followed by a rousing game of catch phrase. It should be fun. You can bring something to drink and a finger food contribution.

It’s at my place in Balderson, Sunday May 7th at 2 pm. Please RSVP to me by phone, text or email. I’d love to see you!

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  1. Your story is hysterically funny… and told with such candor – love it! Wish I could attend the girls night – maybe next year when we are planning to be back in Ontario for May. Watch this space… We are still in the Baja – do you have Facebook. If so – you can check us out – JanJim Rawling-McCormick… keep in touch… Jan

    • Thanks Jan. Sounds like you guys are still having a fabulous adventure. Sadly I’m not on Facebook. Will be wonderful to catch up and trade stories when you return. Safe travels my friend. Xo

  2. You look stunning in your pic! All worked out in the end. I will try to make it on the 7th. quick question is the role gluten free? I know we use rice.

    • Thank you my friend. It did indeed work out. Hope you can make it for sure. I do believe the spring rolls are gluten free. I think the noodles are rice noodles and o believe the wrap is also rice based.

  3. Hi Arlene, Still laughed when I read the eyebrow story, but must say , you look terrific now. Glad you were able to rectify the situation. We are getting a sunny beautiful day today and the plants are taking off. Hope your blueberries all survived the winter. Danny is going to Bermuda this coming weekend and will walk the Island on the annual walk with Jamie and his son and daughter. He is doing a tour of Switzerland, Austria and France and taking 32 others which will include Clint,Angela and her son Micah , Eileen, and Jamie’s son Zachary. After that he will travel to India. These two trips take place in the summer. He definitely has that travel bug also.
    Will be walking again for Lori in the walk for brain tumours on May 27 in Fredericton. Time is flying by .Coming east this summer? Love Pauline

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    • Dear Pauline, thanks! so happy to entertain :D! I’m very glad you enjoyed the blog. We have been getting a crazy amount of rain. I haven’t even been able to get into the field yet as its been so wet. Danny sounds like he is having great adventures and sharing them with friends and family. What fun! Please tell him I say hi. It is my plan to get east this summer also. It depends on the blueberries for sure but it’s the plan to get there. Also depends a little on Sabrina as she is getting married in September here at the farm. Lots of fun.

  4. Would love to make it to your presentation at Balderson but regret we cannot make it .Know it will be so interesting!

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  5. Hi Arlene, It was really wonderful to see you!! I just figured out the last few blogs were for some reason not in my inbox. I’m not losing it after all!! Phew! They were categorized to my social mail which I rarely have time to look at these days. I wished I had seen this one because I would have been to your place on May 7 with bell’s on!! I still need to see some pics of your trip. Please let’s get together soon. I have a meeting next week by phone with the Director of Marketing for Ovarian cancer Canada to discuss my ladyballs project!!! I also have, so far one other glass artist on board to help make some. Also next week, a fellow flame worker, Alexx Cheng, will be visiting me from Chiang Mai at my studio. He has family in Ottawa. He runs the factory where all of the Pandora beads are made. Rags to riches story! He is very humble, funny, and is always giving back to communities. He has had schools built, helps with orphanages, etc…. When I told him about my plight with cancer and that I am donating my proceeds to research, his reply was, I’m coming over to give you a big hug!! Someone? Should write a story of this amazing man’s life??? Hint, hint…🤔 I would love you to see our artists collaborative sometime and catch some coffee or lunch at the Happy Goat just a few doors down from the studio. The assistant director general of Heritage Canada will be coming to see us soon as she has heard good things and wants to support endeavours like ours. Keeping fingers crossed for funding. Pls let me know if or when you would be interested and let’s make getting together happen! If you can give a couple of days and times, I will make it work….and pls bring photos of your journey! Btw…amazing job on brows! I couldn’t even tell they were tattooed. They look so natural! My sister and girls all have eyelash extensions. I’m not going there. I find them very moth like. Take care and see you soon! Love, hugs, and lightness, Ann

    On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM The Flip Side of Fifty wrote:

    > arlenedoyle posted: “So often, when I return home from a trip, time molds > itself around me and it almost feels like I’ve never been gone. When I > returned home from this trip, every time I looked in the mirror my eyebrows > reminded me that I had been away. I hadn’t warned my s” >

    • Hi Annie, it was wonderful to see you as well. So happy everything is going so well for you. It sure sounds like you have a lot on the go at the moment. I would love to get together. I’m grounded at the moment with a broken ankle but when I am back on my feet we have to plan it. Would love for you to come here sometime if you are in the area but I know how busy you are. In the meantime, take good care and lots of love, Arlene.

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