Tan Lines

It's finally warm enough for short sleeves. Look, I already have a tan line! So going from Arctic White to Fish Belly White now counts as "tan"?
It does if you're Scandanavian!

Beware. Mommy’s tan can be blinding.

Despite being very fair and coming from a family strong with red heads, for most of my life I was unable to either tan or burn. I could go out for an entire day in the hot sun and come home just as pale as when I started. I didn’t believe such a thing was possible. I thought that even if you didn’t tan, you couldn’t help but burn. Nope. I asked a doctor about it once. He wouldn’t make eye contact with me and mumbled something about my body chemistry not being right for tanning or burning. It never made sense, but I didn’t know how to argue the point.

A few years ago I did finally regain/develop the ability to burn. Guess how I found out.

Do I smell bacon?


Copper Brocade Paisley Vest for Boys

Soon it will be the season for weddings! If you are planning to attend an in-person affair and need something nice for your young man, consider shopping at L Bowman Studios. There you will find an assortment of dress shirts, handmade ties, vests and knitwear in the Boys’ section.

Make sure your boy is dressed in the style he deserves!


  1. I never tanned when I was a kid, and I’m of the age when we slathered ourselves with baby oil and tried to fry in the sun. About 12 years ago, I suddenly started tanning. And now this lovely Irish skin not only burns, but it does get pretty tan by the end of summer.

  2. Light colors are more reflective! Could be increasing radiation back into space. ;^) I tanned to near black when I was serving in the NAVY near the equator. Now I make regular trips to the dermatologist to check for over cooking. My wife is a red head, and hates the sun!

    • Ha ha! I hadn’t thought of how pale people might be responsible for global cooling! My mom’s family tans dark walnut, but I didn’t seem to get any of those genes. I have several family members who served in the military and now have to see the dermatologist regularly too. Hopefully you all were only “cooked to perfection”!

  3. As a kid in Hawaii we were in the sun all the time. Now, after more skin cancer surgeries than I care to count, I realize the folly of my youthful sun exposure decisions. Bring on the signature wide brim hat and high SPF stuff. But…I refuse to surrender my cargo shorts! Oh, Max sunburns easily – a common Maltese trait.

    • I forget about puppies burning, but some do. Does Max have a doggie dermatologist?

      I have MCS, so I can’t use any sort of sunscreen. I do wear a billed hat, but that is more for my eyes. By now I am probably more cancer than person.

      As for cargo shorts – of course keep them! If you’ve got it, trot it!

  4. Ha! This is great! ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, my Scandinavian in-laws would laugh very loud at this.
    But, I think they have beautiful skin! ๐Ÿ™‚
    One year, in May, when a friend of mine was in Canada on the first weekend without snow and the sun was shining…he said everyone was out in very little clothing soaking in the sun. He said he had to wear sun glasses…not because of the sun, but because of the glare off of all of the white flesh! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ‘Twas blinding! ๐Ÿ˜€
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

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