If you've ever had a broken bone, you know a cast is no fun. When I had a broken leg the cast went from my hip to my ankle. Now that's a cast that puts a real damper on any fashionable outfit, not to mention it snagged everything it came close to.
My friend Molly broke her left wrist while cleaning her airplane. When she finally went to the doctor, she ended up with a cast. A bright, lime green cast.
That was fine and "very summery" as she put it, but when she wore a green top the other day the clash made my teeth hurt.
To the fashion rescue comes Cast Coverz. These covers are available in a variety of designs and fabrics, and unlike your cast, they can easily be removed for washing. If you're sporting plaster of paris, or maybe one of those new fiberglass casts, go to www.castcoverz.com to see your options.
And you know those big boots you wear with an injured foot? Yes, they have covers for those, too.
Casts, splints and boots will be more stylish, but even Cast Coverz can't help you reach that itch under your cast that drives you crazy.
Play it safe — Guys who aren't usually romantic will often break loose when it's time to propose. With the end of summer coming, some guys will be popping the question before they part with their sweethearts to go back to school. Others might be thinking about presenting that diamond ring at the holidays.
If you're trying to come up with a clever way to present the ring, read on for suggestions about what NOT to do.
For instance, proposing on a bridge, deck or pier might sound romantic, but think about it. When your soon-to-be fiancee develops a case of the nervous shakes, that expensive ring might just end up in the drink.
Speaking of drink, do not put an engagement ring in a glass of champagne or wine. Not only will that make the ring sticky, but it also could be swallowed.
MyJewelryBox.com reports that many women swallow their ring every year when their fiancees hide it in a dessert, a drink, or in one case, a Wendy's Frosty.
My husband, Dick, and I were having dinner one evening when a man at a table near us got down on one knee to propose. His girlfriend was taking a drink of water about the time he kneeled down. She got so flustered she swallowed an ice cube, which brought on choking and sputtering and a red face.
Finally, when he was sure she was breathing again, he carried on and she accepted with lots of tears. He ate his dinner just fine, but she was too excited to eat.
And the whole time Dick was saying "Bon, quit looking over there." I couldn't help it. I figure if you're going to propose in a crowded restaurant, you're going to get some attention.
OK guys, make a plan, then remember it's all about the timing and location, location, location.
Save the dates —
When November rolls around, things get busy, so jot down these dates now so you don't forget about them:
Nov. 7 is the annual Wichita Eagle Holiday Highlights Fashion Show. This year it's going to benefit the African American Faculty and Staff Association's scholarship program at Wichita State University. The show will be in the Rhatigan Center on campus.
On Nov. 19, Fashion Passion, a benefit for Rainbows United, will be at Beech Activity Center.
More details later, but put them on your calendar now.