Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sunscreen pump

It's been so long since I got to indulge myself in a good Canning Jar Lust post.  This topic has been long overdue in this neck of the blog-o-sphere, hasn't it?

I've often looked sort of longingly at people who make canning jars into pump dispensers.  But I didn't do it myself because, (a) really, we already have soap dispensers galore here in Chez MiserMom, and (b) I hadn't figured out a super-frugal way to do it myself.   Truly, if I don't need something, why should I pay good money to make it?

So I didn't make myself a canning jar pump.  But, as so always happens, procrastination and/or patience paid off.  Because for Christmas, K-daughter happened to give me a canning jar pump dispenser.  Apparently, she knows me well enough to know that is exactly the kind of thing I would like!

Okay, except that--now that I finally had this long-desired object of canning-jar-joy-dom--I kept it empty on a shelf for a long time, contemplating.  As I mentioned already, we already have more than enough soap dispensers sitting around our sinks and cluttering up our closets.  Also, the jar she got me is a small (one-cup) canning jar, so it doesn't hold as much soap as some of the dispensers we already have in place.  So here I was, having gotten as a gift something I'd really wanted, but now I wasn't really sure what to do with it.

And then the sun came out.  And with the sun, inspiration broke.

The inspiration is:  sunscreen!  Yes, here, next to my canned pennies (destined for the credit union soon) and the canned washable crayons (for writing on my bulk-shopping cloth bags), sits my pump bottle of SPF30 sunscreen.

I have rosacea (side effect: could be detrimental to my self-esteem, although I haven't noticed problems in that area myself).  Because of this rosacea, I'm supposed to take extra care of covering my face with sunscreen and shade-providing hats.  With spring peeking around the corner, I'm soon going to be doing much more daytime running and biking and such, and now my sunscreen is conveniently right there on my dresser, a quick pump away from decorating the old schnoz and cheeks.  

And so, this canning jar pump is really the MiserMom version of Eeyore's birthday present:  a solution in search of a problem.   
"I'm very glad," said Pooh happily, "that I thought of giving you a Useful Pot to put things in."
"I'm very glad," said Piglet happily, "that thought of giving you something to put in a Useful Pot."
But Eeyore wasn't listening. He was taking the balloon out, and putting it back again, as happy as could be....

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