Hello Folks ~ I hope you all had a nice weekend and are off to a good start this week. Some of you are enjoying cooler temps, not so down here in s.e. FL. Right now it is 87 degrees F and with the humidity it feels like it is 96 degrees F.
Rain has ended for a few days, I was able to wash and hang out a load of laundry yesterday, also trimmed the secret garden’s hedge. This morning I didn’t get up or out early enough to do much before the sun got overhead, just did a little path clearing in the St. Francis garden.
More rain is expected with afternoon and evening thunderstorms for the next few days, which is our normal summer weather pattern.
This morning I did some online searching for a mop and for house painting prep work. I think the best reviews I found for a mop is the Mopnado Deluxe Spin Mop. I read product reviews and saw some you-tube reviews for top 10 mops. Does anyone have this mop? I have used sponge mops, string mops and been on hands and knees, not feasible these days, but in my younger years. Haven’t been happy with any of the mops so far.
I have laminate faux oak wood and vinyl flooring.
Since I’m thinking about house painting I checked you-tube and came up with this guy John Burbridge. I went to his website too. Just watching one video really inspired me. Like one of my commenters said in my last post, just do one wall at a time, and that was what I was already thinking, but her comment was encouraging and made me feel ready to tackle the project when cooler weather gets here. The prep work is going to be the worst part, but, it’s important. One of the tools he suggested was a Walkman Radio. Maybe I could find one at a thrift store. This guy has a sense of humor and at this time in my life it’s something/another thing I miss about my DH. He had a great, quirky sense of humor and knew how to make me laugh. Laughter is good medicine.
Last week I was at Walmart to see if they had any beading foundation material, didn’t find. Walked around killing time until the Bead Store opened at 10. I remembered reading, when I was doing another online search for Wind Song cologne, that Walmart had it, so I headed to that dept. They did have it and I decided to buy it.
Here’s the story behind my liking this. When we were on our 60 day European trip by Eurail before we came home from Spain, (DH was in the US Navy and we lived in Rota, Spain for a little over three years), I found a spray metal container of Wind Song in the bottom of the armoire in our room in Venice. I sprayed some on and immediately loved it. I did a Google search on it the other day after I got home with my ‘natural spray’ bottle. From what I read, it’s no wonder I liked it. You can read all about it here. Here’s a bit from the website. “Wind Song by Prince Matchabelli is a Floral fragrance for women. Wind Song was launched in 1953. Top notes are coriander, orange leaf, mandarin orange, tarragon, neroli, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are cloves, carnation, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and brazilian rosewood; base notes are sandalwood, amber, musk, benzoin, vetiver and cedar.”
Pics from the box it came in. Front, side, top and back.
I don’t remember hearing of this or smelling it until I found this spray in Venice. I don’t remember TV commercials either.
I wore Woodhue in my late teens. Here’s some info I just found on it ~ Woodhue perfume was launched in 1944 and was extremely popular 50-ies. It opens with the notes of orange, bergamot and citrus. The heart is composed of jasmine, laid on a base of sandalwood, vanilla, cedar and musk.
I like a lot of different scents, there are some good musks that I’ve worn, florals and earthy scents too.
‘Happy’ is a wonderful scent my friend Nanci gave me. Info found on it ~ Clinique Happy is a fragrance of joy, the essence of a sunny, happy morning. Wear Happy and be happy! Fresh apple, plums and bergamot mixed with the fresh-air accord as top notes proceed into the egzotic floral heart composed of freesia, lily, rose and morning orchid. Musk and amber are in perfume’s base. It was created in 1997.
Many years ago my Mom gave me a bottle of Tatiana by Diane von Furstenberg, someone had given it to her but she did not like the scent. I loved it. Info ~
Tatiana perfume from the fashion house Diane von Furstenberg was launched in 1975, packed in bottles designed by Serge Mansau.
Top notes: bergamot, hyacinth and orange blossom. Heart: gardenia, jasmine, narcissus, rose and tuberose. Base: amber, musk and sandalwood.
My sis-in-law Fern gave me Jessica McClintock Eau de Parfum a long time ago and I loved that too. Info ~ Jessica McClintock by Jessica McClintock is a Floral fragrance for women. Jessica McClintock was launched in 1988. Top notes are cassia, basil, ylang-ylang, bergamot, black currant and lemon; middle notes are jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are musk and woody notes.
Perfume info found on Fragrantica.
Now, that I’ve read all of this, I can see why ‘FlowerLady’ liked the scents.
The other night before bed I heard what sounded like a pitiful kitten meow out off the kitchen. It was dark out, and even with the porch light on, I didn’t see anything and of course, it didn’t meow when I went out there. It meowed a couple of more times, then all was silent. The next morning when I went out to the barn to visit the barn girls, feed them and clean their litter, they seemed weird. I was talking to them like I always do, when I heard a ‘meow’. I went outside to where I heard the noise coming from and talked to the kitten, and it would meow, but wouldn’t come out. I went back inside to the girls, and then I heard the meow at the doorway where I come in. I caught something out of the corner of my eye, so decided to put some dry food there and also got a container of fresh water. I went inside the house for my camera too, and barely caught the little critter. A little black one.
Yesterday I didn’t see or hear it. This morning when I went out to feed the girls, something black caught my eye at the glass door, and sure enough there was the little critter and of course he/she ran away when I got up and headed in his/her direction.
I don’t need another cat, but the pitiful cry tugged at my heart strings.
“A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.”
So that’s what’s going on here at Plum Cottage.
“A good fragrance is really a powerful cocktail of memories and emotion.”
“Sometimes a scent is more evocative than a photo or an image. It is a primer for the deflagration of sensation, emotions, desires, uncontrollable atmospheres, dejavus that flood and wrap us like honey, until they make us drown in an unrepeatable moment of wellbeing... olfactory hallucinations that lead us anywhere: to the North of any South, to the East of any West...”
“They ask me what kind of perfume I wear or how I choose a signature scent or what to wear to what occasion. The truth is, I just go into the perfumery and pick out the most beautiful smell. I sniff the scent and then see with my mind’s eye the vision that it brings to my heart. If I want to wear that vision with me every day until the bottle is all used-up, then that’s the perfume I’ll purchase. And I do use it up until there’s nothing left and only then do I go out to buy another one. Another vision for another year or two. Fragrance, to me, is about wearing a perspective on your skin. The scent itself is the vehicle by which you can be reminded of those pictures that those notes have opened in your soul.”
C. JoyBell C.