October 18, 2009

Soaping Again

Finally getting back into the swing of things... my recent soap binge includes an Espresso kitchen scrub bar, red apple with Kootenai valley apple cider, lovely lemon (lemon eo, lemon peel wax, a touch of litsea), and Evergreen, a mix of conifer oils and a swirl of green. 
Coming up: rose, patchouli-rose, lavender garden, jasmine (with pure jasmine wax), rosemary-orange and a winter version of flower shower. 
Pictures when they happen; my beloved Olympus died, and the new camera came with a manual for a totally different camera, so I am flying a titch blind.  Sort of fun, really.  And I'm taking anything like that I can get, nowdays.

The weather has warmed back up and I hope to get a slew of outside stuff done tomorrow--install a replacement greenhouse door for the one that came apart in my hands, for one; tractor maintenance; last-ditch planting; mowers away, back blade on.... the recent snowfalls are warning shots, I know.

October 17, 2009


One beautiful lesson in the past month or so has been the amazing kindness of people who care about you.  Sweet, exquisite things.  People brought me food, hugged me, listened to me cry--cried with me--told me how much they loved Mom--the darling ladies at the nursing home thanked me for letting them care for Mom! My vet clinic sent me flowers.  Marsha, my market buddy, came a few mornings after Mom died and brought me flowers and food--cleaned my kitchen so I could eat--and started the process of putting me back together.  She had known without me getting to the phone that I was in need.  My best friend from highschool, and her parents, were a haven for me.  My friends in the internet held my hand virtually--including on long scary drives in the dark to the emergency room.  I have been upheld by all of these, and it has meant more to me than I can possibly say.
Thank you.

October 14, 2009

In Which October is Really November

Whoo, cold weather indeed followed that wind, it got down to about 9F for several nights.  That's more than a month early... and really hard on the plants.  I have hoses that need a day or so to warm enough to coil up, at two places.
It has warmed up, snowed more, and rained buckets all day, keeping me inside.  I'm working on decanting and flavoring herb vinegars (Viet cilantro, lemongrass plus--something? garlic?), soaping, details for upcoming holiday markets and craft fairs, and trying to keep from thinking.  Some cranky hours fighting with software, servers, diagnosing error codes and downloading updates made things worse, not better... but I got a little present via the 'net today, and an 'r u ok?' message, so that makes me forgive all the computer argh-ick.

This is the present:

Thanks for that, Lez!

October 4, 2009

Cold Front

Windy today, with huge winds expected by dark.  They say on the radio the highway to the Coast is blocked by blowing dust and they don't know when it will re-open.  Here in my little clearing, it's windy--but they say 40-50mph winds tonight, ugh.  I'm glad not to have to go down to the road, I would likely be knocked down by the wind at this rate, it is so open out there.
I have to finish bringing in the tender plants I want to save for winter, and make an assessment of what will go in the ground and what will winter in the greenhouse, and what will go to the compost pile.  It was a rough summer and there is much to be done before the snow flies--well, lands, as it's already snowed up above me on Black Mountain.  The folks to bring in are: lemongrass, Viet coriander, the Mexican salvias, a pot of petunias for the scent, the rosemary and her kids, whatever lemon eucalyptus are left, and the green tops of the sweetgrass to process before hard frost.  Anything else will have to get shoehorned in between the scented geraniums and the grape sage, when I get them moved to the back porch.  Oh, and the orchid cactus.  And probably something else, but my brain is pretty mushy still.  Better go zap a cup of coffee and suit up against the wind!