June is flying by, folks! We're marking the weekend, and World Refugee Day, and Father's Day, and whatever else you've got going on this weekend, with our usual open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, the cologne that reminds you of your father, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Pink against green [cropped] by Takashi Hososhima at flickr; some rights reserved.
Hello weekend! Some storms are passing through Poland but I’m still waiting for the rain in my city. It’s so much needed.
My parents left on a little trip to the mountains so I’m in charge of the house
Wearing 1725 from Histoires de Parfums today. It’s been some time since I last reached for it.
On my quest of finding new perfect citrus I remembered I have Acqua di Scandola from Parfum d’Empire and it’s a lovely candidate for my collection.
We’ve got storms passing through this morning too, hoping for sun this afternoon.?
Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks, you too
No wild parties! ;-P
No, don’t worry ?
Commando….seems to be the theme these days.
Dad scents….4711, Vitabath, Nivea, Royal Copenhagen, Aramis…. nowadays he wears anything and everything.
Still lost your perfume mojo, huh? Is it the quarantine…? Hope you and chez marzipan are doing well otherwise! Good to “see” you!?
Nice to see you too and hope all is well with your family.
And don’t worry I haven’t thrown anything out or given anything away. Everything is safe and secure in the dark and cool basement. For now I’m enjoying revisiting soaps from my distant past ( Dove, Tone, Caress) and slathering myself in a homemade patchouli lotion at night. My sheets smell amazing!!
Oh, that sounds wonderful! I love a mixture of lavender, rose geranium and a touch of patchouli. Refreshing and grounded at the same time…..
Homemade patchouli lotion must be lovely. Thank you for mentioning Caress (had forgotten it), loved it when I lived in the US. It’s not exported to the UK, neither is pink Dove, I find only the white.
I saw *Safeguard* hand soap the other day at WallyWorld and almost got a bottle. That brought back some scent memories…Tone does too!
Nice to see you pop in! :-). Hope you are having a nice weekend.
Thank you, my friend!!! I hope you are having a peaceful weekend. Kisses to Mila from me!!!
It’s hot and sunny, we’re cuddled up under the AC.
Not wearing perfume isn’t a good enough reason not to check in from time to time, right? Right?!
Have an enjoyable weekend!
Hahaha! I spend eight to ten hours a day on the computer and average 35-40 Skypes per week. I have been actively avoiding computer time. I walk 4 miles each morning very early and at the end of the day pass out. Weekends it’s good shop, clean house, mow lawn… Wash rinse repeat.?
Well… Other than a number of meetings (I rarely have more than 3 per day), you described my regular work week ;-P. I’m not saying you should spend extra hours reading through everything. But once in a while you should definitely get to the surface to gulp a fresh[ly perfumed] air ;).
Thanks for sharing some time here! I happily was able to get back to my office after less than a month of furlough; powers that be were quick to figure out how to distance us and I am mostly on the telephone or drafting documents/data entry. I had fun with my few zoom meetings, but could tell it was not for me.
A couple of years ago you inspired me to make an essential oil scent, as I wanted to capture the smell of my daily hill walk ( kanuka, manuka, flax, broom, gorse, bracken etc.). Anyway, when I made it I thought it was a bit blah, and kind of muddy/murky but I remember you saying it would improve with age so I kept it . Anyway, 2 years later, I think, i opened it and it is amazing. It is a bit too concentrated and has evaporated a bit more than I expected but the notes are far more distinct and it is really good. Of course, being me, I didn’t keep the formula. But wanted to let you know, and thanks.
Oh this makes me so happy to hear Kanuka!! I am thrilled that you made a treasure to enjoy. And sometimes not keeping a recipe makes it extra special…a limited edition ?
Hello! I am glad you are well! Perfume breaks can be very restorative and you will come back to it with a fresh nose, so to speak. Enjoy your soaps, a seriously underrated pleasure, and your homemade lotion!
SOTM is Carner Barcelona Tardes, from a sample vial. This is my second testing and boy am I a sucker for this sort of fragrance! It’s a little floral, a little woody, absolutely spicy, comforting sort of thing. Apparently there’s some celery and other surprises in there, which I am not able to discern, but it’s definitely got complexity, without being big. I tried it a few days ago, and I kept getting these amazing spicy wafts when I wasn’t expecting them.
Pretty sure the folks at Twisted Lily just threw this sample in there when I’d ordered others a year or so back, as I can’t recall reading about it anywhere. The luck of the draw, they may have made a sale with that one!
I get quite a lot of celery from it. Great scent. Happy to have a 15ml travel spray
I think maybe I get some vegetal green, maybe celery, as it dries down, but I wouldn’t identify it without the list of notes. Do you get plum? That was the other note I was surprised to see. . .
I don’t remember smelling plum. I’ll pay attention next time
It’s just my wacky brain but reading “celery and other surprises” made me wonder what I’ve forgotten about in the vegetable drawers of my refrigerator.
The perfume sounds like something I need to try!
LOL! Yeah, the vegetable drawer can be quite an adventure (although not as scary as the tupperware drawer–eesh! ?)!
I like Tardes quite a lot. It’s like a lot of scents I like, but just different enough I’ll probably buy a bottle next time I have a deal at Twisted Lily.
I have a package coming from ScentSplit today with decants of Jardin Mediterranee and Sur le Nil. According to tracking it is out for delivery now. I think I’ll go with Mediterranee today and Nil tomorrow.
The weather can’t make up it’s mind this morning. We’ve had downpours one minute and sun trying to peek through the next. Hoping my dad’s old adage of rain before seven, done by eleven holds true.???
Yay for package!
Love that “out for delivery” message! =^v^=
Welcome Summer! ?⛱?!
Warm, sunny, breezy day in the Big Apple.
I already ran a couple of errands and now I am ready to pick up a Berry Napoleon cake from the bakery for my sister’s birthday. We are finally meeting for cake and coffee later this afternoon. So eager to see her, her husband, but especially my baby nices.
Happy Father’s day! My dad is gone, but we always celebrate his life toasting with a glass of champagne and going thru his pictures. We miss him deeply, but in some way we are grateful that he didn’t have to face the pandemic.
Wearing the last drops of a sample of Les Infusions de Prada Fleur D’Oranger. Later today I am planning to wear Chanel 31 Rue Cambon.
Happy weekend, everyone! ?
Just wanted to say thank you for your package. I sent you an email a few days ago.
Enjoy dear! Talk later when things around the World are more positive!
We can talk anytime no matter the state of the world. You know where to find me ??
Sounds like a great day! Happy birthday to your sister and enjoy the babies!!?How old are they now?
Thank you! ?
Babies are 5 months old already! ? Time flies!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. That cake sounds amazing.
Thanks, Sistine! Looking forward to it! The Napoleon is my mom and sister favorite cake!
Lovely! Enjoy your family.
Happy celebrating! That cake sounds amazing.
We do the same for my dad and my brother in law. Both very much missed but I would not want my dad here for this, either.
I have dear friend who had her long waited for baby in Feb so he is a little younger than your nieces. I can hardly wait to finally be able to hold him and nibble him up!
I hope you have the opportunity to visit your friend and HUG that baby soon. It was so energizing to see my nieces yesterday! We had a great time!
We were planning to go to the cemetery to visit dad today, but decided to leave it for next weekend to avoid unnecessary crowds. We did the toast and watch many album yesterday. So comforting! Sending hugs.
Pl67, thank you
My dad is buried in Florida. I will visit his grave when I am able to se my sister again. That’s okay, his positive light shines everywhere. My dad loved life, pizza, calamari and his family. And cologne. And there was a bottle of Aramis in his room at hospice.
Hope you had a great time!
Thank you! We had a wonderful time!
I slept 10 straight sweet hours. So needed. Cool and foggy here in Los Angeles.
Nail salons opened yesterday but not quite feeling it yet. If I waited this long, will wait a little longer.
Did make a dentist appointment for July.
Bought a travel size of Pharoahs Passion. I would never go through a full bottle so am glad she offered this size. Not that I am traveling, alas.
Post shower some box of eels, me thinks.
Not watching any news today. None.
Later going to read every download on my kindle and treat myself to one new book.
A good night of sleep can do wonders! I read your post the other day about your bad night of sleep, I had a bad night on that same night and then an even worse day followed. Ugh.
I called my dentist earlier this week too and they are booked into the middle of August! I’m not surprised, I’m sure everyone is playing catch up.
That’s what it sounded like at my dentist office…waitlists. I was lucky in that I had my semi-annual cleaning already scheduled,
Hair salons open here next week. I may schedule something for the following week.
On the few times I have gone out, I have had people say I love your hair who does your color? So I think this gray may be for keeps going forward. It’s also quite freeing mentally not worrying about roots and fading color.
So getting a haircut was one good thing.
Yay for happy greys! I stopped coloring my hair a few years ago, but recently I have enjoyed going without make-up.
I haven’t worn make-up ever since school became online only in early March. I think maybe this pandemic is the end of me wearing it. I LOVE leaving behind that morning ritual, and my skin is so much clearer!
I’m embracing the silver streaks…I stopped coloring because I was cheap and got bored with it.
And I totally agree in the makeup thing! I stopped wearing any, because I don’t like it getting on my mask. My skin is looking much better. I still do eyebrows.
Wonders. If I sleep anything is possible. Well anything, nowadays.
I went through three years of insomnia in the early 90s
I had gotten divorced, lost my home, moved, cared for a friend who died at 33 from AIDS. The other pandemic.
So, my sleep and having good sleep is something that no one gets to mess with.
I hope you enjoy your quiet day and that you have another great sleep tonight. I had a haircut scheduled but my stylist called to cancel because she wasn’t feeling well. I really hope she’s OK. I’m just going to embrace my shaggy do and grey roots – I have way more important things to worry about.
Oh darn Sistine.
How disappointing after waiting!
10 hours ?
Would love that.
Yes, taking a break from the news too.
Enjoy your new book!
I always take a complete break from the news on weekends these days, and it’s lovely. Glad you got such a good sleep! I have chronic insomnia and hearing about people getting caught up on rest always sounds to me like they won the lottery.
Sleep is such a big deal.
I left a job at a start up after I fell asleep in my car at a red light on Pacific Coast Highway. The response was…how long will it take you to get here? Not, are you okay?
That’s horrible. Did they think you were a superhuman?
Startups are just a certain kind of beast.
People are expected to be all in all the time. And when the founder has a brain fart at 4am everyone races to respond first.
I moved on to consulting.
@Robin: since you asked about other artists and mentioned Sybille Merian I recommend checking out Marianne North and Margaret Mee.
Huge thanks @ka_rina. That will be my Sunday night activity
I am mentally on a tropical vacation in Mancera Velvet Vanilla. It smells like a big vanilla tuberose!
I read your post late re. Opals and thought of the opal mining town of Coober Peddy in the Australian outback where a lot of the residents live in underground, dug-out houses to escape from the heat. The houses don’t have windows but may have sky lighting. I imagine the night sky is fantastic. So the scent of hot dust (exterior), mineral, and cool earth ( interior).
Thanks! I had heard about Coober Pedy. Cool place!
Drinking coffee still, and trying to gear up to visit my mom in the hospital; she had open heart surgery on Tues and so far she’s recovering well – still was a bit nerve-wracking this week. Amongst being first week back from vacation, the monthly visit from my least favorite “aunt”, and my dog being diagnosed with lymphoma. And my favorite coffee shop closed, which was just one straw too many.
I’m looking forward to Father’s day, it’s the first one for my brother. Cookout, play with my nephew, etc.
I bet that is nerve-wracking. Hope you have a nice visit and she continues to progress…
Happy fathers day to your brother..
Hope better times come your way soon. Happy Father’s day to your brother!
Hope your mom recovers fast, it’s no fun in this times.
Wow, that’s a lot. Hope you have a fun day with your brother to relax!
That’s a rough week. I hope you have a great time with your brother!
I am glad you can visit your mother. What a relief that visits to care facilities are becoming possible again! It is a perfect weekend for a cook-out in these parts. I hope yours will be too!
So true. It was heartbreaking to hear those of you here and co-workers of mine talk about parents in nursing homes that they couldn’t visit and the residents couldn’t go outside. My mom’s surgery was sort of elective (valve replacement). If she had had a cardiac event causing emergency surgery, I would have taken off work.
Sounds like a rough week, to say the least. Best to you, your mom and the doggie!
Wishing you well and a happier week ahead
Glad to hear your mom is recovering well. What a week! And coffee shop closed to top it off. Hope this coming week goes easier on you.
Sending hugs — that’s a few straws too many! I hope your mom’s recovery is swift and complete.
Thanks everyone for all your thoughts, hugs, well-wishes. My mom’s recovering ok but they want to keep her an extra couple days to monitor things.
My dog is 11, and hasn’t ever had any issues other than some rotten teeth. So she’s had a good long life; other than not wanting to go walk for very long she seems symptom-free. But still. Often I’ll see posts about other people’s pets and just…i’m one of those people who can’t watch movies where an animal dies.
I put on some Bombay Bling and am just watching some light funny stuff today to rest.
I understand so well what you mean about pets. Let’s hope your dog feels fine for as long as possible.
It’s good that they are keeping your mom extra days for observation: I would feel safer this way. Speedy recovery to her and strength to you!
Your week was a lot for any one person. I’m really sorry and wish you much better months to recover from all this.
Ouch! Speedy recovery for your mom and hope for the best for your dog.
Hope you have a lovely visit with your brother and his family. You deserve a good day!
A lot to deal with, have a happy the Father’s Day celebration.
Hope it was a great day for/with your brother! Best wishes for the pup…so very hard.
Having another Chanel day with Eau Premiere. I’m so chic! I feel energised by attending a virtual conference for the past two days, with one more day today. For this I’ve donned at least a nice top, earrings, and my red lipstick. It’s a better experience than I expected, despite a few technological issues here and there. People have enjoyed seeing an occasional cat appear in my video feed. We have rain predicted but so far it’s a very sunny pretty day (hot, though, but that’s to be expected).
Yay for virtual events!
I had a 3-day event this week and we only lost 2 moderators out of 65 sessions, not bad! Internet connection dropped them but we recovered quickly.
Stressful 3 days but overall happy with how it went.
I am in Shalimar cologne
Started on the fourth Ferrante book
Happy Fathers day to all
The kids are currently decorating a card for Mr L
Thrift store outfit-I dress that has little Italian newspaper articles on it.
My Haiku ( I promised to write one after my FB purchase, I tried my best)
Vorrei andare in Italia
Anche noi, LTSG ?
Enjoy your weekend!
I’ll join you in Italy !
Total mish mash here. L’Occitane green tea body lotion. 4711 White Peach and Coriander (love!) and a single spritz of Jasmin Perle du Thé.
Watched some Royal Ascot racing this morning, now toggling between golf and Belmont.
May have to order another skein of yarn for something I was planning to make for my sister. I’m reconsidering the pattern I intended….
The mishmash sounds great, those notes fit together nicely
Eau Sauvage was my dad’s scent before he grew a beard in the early 80s and just kept it. I keep asking my mom to keep me in mind if she ever comes across a half-used bottle, but so far no-go.
SOTM is Tam Dao – it’s rainy and dark this morning, but hoping it clears a little for a planned social-distanced happy hour with the next-door neighbors this afternoon. This get-together was originally set for last week and got rained-out with a vengeance (buckets of rain!), so fingers crossed for later today.
Love Eau Sauvage and I wear the heck out of it every summer. My dad wasn’t really one for scents but used to splash on a little Florida Water for date nights with my mom.
Sweet – date nights.
Florida water, mmmmmm
Wearing L’Ame Perdue from the splitmeet and absolutely loving it.
It was a blind buy to boot, because of Austenfan’s glowing recommendation. Such an assertive, glamorous perfume! Angela reviewed it here in 2018 and she called it “a chypre that would have been right at home on Rita Hayworth’s dressing table. “
I took advantage of a recent Luckyscent order and added several Gallivant samples. I’ve so far tested Tokyo, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Tel Aviv and I am terribly underwhelmed. Do any of their offerings stand out to you guys?
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
I was not excited by any of the Gallivant scents.
Good to know. Hope your weekend is going well so far ?
L’Âme is by Le Galion, not by Gallivant. I kept confusing those two houses myself, but I’ve just checked.
I’ll also try out L’Ame Perdue this weekend. Glad to hear you love it!
I only tried the first four Gallivant perfumes in a discovery set and was likewise underwhelmed. The style they all had just isn’t for me. I found them overly synthetic and harsh smelling. I think I liked London the best of the four, but I didn’t like it enough to need to keep the sample.
Let us know what you think of it.
And forgot to add my thanks to Pixel for hosting the split.
I like it a lot! An herbal sour yet smooth chypre.
I love Istanbul.
That’s the one I did not order but I’ll remember to smell it when I get a chance. Thank you and enjoy your time with your family today!
I’m so glad that your blind buy is working out. L’Âme Perdue is a stunner, but it has quite a strong character so it could easily not work as well.
Lots of Empreinte today, but sadly this last only a few hours. I went to visit the boyfriend, who is in a bit of pain, but his heart is much better now. He also wasn’t so pale and dyspnoic today, so this is good news. The bad news is, that they managed to loose his luggage, so he has no phone, no wallet and no dentures and no clothes. I hope they manage to find them til tomorrow….
Now I am enjoying a glass of wine on the balcony.
Thanks for all the good wishes you all sent to me and the boyfriend and have a great weekend
Glad to hear he’s improving. Best wishes to both of you and hopefully his personal belongings will be found at some point as well.
They lost his luggage at the hospital, that’s a new one! Hope it is found soon and he continues to improve.
If anyone deserves a glass of wine on the balcony, it’s you! I can’t believe they lost your boyfriend’s belongings. I’m very glad to hear he’s doing better.
So glad he is still improving, but how aggravating about the luggage.
At least they didn’t misplace your boyfriend. Good to hear he is doing better.
Wow, this would be a new level of disorganisation.
Enjoy the wine! Glad to hear he is doing better and I hope they find his belongings soon.
He’s had such a time of it, and so have you! I hope your weekend is restful and restorative.
I hope that the old adage that “things come in threes” is correct in this case, because then the luggage problem would be the last of it! Hoping he’ll soon be on the balcony with you, able to enjoy your wonderful cooking!
Glad he’s doing better! Lost luggage – I hope it’s found soon!
Did anyone else read about Shalimar Philtre de Parfum and get super interested and excited? I did. And, living in a small town, I am wondering how I can get it? Will it be available from the Guerlain website? I guess my question is, if this a “grand” new release, do you have to be buddy-buddy with a salesperson to get it right away? Or, maybe it is coming across to the more experienced among us as just another flanker?
Oh, and puppy that I am, after reading about PdP, I got all Shali-mad and blind bought Souffle Intense! I felt I would not have been tolerated at Maple Grove, acting like that!
I get Shali-mad too
Every full moon.
Sometimes, nothing else will do; and time with Shalimar is never time wasted, perfume-wise. And, moonlight never hurt….
I have gotten Shali-mad too, just ordered a tiny sample of vintage parfume from STC (no affiliation) to see if it’s worth hunting for vintage. This is after getting samples of EDT, EDP, and parfume (all current) because it needs to be perfect. I don’t know why I do this to myself.
Blame it on vintage Guerlain! I like to have some of each “un peu de tout” when it comes to Shalimar! STC won’t let you down! Hope you enjoy that. I am in current edp today.
If you’re a Shalimar lover, I will say vintage can be absolutely worth digging for! I have a fan bottle that I’d guess is from the 60’s and it’s amazing. You get some idea from the relatively abundant 80’s bottles you can find in thrift shops, but the older versions are so much MORE than the newer versions. I own 4 or 5 formulations of Shalimar, and the old fan bottle is hands-down my fave. (And bonus points, I found it at a deal at an estate sale!)
Hello, everyone! I’m wearing Arielle Shoshana Saturday today. My two AS sample vials are nearly drained!
Asking for a frag friend: Does anyone know where she could find some Anabasis by Apoteker Tepe (discontinued)? She’s willing to pay!
You smell fabulous. I wore that yesterday and enjoyed every second of it.
Oops – I somehow submitted the same comment under Jessica’s post twice. Fat thumbs!
I’m wearing Hanami by Phur today.
Yesterday’s SOTD posts had a deep thread of gratitude running through them. It was almost meditative to read so many people expressing their gratitude and it left me feeling peaceful and thankful yet again for this extremely pleasant community.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I buy perfume, and it’s often to make myself feel better about a frustration or setback. I want to break away from that pattern, so, I am going to declare today that I am on a no-buy until July 1, 2021. I’m calling this my “Canada Day Project”. I have a lot of gorgeous perfumes that aren’t getting enough love, and I look forward to getting to know them again (and figuring out ways to fight stress that don’t involve retail therapy). Wish me luck!
Good luck! I hope you’ll stay strong and rediscover calm and collectedness within your collection!
Good luck, sistine! Would it help if you thought about channeling your discretionary income into something worthy or important to you? We gave a small amount of discretionary income to the no kill shelter where my furry granddaughter lived the first seven years of her life. She brings so much joy to all of us and I am ever so grateful that they took care of her. They currently have a cat whose lived there for 15 years!! They took a hard hit financially because of less donations (particularly food) so my husband felt compelled to give. Maybe the money saved on not buying and shopping your collection could be put towards something that you feel passionate about. Then you might be less inclined to want to spend it on perfume. ?
Good luck with your project and tackling the spending habit. Maybe you should hide away some of your perfumes and only release them for use , or post them to yourself as a mystery parcel in a nice package, once a month so you still get the thrill of anticipation and rediscovery. If you made twelve identical looking packages now but just posted one a month you wouldn’t know what you were getting.
It’s a good question to ask with regards to purchases in general.
I want to be smart and wise with how I spend my money since I give a lot of time and energy to get it!
Hope you have much success in making your change.
I give up non-essential purchases every year for Lent, and it’s really helped me curb my purchasing-for-comfort habit. Good luck with your project! I’m sure your perfume collection will appreciate the attention.
Sistine, I think I need to join you in solidarity in that no-buy. I’ve bought 8 bottles this year, which is ridiculously outside what I consider reasonable for my situation (and budget). I can rationalize every single one, two were splits, one was for my birthday (ok actually two were), one was for my 10th anniversary at my job (oops, again, actually two were) blah blah blah. But really it was due to loneliness, boredom, or frustration. I have enough. I am enough. I’m angry at Covid-19. Ok, sorry, I’m done now. All to say, I feel ya!
Whatever I spend on perfumes, I give an equal or more amount to a not for profit.
Best of luck to you on the Canada Day Project! I did a three month no-buy during the C19 lockdown that helped me recalibrate, it’s good to take a break from chasing after the next great thing and appreciate what you have.
Jasmin et Cigarettes. It’s lovely while it lasts – or maybe it’s the sample and I should just dunk the whole vial on myself? I have a couple of FB of Eldo (Fils de Dieu and Like this), and they have way more staying power.
Might be just the spray vs dab, or is the sample a spray too?
In the pretty Yves Rocher Iris Noire Eau Fraiche, the liquid is a pretty lavender blue . My father wore Eau de Cologne exclusively, and rather generic at that, but it was France and EDC smelled great.
A perfume for the shortest day of the year? Sunrise is at 8.19am and sunset at 5.01pm down in the south and the colder weather tends to kick in from now until August. Extrait of Mysore Sandalwood ( for my father) on one wrist and CDG Cinnamon on the other, maybe?
Both sound cozy and warm! At least the days start getting longer again!
Happy solstice! We’re on the downhill side of summer, sunrise at 5:05am, sunset at 8:46pm. Two more months of intense heat ahead. Your scent combo sounds great.
I haven’t been here for ages, but I have been “curating” my perfume collection in the last months (tidying up and throwing out samples), and reappreciating some of the more neglected ones. Today I am retrying one I am still on the fence about, an older Aedes de Venustas with a rhubarb note.
I want to thank Robin now for posting the wonderful Giovanna Garzoni pictures this week. Living near Italy means that I might even manage a super-short trip to Florence in the next days, now that the borders are open for tourists again.
You smell great!
Oh, so you could see the exhibit!
Peaceful, lazy Sat. Had a fun picnic in the park yesterday, first time with friends since March which was so wonderful.
Zoom call with the fam shortly for Father’s Day. The only scent I recall my father enjoying is Maja. Someone wore it years back and he still brings it up. I found some soaps once and sent these to him to his great delight.
SOTD for me is Carnal Flower
We do family zoom every 2 weeks.
Glad you were able to see friends!
Dashing out the door in Box of Eels! Happy weekend, especially to all the fathers out there!
Sprayed on O de Lancome this morning to combat the humidity. We don’t normally have high humidity but it has rained alot recently and there are thunderstorms in the forecast.
Yesterday I was able to thin out my little garden; the lettuce and carrots were probably planted too close so they had to be culled. And we sampled the arugula, it’s so yummy!
Carrots can be fussy! I won’t have any produce this year, but have the fun challenge of building a garden this year right in my own yard at last. Some big trees had to come down at the neighbors, and finally I have 7 hours of sun in a corner. I am going to “lasagna” the patch this year; hopefully I can do summer/fall veggies next year.
Too much excitement of the wrong kind in the middle of the night on Friday: Dad had a nasty hypoglycemic episode (low blood sugar) and was sweating, trembling and unresponsive. Fortunately, Mom called me to come quickly when he became unresponsive. “Do you think we should call 911?” she asked.
“Yes. Yes, I do,” I said. It turned out his blood sugar had been 36, the paramedics said. (Normal is around 100). He went to the hospital, and was able to call us this morning, sounding coherent. My brother and sister-in-law came up, and maybe Dad will be home tomorrow to celebrate Father’s Day.
I said that if Mom’s hair hadn’t already been gray, that would have done it. But we’re hanging in there.
Ouf, That’s a scary start to the weekend but at the same time, way to go in getting him urgent medical attention!!! Hope he is able to come home in time for Father’s Day and that either way his recovery is smooth.
It was very scary for Mom, but I knew I needed to stay calm, and I could tell in less than a minute that he needed expert help. We’ve talked to him on the phone today a few times today, and he’s been sounding quite coherent.
My brother and I dropped some things off for Dad today, including his Kindle, and Dad seems to have settled down to watching TV and reading an e-book at the same time, which is what he frequently does at home. He said he’d almost finished a book, but he has lots more e-books.
Dad saw the endocrinologist at the hospital today. She thought he’d been taking too much insulin at night, but that’s something we’ll certainly follow up on. Mom is determined that Dad will see an endocrinologist regularly from now on, to have a specialist specifically monitor his diabetes and any other endocrine issues. Dad will be staying at the hospital overnight tonight, but he said he was feeling much better. So that’s good.
Glad your dad will be monitored more closely going forward. I’m not a doctor but have heard of cases where people who have lost weight and kept taking the same dosage of medication prescribed when they were heavier are likely over medicated.
Mom had been thinking for years that he’d been prescribed too much insulin, because his blood sugar levels had tended to be on the low side — around 70 or so before some meals, although not as dangerously low as last night. Mom and I were not the least bit surprised to hear that the endocrinologist thought so, too. Mom’s not a doctor, so there wasn’t anything she could do before, but now she has a professional, a specialist, who agrees with her.
Bedtime scent on Saturday: Demeter Baby Powder, for its soothing properties. Scent this morning: Gardener’s Glove, which I also find kind of soothing.
You must have been so worried, it sounds like he’s well looked after, good that he will get specialist care after that incident, and you can celebrate Father’s Day in a extra-special way today.
Yes, to everything.
Not a good thing, glad you were there to help out. Do you have any liquid glucose packets or honey in the house? That could be helpful to smear on his gums in an emergency while you’re waiting for the ambulance. Wishing him a speedy recovery and better control with his endocrinologist.
Mom and I were giving him glucose tablets, but he wasn’t chewing at that point. The paramedics did an IV bag of sugar solution. They suggested at for at home to use some kind of gel to put on the insides of his cheeks. I later took stock, and realized I had honey, molasses, jam, and other sweets of that texture in the kitchen. I also had liquid glucose “shots” in little bottles, but I don’t think much of a thin liquid would have gotten down his throat. I will keep using a gel in mind, although *hopefully* he won’t do that again.
Thanks to all who have responded with good wishes. He’s home now, and says he’s much better. We’ll make an endocrinologist appointment for him ASAP.
So glad he is better! 36 is scary.
Thank you. It was scary, and I felt much better once the paramedics got there and went to work.
Feeling cheerful in a hefty dose of Song of Aubrac, despite the scorching temperatures (33°C or 91°F)! Our bedroom has a window A/C box at least so sleeping is tolerable, if slightly noisy.
I just finished auditing the second of a stellar two-part Zoom seminar series, I made more hummus, and my dad received his variety pack of Reese’s peanut butter products that a friend helped me get delivered to him in the US for Father’s Day! (I couldn’t order them with an internal billing address, go figure).
Happy Father’s Day to all!
I have that problem too, fortunately I have a US address and two credit cards, one with the US and one with the Canada address. It’s a pain.
Happy solstice, everyone! I’m wearing Dasein Summer for the first time this year — haven’t sniffed the other seasons in this line but I love this one. I smell like grapefruit and cilantro, like someone spilled a posh cocktail on me. Which reminds me… it’s about drinks o’clock here…
Wow, that does sound good.
Happy to have a stressful work day over and done with. Looking forward to having tomorrow off. My dad is going to make out like a bandit with his gift. Harry and David smoked salmon, bottle of wine, Star Wars/Beetles shirt and body wash. Was too stressed to wear perfume at work today but woke up in Theorema. I think that I will wear Zagorsk for the evening.
Yuck I hate stressful work days; had many of them in 14 years of banking during the 80’s and 90’s – you will triumph I am sure! (I’m on a different gig now.) My Dad, who I lost last year love smoked salmon and similar little treats so sounds like you have a good day planned for him! I have Zagorsk on the longer list of things to try, have not sniffed Theorema because DC’d; I do pursue some of those but always happy for others who have their stash of lost treasures!!
SOTD = Commando ?
… was decanting Vivacious and have 4 more 5 mLs to do. I was all set to mail out 9 packages today, but after the 5th label, PayPal Multi-order shipping went bonkers and would only accept Customer Name and everyone’s default address is United States. Anyway, I dropped off 5 packages at the post office this afternoon and will email the recipients tomorrow. I’ll see how shipping behaves tomorrow and if it does behave , I will drop off the packages at the train station mailbox which is under a shelter so it won’t get beat down by the sun; the only drawback is once a day pickup and tracking usually doesn’t start until the 2nd weekday after pickup.
Speaking of decanting, I tried the syringe method and voila! Koyel gets a decanting enabler’s pin for providing her syringe source and which gauge needle (25 which is the thinnest in the multi-pack) and syringe size (5mLs) she used. I managed to get at most 2mLs per pull but overall, much easier and no spillage (other than not realizing that a vacuum, when released, will keep going.
In other news, my friend the Rosary Brigade leader got into politics again in a separate friends Viber group (she wasn’t the only one). I finally had it and basically politely asked for the group to be politics-free and neutral, to avoid what’s said to be the source of contention amongst friends. She agreed, but added a comment that basically questioned, in general, why some people support x. To this I responded that we are all smart enough to make our own decisions without needing anyone’s approval AND said that I have never and will never persuade someone to be for or against x. And then she got into having one’s moral compass guide each of us, to which I simply responded with I’ll let God be the judge of mine. Let’s see how long this one lasts.
Happy Father’s Day!
So how do you like Vivacious?
I’ve been a little overwhelmed with restarting work last Tuesday and trying to adjust. The store opened for customers on Friday, and it’s been very busy. Most people are wearing masks, although not properly. And we’ve already had to shut down the bathrooms twice. For the most part, people are being nice.
Today is my Birthday. I originally had this day as a vacation day, but then it was denied. I’m heading into work, and will probably wear Coco to give the place a little class, lol. I’ve taken to spraying my mask.
Oh, get this… yesterday in the mail, my deceased mother received her vote by mail form! I will have to figure out who to call about this, although they probably won’t answer the phone.
Happy Father’s day! And Happy Summer and Winter to my winter friends ?
Happy Birthday, many happy returns, Lillyjo. You will indeed smell classy, and I’m glad the return to work is going well. We are born eight days apart. It’s a little bit spooky about the vote by mail form. Did you lose your mum long ago?
Thanks Aurora!, It will be 9 years in December that I lost my mom. Part of me has to laugh, because I know she would have very much liked to participate in the upcoming election.
I know we are both June babies. The best month of the year imo!
Yours is next week then?
I picture your mother having your sense of humor, that they should still send mail after all these years is rather inexcusable. Hope you enjoy some cake tonight after work. Yes, mine is next week, it’s not a big birthday though.
Happy Birthday! Hope you’re able to celebrate in style on your days off! ?
Thanks Deva!, I’m perpetually out of style though!?
Happy Birthday lillyjo!
Happy Birthday lillyjo!? The longest day of the year, how cool! Now I will always remember your birthday. I’m glad you chose to wear Coco, you will definitely be smelling classy.
I don’t think I could have been born on a better day! It really is a good way to have people remember.
Happy Birthday, Lillyjo! I hope you have a great day and are able to celebrate when you get back home. The best to you today and always! ????
Thank you! Happy Birthday to your sister too!
Happy birthday Lillyjo! ?
Happy Birthday, Lillyjo. Like madtowngirl, I’ll now remember your birthday. Hope that you can celebrate and be spoiled on a day off.
Happy Birthday, lillyjo! I hope you have a great celebration when you get home.
I came home to chocolate cupcakes!
Happy birthday! Sorry you had to work under stressful conditions, that’s a bit of a bummer!
Spraying your mask!!!! Why did I never think of that?
I was so sad not to smell the lilacs during their brief bloom last month through my mask but I could have been at least smelling my own perfume!
Definitely taking that idea on board.
I thought I read someone else here was spraying their masks? I’m really enjoying doing so.
Happy Birthday, lillyjo! Somewhere in Europe, thinking Spain, you get a dollar / whatever smallest bill currency from everyone you encounter in your birthday. Since cash is icky, may you get blessings on this special day!
I will take the blessings any day!
Happy Birthday! I love the mask spraying idea. Might try some samples this way!
Spraying samples on the mask is a great idea! It will help me reduce the huge amount I have. Thanks for the tip!
Thanks! I’ve done samples and bottles.
Happy Birthday! Stay safe at work! Let’s hope Coco also is a germicide.
Thanks Calypso! It’s probably perfume that’s kept me going this long, lol!
Happy Birthday lillyjo! You smell great, and I hope you’re enjoying your day no matter what.
Thank you Undina!
Happy birthday sweet pea! I hope that good things happen this year for you and your kids. Enjoy your birthday, have a great week!
Thanks Kanuka! You have no idea how much I appreciate the sweet pea!
Happy happy birthday!
Happy birthday! I’m sorry you have to work, but hopefully your evening can be special and festive!
Thanks Isabella! I’m choosing quiet deck time over festive, but still special!
Sending you Scented Happy Birthday Wishes, lillyjo! ?????
Thank you Jalapeno!
Happy birthday! I’m sure you classed up the joint in your Coco!
Thank you! It has to be a top five classiest, for sure!
Happy Birthday! And may it be a blessed year ahead!
Happy birthday to you! You smelled great in Coco!
Happy birthday lillyjo! Hope you are already done working by now and doing something fun.
Ordered Tawaf from Italy last Sunday after several of us commented on the sublime jasmine that it is! I am wearing it today! You can order a wee bottle from the website, and I ordered Sensemilla too. I love the skunk of marijuana notes in fragrance. I did not spend very much and it was here on Friday!
Oh yay, and do you love Tawaf?
I am fascinated by Elena Aprile, an Italian dark matter scientist and leader of the Xenon Collaboration, who is rocking purple lipstick and looking smashing at 66.
Today I am sampling Cartier VII L’Heure Defendu, a dark chocolate fragrance.
In other news, I have progressed (?) from snipping Magnolia grandiflora blossoms to gardenias, which are much more fragrant even though they are a fraction of the size. ? Sadly, high heat and humidity next week will put an end to my nightly excursions.
I enjoyed these two ‘guilty’ excursions, all done in the name of science, i’m sure.
I like your guerilla garden project and the physics link.
LOL on your nightly floral raids. :-). You smell great, I love L’Heure Défendue.
Slept another 10 straight hours.
The air was so cool and sweet last night.
Hit Trader Joe’s for me and my elderly neighbor.
SOTD is le labo tea noir lotion and perfume which the cashier at tjs loved.
Lord, could you put some sleep in a box and send it to me? I was up at 11:00pm last night, chasing a mouse out of the house with the fireplace shovel.
I had a big chameleon invite himself in the other day from my overgrown courtyard. that’ was enough excitement with critters.
LOL! Now that must have been a sight.
Checking in late, I’m wearing 4160 Tuesdays Year of the Sugar Mouse. Today is my anniversary, 19 years together, 6 married. Still crazy after all these years.
Happy Anniversary, and may you enjoy many more!
Happy Anniversary, Cazaubon! ?
Happy anniversary to you both!
Happy Father’s Day to all…I miss my Dad so much but am so grateful I had him so long.
Nice day, wearing Fiori di Capri again. A friend drove in, picked me up and we headed downtown to Battery Park City. Sat outside by the water drinking coffee and then got Shake Shack lunch and wandered around in the sun and along the waterfront. Lots of people out…fewer wearing masks than a few weeks ago. (That doesn’t bother me outside when walking around.). Felt good to spend the day outside in fresh air.
Sounds like a great day!
Wow, I would kill for a shake shack burger & milkshake right now!