Saturday is the last day of July, and Sunday is the first day of August — don't forget to rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!
We're marking the changing of the month with our standard open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, your favorite fragrance for August weather, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Love-in-a-mist [cropped] by AJC1 at flickr; some rights reserved.
SOTD is Solstice Scents Pineapple Vanilla. It’s so smoky here in MN we are under a Very Unhealthy air quality watch, with the potential to slide into Hazardous! It’s unreal. My asthma is struggling. So I’m trying to stay indoors, calm.
Reading a couple of cooking magazines for new ideas and drinking a iced chai. Pretty lazy but the air doesn’t really let me do anything strenuous. Ha. I’ve been forced to relax so who am I to argue?
Stay calm Kelly Red! You can do it.
We are under flex alerts, power alerts in CA. Will wait till after 6pm to do laundry.
Sending good thoughts your way.
Good luck KellyC!
That must be horrible, I’m hoping you don’t reach Hazardous.
Yuck and double yuck for your AQI Alerts.
SOTD is Sana Jardin Incense Water. I like this line and I like it more now that they have travel size to test. It’s a rollerball. First world issue.
11 hours sleep broken up by headache. Downstairs for some Advil then back to sleep.
Mani pedi later with new nail color!
Mani/pedi is such a mood booster!
I didn’t have pedicures for 16 months because of the pandemic, and was so happy to resume them!
Hope that advil worked apsara!
Curious to hear what your new nail color is! And I hope that your headache is history now.
SOTD is SL Chergui. I picked up a small sample and it’s lovely! I’m going to have to get an actual bottle eventually ?
You smell great!
Thank you! I hope you have a great time at your Mani/Pedi!
Showered with BBW Japanese Cherry Blossom and used the moisturizer and fragrance spray. Very refreshing and clean. I’m sure it will fade, so will think about what’s next later.
Forgot to post my CP scent yesterday…Aedes Oeillet Bengale. Made sure to get back up travel sprays of this since it’s been hard to find. We took a long walk on the beach yesterday (Lake Michigan) and then a path through the woods back to the car. So many wildflowers. Just lovely. Planning to hit up the county fair this evening to see the BoDeans perform. My husband loves them. I’m clueless.
Omg, The BoDeans! They’re from Waukesha originally. I listened to them a lot in college. Have a great time!
In case your husband hasn’t already had you listen, here’s one of their bigger hits. Bonus: the title can also refer to perfume:
That sounds like a lovely evening, LizzieB. Have fun!
No perfume yet but I am mulling an order from Feelunique. ?
They have the new Nuxe Neroli oil that Robin posted about, some Givenchy and Guerlain perfumes on sale and an additional code off. ?
I don’t order much from the UK but will I need to pay import taxes to the US please? I believe so but wanted to confirm.
I haven’t ordered anything from the UK for a while, but last time I did I think it was the same as when you brought stuff back from the UK as a tourist, that is, you can bring up to $800 worth of product into the US without having to pay import duties.
Thanks so much, NovemberRose!
Yes, found this via the link below as well…
Packages whose declared value is under $800 ($100 if being sent as a gift to someone other than the purchaser) will generally be cleared without any additional paperwork prepared by CBP.
So the Neroli oil is now out of stock. the discount isn’t good on items already reduced and they will charge $20 for shipping due to perfume being hazardous and thus my fantasy Lookunique order is now over.
I used to be allergic to paying shipping but have decided it’s the cost of doing business. That said, your cost-benefit analysis makes sense!
Aww, I’m sorry. I’m sure the planning and plotting was fun, though!
I sympathise, things that look like great buys can be cruelly undermined by shipping and import costs.
At least I don’t have to worry about the UK in that regard, for some reason, postal rules prohibit sending perfume to New Zealand
I just ordered the Neroli oil from the website Robin posted in the comments section of that post, they did not charge shipping and I got a 10% off code for my first order.
I ordered a bottle of perfume from the UK recently. There were no US import charges or taxes that I could see. However, the UK VAT is no longer refundable, and that added about 16 percent. The cost of shipping (Fedex 3-5 working days) was steep: 46 pounds.
I don’t know if shipping perfume is particularly expensive because it’s considered a hazardous item, or what.
That said, my order arrived safely and very rapidly, and some very desirable free samples were included, so I am happy.
My allergies have been so bad this week! I’ve been trying to stay in as much as possible, never mind that it’s been upper 90’s consistently. I’m going to the pool nearly every day. (Been tested twice, not Covid-19 this time!)
I’m in D&G Feminine today, a fresh but competent white floral, very 90s. Did anyone wear this back in the day? I found a bottle recently and noticed how missed this one is online.
Stay safe everyone.
What does D&G smell like? a Big white floral?
More “bright white” than “big white.” It’s luminous but I wouldn’t call it creamy or lush, a bit more powdery.
I didn’t wear it, but I also don’t recall seeing it in my area.
I didn’t remember it either!
I am in Prada infusion d’iris, not the newest bottle. I haven’t smelled infusions d’iris, maybe the smell alike.
Farmers market, chai tea.
Made an impulse purchase of a Caftan. Retail therapy…
I wore Infusion d’Iris EdT this week, from my old bottle, and wonder why I don’t wear it more often.
You smell beautiful.
I was trying to do retail therapy yesterday, but couldn’t find anything.
? I’ve experienced this as well.
I am alive, but struggling.
Hope you’re home & have help in regularly. Sending healing mojo.
Eek. I hope your cats are helping!
I hope things get better soon.
Move slow! I hope you are able to rest and that you feel better each day.
Sending good thoughts your way Calypso!
Big hugs, Calypso!!!
Hope thing look up soon, Calypso!
Biggest hugs Calypso.
I hope you can rest and have someone to help you recover.
I am so sorry to hear of your struggle. Gosh, you’ve been really battered by surgeries during the past few years. Sending love and strength and luck for your recovery. Take care of yourself.
I hope you feel a little better every day!
Lots of healing vibes!!
Sending you thoughts of strength, endurance, and healing!
We are all thinking of you Calypso!! You will get better!
I hope that you have someone there to help you. Sending you healing thoughts and good wishes in your recovery.
Hope you get better soon, Calypso. Sending healing thoughts.
So sorry, Calypso! Sending you strength and good healing wishes!
Sending you healing and fragrant thoughts. Take good care.
Hope each day finds you a little better, Calypso!
Cap Neroli from the sample bowl today. I like it, but I won’t need any more once I finish my little spray.
Happy Birthday to Harry Potter! My stepdad and I were reminiscing about going to the midnight book releases together. I was in my early twenties for the later ones, and we both had to work the next day, but went anyway. Super fun.
I remember those midnight book releases. I took my oldest to the final one, he would have been 11 at the time.☺️ Fun memories.
I remember taking my daughter to those releases too. It was so exciting for both of us, but she was the real Potter fan. ❤️
OMG, it is, and he is 41!!
SotD = Tango. I smell marvelous. Last weeks’ CP makes me think of rational ? things such as it is only reasonable to get and always gave a BUB of Tango. One of these perfumes that never leaves my collection and is a big tine staple and a favorite.
Tango is good
Another month has passed? Where did that time go.
Today I am wearing MFK Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte. I don’t get the whole “Cologne forte” idea bit I do like the scent – smells crisp like fresh laundry drying outside.
Today’s photo is for a different perfume though, hope you enjoy.
I agree, it feels as though July began a few days ago.
Your photo is beautiful. And you reminded me I have a travel bottle of your scent of the day. I will wear it now.
Thanks and enjoy your perfume.
I think your photo is excellent, too. Funny question: where did the beach stones come from?
These were muled by my parents from their trip to Greece I think.
Your photos are always so soothing and well composed.
Thank you so much.
SL Fleur d’Oranger. I ordered unsniffed (!) from a discount retailer, and for once I’m glad I did.
Heat wave is over … a lovely sunny, dry, breezy day. Looking forward to a road trip to the beach to visit family in August. What fragrance to take?
Ohhh Fleurs d’Oranger is so beautifully gorgeous!! One of my favorites from the entire SL line.
I think I blind-bought all my Serge Lutens. I guess that seems nuts, but here’s a thought: what is the point about hanging around on blogs, Fragrantica, Base Notes and so forth, learning who makes smart reviews and noticing who likes what you like if you don’t get an idea of how you will experience a perfume? Fille en aiguilles and Participe Passe were the only total fails out of the dozen or so I have. Also, I live in a small town and don’t want to drive 60-90 minutes to get to shopping centers. My main beef with sampling is *tiny vials* that just don’t create the same experience of a spritz-blitz.
Agreed to all You just said MossyBerry!!
Adding, there’s nothing like opening a new bottle!
Spritz-blitz is my new favorite expression! Thank you!
Yes, totally agree about blogs, etc. Reviews can be super helpful!
I was lucky enough to get a sample of Participe in a swap, and I hated it LOL. Money saved!
This is how I have to buy perfume also! I’m trying scentbird to cut down on the blind buys now and I love the splitmeets!
SOTD = Chanel No.5 Eau Premiere
I believe this is the 2007 edition. I have nothing to go by other than the shape of the bottle.
So there’s a saying that bad luck comes in threes. A cousin’s husband died earlier today. He and their 2 teenaged kids were in Israel to help with his mother (not sure of the issue). On a beach outing, he never made it out of the water. We don’t know if he was just simply overwhelmed or if he had some kind of medical episode. Needless to say, my cousin is now on her way there. It’s too sad and so tragic. He was in his late 40s. I’ve met him and have spoken with him over the years and I still cannot believe he is gone.
I am so sorry to read that, what a terrible shock.
Thank you. I was struck speechless when my sister called me this afternoon.
oh no, I’m so sad for everyone and for you. Please let’s hope the bad luck has run out.
I should have said bad news instead. This should be it, right? Keeping my fingers crossed that this is the case.
I am so sorry this happened to your family and am thinking of all of you.
Thank you, allo.
Ugh that is so sad. I am very sorry for your loss.
Thank you. It was so unexpected.
I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Thank you. Another one who died too young.
Oh, that’s so sad. I feel so bad for his children to have to witness/ be there – so traumatic.
They were indeed there and this came out of nowhere.
Oh hajusuuri, I am so sorry. My heart breaks for those kids.?
This is very tragic. I’m sorry for your loss. Peace to you and his family.
Thank you. Tragic describes it for sure.
Such sad news. Sending hugs
Thank you, Kanuka.
I am so sorry, what a terrible loss.
I’m so sorry to hear this. Hoping you can find solace in your memories.
Thank you. He was so young!
Awwwwwwwww. Crap. I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family.
Thank you, jalapeño.
What an awful shock, I’m so sorry.
I’m so sorry, h.
I am so sorry for such a tragic loss, Hajusuuri. Sending hugs.
Thank you. Someone set up a gofundme but we are figuring out a better way to do it because gofundme charges a hefty fee. Something along the lines of 7% so that’s a non-starter for me.
Oh, no; I am so sorry. I don’t know what else to say except to send sympathy to you and your cousin’s family.
I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin’s husband, Hajusuuri. What an awful trip for her to have to make and such an awful shock to their children. I wish them strength and grace.
Yay for August! The year has flown by with disturbing speed, but I’m still glad that spring is getting close.
I’m delighted to be able to join the conversation about vaccinations. My beloved got his first dose on Thursday and my mother on Friday. They were both prioritised as my beloved has dodgy lungs and my mother is 90. I should get an invitation to book in a couple of weeks, as the general roll-out starts to work down through age groups. The actual vaccination might be some way off, but hugely exciting to know that it’s all underway.
Perfume-wise, I ordered another Armani Privé last night, that line seems to really work for me, which is unfortunate for my finances. I’ve had Encens Satin on my list of possible future purchases for a while, and I found it at 30% off! In my own country, so no postage cost – I did not hesitate for even a second
Congratulations on the vaccination news and the great deal!
You get perfume enabler badge! Read your post and put in my order…blind buy , which shows I have my mojo back. I was interested in etro shaal nur , from the box of samples you gave me, but shipping was up to $100 so this is much better. Alex bought me a vacuum cleaner yesterday (unbidden, for my birthday!) so this is the remedy to that nonsense.
*Trying to wave to you, Kanuka* but my arms are full of blind buy bottles to show off!
Happy birthday and so glad to hear your mojo is back!!
Happy you got a good deal and even happier your mojo is back! ?
See my comment below re Shaal Nur – I’ve been reading up from the bottom!
And while a vacuum cleaner is practical, much better to buy yourself perfume fir your birthday
Hope you have a good birthday celebration.
Happy birthday Kanuka!!
What a great deal! I love Encens Satin.
Great news about vaccinations in your part of the world!
That is fantastic news about the vaccines, congratulations! And glad you treated yourself.
As of midnight last night, our province removed all COVID restrictions: no mask enforcement in public places, no travel restrictions, it’s all wide open. We’re at 81 per cent of the eligible population with at least one shot, 67 per cent with two doses.
Went out for groceries this morning and it was gratifying to see that most people were still wearing masks, because this thing is not over. It must have been the early shoppers being conscientious, because a bit later in the morning fewer than half of the people we saw in the mall were masked. The two of us are going to be wearing masks for a while longer, at any rate, whatever anyone else does.
I wore Jacques Fath Pour l’Homme today because I needed a solid hit of sandalwood but Samsara was just too much. Fath is usually classified as an amber scent and it does have a lot of moving parts but to me the overall effect is of a huge, rounded wooden sculpture, nary a sharp edge in sight. Not sugary, not powdery, just a matte-textured monolith, so beautiful.
I hear you on the pandemic. Here in CA the delta variant is raging. I know several vaccinated people dxed w COVID, albeit they were able to get through it at home. My husband’s hospital is treating the unvaccinated in the ICU. And so it goes. I went to a movie in a theater last night (how could I resist? My sweet happy 20-year old son, said, “Mom, we haven’t had a date in a really long time!”) –we ate our pizza at an outside table in an uncrowded courtyard, and I used my arms for testing a bunch of perfumes that I sniffed outside when we had left Sephora (always a stop on our movie excursions, like the candy shop–its been that way since he was five!), AND I doubled up and wore two masks during the movie—but goooolllllyyyy.
Aww, yay for date night! And sweet, happy sons.?
SotD = MFK Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte
because lucasai is wearing it today. A wonderful NSTer sent me a set of travel bottles of the Aqua Universalis variations in a swap. I don’t wear them often, but when I do I wish I had FBs. Silly thinking, as I well know the perfume cupboard will not be empty for decades.
Have a wonderful weekend, NSTers. You smell like heaven.
You smell like heaven… love that ❤️
I’m in the Different Company’s Bois d’Iris today and smelling great. Back to fully masking everywhere – I’m just very unsettled. Hope everyone stays healthy!
I did my last unmasked mall trip this past Monday. I am back to masking everywhere. So far, single masking, as I don’t think double masking will help if the virus is determined to circulate.
I’m in JHaG Moscow Mule. Very nice for a hot day spent running around in the kitchen. The hubster’s birthday meal has been prepped, eaten and cleaned up. Roast chicken, braised Yukon gold potatoes, baby carrots and a peanut butter layer cake with cream cheese peanut butter icing for dessert. The only issue with the cake is keeping enough space in the fridge to store it!
The guys are playing pool and I’m chilling out. ? Happy Saturday, y’all!
Happy birthday to hubster, the birthday feast sounds delicious!
Thanks cazaubon! It’s been nice to take the rest of the evening easy.
Happy Birthday to your Husband!
Oh… my son took leftover Cowboy Stew to work and he came home saying he needed the recipe to share with coworkers! I have never been asked for a recipe in my life! Lol, thanks again!
You have officially arrived!
That is so awesome! I’d totally forgotten about that recipe. I’ll have to make it this week, so thanks back to you! ?
Happy Birthday to your hubster! ?
Happy birthday to your husband. I was at Wegmans this afternoon and I was tempted to get the peanut butter and chocolate covered cheesecake, but yay me for resisting.
Thanks hajusuuri! Yes, I think I’ll be taking some cake to the neighbors unless I get outvoted by the birthday boy.
Happy birthday to your husband! I am sure you all had a great time!
Omg, I’m drooling!? Happy birthday to your husband!
I’m in Bvlgari’s Amarena, and a new to me body butter, Rose Coconut by Three Sisters Apothecary. I detect zero coconut. It’s one of those sparing, dry rose scents that has a hint of lemongrass, at least to my nose. The “butter” is like a salve–the consistency of many solid perfumes, rather than a thick cream. I like that consistency for my legs and the back of my hands, but some people might find it too greasy. I am very pleased with it! The other scented butter I purchased was Blood Orange Cardamom–looking forward to trying that one as well. These are cheap thrills for us nose-ies.
Sounds wonderful. I recently bought a rose cardamon body cream which I wish came with a matching cake!
The comedy of my illness continues and I am just home from hospital having had three surgeries in the past week (post operative infection). Bit tired and hooked up to IV antibiotics in my arm and a negative vacuum drain in my leg , so tubes everywhere. The conversation changed from being cured of cancer to ‘saving the leg’ and to rub it in my phone came up with images of ‘this day a year ago’ which was all beautiful sunrise images that I had taken while walking the dogs through the forrest on the hill. Have to laugh, really. One step forward, two back and all that. Getting my first covid tomorrow. I have to go to the shopping mall and the covid site is in the closed-down ‘off site storage’ (i.e perfume shop, department store). I have two tubes attached to my body, and a ‘ticking’ vacuum pump so I hope I do not arouse suspicion as some mad anti-vaxxer and get hauled off by security. BUT signs of spring: mimosa and rhodos coming into flower. Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit and a dash of Etro Shaal Nur from the amazing treasure trove of samples. I love it. Can’t buy it inNZ and postage is nuts (up to $100) but one day. Happy August.
Kanuka Kanuka Kanuka!! I was just thinking of you! So happy to hear that you are out and about–well, after a fashion (and now ‘fashion’ does seems a dubious word choice). You have planted a very big smile on my face, that even with the threats to your leg and the ridiculous level of discomfort you must be in. Big hugs to you and very best wishes.
Well, your sense of wry humour seems to still be intact, which is a good sign. :-). So sorry to hear about all the surgeries and infections, I am wishing you a speedy and complete healing!
So much to deal with, but so lovely to hear from you.
My mother had her first COVID shot on Friday at the same place, and she said the staff were so lovely and helpful.
And let me convey good news about Shaal Nur. I found an online place in NZ just yesterday that stocks an amazing range of perfume. I had no idea – I was just looking for measuring cups! They stock Etro, and have Shaal Nur EdT. Just search for The Market. It’s retail prices, not discount, but here
I am wishing you a full recovery and an early spring my friend.
Wow. What an update. Post-op infections can be really scary (not that this is news to you). Hoping for the best! ?????
Yay for your first Covid shot! Sending you lots of love and light and wishing a speedy recovery from your surgeries. Glad that perfume is giving you comfort. Big hugs!♥️
It’s nice to see you posting, Kanuka. Wishing you the best as you continue to heal. Good luck on the COVID vaccine tomorrow!
Oh Kanuka, such troubles, I am so sorry. It makes me glad to think of you in Shaal Nur with things starting to bloom outside the window, though…and any other good things that will help carry you through.
Glad to see you posting, Kanuka. Sending all possible healing vibes and thoughts. Praying for a speedy recovery.
It’s great to see you! What a crazy ride you’re having. Sending you healing energy and birthday wishes.
Wow Kanuka, that is a lot! to deal with. Sending you my very best wishes for a full recovery!!???
I hope your covid shot went well. I am so sorry about your trials and challenges. May you get enough strength and grace every morning for THAT DAY and the ability to find what is still good and uplifting in your life. Thanks for posting.
Welcome home, Kanuka!
Yikes! May that iPhone video prove to be a message from the future as well as the past. ?
What a saga for you, Kanuka! You are one tough cookie to go through all those infections. Wound vacs are pretty amazing. Hope recovery progresses much better now.
I hope your recovering fast now. This is really not fun. Those infections can get pretty nasty. Glad you are on the mend
Another day of endless errands, a bit of rain, and now it’s just about nap time. Wearing Nobara-cha thanks to the very generous ScentSpirit. :-). Only six more weeks at the new house from hell then I get to fly back to San Diego, yay! Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!
May the 6 weeks fly quickly! ( just for you though, it can drag for me?)
Thank you lillyjo, I hope it goes quickly… I still have lots of jobs to do on the house/yard to occupy me, which well hopefully distract me from ruminating on my bad judgement.
I hope your summer passes slowly and you enjoy every minute!
Six weeks will be here in no time. Will you be staying in the U.S. longer than your usual 6 months ?
Yes, we can stay 7 months in the US.
Yay! Hope the 6 weeks fly by.
Thanks, me too!
Yes, the rules for BC are more generous than Quebec, we can stay 7 months in the US.
I’m so happy to read about those of you in other countries who can finally get vaccinated! I’m back to wearing masks if I go into a store, and I’m continuing to avoid doing that when possible. I’m still doing my part to bolster the economy online, though! I recently bought all the original eight Zara Emotions collection in the 10 ml roller balls, after having enjoyed the discovery set. I like some more than others, of course, but I fell into what someone here called a completion fixation.
In other news, I was invited by a published playwright to work with her to create a “fragrance score” for a play she is in the process of writing, and being part of a grant proposal for same. I’m very excited about this! I’ll function more like a creative director since I’m not trained as a perfumer. If we get the grant, I hope to be able eventually to work with a perfumer on a commission.
Wow, what an exciting opportunity!! Congratulations.
Wow, how exciting!? Congrats!
I bought the rollerball of Fleur d’Oranger. Liked Bohemian Bluebell as well, but am trying to ration my splurges. Even inexpensive ones!
The Zara Emotions line is well done. I blind bought FBs of Fleur d’Oranger and Fleur de Patchouli and then I thought about buying the full set of big bottles ehaeheh but then I thought “that’s kind of madness” and didn’t but who knows what tomorrow may bring?
I got the roller balls to stop myself from buying the set of 40 ml bottles!
Congratulations! I hope you get the grant and that you get to work with a perfumer to design a fragrance!
How fun about the play! I am back to masking, too.
Good morning perfume people. I remembered my rabbits before I got out of bed this morning, so hopefully that will bring me some good luck this month.?I dreamt about mice, lol.
Yesterday morning I was up at the crack of dawn and talked the dh into a quick getaway weekend. This morning I am sipping chai from the eighth floor of our hotel watching the sun come up over the Mississippi River. It’s so beautiful and serene.
Yesterday I wore 10 CC and today I’m in Terracotta. It’s going to be less humid today so I think Terracotta will work well. This afternoon I will take a stroll around the campus of my old alma mater and then head back home. To reality. Sigh, such is life.
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!?
Nice! Enjoy your getaway! I did 2 sets of rabbits today and can donate one to whomever forgot theirs. August snuck up on me!
Rabbited this morning, I could really use some good luck after a long string of bad. Outside scrubbing the wood siding to see if I can do some paint touch-up, trying to avoid having to repaint the entire house. :-/
Wearing a bit of EldO Vraie Blonde.
I hope the rabbits bring you lots of good luck! So sorry about your house troubles, ugh. I once lived in an apartment across from a church that rang its bells every 15 minutes, all day long, and I swear I didn’t hear them during my tour! One of my friends said the property manager must have timed the visits to no more than 14 minutes long!
I bought my house during an early winter. It didn’t occur to me to open the windows. Come spring, it turned out none of the front or side windows opened. I still have 2 to replace. I think they didn’t tell me on purpose.
Oh how annoying! I bet you’re right.
I hope the rabbits work for you! I really like Vraie Blonde, you smell great!
Good morning, and happy August everyone! I’m pre-shower and in Anais Anais. I’m going to try to go to the gym this afternoon, so after I shower I’ll probably put on something else. My gym stopped requiring masks indoors a little while ago, but with cases going up again I’ll probably wear a mask anyway. It’s no fun to be huffing and puffing with one on, but oh well.
I’ve had two weeks at my new job now, and so far so good. I don’t have any projects of my own yet, so I don’t have enough to do during down times, but that will change eventually! I’m still figuring out the office dynamics. I try to get along with everyone, but you can definitely tell some people get annoyed with certain other people, and I’d rather stay out of all that for as long as possible.
Glad the job is going well!
Good luck staying out of that socks!! And happy it is decent so far.
I did remember my rabbits today! Fragrance-wise am commando at the moment. It is cool and rainy here.
I am recovering from a busy and active Saturday. Mr. Skal and I introduced some good friends to kayaking (one loved it and the other didn’t hate it, so that is a win) and paddled about an hour longer than our usual (and at midday, vs. our usual morning time). Trying to take it easier today, but school starts in three weeks and I am not ready. (I am in good company there, but eek.)
I picked apricots on Tuesday. A LOT of them. Technically we were gleaning, not picking, and I can home with about a half bushel, free of charge. It’s been all apricots, all the time, in our kitchen since then. Mr. Skal made grilled pork chops with apricot sauce one night, and I have made: apricot scones; apricot and walnut tart; apricot ginger freezer jam; apricot sorbet; apricot ice cream; roasted apricot and honey ice cream.
My question: does anyone have a freezer jam recipe to share? I had never in my life made jam before Friday, and I am not ready to try real (heat-processed/sealed) canning. The first freezer jam recipe I tried must have had an error in it — it had WAY too much sugar (more than a 2:1 sugar:fruit ratio by weight) and even though I had my doubts, I went through with it and had to throw it all away, which was so upsetting, especially after this past year. The apricot-ginger jam mentioned above was good but I would like a basic, reliable, no-frills freezer jam recipe if one is to be had. (I could omit the ginger in that recipe but it also uses honey rather than cane sugar, and I would like a typical, sugar-based recipe — it doesn’t have to have a LOT of sugar, but I do not always want the flavor of h
“Flavor of honey” — hit the wrong button as I was fighting auto-correct.
SOTD is Cristalle EDT. COTD (confession of the day) is that, after the BUB project on Friday, and a couple of mentions that Cristalle EDT has been d/c’d, I ordered (to nobody’s surprise) a backup. While I still could. ?
Just came back from a nice “pool party” with my dad and my 2 year old (who is feeling better). My daughter is off to take her midday nap right now while I am enjoying my SotD post shower = Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion & EdT. I smell yummi!!
Sotd is Zara Tuberose Noir. For whatever reason, I’m really enjoying Tuberose and Jasmine right now. And since the weather has cooled off a bit, something a little heavier is working for me.
I am trying to intersperse charting, billing, etc. with reading NST and doing laundry, dishes, etc. but fun things are winning out over work.
Rainy and cooler today, here, unexpectedly so. SOTD is my new bottle, Nishane Ani, which I bought rather impulsively right before I went on vacation. It seems very nice and I will wear it regularly, but it is not a total WOW! Over the course of a day spent cooking and cleaning, it’s been washed off my hands, and faded. In the course this cleaning I found my little spray sample of J’adore, so I just paused to have a pre-dinner snack of a small piece of nice toast with the end of a package of chèvre with garlic and herbs, and I spritzed myself with this. I like this a lot, but have never bought a larger amount of it than little samples. Today is my mother’s birthday. She would have been 90 today if she had lived, but she was a heavy smoker and she died at the age of 73, before her time. I think of her and miss her almost every day. She wore Emeraude and later, White Linen, and read, voraciously, fiction, history, whatever caught her eye at the library, where she took us kids every time we went to town. The post office, the library, the grocery store, the feed store, it was our routine.
Meredifay, late reply, but I’m so glad you had nice memories of your mom on her birthday!
SOTD = 4160TuesdaysClouds Parfum
I have 2 sets of rabbits and give one set away if you forgot to rabbit ?.
In other news, August will be my bread no buy month. I do have the remnants of the last loaf and will be finished with that today. Oh, I was so tempted yesterday with the cheese bread at Wegmans and technically, I wouldn’t be in violation of my quest but that would not be complying with my goal. Mind you it’s not no carbs but perhaps less temptation may help me reduce my muffin top.
Ooh, you smell heavenly!