Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring scents

Oh how I have been enjoying Miller Harris La Pluie, Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau, Cartier L'Heure Vertueuse (and even though this does smell like old school Herbal Essence shampoo), it's all about rain and green green green since it's still freezing and snowing here. And,  CB I Hate Perfume Black March - perfect!

Cicely Mary Barker


I have been consumed with two other things lately; the first being the agricultural co-op that I helped co-found at the beginning of this year, along with three others.  Currently we have seven projects we're involved with (or should it be 'in which we are involved?"   Anyway...)  Growing food, on various parcels of land, for sale and donation to local food banks, farmers market stand, community garden, kitchen incubator, mobile market, and a few other things.  Plus let's not forget my own home garden - I have a few flats of seeds started - cross your fingers as I'm usually pretty awful at getting seeds growing indoors.  And I landed two part-time jobs - one as co-manager of our local Farmers Market, and the other working at a garden nursery.

These projects and jobs are going to take a lot of my time and energy (and I'm sooo excited and happy about them!), but I hope that I will still have the opportunity to talk about perfume, but just a warning that my posts may be even more few and far between than normal.

I'm also obsessed with the novels of Jo Nesbo.  Seriously obsessed with a capital O.  I have read five of his novels in less than a month, and they average about 500 pages each.

Yep, that's what I'm doing!  Now, how about you?

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  1. You are a busy lady. I haven't even begun to think of spring and gardening. We are still buried with snow. It will be July before I can do my spring clean up at this rate. It's really getting to be depressing now. I'm not bothering with seeds this year. There hasn't been enough sun and it's been so cold I'm just going to do the lazy thing and buy plants.
    As far as perfumes I'm still in winter mode. I have ventured into the white florals a bit with Fracas once or twice but it's still too gray and cold to think spring. I tried to pull out some springy scents and my nose wasn't ready for them. Maybe in a few weeks.

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    1. Oh T, we still have frozen ground and snow, too! But must think about and prepare for the gardens. Usually I get my plants from my best pal who grows them for me, but this time around, I need to jump over my fear and try them myself!

      I wasn't into any "spring' scents until this week. I had to think that perhaps if I wore green that our dear Mother Nature would hear me! ;

      I love that you post on my blog !

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    2. I love that I can post on your blog. Blogger and my iPad and computer do not play nicely together and there are some blogs I just can not post on for whatever reason.
      Good luck with those seeds!

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    3. Blogger seems to be glitchy for some folks from what I understand. Thanks - I'll be posting about them (once and IF the seeds start) on my other blog!

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  2. What a vital force you are, my friend. You get things going and growing-- all power to you!

    I am... working on the Library's 4-year strategic plan... waiting to hear the fate of our staff Hurricane Relief fundraising campaign... coordinating a huge multi-gallery Pine Barrens photography exhibit... changing my nutrition for the better and feeling SO much improved for it... squirreling money aside for a possible reprise of Sniffapalooza Fall Ball... plotting some future perfume projects... and wishing for the magnolia tree in the front yard to bloom. Those buds are starting to grow!:)

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    1. And you as well, Meg!!
      Wow, what a lot on your plate, too.
      What are your doing re: nutrition? I need some help on that front; though I did think for a quick minute that I should go raw because I hate to clean the stove! ;)

      Ahh magnolias! I really wish I lived in a different zone because I would love to have a crepe myrtle. Those trees are soo darned pretty.

      XOX

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  3. Oh, I love hearing what everyone's doing! Yeah, I'm doing the Jo Nesbo thing too. Michael (from top to bottom perfume blog) set me off at Christmas with "The Snowman" and I've been on a reading binge ever since : ) Work is still crazy, crazy, crazy and I can't seem to get into my usual routine of deciding on a perfume to wear each day, so I've just been reaching into the ridiculously large bag of samples on my dresser and wearing whatever my hand grabs. I must say, it's been a lot of fun - and the dental office be damned! I like to imagine that everyone is so afraid I'll quit and leave them hanging, they won't say anything negative no matter what foul smell I'm wafting : )

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    1. squeee!! Another Nesbo fan! YAY! I only have one more Harry Hole novel to read :( I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm done. Cym, I'm on Goodreads so if you are too, look me up (I think there is a link to my profile there on the bottom right of this page)

      Have you found anything special in your daily sample routine?!?

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    2. You know what, I'd never heard of Goodreads, but anything with a title like that is right up my alley! I'm going to check it out, thanks.

      Sample-wise, I've found some real beauties; Amouage Opus I and Opus III (I overdid it with Memoir Woman and maybe put myself off that one permanently :( ), Puredistance Opardu, several from the Tommi Sooni line (Tarantella, Tommi Sooni I and II) - all great stuff! One that didn't work so well was Patricia de Nicolai Maharajah. I do like PdN Maharanih, though - go figure: )

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    3. oh d'oh! There is no link to there from this blog (but here it is http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/214838-carol)

      I still haven't dipped my toe into the Amouage line -I'm scared I'll like them! ;) So happy you found so many you like!

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  4. Oh, thank you for the book tip. :) NOt that I actually need more of those but I'm always on the lookout.
    I keep hoping spring is here, only to have my hopes dashed each week when it gets cold again and snow is forecastes. :/

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    1. Hello Ines, I think you'd like them!

      I think we have the same weather! I'm really really tired of it this year. Not sure if it's because of my age or just because it has dragged on for so long. Sigh!

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  5. Carol, congratulations on your two part-time jobs and everything you are making happening in your part of the world via the garden and Farmers Market scene!! I see you as being perfectly matched in all of these roles - the ones you are doing voluntarily and your job as co-manager of the Farmers Market.

    Well, the snow is blowing steadily here too, but there was enough sunshine this week that it did make me feel Springlike and happy. I've been wearing floral-heavy scents: Parfums DelRae Amoureuse, Amouage Opus I, Guerlain Chamade and La Via del Profumo Tawaf, which is a jasmine-heavy perfume I've been meaning to write about for ages but can't seem to come up with a good angle of approach. Maybe while I'm working on taxes an idea will come up.

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    1. Thanks so much Suzanne! I'm really psyched, and hope I don't wear myself out too quickly!

      You smell divine! Looking forward to reading about LcdPT. I need some warmth today so I just put on LN Patchouli Antique. I cannot pretend it's actually spring today - the snow is blowing, everything is frozen.

      Good luck w/your taxes. We just finished ours - well, at least we didn't have to pay anything. Sigh.

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  6. Carol, I think all these are very good news! Even if it means seeing less of you in here. I wish everything goes the way you plan and you'll feel great and inspired.

    Since we almost had no winter (I'm not complaining) I suddenly realized that my chances of wearing what I consider to be winter scents are getting slimmer so I'm using any opportunity (a slightly colder morning, a cloudy day) to wear one last time my favorite ambers and orientals.

    As to what I'm doing... Nah, nothing interesting to share with the group now.

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    1. Hello Undina!! Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing what transpires, and also very excited about all that I will be learning.

      This weather here is really grating on my nerves - but I shouldn't complain too much because during the heat and humidity of summer, I'll be thinking about cooler days.

      (I absolutely love the scarf you made on your Iris post!)

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    2. Thank you! Now, 10 years later, when I saw that picture I thought that maybe I should give it another try... But, as any hobby, it requires a lot of supplies.

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  7. It sounds like you are one busy bee, and with so many interesting and nifty things. I hope you're enjoying the new jobs. I had no idea you were involved with local gardening/co-oping, as well as your own gardening activities. That's awesome!

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    1. Hello and thank you Natalie!! Actually the jobs haven't started yet - next month for one, and May for the other, but all the gardening/local food stuff requires planning, which has taken up a lot of time. I'm very excited - I hope I can handle it all (I esp hope my old body can handle it all!)

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  8. The farmers market thing sounds really cool! And of course donating to food banks is even cooler. I'm glad you've found things you're passionate about to keep you busy!

    Me, I just got back from a trip to NYC and am going to see some friends in Missouri. Didn't get a chance to see CB I Hate Perfume when I was in NYC though. Next time for sure.

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    1. Thanks Joan! Money is going to be tight, but for now we'll be good, and it always helps my perspective when I'm passionate about something.

      Have a wonderful trip to Missouri! I had a wonderful evening in St. Louis years and years ago - I was driving across country, stayed in the hostel there, met some lovely people and hung out with them in the city. Enjoy!

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  9. Hi Carol

    Am so pleased to hear about your landing those part time jobs and how perfectly they fit in with your love of growing things. That local co-op sounds like such a worthwhile project. I need to get out in my garden when the weather improves, just to figure out what flowers I have really, and how I should be caring for them as we enter the growing season. As I have not been in the house a year, everything that pops up is a surprise!

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    1. Thank you Bonks! I'm still looking for a position in my 'other' field (pun intended) but there are none to be found.

      Finding out what pops up in your garden is so much fun - I remember that first spring when we first moved to our home! I hope good things are blooming

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  10. spring scents - how I wish I could wear them already. It's still cold and wintery in Poland

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    1. Hello Lucas! I am wearing them in hopes that Spring will arrive! This has been the longest winter - we may get some more snow next week, but at least the weather this weekend is brighter and warmer.

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    2. Good for you! I really can't remember if ever in my life we had snow on Easter. Last year it was so warm we were wearing t-shirts in April.
      Let's hope it will be here soon! I can't wait to change my wardrobe for some lighter clothes

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    3. I can remember some snowy Easters (I live near Lake Erie in Ohio - the lake effect can do some crazy weather things!) but am have less and less patience the older I get! But of course, you'll probably hear me complaining about the heat and humidity come mid-summer!

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