Bits & Pieces

Hi, dolls!  Tom is illin’ so I’m stopping by to say hello!



Lots and lots of nuthin’ is happening here – and it’s the most beautiful thing.  You know, it wasn’t until I was much into my majority that I truly understood that old Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times’.  In my teens and 20s I thrived on Draaaamaaaa!  The phone calls, the gossip, the tears, the sad love songs….now I am totally in Maurice Chevalier’s camp, when he sings “I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” (I would try to figure out how to insert the video but …omg.  I can barely get my new printer to work).

I thought about that song this morning, as I took a weedy little stroll through my demilune border.  A crisp little breeze was blowing and it was that marvelous grey-blue light that you only get in the early morning on a midsummer’s day, when the greens are still cool.  Later on in the day those same greens will take on a yellow hue as the sun invades that border and turns it into an oven.  But in the morning?  Bliss.


bless you Joe Pye

bless you Joe Pye

Right now very little is blooming, scentwise, so I was surprised to find myself sniffing the air, wondering ‘what is that honey-sweet smell’, looking for lilies (no), roses (uh, no)……me?  (nope!  nuttin’ but Dial this am)….then I remembered:  Hosta blossoms are very fragrant.  And there they were, literally right under my nose (they are kinda tall).  It’s an elusive scent, similar to lily, but much fainter – and I realized yet another thing:  I prefer elusive scents to being banged over the head with fragrance.  Viburnums, lilies, a lot of roses….all of them are better enjoyed from a bit of a distance – and not all beating up on you at the same time.  Literature seems to prefer it thus as well – consider:  every time they talk about an alluring woman’s perfume, it’s a bit elusive.  It’s the louder woman whose perfume is up close and in your face.   Humans are natural hunters and I think we enjoy more what isn’t quite so readily available.  Hunting up that hosta scent made the discovery much more delightful.   That isn’t to say that when I’m alone I won’t pile on the Carnal Flower or blast the paint off the wall with Mitsouko but out and about I’ve begun to pull it back a lot!  One spray instead of 4.  Body cream OR perfume (or maybe a teeny spritz)  I went buck-wild and bought a bunch of Orientals this year and will probably get a few more – but I will judicious with my placement in the garden. Originally I was going to plant them, en masse, in the front of the demilune but now…… I am looking forward to coming around a corner here and there and delighting in their scent.


Hey!  Do I owe any of you stuff?  I apologize but as you know June and July was the 7th Circle for me and I have completely lost track.  Dina was gracious enough to remind me I owed her stuff – and I bless her for that, else it wouldn’t ever get out of here.  If you won something from me and I haven’t sent/responded, gmail your evilauntianita and let her know what it is/from what post.  I’m mostly back amongst the living so as soon as I get your emails I can get that stuff out to you.


And since you have been so kind as to actually slog through this mess, I’ll have Chloe put a pawnail on the random button and pick someone – I’ll send out some fun stuff.  I PROMISE!  I’m BAAACK.  Sort of.  Here and there.  But I’m certainly back enough to pack up a freakin’ envelope with some goodies.  Finally!  So tell me a little story:


How is the late Summer treating you all?  Any gardening?  I haz SCORPIONS!  Check them OUT!   Freed from the tyranny of the Filderkraut (really, you’d think I would know better but even Master Gardeners do stupid stuff now and again), these peppers are going bonkers!  I hope to harvest in early September and I hope they are HOT!  I lost the bulk of my pepper crop to rain.  Lots of foliage but little fruit.  And what fruit there was, was lame.  sigh.  if it’s not one think, it’s another.



  • Kandice says:

    Like many others, I’ve never heard of scorpion peppers. Having lived in West Texas I thought you meant the awful bugs. Too funny! Thanks for sharing what you’re up to these days and glad to hear you’re back among the living 🙂

  • Laurels says:

    Well, my lack of focus has led to more wasted time–I didn’t finish reading that last bit before enlarging the photo (which involved exiting Bloglovin) and hunting for the scorpions. “That’s an awfully green environment for scorpions,” I thought. “She must irrigate a lot. Do I know what part of the country she lives in? Man, my eyes are getting bad–even with my glasses off I can’t see these scorpions.” As you may have guessed, I’d never heard of scorpion peppers, but have spent enough time in the deserts of Southern California to have encountered actual scorpions. Never actually been stung, but have seen them waving their tails pugnaciously at me. We are currently overrun with black widows, so I suppose small, potentially dangerous critters were on my mind.

  • Musette, I had posted this to Dina before I finished your post…(if redundant, I apologize!)
    “My large, solid dark green hostas (at a previous home) also had that wonderful, jasmine/honeysuckle fragrance, Dina! Who knew? My Mom had always cut the blooms off hers as they began, as she thought they “took away” from the plants…so I had followed suite, until those…they were a lovely, unexpected surprise…the flowers themselves were beautiful as well (have not had flowers like these on any of my hostas, since…)”

  • Oh, my goodness…I honestly didn’t even finish your post (but am going back) as I spotted that Joe Pye and got goosebumps at the synchronicity! Two days ago I vaguely knew what that was (though consider myself fairly well-versed in Missouri wildflowers…”fairly” being key…) Anyway, I made myself surrogate-mother to 5 Eastern Black Tiger Swallowtail caterpillars this week after they had eaten my pot of dill down to the very last nubs…and were still hungry. Searched the county backroads for Joe Pye yesterday (after reading what the caterpillars’ very limited diet was, and the Queen Anne’s lace being all dried up…:( ) Came up with milkweed, but that was all…going back to read the rest of your post…agree with you on the cool early-morning greens, as well!
    (I guess I am going to have to go back to my blog post with a say postscript about the caterpillars…_

  • Sapphire says:

    I can’t believe it’s almost time for my boys to go back to school. They are really ready to see their friends there. For some reason, I can’t get them out playing with all the kids in our neighborhood, even though the number of kids here is why we chose it. Thank goodness for summer camps. I am looking forward to some quiet down time, though not really looking forward to all the homework starting back. Seems I can do my best perfume testing when left by myself with plenty of time for anything strong to quiet down.

  • tiffanie says:

    I feel like summer just exploded. Weather had been reasonable in the SW US but today it was too hot. This afternoon I was sad to see the shade tree at the back of our yard trimmed by the power company. It was hanging over the power lines. Whoops.

    Fun to see your scorpions. Years ago I grew habanero peppers. They were hot but had an unusual citrus/floral flavor. Maybe our soil was the problem. I tried growing radishes but they were too hot to eat. Tomatoes were wonderful. I miss picking one to eat in the backyard while watching the fireflies.

  • Portia says:

    Heya Musette,
    We are luxuriating in a life without gardens in the new apartment. It’s Saturday morning and no mowing, weeding, pruning or harvesting. I’m sure I’ll miss it one day but right now, BLISS.
    Portia xx

  • Dina C. says:

    Last Sunday as DH and I were walking into church, he mentions a beautiful smell. I immediately take credit and start telling him what my SOTD is, but it was hostas all in bloom! To me, they smelled a bit like jasmine which I love.

    I’m so glad you posted a photo of the peppers because I thought the scorpions were the poisonous bugs! Whew!

    • My large, solid dark green hostas (at a previous home) also had that wonderful, jasmine/honeysuckle fragrance, Dina! Who knew? My Mom had always cut the blooms off hers as they began, as she thought they “took away” from the plants…so I had followed suite, until those…they were a lovely, unexpected surprise…the flowers themselves were beautiful as well (have not had flowers like these on any of my hostas, since…)

  • AnnieA says:

    Yay for Naot and comfy shoes! Just found Earthie(?) shoes and thy are good too. Important in summer because there’s lots of walking.

  • Scorpions?! Ewww. We also have lots of peppers this year but not doing well with tomatoes, alas! Some kind of wilt or something.???? I always have to work through most of the summer because of the annual flute convention (I’m there now; it’s in D.C. this year). Found some pretty Naot sandals to wear and the get more and more comfy as I wear them because of the cork foot bed. Wearing Chanel No. 19 edt today. XOXO

  • rosarita313 says:

    I love the scent of hosta flowers! My parents have masses of them. This time of year, is so bittersweet with everything full, lush and ripe yet there are bits here and there of changing color in the leaves. My biggest news is that my husband finished the patio in June so we spend a lot of time under our giant maple tree, and I finally found a pair of comfortable shoes that accommodate my orthotics so I can do a little walking at last. We have three neighborhood cats that enjoy our yard and walk all over my car leaving their muddy footprints, yet I’ve killed two mice in my old house this summer. What’s wrong with this picture, grrr.

  • flowergirlbee! says:

    i liked your post musette.i love sniffing the breeze and tracking down a is so is late winter here and my dendrobium orchids are just blooming. as soon as they bloom i bring them inside so they won’t get gobbled up by the possums that come through my garden every night. they pair really nicely with fragrant violets from the garden.magnolias are everywhere in my neighbourhood, so i am breathing in their citrusy goodness a lot. i am catching the first jasmine on the breeze too.i am enjoying the transition between winter and spring.

  • Maggiecat says:

    Summer has been a mixed bag but mostly good. My son and his bride celebrated their wedding in July, and it was lovely. My husband and I took advantage of the wedding travel to visit various members of his family, which was also lovely. I worked hard and developed my usual summer arthritis flare -not so lovely. Fall is coming so I’m happy. 🙂

  • Winterlude says:

    Ahh! The deer ate my joe pye weed! and my hostas, and my only rose bush, and the beans that are climbing up my fence, and the apples that were slowly ripening. While they were busy doing that, the chickens got all the blueberries.
    It’s been a pretty competitive few weeks here!
    I had a similar scent seeking experience a few days ago. I was eyeing the damage done to the apple trees and I kept getting this wonderful smell. I started walking around the yard and sniffing at everything, finally discovering that it was the milkweed. We let a portion of our field go unmowed every year, hoping that we’ll play host to some monarchs again. Sadly, I haven’t seen any in about three years:( Anyway, somehow I’d never noticed that milkweed had such a subtle and lovely scent. It’s really delightful!