Posse! The frost is kinda on the pumpkin and the hay is mostly in the barn…. it’s full-on Autumn here, with 30 degree drops in temp, rain… then a 20degree spike in temp – and that warm weather window is frantic, indeed. This is the time of year I do the Reverse Squirrel…while at the same time losing mah damb mind, trying to get 100 white daffodils in my already daffodiled-out garden. I mean, really? 100 bulbs. Sigh. Here’s the thing – if you already have 200 bulbs in your borders you have to be reeeeallly careful how and where you dig; daffodils drop their foliage around July and ain’t nobody gonna remember to spray with marking paint. Tags …eh. They move – and they lie. So there is this absurd ‘referencing the phone’, trying to figure out where stuff is.
I’m finally! down to 3 daff bulbs and two of the 10 lilies I also bought – the Circle Border is gorgeous but way too many colors and different plants, so I ripped out anything not lily/daff and not white/cream/yellow. I’m hoping a monochrome palette will keep my psyche soothed – I’ve spent way too much time envisioning this color scheme (and dreaming of being able to move the non-mono colors) instead of enjoying the flowers. Fingers crossed!
Perfume (ish) – I moved Rue. A lot of rue. Ruta graveolens I love that scent, it’s so blue-green fresh and clean. I am surprised – but not really – that it isn’t used much in perfume (and it’s almost impossible to Goog ‘rue in perfume’ because… you know… the French have pretty much cornered the market on that word. I used to go to my Santera for cleansing and she used rue (and she also used a live pigeon which, luckily, stayed live). This time of year I put in on my front door, also in my office and in my bathroom. It is a protection herb – and it just smells good!
So… it’s kiiiinda Reverse Squirrel. Kind of.
Inside, I went hog-wild. There is this terrifying storage room, made even more terrifying by the crumbling plaster and lathe. You know how you move into a place and shove All the Things into a room like that, convinced that you’ll get to it very soon…and a decade later…
And this is why Girlfriends are GOLD! My friend Sherry is a Cleaning FREAK!!! I’ve not seen anything like it – and I’m surrounded by Clean Freaks (and am CF-adjacent). Reminiscent of the Cattle Dog who herded my 3 Rottweilers across a Chicago park (omg. The Cattle Dog guy and I nearly fell over laughing! ), she views dirt and disorder as a personal challenge. Lemmetellya, SHE! is who you want on Team Clean. She stepped into that storage room and everything in there got real quiet, hoping not to be noticed. No dice, stuff. She. Saw. She. Conquered.
But it was funny, watching her and our friend Mary, pulling out all these boxes (I was relegated to Looking At Stuff and Making Lunch, due to this stupid shoulder)… the first box of exquisite vintage glassware… ooohs and ahhs..
The fourth box? ‘Um… Anita… umm… how. much. glass STUFF !!! do you have?
(and Let’s Not Even with the china.)
But we/they got it all out and I got it all sorted and… do not compliment a bish on sumpin’ – it’s going home with you!
I was ruthless! 2 full carloads to Salvation Army and another load to a refugee support group.
Got rid of my ’06 car – it was old and manky and I have one butt and I just need one car to set it in, y’know? Great Wavy Gravy, Floyd! It feels GREAT to have that thing out of my driveway.
Reverse Squirrelin’ like a lima bean.
I took advantage of the cooler weather to try out two new BDK parfumes: Vanilla Leather (swooon) and Creme de Cuir (even swooonier). I don’t think either of these has the heft to stand up to a Midwestern Winter..but a Midwestern Autumn? Perfect! Both give a nod to those light leathers like Daim Blond and Cuir de Lancome. I love both of those and …. omg! if you have the opportunity to sleep alone, marinate yourself in either one! They’re narcotic, in a fluffy way. I spritzed TEN spritzes of CdL because I am a savage and I could (insert shrug). I dunno… it just felt so.. luxurious …and I’m thinking the narcotic aspect is largely due to the massive amount of scent. But I loved it. Do NOT try this with Others. This is a solo excursion down River Lethe, though the experience is one you are unlikely to forget.
Btw – a Big Fat NO! on the Kinesiology tape. It was working just great… until it wasn’t. I got an ugly little lesion from one of the edges. It’s healed up but NEWP! That hurt! and I need another scar like I need to fight a velociraptor with a toothpick – and I can’t fight him right now anyway, since my shoulder is in tatters. Sigh.
But! I’ve got GOOD NEWS! KATHLEEN is the winner of the original (and aborted) Reverse Squirrel post. AND! M. Jacques thinks he should pull another winner to compensate for this shambles of a post. So! What are your thoughts on those lightweight, soft leathers? Love ’em? Hate ’em? He’ll poke a pawnail and I’ll get the BDKs out to the winner!