All Summer

Hi, Posse!  Well, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you know we’re celebrating Summer! (you fiends in the Southern half of this planet… I dunno … y’all are… different.. 😉

If I’d been writing last week instead of now this would’ve been a very different post.  Late May through the near-end of June we had SUMMA! with temperatures in the 90s, torrential rains, then drought, then highHIGH heat (again!)… it felt like a typical Midwestern August.  Then temperatures dropped – and it felt like Autumn because, let’s face it, we’d already had a perfectly good late August – in June.

And I was sad.  My lilies (all 129 of them) budded and bloomed – in June!  Normally they herald the beginning of the end of Summer, kinda like tomatoes do.  So… y’all see where I was going here?  All Summer in a Month that isn’t Summer, to paraphrase Mr Bradbury and his heartbreaking story.

But now?  We’re back to Summer.  With a vengeance.  Extreme heat, bright sunshine (the kind that burns the tops of your feet if you’re in sandals)… and, if we’re lucky, torrential rains at night that make the plants ( that you stupidly planted when you thought it would stay cool) VERY happy – because there is nothing a transplant likes more than rain.  You can hose ’til the sun comes up and …meh.  but a good soaking rain?  YEAH, Baby!  So.  We’re back to Summer.

I’ve been covered in dirt and ant bites and earwigs (moving 4’x10′ steel panels – all 15 of them – to clear the 3’x 35′ border along the side of the garage.  The first year, we planted corn.  Eh (every other farm around here grows sweet corn and does it very well – so… eh).  After that we planted sStuffs:  Old lumber.  Steel panels. Trash elms.  Trash (because yes – we got to be that ratchet.  sigh).  This past year or so I decided that the only way to cleanse the space of my previous misery was to (wait for it) cleanse the damb space!  so I’ve been working like a lima bean to get things done – and done right.  Hauling/hammering/more hauling/ ripping stuff out/ repeat…  I go out (showered and in full face because I’m a SAVAGE!), spray on the Hawaiian Tropic 50 and the SkinSoSoft, do backbreaking work, come back in, shower AGAIN! and then FINALLY put on perfume.

yeah, I know – I forgot a couple pieces. sigh

By that time, however, I’m too beat to really manage a heavy hitter and citrus cannot compete with the reapplication of HT50 and SSS (it’s Summer and I WILL NOT GO INSIDE! (unless I have to)..  what I’ve been reaching for, on the daily, is Maison Martin Margiela’s ‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ (which I always want to call Lazy Sunday Afternoon, probably because I have no idea how to have a Lazy Morning).  It’s described as a ‘skin scent’ which I never thought I’d like but it works beautifully in the extreme heat with vestiges of Other Stuff on your skin, giving it a feeling of being a part of you, rather than a separate scent (duh – hence ‘Skin Scent’) – that rooty orris powder actually warms rather than cools (which orris usually does on my skin) and provides the powderiness that Fragrantica references as ‘freshly laundered sheets’ -to which I would add ‘that have been dried in the sun’, which is about as far from the dreaded Laundry Musks as you can get, imo.  This oughtn’t to work for me – but it does.  I tried it at the Naperville Sephora (almost didn’t – MAYNE! but they do make it difficult to sample perfume – the Margielas are on the top shelf, affixed to the shelf by a really bitchy retractable cord and.. well…had I been a half-inch shorter and without my existing WNBA reach, I would’ve been SOL).  My first thought was…. wayminit!  Where have YOU been all my life?  I was poised to buy a bottle there and then but the spectre of Bathroom Yet to Come reared its head… so I got a sample from Surrender to Chance along with the green one that Cinnamon wrote about a bit ago, which started this whole Margiela Thing.  There’s something about LSMorning that almost forces you to relax a bit – it doesn’t have a shrieky bone in its body and it has no interest in bossing you around – it just sits, shimmering, on the skin, inviting you to take your coffee outside and sit your ass down for a minute and enjoy the lilies.  So I did.  And I did it again.  And again.  A gal could get to likin’ this way of being.



Have any of you tried Lazy Sunday Morning?  Do you think Martin Margiela would mind if I changed it to Lazy Sunday Afternoon?  I really don’t do ‘Lazy’ that early (I know – weird).  Tell me all about it and I’ll poke my raggedy fingernails(omg – such a mess, those nails!) for a winner for a sample!


  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    129 lilies?! I have much envy. Gardening is hard work and a never-ending battle to stay ahead of weeds and grass. I’ve given up on the veggie side, but soldier on with the flowers. As to MM, Lazy Sunday Morning was a dislike for me. I do love Under the Lemon Tree, and if you haven’t already–you must try From the Garden which is their newest.

  • Kathleen says:

    Your side garden looks amazing! Wow, high five to you! Your back-breaking work has paid off. Not sit down and enjoy! I’m with you, difficult to have a lazy morning. I’d much rather be busy in the morning, and then be lazy in the afternoon.I’ve not tried many Maison Martin Margiela fragrances, other than one that was Fireside or Fireplace? It wasn’t my style and didn’t go further with the brand.

  • March says:

    I have a vague recollection of liking LSM? Need to revisit … my Sunday mornings w kids were busy but now I really do have them! Out in the garden usually but doing “lady gardening” lol which we’ve discussed, nothing too strenuous. That side border is going to be stunning, and I love your wind chime!

    • Musette says:

      Thanks, honey! I can’t wait to do some Lady Gardening!

      … just as soon as I finish ripping out all the trash elms I let grow last year. Oh, for an excavator!

  • alityke says:

    You have my favourite scented flowers in your new border. I call them pinks but they’re the simplest of carnations. Their scent blows those fancy pants florist carnations outta the H2O!
    I have a sample of MMR Lazy Sunday Morning somewhere & have tried it but have no memory of it at all! Was in the plague & horror years so I’m not surprised I don’t remember. I’ve fenced any memories from 2020-23 away where my mind can’t ponder on them.
    Will search it out & give it another go

  • rosarita says:

    The weather has been crazy. I saw gladiolas in a couple of Amish gardens recently and glads are definitely August flowers. As far as MMM goes, I love that they do travel size bottles. I haven’t tried Lazy Sunday Morning or Beach Walk, summery scents; I have Jazz Club and By the Fireplace, both great in much cooler temperatures. The garden looks nice and healthy. Enjoy the lilies!

  • cinnamon says:

    You are my hero. My lower back would just say no to doing that much stuff. Do you have a cordless drill/screwdriver? I am jonesing one of these but have a lot of trouble making up my mind which one. One of my sample destinations has a load of the MMs and I feel an order coming on which will surely include that Summer one. We’re back to torrential rain, after a whiff of summer. Might see some better weather in a week. Please.

    • Musette says:

      I definitely do – in fact, I have a driver and a drill, both WORX because they are lighter than the other cordless lines – whichever you choose should depend upon the amount of weight you can handle (so heft them about in the stores before choosing). Otherwise you won’t use it much. My Cranky Contractor uses Milwaukee brand but it’s 25% heavier. Then again, so is he, so…

  • Dina C. says:

    Those lilies are beautiful Anita, and the side garden bed looks neat and lovely. I applaud your hard work! We’re baking and broiling here in Virginia. After a very very wet spring, now the pendulum has swung the other way. I haven’t sniffed MMM LSM. I agree that afternoon makes more sense — who doesn’t love a posr lunch nap?!? Off topic from last week: I was actually in a mall today and looked for Clarins Dynamiste to sniff, but nobody had it.

    • Musette says:

      I’ll have to see if NM has it, next time I’m back in civilization. The way this bathroom reno is (NOT) going (yet) – that could be quite awhile…

  • Portia says:

    Heya Musette,
    I’m just discovering the Margiela Replica range too. How did we get to them so late?
    Good luck with summer.
    Portia xx

  • Maya says:

    I’ve been hearing about Maison Martin Margiela lately and I have been getting very curious, so I will be getting samples including Lazy Sunday Morning. Sun dried sheets smell delicious! Why not call it Lazy Sunday. Then you can be lazy whenever in the day the mood strikes.

    You have perfectly described the weather in the Midwest lately!

  • Tom says:

    Oh sometime you are really an enabler.. I’ve been avoiding this one because it reads so delish and I kind of love the name. Now I’m going to order a sample and will likely have to order a bottle.

  • Maggiecat says:

    I have the travel spray of LSM (and we do need to change the name, because getting dressed and heading out to church and yes of course I’ll sub in the high school Sunday School class is anything but lazy. But those Sunday afternoons….yes. Lazy indeed.
    Anyway, I also love the scent and I’ll have to dig it out and try it in the crazy heat. Thanks for the suggestion!