Last Wednesday night while I was harvesting collard greens from our garden for dinner, I saw a honeybee on a marigold moving in slow motion. See, it had been a really warm, muggy start but ended super chilly and rainy. This poor bee was cold! I quickly snapped off the marigold bloom and carried it inside, placing it in a mason jar with a breathable cover. Within five minutes, the honey bee warmed up and was buzzing like crazy to get out. I brought him out on the deck and opened the jar – and he took off, full speed.
Sweet and horseradish spicy pickles have got to be my favorite kind of pickles.
Nothing tastes better than a fresh autumn apple paired with cookie butter = my favorite mid morning snack at my desk.
While we were in Portugal, there were little cans of sardines everywhere! I even saw an old man fishing for sardines off the dock one evening; they were silver and glittering in the water while the sun set. I remember my mom loving a canned variety of fish – Santa would bring her one each year – but I guess I never knew what that variety was. I picked her up a can of sardines from the most darling circus shop in Porto. Well, as it turns out, she does NOT like sardines… she loves smoked oysters! Whoops! RC and the beau shared the can of sardines and I picked up a can of oysters from Trader Joe’s for my mom. It’s the thought that counts, right?
There really isn’t enough time in the day to have two down-time hobbies. One cannot be a reader AND a knitter. I know this because I’m back on a knitting kick and can not balance each activity, probably because I knit before bed… when I use to squeeze in reading. I’m okay with this: creating something with my hands is extremely gratifying and I’ve got a bin full of yarn just waiting to be transformed. I’m currently knitting a shawl, with the details of a fern – my first time using fingering weight yarn and attempting lacework.
Last week we had to replace our entire roof, as it had been leaking for over a year. We thought we had patched it, but it wasn’t good enough; the summer’s storms brought puddles in our sun room / dining room. The cost ended up being $3k more than the original quote because there wasn’t a single sheet of plywood on our roof, under the shingles. For those of you who know nothing about roofs (that was me last week), the plywood is a key layer to not only keep your home warm, but leak proof. Needless to say, I am thankful for our emergency fund and we are officially back in Baby Step 3. Ebbs and flows and it feels good to have my head above water with zero sense of panic.
My go-to diffuser blend this season: 2 drops Stress Away + 1 drop Cardamom + 1 drop Cinnamon Bark (I think it smells like cinnamon rolls in the oven.)
There are less than 90 days left this year, do you have any goals? I want to run a fast Troy Turkey Trot – hoping to get back to where I use to be (8 min/mile for a 10k) and learn to play at least one Christmas carol on our new-to-us piano. Practice makes perfect!
Our water bill is the lowest it’s ever been – $87 (that’s for a quarter)! And our utility bill (electric and gas) is the same cost we spend monthly on the internet ($65). I love playing the “how low can we get it” game… fully knowing both numbers are going to rise as the temperatures drop. I always have a goal of not turning on the heat until Thanksgiving but that’s going to be even harder this year with a dog that has zero fat and minimal fur. So far we’re bundling him up / getting cozy with pj’s from Australia, a throw and a comforter.
Speaking of pajamas from Australia: we ordered RC a pair and a tee with a turtleneck (I’m telling you, I was NOT a person who would opt to dress a dog but it’s hilarious and adorable and now I understand why some people do it, even if their dog doesn’t need the layers.). They finally arrived Friday night, which was perfect because we were expecting our first frost = temperature expected to drop in the house. We put them on him, snapped the photograph above and lounged until bedtime. Well in actuality, he lounged on the couch with my husband while I took a bath, read and snuggled in early for bed. Next thing I know, I hear my husband shouting for me, “RC KILLED A SKUNK!” I didn’t believe him the first two times, shouting “WHATTTT?!” in total disbelief.
But the smell permeating upstairs got me out of bed and dressing, lickity split.
It was the worst skunk smell I have ever smelled. And I’ve smelled dogs get sprayed by skunks. My senior year of high school, my first time ever driving the lovin’ oven to school, my dog Leroi got sprayed, UNDER my car. That thing smelled so bad rolling into the parking lot that day. And then there was the time I was dog sitting for my parents and our pit bull Trigger got sprayed, for the second time! It was horrible. But what happened Friday was far worse.
RC came running up on to the deck with a mouthful of skunk. Literally, a chunk of said animal. In addition to getting sprayed, he attacked it and took off with a mouthful. Poor skunk. Poor RC. He had so much spray in his mouth he was foaming like crazy. It took me like 5 minutes to prep the bathroom and get a bathing solution ready, but we got it done together as a team.
The next morning when RC pooped, it was green and smelled of skunk. Ugh, poor RC. (Can you imagine what that tastes like?!)
My go-to skunk bathing solution: 1 16oz bottle of hydrogen peroxide + 1/2 cup baking soda + 2 tbps of Thieves dish soap | After this initial wash, we then washed him with the AnimalScents shampoo. His body is so soft and stink-free, his face on the other hand… (I was hypersensitive washing that area, as I didn’t want the skunk oils to get into his eyes.)
My go-to laundry solution for the pajamas that got sprayed: 1 full cap of Thieves laundry soap + 5 drops Purification Essential Oil Blend + run the load on SANITIZE mode = worked like a charm! No skunk smell whatsoever leftover on the pajamas from Australia.