Thursday, June 30, 2016

Natters - June 30

Had another training meeting at work today.  This time it was to teach us how to teach other employees about food safety.  It was a short class, only about two hours when they'd told us it would be four.  I thought it was a waste of time because we really weren't taught anything.  We had to do some little role playing exercises, one person pretending to train the other.  Our two trainers (from corporate?) were nice enough but seemed very preoccupied.  At one point, they were both typing away on their laptops, the two people doing the role playing had finished and we were sitting there silently for probably close to two minutes before either trainer noticed.  And then what?  The one just said, "Oh, okay start over from the beginning," and continued his laptop work.  Okay, whatever.  After the class a couple other people mentioned it all seemed rather pointless, we weren't told anything new, and we weren't taught any amazing new way to help to teach people.  Again, whatever.

The rest of the day was busy so it went by pretty fast.  Tomorrow I *should* only be working until 11am, and I am sooooo looking forward to the long weekend.  Hopefully I can get back on track and get some things done!

Remember that tripod thing I mentioned recently?  The one with the plants?  The one that got knocked over by hubby's trailer?  We had propped it back up that day but at some point more recently, probably during recent storms, it fell over and we hadn't noticed.
Look at all those purple flowers!  There are more on the other side.  Oh, how cool this would have looked if we hadn't hit it that day!  The clematis plant is several years old now, getting more blooms and growing higher and thicker each year.  And now they're just a pile on the ground.  You can see that bush in the top photo, off to the right, the one that just showed up and grew like crazy last summer.  One thing about this falling over like this is that the plant seems to have separated from the bush.  It should be easier now get that invader out of there.

Alrighty, gotta go finish the last few pages of the Apollo (Percy Jackson) book I'm reading before bed.

How is your Friday looking?  Do you get to start your holiday weekend early?
Any holiday plans?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Natters - June 29 / Whining Again.

What a crazy bunch of days it's been lately!  It seems the closer I get to that time off after my mom's surgery, the more things get piled into my days leading up to it.  Saturday and Sunday, I worked.  Monday I worked and there was some scandal, which always makes things interesting.  Tuesday morning I had to go in for Leadership Training, about three hours in the morning.  After I got out of that I immediately headed over to my mom's for the usual laundry and shopping chores.  While there I had to return a call for her, to get her post-surgery physical therapy set up.  We were bummed to find she won't have the same awesome dude she had last time.  It's a different company this time.  She has to go to the clinic for therapy this time, instead of the therapist coming to her home like last time.  She's rather cranky about that, and already fretting, "They better not be rough with me."  Have I mentioned that I know now she is a huge baby?  I really don't see things going as smoothly as everyone else seems to think it will and a big part of that is because she just does NOT understand that you have to get moving to get healing.  She does NOT understand that even though things might sting or hurt, she CAN still move.  She has it set in her head that she should be feeling better before she's sent home and made to start therapy.  No, Mom, you need to get moving sooner to feel better sooner.

So, while I'm hoping against hope that things will just fly by easy-peasy this time, I'm pretty much convinced it won't.

*dramatic impatient sigh*

Anyway, hurried home after getting her stuff done, hoping to salvage some of my Tuesday to get some things done, and then did nothing.  It's to the point where my mind is racing constantly, the anxiety level is up, and I can't focus on getting even small things done.

Today, Wednesday, was supposed to be my other day off.  I was feeling good, thinking I'd watch my two Netflix movies, mow the lawn, finally get caught up on internet stuff, get some other small things done.  Ha.  Nope.  My boss messaged me a bit before 7am, asking if I could come in for 3-4 hours to cover the other lead girl's spot while she attends the next training thing we have to attend.  First I said no, but then he offered a deal where I can leave at 11am on Friday.  Okay, heck yeah, I can do that!  That extends my holiday weekend!  Yep, on my way!  So I zip into work 7-11am.  Found out some things that had me leaving work in foul mood though.  More changes coming, and upper management that still doesn't listen or care.

Hurried back home from work and found that Casey hadn't gone to bed yet, so we decided to make a quick trip to town so he could buy a new TV stand.  He doesn't have room in his car to haul large things so he needed my roomier vehicle.  I needed a few things anyway, so off we went.  Grabbed my things quickly, then we headed back to electronics and furniture area, where he picked out the stand he wanted.  Then we waited.  And waited.  And waited, waited, waited.  Are there any Walmart employees roaming the area that we can snag to get a low cart to haul the huge box we want?  No.  Are any of the electronics department employees available?  No.  Oh, wait did that guy just come on duty?  Oops, nope, he's just helping one of the other dudes with some people trying to activate a phone or something.  Okay, we'll wait till they're done.  Ah heck, let's loop around the general area looking for another available employee.  None?  Okay, we'll go back to the electronics counter and wait another couple years while everyone in town decides they need to buy some piddly electronic thing that is going to be difficult to ring up.  Another loop around the area?  Sure, why  not.  Exercise is good.

Screw that, we're not mall walkers!  So back to waiting we go.  We probably spent 20-30 minutes waiting and searching for an employee to help us.  Finally we see a girl come out of the back and go over to the neighboring camera counter.  I head directly to her and ask if she can get someone to bring a low cart to help us.  "Sure, of course," she says and picks up the phone and talks to somebody.  She hangs up the phone and doesn't say anything else to us.  I force a "Thank you," and we go to wait by the stand we want.  And we wait wait wait again.  No one is coming.  That girl just continues to do whatever at the camera counter.  People continue to be clueless at the electronics counter.  Probably 15 more minutes go by and then I'm raging.  I tell Casey to grab one end of the box, I grab the other, and we very angrily plop it right on top or our regular shopping cart and head up to the checkout.

Seriously?!  I told Casey "Where is the freakin' survey they want us to do now?  Cuz I won't be scoring anything high today!"  I'm considering complaining on the Walmart Facebook page, specifically naming that particular store.  Everyone knows that complaining on a company's Facebook page is the fastest way to get results.  lol

We came back home and by now I'm just totally pissed and tired and frustrated.  And my day is pretty much over at this point.  I sat down to eat a bit and try to calm down, but that whole frazzled feeling had taken over.  Casey went up to bed because he works tonight.  I sat and tried to decide what little things I could get taken care of in what remained of my day.  I did manage to get my few little 4th of July decorations out, and I did manage to get a couple loads of laundry done, but that's about it.  Even this post seemed like an impossible task to get started, and it wasn't even supposed to be a long whiny thing.  Ugh!

But oh well, I guess whining is what you get for today.
And now I just want to call it a day and go to bed.

Happy Wednesday to you!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Heads Up - Sale / Dessa's Homespun Scents

(Image reposted from the Dessa's Homespun Scents Instagram page.)

If my recent fall/winter scents haul got you considering your own order from Dessa's Homespun Scents, perhaps news of a sale will help you decide!  I'm considering going back for more myself!

[This is not a sponsored post.]

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Natters - June 25 / A Better Day

I forgot to mention something in last night's post.  I got snail mail yesterday!  I got an old fashioned hand written letter on cute stationery with a matching envelope!  There was no package, no holiday or event, no reason besides friendship.  And I freakin' loved it!!!

Thank you so much!

Today was a work day and it was hot.  It was 88 degrees when I left work at 7pm.  There is a nice breeze though and the humidity isn't too horrible, so I'll survive.  Work is usually mellow on the weekends because *usually* not all lines are running.  Today though, four of our five lines were running so it seemed like just a normal day.  There were some crabby moments when lazy people refuse to listen, and it didn't help that my least favorite supervisor was our boss today, but again, I survived.  Came home to a quiet house since Casey is sleeping and hubby has gone fishing with a friend.  This gave me a chance to sit in peace and eat my junk food supper and whip up this quickie post.

And now I will go sit in front of the fan and look through the new LTD Commodities catalog that came in the mail today, and then go to bed.

Hope your Saturday was lovely!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Natters - June 24 / Another Rant

I do love this camera's zoom!  But there are still plenty of things I don't like about the camera in general.  I've been trying to use it more and more, instead of grabbing my old one for blog shots, but it's still more of a pain in the butt.  I don't know why it keeps cycling through different settings when I aim at something.  There are two modes I can choose from, one being 'auto' and the other being 'live' or something like that.  They seem to act the same, sort of cycling through and trying to decide what it needs to be on for each particular picture.  There is a macro symbol on the little control button thingie but it doesn't seem to matter if I push it or not.  The macro symbol will show on the screen sometimes while it's cycling through and refocusing.  And then when I push the shoot button halfway to get it to set it's focus, it adjusts all over the place . . . clear, blurry, clear, really blurry, clear, etc., and many times never does settle on clear.

But dang, I do love the zoom.  I've been using it like binoculars.  lol

And no, that wasn't my rant.

Today was my weekly shopping day.  I didn't need much but headed to Walmart anyway.  I found a flag pole bracket and a flag pole on clearance, $2.00 each.  All the good flags were gone though.  We've decided to spiff up our little back deck, off the laundry room.  It's on the side of the house we don't do much on, but I realized that back section is the first and main thing you see from the road as you drive by coming from the little village we live near.  So now I'm trying to find a few things to hang out there.  I can't wait to do some Halloween and Christmas decorations out there!

Dropped all the groceries off here at home then headed back out right away to go pick up my mom and take her in for another blood pressure check.  The doctor's office had called yesterday and wanted her to come back for this check, and also to finish up the other things they hadn't done Monday (blood work and nasal swab).  She got everything done fairly quick and then we headed back to her place.  I tried to return a call for her from her other doctor's office about setting post-surgery physical therapy, but no one was in at the time.  We're hoping she can get the same physical therapist she had last time.  He was awesome and did more to boost her confidence and get her going than my staying there could.

I headed back home after that, and had only been home maybe a half hour when I got a message from my mom saying the hospital had called and the bitchy doctor wanted her to start taking potassium pills.  A prescription had already been called in for her.  While this blood pressure check was lower and the best one yet, it's still not quite where it needs to be.  Mom wanted me to take her back in to town to pick this up but I was like nooooo way.  I'd been running back and forth all over all morning and I still had things to get done at home since I work this weekend.  Perhaps I'm a bad child but I didn't answer her message.  She'd mentioned going herself if I couldn't do it, so I knew that if she didn't hear from me, she'd be more likely to go.

So now comes my rant.  As I'm going through the mail today I notice several questionable charges on our credit card bill.  WTF?!  Again?!?!?!?!  We just went through something like this about a year ago!  Only that time the attempts were blocked and we were notified.  I have to talk to Casey about this first though because he might have some idea of what's going on.  Not saying he did it, but since the charges are all to Playstation Network maybe he'll at least know what they heck they might be for and how to check Playstation accounts.  Hubby and I don't even have Playstation accounts!  So whoever used our number didn't get it through Playstation.

Which leads me to my real rant.

I hate all the lazy ass losers who think they're so cool hacking and stealing from others!
Yes, I said hate, and I mean it. Some people cringe at the word, but in this case I don't care. Why don't these dumbass motherfuckers use their 'creative genius' for good?! Are you some fat, greasy slob living in a trailer who can't be bothered to get a job? Are you some whiny-ass baby who thinks he's so cool with his pants hanging down to his knees and stupid walk and non-any-language ghetto talk who thinks he's so tough and entitled to whatever he wants?
Are you just a pathetic excuse for a human being? Why yes, yes you are. 
I am so filled with rage and frustration right now. And what can I do? Yeah, call the credit card company and MAYBE get the charges cancelled or whatever. Maybe I'll end up having to get a new credit card again. There's no way to find out how the bastard got our number, or who it is. There's no way to stop these losers from doing it again. We barely even use our credit card anymore and this crap still happens! I am just sick about this.

And on that cheery note, I will go try to settle my brain a bit before heading up to read and bed.

I really do hope you've had a better day than mine.

Haul - Sweet Fixations / Fall & Winter Scents

The second of my recent Fall/Winter Must-Haves orders is from Sweet Fixations, and it has arrived.  Sweet Fixations is probably my favorite vendor.  She's had some ups and downs over the past year or two but things seem to be smoothing out and getting back on track now.  Good thing too, because she has my main *must-haves* for fall!  Nothing in this order is new.  I was only after the ones I knew I loved.

Let's take a look!

Cranberry Cobbler - 'Sweet and sour red cranberries baked in sugar and lightly browned pie crust.'
This became a favorite after it was included as a freebie in one of my orders a few years ago.  It's a sweeter cranberry note, not spiced like I prefer, but the syrupy sugar and the soft bakery notes keep it from being the perfumey type of cranberry that I can't stand.  This is a good choice for those who aren't sure where they stand on cranberry scents.
Sweet Potato Pie - 'The delicious aroma of candied yams, melted marshmallows, sugar and spice on a buttery crunchy crust.'
Ah yes, one of those absolute must-haves I mentioned.  I've been getting this one for years now.  This is a tangy sort of sweet, reminding me of pumpkin pie filling straight out of the can.  Funny, I know, since this is not pumpkin.  There is a bit of warmth from the buttery bakery notes.  The spice is soft, more of a warming effect.  Some people find this type of scent to be too rich or savory.  Even I can't do too much of it, but for right around Thanksgiving, I love this one.

Trick Or Treat - 'Great Halloween scent of pumpkin, apples, berries, orange and cinnamon. With notes of sugar cane and vanilla.'
I wasn't always a fan of this one.  It sort of grew on my the past couple years though.  I think I've described it as that smell of all the candy mixed together in a plastic trick-or-treat pumpkin.  Having said that, it's *not* a super sweet candy scent.  It's actually rather warm with the cinnamon and vanilla.  The pumpkin and the fruits blend together seamlessly to create an interestingly fun sweetness.  I usually melt this one in October but not necessarily right at Halloween.  It's not as rich and heavy as other pumpkin scents so this one is fine for earlier in fall.
Apple Harvest - 'Apple mixed with fruity notes and touches of spice.'
 I loooove apple scents for late summer into early fall.  This has just enough spice to keep it from being a straight up bright and juicy apple, which makes it so perfect for the earlier days of the fall melting season.

Bobbing For Apples - 'Crunchy toffee chips and apples dripping with buttery caramel.'
 Another of my absolute must-haves, this is such a delicious caramel apple scent.  Although the juicy apple notes are there, I think the caramel is just a wee tiny hair stronger.  Oh, this is just so gooey and sweet and delicious!

Haunted House - '(SF Blend)- Hauntingly good blend of pumpkin pie and snickerdoodle cookies.'
 Actually, I kinda lied.  This one was a new scent last year and I did try it but couldn't remember anything about it so I decided to get it again.  I quite like it on cold sniff!  There are warm bakery notes from the cookie part but that sort of fresh pumpkin tang note is there too.  If it performs well this might indeed make it onto my must-haves list.  (And look at that black wax.  Remember a year or so ago when a mega popular vendor said there was no black wax?)

Pumpkin Souffle - 'Butter, sugar, spices, vanilla cream and pumpkin.'
The other of my absolute must-haves for many years now!  So sooo good for right around Thanksgiving.  This is warmer and creamier than Sweet Potato Pie, and without that tang.  The actual pumpkin note is mild in here but the scent as a whole is just so buttery and warm and cozy.  This is like Thanksgiving morning when all the more savory dishes are being prepared.  Must-have!

Pumpkin Patch - 'Sweet and creamy pumpkin pie with butter, pecans, and a hint of spice.'
 Mmmm, another yummy Thanksgiving scent.  This one is a little brighter, not quite as rich and savory as the other pumpkin and sweet potato scents.  The spice is soft, warming.  The pumpkin has a touch of the fresh tang note to it.  And then it's all wrapped up in some buttery bakery notes.  Actually, cold sniffing these right now, I think this one might move up the favorites list a bit more this year.  At the moment, I prefer the slightly lighter and brighter scent of this to the heaviness of the others.  That could change later though, as our days grow shorter and colder in fall.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles - 'Sweet pumpkin, maple syrup, and buttery crunchy pecans.'
Sunnee got me hooked on this scent in general a couple years ago, so when I saw Sweet Fixations add it I knew I'd be a fan.  I'm sure everyone is familiar with this scent by now.  It's deep and rich and creamy and cozy, with the pumpkin taking a quiet back seat to the pecan waffley goodness.  This doesn't really strike me as a fall scent when sniffed but the fact that there is pumpkin involved has me reserving it for that most wonderful time of year.

Cozy Home - 'Housewarming spices with slices of juicy apples. Perfect for fall!'
A wonderful early to mid fall scent with those apples and spices, an almost cidery type of scent but very deep and full.

Gingerbread - 'Richly spiced gingerbread, nutmeg, and clove with just the right hint of sweetness.'
 Last year my taste in gingerbread scents swung to the sweeter side instead of the darker side that I had liked before.  According to my notes, this was a sweeter one so I grabbed it.  On cold sniff right now, it seems more medium.  I detect more of the darkness, the heavy molasses, but it's not as spicy as the ones that turned me off last year.  Can't wait till December to see what I think of it this year!

Sugar & Spice - 'A sweet, strong cinnamon mixed with holiday fruits and spice.'
I always overlook this one when I'm initially making my list of fall/winter scents.  Then when I go back through old notes and posts, this one pops up.  It's mainly a cinnamon scent, leaning towards the craft store at Christmas type 'generic holiday blend,' but I must like something about it each year.  lol

Spiked Eggnog - 'A yummy holiday drink with vanilla, rum, and nutmeg!'
 I *need* an eggnog scent during the Christmas season and this is probably my favorite out of all I've tried.  It has everything you probably think of in an eggnog scent, rich and creamy with that sort of 'sour' note, but what seals the deal for me is that hint of rum.  For some reason, rum just 'makes' the eggnog scent complete for me.

Butterscotch Eggnog - '(SF Blend)- Buttery butterscotch and creamy holiday eggnog.'
This one is newer to me.  I still prefer the spiked one but this is like that perfect eggnog scent with just a touch more sweetness and a smidge less of that tell-tale 'sour' note.
Candy Cane - 'Sweet cool mint candy. Great holiday scent.'
Of course, you gotta have candy canes at Christmas.  A good vanilla-mint scent is my *favorite* scent for the Christmas season.  I used to love Jack Frost but last year I found I preferred this more.  While this is pretty much just a nice peppermint scent, there is a bit of sugar and/or vanilla softening those crisp edges just a bit.  Love it!
 That is it for what I actually ordered.  As always, a couple extras were included with my order.

Thank you, Tia!

All Hallows Eve - 'Spicy mulled grapefruit with a citrus orange note, and a sweet cinnamon vanilla twist.'
I'm pretty sure I've tried this a couple times and just never cared for it much.  I'm not sure what it is, maybe the grapefruit?  Right now on cold sniff if seems okay, like a softly spiced citrus but somehow smooth.  It's interesting.  Not sure if I'll keep it or pass it on to someone else.
Raspberry Macaroon - 'Toasted coconut, caramelized sugar, and raspberry.'
Pretty sure I've had this one too, a couple times.  I do like this scent.  It reminds me somewhat of red Zingers snack cakes but without the creamy filling note.  Oh!  Or those hard candies at Christmas!  This is a fun any time scent and I'm happy to have it again.

Sweet Fixations scent shots are $1.75 each.  All of mine were at least 1.6 oz. and all are decorated with glitter or sprinkles or something festive.  The freebie scalloped tarts were 1.0 oz. each.

I placed my order on Wednesday, June 15, and received it on Friday, June 24.  You know I love fast TATs!  Shipping is charged separately, when the order is ready to ship.  Shipping for this order was $7.00.  Everything came packed in a padded priority envelope inside another padded priority envelope.

Are you a Sweet Fixations fan?
Did you see anything in this post you might ordering?
What are some of your fall and winter must-haves?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Natters - June 23 / Kinda Cranky

Ah yes,  Minion.  Your life is rough, for sure.  Casey took this pic a few days ago.  It's quite funny on it's own but even more funny if you remember this baby Minion pic . . . 
Some things never change.

Anyway, on with the Natters.  My mom got herself back to the hospital yesterday for the blood pressure recheck.  I was surprised because I was so sure she'd just cancel it, not realizing its importance.  I stopped over at her place after work last night to ask her about it.  She said the numbers were better this time but still not great.  She said they didn't say what to do next, and just let her go home.  Well today the doctor's office called and said she should go back tomorrow (Friday) for another check, and they would go ahead and do the rest of the pre-surgery stuff like blood work and the nasal swab thing.  I'm not sure if that means her numbers are actually okay for surgery now, or if they're just going to finish the rest of the stuff to get it done and out of the way.  I will be taking her tomorrow.

I'm pretty my own blood pressure is sky high these days.  I was so wound up last night I couldn't get to sleep, but then once I did I was out like a light.  And now pretty much all day today I've been feeling that super anxious hyped up feeling, crabby and distracted.  It took me almost all day just to get that Dessa's haul post done!  Usually I can whip those posts our pretty fast.  Now I'm super bored because I just can't focus enough to get involved in anything like a movie or a book or even a video game.  I want to just go to bed and start over tomorrow but it's so dang early.  Gah!

My card making hobby has taken another severe hit again.  I thought I was doing pretty good in not feeling pressured to be making cards, that I was content to make some whenever the mood hit instead of feeling like I had to keep making them.  Well, when Ty was getting ready to leave here last weekend after doing his laundry and getting his birthday presents, I handed him the card he'd left laying on the table.  I made a comment about taking it home even though it would be in the garbage within the year anyway.  He laughed and snorted and said "Yeah, if I have to take it it'll be going right into the garbage when I walk through my door anyway."  He didn't say it to be mean or anything.  It was just pointing out that he's not one for cards.  I've known that.  He's not the sentimental type.  People these days just don't appreciate cards like the used to.  (Well, did guys every appreciate them?)  But since then, yeah, it's taken me back to that defeated feeling of why put the effort into making these cards when people just don't care anymore?  I had my card making stuff out today but didn't even bother in the end.  Maybe it shouldn't even matter to me what happens after I give out a card.  Maybe I should just feel good about putting effort into it and acknowledging the special days of people in my life.  But I really do get hung up on that whole 'They don't even care, so why should I?'  It certainly would be cheaper and easier to just send a generic digital message when Facebook prompts me to, right?!

Ugh, what a cranky kind of day.

Hopefully your day was much brighter!

Haul - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Fall & Winter Must-Haves

As mentioned recently, I placed a couple orders for fall and winter scents.  People told me I should post the hauls now instead of waiting till fall so they'd have time to order too if they see anything they like.  The first of my orders arrived yesterday, so let's take a look at some of my favorite seasonal scents from Dessa's Homepsun Scents!

Pumpkin-mallow Bake - 'We have blended our Pumpkin Butter Bake with our sweet marshmallow and baked to perfection. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I had this last year and seem to remember loving it.  This is rich and deep, sort of a buttery, almost caramel-y pumpkin bakery scent, creamy and smooth.

Pumpkin Ginger Streusel - 'Fresh pumpkin spiced with Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, sugar and fresh ginger and topped with a crumbly streusel topping. Super sweet!'
Oh my gosh, this one is so good, so perfect for fall.  I remember falling in love with this one last year too.  This one is spicier and not quite as rich as the previous one.  This one is more of a traditional pumpkin spice scent than the other too.
Pumpkin Maple - 'A delicious blend of our Pumpkin Pie and Butter Maple Syrup. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I think this is the only new-to-me one I chose for this order.  A strong maple richness whacks your nostrils first and then that familiar spiced pumpkin type scent comes racing up behind it.  The spice is toned down by the sweetness of the maple but spice haters might still be leery.  This is nice, but I prefer the other two, at least so far on cold sniff.

Cranberries & Cornbread - 'We have blended our traditional tart cranberries with our old fashioned cornbread and baked them together in a cast iron skillet. Delicious. A Homespun Original House Blend.
This one reminds me so much of Thanksgiving Day.  Oh it's just perfect.  The spark of bright, tart cranberry is there along with the warmer bakery notes and just the tiniest hint of spice.  It's happy and cozy, and oh so comforting.
Harvest Festival - 'The essence of the autumn harvest season, juicy red apples, tart cranberries and warm cinnamon leaf. A B&BW “Harvest Gathering” type duplication.'
 Even though my notes from last year say this was way too weak, I'm giving it another chance.  The scent is just that good.  I like this type for earlier fall because it's a little lighter, brighter, juicier with those apples and cranberries.  The cinnamon warms it up a bit and makes wonderful for fall, although I can also see this for a Christmastime scent.  I just hope it's stronger for me this year.
Cranberry Spice - 'Fresh tart cranberries are accented with cinnamon and spice. The perfect traditional holiday scent.'
A well done spiced cranberry scent is an absolute must-have for me in later fall.  I was thrilled to find this one last year after so many others were too tart and bright for me.  This is a warm cranberry scent, almost like a warm punch type drink.  The spice is not at all harsh, just warming.  Love it!

Cinnamon Garland - 'Classic Christmas - crisp fresh bayberry infused with spicy ground cinnamon. So warm and inviting. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I remember starting to melt this one last fall because I felt like cinnamon was a good fall scent, but then it instantly screamed Christmas to me and I stopped and saved it till later. Right now on cold sniff it doesn't thrill me much. Remembering how much I liked it last year though, I'm not too concerned at the moment. It's a 'craft store at Christmas' type scent, a wonderful holiday mood setter.

Home For The Holidays - 'Sit by the fire on a cold winter’s night and take in the scents around you. A wonderful blend of fresh wintery balsam pine, Macintosh apples and tart spiced Cranberries fill the air. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
Another one that I really liked for Christmas, this one has that hint of pine to *really* make it Christmas-y. This one is not quite as 'craft store at Christmas'ish because it lacks the spice notes. The apples and cranberries mix equally to make it a brighter type of Christmas scent. I don't really get a smoky note (that mention of sitting by the fire) but I remember it did come through ever so slightly once warmed last year.
 Country Christmas - 'An old fashioned country Christmas - Cozy up to the spicy fragrance of clove, apple, cinnamon & oranges - surround yourself in nostalgia. Similar to Gold Canyon's Cozy Christmas.'
This might be my favorite of the Christmas scents so far. Cinnamon Garland is a dry type spice scent. Home For The Holidays has that hint of pine. This one is like a warm spiced punch again, spiced and juicy. Bringing that orange into the mix sweetens it up a bit but this is still a warm scent.
Mulberry Spice - 'A wintery classic. Fruity mulberry and a hint of woodsy spices. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I ordered this again because I remember liking it, but as I smell it now (cold sniff) it seems almost too sweet and candy-like to be any type of fall or Christmas scent for me. I'll hang onto it though and melt it at some point this holiday season. It is a darker berry type scent, slightly warm from the hint of spice, but still very sweet.

Those are the scents I ordered. Dessa was generous and also included several extras. I love when vendors include samples or freebies because it's a way of introducing you to scents you might not otherwise try. I especially love when they try to keep in line with what you've ordered. Like, I ordered all fall/winter scents, and Dessa continued that with the extras she chose to include.

Thank you, Dessa!
 Pumpkin Paradise - 'Looking for pumpkin without the spice. Fresh pumpkin puree and sweet cream are baked in a buttery pie crust. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I don't think I had this one last year and I don't know why. Maybe it was a new scent, added later? I'm happy to have it now though! It's a very nice pumpkin pie scent but, like it says, without the spice. The pumpkin is muted a bit by the cream, and the bakery notes from the crust are easily noticeable. Spice haters, you CAN still have a pumpkin pie scent this fall!
Autumn Campfire - 'The essence of fall - cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin pie, warmed apples, gingerbread, hot cider and a touch of marshmallow toasted over a campfire. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I had this one last year but can't find a Melted post for it so maybe I passed it on to someone else. This strikes me as an early fall scent, like a mix of all the activities as summer winds down and school starts again while the days cool off. There are sweet notes, cider notes, touches of spice, and a slight smoky note. While I'm not a fan of smoky scents in general I think there is enough going on in here to still keep it interesting for me.
Huckleberry Lane - 'Grandma’s homemade fresh wild huckleberry preserves. This is both sweet and tart and will make your mouth water.'
This is another sweet one, almost Kool Aid-like, but with a tiny hint of warmth. I'll probably melt this one during the summer yet, since it doesn't ring any fall or winter bells for me.
Banana Nut Bread - 'Freshly baked and loaded with fresh bananas, brown sugar, nuts and a touch of ginger.'
I've had this one before and it's a really nice, familiar homey scent. This is good for any time of year but it's warmth and coziness work well for fall and cold winter days too. And I still love the mason jar shaped tarts!
 That is my fall and winter scents order from Dessa's Homespun Scents. Not a huge order by any means. I was after scents I knew I liked. Dessa's scent shots cost $1.75 each. They are listed as 'approximately 1.4 oz.' on the site. I'm happy to report that most of mine were 1.6 oz., a couple at 1.5 oz., and only one was 1.4 oz. (The shaped samples do not count.) Shipping was $9.70, and the order came in a Priority - Regional A box. It does say on the website that shipping overages of a dollar or more are refunded. I'm skeptical that this package actually cost $9.70 but I did not get any refund so maybe it was within that dollar range. I mean, there were not that many tarts in this order, and I've sent heavier boxes for much less. But whatever, I know shipping costs can be the trickiest part of indie vendor shopping. I placed my order on Wednesday, June 15, and received it Wednesday, June 22. Heck yeah! Love that quick TAT!!!

I'm glad to have my fall and winter favorites on hand now, and I will set them aside with the rest of my fall/winter stash and look forward to the day The Fall Slut emerges from her slumber to let the fall scent melting begin.

Are you a Dessa's fan?
Did you find any fall favorites in this haul?
If not, what are some of your fall and winter must-haves?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Natters - June 20 / Bad Doctor

I meant to post yesterday but kept getting sidetracked.  I mowed lawn in the morning, then Ty and Matt came over and we, of course, played Munchkin.  We took a break so they could get everyone McDonalds for supper, then we dove right back into another game.  Mixed in with all that, I was doing laundry and battling the tail end of my cold cooties.  When they finally left it was too close to Game of Thrones time so I just said screw it and left posting until today.

This is the tripod that got knocked over.  You can see the tire marks too.  That bush, which appears to be the bulk of the growth, showed up last spring.  We don't know what it is or where it came from but it's grown like crazy.  It resembles a lilac but has pink-red blossoms.  My coworker that came to do metal detecting mentioned the name of it, but I can't remember.  The only reason we haven't gotten rid of that yet is because the clematis plant has grown in, around, through the branches of the bush as well as the tripod frame.  It's not a very good pic to show the actual clematis growth but trust me, it's there.  If you look very closely (or click the pic and see the larger version) you can maybe see where the legs are bent way down at ground level.  We didn't do anything with this yesterday like we'd planned.  We need to somehow get the legs straightened and back into the ground.  We might have to sacrifice the growth for this year and cut everything free to fix it.  Not quite sure yet.

We're making progress on the yard cleanup.  I can't believe how many people want free wood just because we have a ton of it laying in the yard!  You'd think that, gee, since we didn't have the dude haul it away, hmm, we might have plans for it.  We've turned everyone down so far, but we might give a few chunks to my boss for his backyard fire pit since he's invited us to a 4th of July weekend BBQ.

This was the first trailer load that we did on Saturday.  Hubby hauled this to his parents' yesterday and unloaded it all.  The stuff that's left is mostly bigger pieces that need to be cut down more.  He'll have a friend come and help with that.

So my mom had her pre-surgery physical this morning.  Turns out her blood pressure is high and the doctor wouldn't clear her for surgery.  They checked it at the start of the appointment and then again at the end after she'd had time to sit and relax.  It was 10 points lower but she still has to go back Wednesday and have it rechecked.  She's never had blood pressure problems before, and we both know why it was probably high today.  She hates her doctor and got herself all worked up about the appointment.  Today was the first time I've actually encountered her doctor and yeah, she's a miserable stress inducing hag.  My mom had already been talking about finding a new doctor and after seeing that I wholeheartedly support her.  Wow.  So when we got back home after that I gave her a pep talk, told her not to worry about all the other crap and in a couple weeks she'd be done with surgery and not ever have to see Dr. Bitchypants again.  The problem now is that I work Wednesday and can't take her for the recheck.  She should be able to get there herself, but she's going to call my brother's wife as another option.  I had to strongly remind her she can't skip this appointment, which she sometimes does.  She doesn't quite get that if her blood pressure doesn't come down she won't be having the surgery.  She keeps thinking of it as 'When this surgery is done the stress will be gone and the blood pressure will be normal.'  Uuuuuuuuuuggggggghhhhhhhhh!  She's my mother but man, she tries my patience!

Other than that, my cold cooties seem to be mostly gone today.  I ended up falling asleep on the couch this afternoon for a couple hours and had a nasty cough for a while when I woke up, but other than that it's been much better today than it has been in over a week.

Who watches Game of Thrones?  Who saw that freakin' awesome episode last night?!  Oh my gosh, it was like an interactive event for me, with all the yelling and cheering I was doing at the TV.  And of course it brought me to tears.  I can't go into details because Julie is spoiler-free and I'm not sure if my sister is current.  BUT I REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!  lol
I'm so glad I didn't give up on the show like I said I was going to at the end of last season.

Well, I am off to read before bed now.  I will update about my mom when I find out how it went Wednesday.  I also got shipping notices for both of the fall scents orders I placed the other day, so I should hopefully have those in a couple days and have haul posts up Thursday or Friday.
But for now, goodnight!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Melted - Scentsy / Watermelon Mint

Watermelon Mint - 'This summery scent is an icy blend of crisp, dewy watermelon juice with icy fresh garden mint.'
 It's rare that you'll ever see Scentsy products on this blog because I'm just not a fan.  I was curious enough about this one though when the Scentsy woman at work shoved the newest catalog in my face a while back.  I've been into watermelon scents this year and a hugely popular local vendor has a watermelon mint blend that I love so I figured I'd go ahead and swallow my pride and order this.  On cold sniff it was interestingly nice.  The watermelon was there, juicy and sweet, and there was a soft but definite hint of mint.  Warmed though, it was just a sweet, almost candy-like scent.  It wasn't bad, but it lost that sort of clarity of notes.

I melted about 1 oz. worth in my Glade hot plate warmer in one room, and about 1 oz. worth in my tea light warmer in an adjacent room and was disappointed (but not really surprised) to find only light scent.  If you didn't know something was melting, you'd probably never had noticed it.

This one was an all around bummer and has reminded me to go back to not bothering with Scentsy.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Natters - June 18 / Birthdays

Yep, that would be Minion on the right, stealing the spotlight again.
Yesterday was Ty's birthday but since everyone was working we did fake birthday shenanigans today instead.  Put a box or bag down and Minion is there.

Ty and my mom share a birthday.  He turned 25 and she turned 80.
When he was born, I didn't even realize what day it was, that they shared the day until she mentioned it was the birthday present I ever could have gotten her.  Awww.  I have a picture of them together at their 20th/75th birthday . . . 
. . . but nothing from this year.  I'll have to see if we can pop over to Mom's for a bit tomorrow and get a picture.

Ty didn't stay long, and then Casey went to bed because he worked last night and needs to go in tonight.  Hubby and I went outside and forced our lazy selves to do some work on the tree project.  We got a fair sized chunk of work done, a lot of the smaller stuff is now loaded on the trailer and ready to go over to his parents' place.  A lot of the stuff left now is bigger and needs to wait until hubby's friend can come over with a bigger chainsaw to help.  We count rings on a piece cut from the trunk.  We're now experts in this.  One ring is roughly one year?  Going by that rule this tree was right around 50 years old.

We did have an accident while working out there.  I'll try to get pics tomorrow morning before we try to fix the damage.  I don't know if you remember that we have an old rooftop antenna tripod in our front yard as a decoration/trellis for clematis plants.  We were just looking at it today and commenting on how explosive the growth has been this year, and then a little later hubby tried to sneak by it with the truck and trailer, and got stuck when the trailer wheel snagged on the tripod.  He couldn't get it backed up again because the trailer was loaded and the truck was on just enough of a hill that he couldn't get traction to push it back.  So he had no choice but to go forward and pull the whole tripod down.  Noooooooooo!  It didn't yank the plants out, just sort of laid everything down, and we propped it all back up but tomorrow morning we'll have to go out and do some damage control.  Like I said, I'll try to remember to take pics tomorrow.

We watched The Boy this evening.  Wow.  Weird freakin' movie!  I had hoped it would be a little scarier.  It had creepy stuff but it was more like 'Wtf?!' while half laughing type creepy.  It started to get a bit dumb at the end but didn't completely ruin itself.  It was entertaining.  I'm glad I've finally seen it.

I did a Melted post just before this.  Who is all shocked to see that?  lol
You might see more of them popping up again.  I'm finally getting back to a point in my stash that I feel I can slow down and do some posts.  When I'm working through things that others share with me I don't always feel like reviewing them because it might be a vendor I know I'll never order from, or a custom blend that you might not be able to get anyway, or stuff like that.  I especially feel awkward if it's something someone gifted to me and I didn't like it or it was a dud.  I kinda feel like I shouldn't be dissing them when I didn't pay for them.  I don't know, I'm just babbling now.  But yeah, might start doing some Melted posts again.

And with that I am off to rest my weary wood hauling body and read a bit about poor Apollo before I go to bed.

Hope your Saturday was lovely!

Melted - Wood Wick / Lemon

Lemon - 'Zesty lemon mixes with a blend of sparkling citrus and green notes for a clean, true-to-life lemon fragrance.'

I bought this back in April at a local garden and gift store, and am just now getting around to melting it.  I admit I didn't have high hopes because so many different waxes have been duds for me lately but I was pleasantly surprised!  This particular lemon scent was not my preferred type of lemon.  This was on the sharper, more tart side of things.  It seemed a little 'thin,' not like a deep lemon.  It was still a nice enough scent though, very bright and happy.

I melted two cubes (about 1.2 oz. worth) in my Glade warmer and was so relieved to have decent medium-strong scent.  Long lasting too!  I had the warmer on all day, finally shut it off after about nine hours and the scent had barely faded.

This brand is quite pricey.  I paid $4.99 for this 3.6 oz. clamshell.  I see on their website they are $5.50.  I would not buy these often, and the scent list is extremely limited anyway, but it's nice to know that on the rare occasions I do get to that local garden and gift shop these tarts will perform well if I decide to treat myself.