Monday, October 31, 2016

Blogtober - Day 31 / Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!
Did you do anything festive?  Go trick-or-treating?  Watch some scary movies?

We didn't do anything spooktacular here.  I wanted to watch a scary movie while I was puttering around on something but couldn't decide which one so I just left Snapped on TV for background noise.  We never did carve that last surviving pumpkin.  We don't get trick-or-treaters out here in the country.



I spent the morning taking a ton of pictures for the blog, and trying to get updates about my coworker.  He's been transferred to a hospital better equipped to deal with his situation.  I found out there were some complications from surgery and that he was put into a medically induced coma as a pain management situation, and to give new meds a chance to work.  Can you imagine how freaky that would be, to have your doctor come and tell you "We'll be putting you into a coma."???  To wake up in a different place and wonder how many days you've missed?  Weird.



Hubby got home from work early today so we headed to Menards while we were both feeling ambitious.  We got the first of the shelves that will go up in the soon-to-be craft room, as well as some other random things we needed.  Then we had to get back home to watch the Vikings game.  That game is actually happening while I'm typing this but, just like last week, it's a horrible game.  Casey wants to start a download that will hog the internet so I said I'd skip part of this crappy game to get this post done first.


I got a nice little package today, and I watched The Other Boleyn Girl today.  I'll do separate posts on those, hopefully tomorrow, since I'm kinda hurrying on this tonight.

Well, it's October 31 and I only cheated on two nights of posting.  Pretty good for me!  I am going to try and keep going through November but I don't have any cutesy name yet.  It might just be back to Nattering.  Hope you've all enjoyed Blogtober and stick around!

Okay, I'm outta here for tonight!
Got a crappy football game to watch . . .

Haul - Sweet Clementine Soaps

Vanilla Snowflake - 'Scrumptious sugar cookies made with rich and creamy vanilla, frosted with mint and sprinkled with coconut.'

 You might remember that I was recently raving about how much I'm loving the Perfect Pumpkin scented lotion I got from Sweet Clementine Soaps.  I'd said I would order a winter scent if she stocked any.  Well, she did!  There are several Christmas / winter themed goodies that I would have loved to have gotten but I held back and only ordered one jar of the 'goat milk & honey lotion' that I love.

My favorite scent for Christmastime is a softly sweet vanilla-mint.  I'd hoped this would be a bit mintier but I think it still fits the bill.  There is a nice cookie note, but not so strong that you'll smell like a cookie jar all day.  The mint is soft and sweet, gently making its presence known.  The coconut, if it's there at all, blends seamlessly with the vanilla cookie notes.  I think this will do nicely for my December lotion slathering.

I also received a tiny sample of sugar scrub in the same scent.  I know from the sample in my previous order that I do like the Sweet Clementine scrubs.  If I find myself going through an 'I love scrubs!' phase again sometime, I will order one of her full sized jars.

This 5 oz. jar sells for $7.50 in the Etsy shop.  The consistency is wonderful, on the thicker side but spreads and absorbs so nicely.  A little goes a long way once you get this spreading around.  I started my jar of Perfect Pumpkin lotion on October 1, have used it every day on my hands and feet,  and am only about half way through the jar.  This is great, because I will continue to use it through pumpkin-friendly November too!

I placed my order on Sunday, October 23 and received the package on Saturday, October 29.  I paid $2.75 shipping, which is fantastic.  It arrived nicely wrapped in bubble wrap inside a small brown box.  This is my second order from this shop and I continue to be pleased.

Have you tried Sweet Clementine Soaps yet?
Get on it!  There are a lot of nice things in the Etsy shop right now!

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat - 'Great Halloween scent of pumpkin, apples, berries, orange and cinnamon. With notes of sugar cane and vanilla.'
 
 This reminds me of that scent you get after trick-or-treating, with all the mixed candies in the little plastic pumpkin.  It struck me as a little more spicy this year, but then, my tastes have been off lately.  There is a sweetness about this from the fruits and berries, but it's warmed by pumpkin and vanilla.  The sugar adds a hint of a candy note, while the cinnamon gives it all a bit of edge.  This one is always a challenge to describe.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong (almost overwhelming) scent throughout the downstairs rooms of my house.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Blogtober - Day 30


It was another mellow day at work, even more mellow than yesterday.  We actually had a lot of fun and most of the people were getting along for once.  I was in a great mood, looking forward to getting home and puttering around with my new toys, but the mood quickly changed when I saw this one Facebook:

'If all my friends could say a prayer for my brother in law Parish Baker he is ICU in an induced coma please pray for the baker family'
 
Ohhhh no.  Parish is a longtime coworker of mine.  We talk a lot at work, give each other a lot of crap about football and movies, vent to each other about work drama.  A couple months ago he had some back problems and ended up in the ER.  Through tests and things it was found he had some kind of lump near his spine.  A month or so ago he had a biopsy procedure and found out it's not cancer but it's some kind of cyst, and the doctor recommended getting it taken care sooner rather than later.  So Wednesday, Oct. 26, Parish had surgery to remove the cyst.  He figured he'd be home in a day or so and be back to work in a couple weeks.  So to see that on his Facebook page floored me.  I don't have any other details yet.  I suppose, being a spinal surgery, the induced coma could be to keep him from moving . . . ?  Ugh, I hate not knowing and I have shed a few tears this evening.

In better news, the Packers lost today.  Hahahahahaha!
I probably shouldn't laugh too loud in case we lose to the Bears tomorrow night.  But wait, it's still worth it because the Packers lost.

Nothing Halloween-y around here today.  Hubby did not carve that pumpkin.  I didn't really think he would.  He was bummed and distracted because we have water in our basement.  We did have a ton of rain recently, and he's thinking it's from that.  Still . . . what next??

I'm off to read now.  If you're one who prays, could you throw a little extra one in for Parish, please?

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Melted - Lasting Scent Candles / Pumpkin Marshmallow Grahams

Pumpkin Marshmallow Grahams - '(LSC Original Mix) Layered graham crackers stuffed with pumpkin filling and, of course, a sticky marshmallow plopped on top!'
 
 I don't notice graham crackers or marshmallow.  What I mainly get from this is a really nice pumpkin note, fresh from the can pie filling type with that slight sour/tang note.  Although it doesn't mention it in the description, it seemed like there was a spice note quietly lurking around the edges of this scent.  A very nice scent for Pumpkin Everything season!

I melted this 1.4 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

[This tart was gifted to me.]

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Blogtober - Day 29


Work was very mellow today.  Mellow days are much welcomed but it can also make the day drag.  I was especially anxious to get home because I knew I had some packages arriving today.

Hubby and the boys hauled some junk to the burn pile today, and some junk to the curb.  Hopefully we have some scavengers who travel our road and decide they want this stuff.  I'm just glad to finally have the stuff moved out of the house, especially since Ty's old room had become the junk collecting room.  I need that room cleaned out again so it can finally be the craft room!  wOOt!

Hubby might carve our one remaining pumpkin tomorrow.  I made a note to myself yesterday, to wait until just before Halloween to buy the pumpkins next year.  I bought them early this time, like as soon as I saw them at Walmart.  They were $4.88 at that time.  They've since gotten mushy in rotten in our up and down weather.  And yesterday I saw plenty of pumpkins still in the store . . . for $1.00 each.  Doh!  Well hopefully next year I'm more into Halloween in general anyway.

I was thinking about wax during my leisure time at work today.  I want to order some Christmas scents but then I think about how little I've been melting lately and how much of my fall stash will be untouched this year, and I wonder if it'll be the same with Christmas scents.  I mean, I have a decent amount of mints and pines already, probably enough to get through.  If I'm still blah about melting, I'll have more than enough.  So now I don't know if I should bother ordering more.  But I still *want* to!  I think it's more out of habit at this point.  Orrrrrr . . . maybe things will turn around now that I'm feeling better and more settled these days.

I work tomorrow but I will have Monday off because my lines are down for a couple days.  I'm excited about that because I'll hopefully be able to do some haul posts about these little packages I've been getting.  I'm also going to watch The Other Boleyn Girl!!!!!!!!  I quick added it to my Netflix queue after realizing I don't own it, and it arrived today.  Yes!  I will be watching you, darn movie!

Okay, off to read and hopefully sleep some deep and awesome sleep.

Did you have trick-or-treating in your town today?

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Melted - Torch & Key / Witches Kitchen

Witches Kitchen - 'This witch is fixing up a big batch of pumpkin waffles with toasted pecans, melted butter and maple syrup! My little witchlings just love it!'

I'm pretty sure this is the classic Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and that's quite alright with me.  I just had a Melted post about that scent from another vendor recently, so obviously I'm a fan of it.  This one has all the familiar notes, the heavy lean towards the nuttiness of the pecans and the warm, sweet syrup, but doesn't have quite the same heaviness that it can often have.  This one isn't quite as thick and rich, which can sometimes be the one downfall of this scent.  This is still a very nice scent with all of it's cozy fall familiarity.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had decently strong scent.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Blogtober - Day 28

I'm pretty darn excited again today, people.  If you'll give the sidebar over to the right a little glimpse you might notice something new.  I got a PO box for the blog!  *happydance*  It's something I've been thinking about doing for a long time but always talked myself out of it because 'Nah, I'm not some big YouTuber or anything.'  But more and more lately, it's been pressing on my brain and I finally just went ahead and did it.  Hopefully it takes away that awkwardness of asking for an address.  It's like I'm all professional now.  *snort*

I'm also excited because I had a really good day in general.  Casey helped me haul some things upstairs, some things downstairs.  I got a million tiny little things done that I'd just been putting off.  I got a couple small packages in the mail.  And I tried Firehouse Subs for the first time today.  I already like that place more than Subway!

I'm not going to haul those packages I mentioned, not yet.  I'm waiting for several small parts of a larger order to come in and then I'll do one large collective haul, hopefully next week.  And it's not wax.  I think only one person knows what I'm so excited about and hopefully she doesn't spill the beans yet.  Although, I am feeling an urge to place an order or two for Christmas/winter wax so maybe you'll see a wax haul soon as well.

I've been awake since 3:30am!  Not sure what woke me up but I just could not get back to sleep.  I forced myself to at least stay in bed until about 5:15am, but since then it's been go go go.  I didn't even get a chance to play Skylanders today!  I'm really tired now though, so I think I'm just going to head off to bed.

Oh, I wanted to ask . . . 
Have you enjoyed these little daily Blogtober posts?  It's really gotten me back into blogging.  I know I'm going to do Blogmas again (post everyday in December) but I'm wondering about November.  I'm afraid if I take a break I'll start getting lazy and fall into that doubting rut again.  Do you have any ideas for a November title?  Bloggiving sounds like there are a lot of giveaways.  Thankblogful sounds kinda dorky.  Novemblog?  lol

Let me know your thoughts about this first world problem!

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Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch - 'Sweet and creamy pumpkin pie with butter, pecans, and a hint of spice.'

 I wonder about the scent description for this one.  With a name like Pumpkin Patch you'd think it would be a more fresh type pumpkin scent.  And this reminds me more of a fresh type with spice, like you'd think.  I don't get butter or pecan notes from this.  There is a lot of pumpkin, somewhere between a fresh carved type and a canned pie filling type, and then a dose of spice gives a background edge.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and it was one of those weird situations where I couldn't smell it too much until I'd left the house and come back in later.  Then it greeted me quite obviously when I first stepped through the door.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles - 'Sweet pumpkin, maple syrup, and buttery crunchy pecans.'
 
 This is a scent I wasn't wild about when it first became popular but I've come around.  I really enjoy it now.  It's quite a thick and rich scent, and I often don't like those kinds, but there is just something cozy about this one.  I never really notice much pumpkin, regardless which vendor I try, but that's okay.  This is a pecan and maple heavy scent, a little sweetness and a lot of nutty bakery.  It's warm and homey and, like I said, rich.

I melted this entire 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had deliciously strong scent throughout the downstairs of my house.  This sat in my warmer, cooled and hardened, for the two days that I worked since melting it, and I could still smell it on a lighter scale in the evenings when I came home.  That's pretty awesome, to just have the cold wax giving off that much scent.

This has become a fall classic that has made it to my must-haves list.

Blogtober - Day 27


Went to my mom's today.  She didn't need to go shopping this week so I just did her laundry and some other little chores and projects she wanted done.  It was a fairly quick and easy trip this week.  I had high hopes for doing some things when I got back home but the day sort of fizzled into a blah and borderline crabby mood.  Whatever I was attempting to do, my mind was always on something else.  When I'd switch to something else, my mind would jump to the next thing.  Even playing Skylanders couldn't keep my attention.

I thought our water was getting good enough that I could start using our Britta filter pitcher again.  Nope, not quite.  We have to replace the big filter down in the basement, so hopefully that helps.

Our temps never made it out of the 40s today.  I actually really enjoyed it except for the fact that we need to get at least one more mowing of the lawn in for the season.  It rained so much yesterday that it was too wet to mow today, even I'd braved the chilly temps.  I won't be able to get at tomorrow.  Hopefully it's dry this weekend so hubby can do it.

At this point we're not even bothering with the outside Halloween decorations.  It bums me out but oh well.  Maybe next year.  I even forgot to get the Halloween cards I'd bought sent out.  Maybe I'll get them in the mail tomorrow, or maybe I'll just skip it for this year.  We'll see how I feel about it in the morning.

One very exciting thing did happen in this otherwise blah day.  Hubby and I ordered this tonight . . . 
Yes, Ty's room is finally going to be made into the craft room we've been debating!  I'm so frustrated with wanting to make things but having craft supplies scattered all over, and having to drag out the card table and haul supplies out.  Hubby's been having a itch to craft too.  He likes to do glass painting and his paints and things are all in boxes, buried under other things.  We snooped around online, looked at a few different tables, and decided on this one.  I bookmarked it "for when we get ready to actually do this," and he said we should do it now or we'll never do it.  So, it's been ordered and should be here within a week.

This changes the plans for that I had for making that room a library.  We're going back to the plan of keeping our upstairs 'hallway' the library space.  It's not really a hall, but more of a decent sized landing.  We already have two bookshelves stacked on one wall for the floor to ceiling library look, but just never finished the other walls.  Since we're going to start buying shelves and things for the craft room, maybe we'll finally get the rest of the shelves for the library too.

Now that I'm cheered up, I'm off to read before bed.

Not many of you chiming in about your Halloween plans.  Is everyone Halloween-blah like me this year?

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NeoCell Beauty / Joint Bursts Review & Giveaway! **CLOSED**

Almost three years ago a company called NeoCell had contacted me to do a review of one of their products.  I did it, and had fun with it.  They contacted me again last month and offered more products for review and a giveaway.  And it's funny how these things work out because right around the time they contacted me this time, I'd been internally whining about my old lady crepe paper skin.  LOL!
They heard my thoughts!

I was allowed to choose two products to try.  I knew I wanted to try these Beauty Bursts again because that is what I'd used last time.  I remembered being surprised by results that I couldn't quite pinpoint last time, so I was super hopeful that I'd see some results with the crepe paper look on my hands and forearms.

From the package:
'Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy - or so delicious.  NeoCell Beauty Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews.
Super Collagen 1 & 3 is the body's beauty protein and strengthens skin, hair and nails.  Hyaluronic Acid is known as "Nature's Moisturizer" and hydrates the skin.  Vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin.
These three beauty nutrients work together to build beautiful skin from the inside out.'

These are somewhat hard and sticky chews, along the lines of Starburst candies.  I had to warm them in my hand first to soften them up.  People with sensitive teeth or dental work will want to chew carefully.  The package recommends 2-4 chews a day.  I took 2 a day, in the evenings, for one month.  (One bag has 60 chews, and sells for about $13-$19, depending where you go.)  The chews are very flavorful, nothing odd or medicinal about it.

Did they work?  Once again, I think they did.  I'm a huge skeptic when it comes to supplements and all their miraculous claims but this is twice now that I feel fairly confident something really did change.  Perhaps I'll be won over afterall!  My fingernails have ridges that run lengthwise.  I didn't notice any improvement in that but I did notice my nails seem to be growing like crazy again.  As someone who keeps their nails short for work, I wasn't too thrilled with this (LOL!) but for ladies who love to grow long nails, this would probably be a huge perk.  I once again noticed my hair seemed a lot softer and more well behaved.  And those changes that I can never quite pinpoint showed up in my face again.  It's not like it magically filled in all the lines and got rid of wrinkles, but there is *something* different, like it maybe fills out the face slightly.  No, it doesn't poof you up like you've had botox shots.

But did it work on the old lady crepe paper looking skin on on my hands and arms?  Not as miraculously as I'd hoped but yes, I do think it's helped a little.  And I think those results have started showing up late in the one month course of taking these chews.  If I were to continue, I wonder if my hands and arms would look even better.

I also tried NeoCell's Joint Bursts soft chews, which I think is a newer product.  You know how I've struggled with knee, back, and feet pain at work!

From the package:
'Giving your joints the fluidity and lubrication they need has never been so easy - or so delicious.
NeoCell Join Bursts combine Collagen Type 2, Turmeric, and Hyaluronic Acid in a soft chew that is bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavor for targeted joint support.
 Collagen Type 2 is the main structural protein of joint cartilage and is what provides strength and cushioning in joints.
 Hyaluronic Acid is the primary component of synovial fluid which lubricates the joints. 
 Turmeric is shown to promote healthy inflammatory response.
 These three powerhouse ingredients work synergistically to support flexibility, mobility and comfort. Chew on this and take a comfortable step in the right direction.'

These chews are much softer than the Beauty Burst ones.  They are still very flavorful but these did a have a bit of 'grainy' taste to them.  The package recommends one chew a day so I took it every evening, along with my two Beauty Burst chews, for one month.  There are 30 chews in a package, and it sells for around $17, depending where you look.

Did they work?  I'm not sure.  I still had pain, but working 12 hours shifts on concrete floors in a factory will do that to you.  I think if they helped it was more in the recovery from the pain.  I seemed to bounce back faster, like I'd be stiff and sore when I got home at night but in the morning I'd be ready to go again instead of just piling another day of pain on top of it.  Was this from the chews?  I can't say for sure.  I guess we'll see how it goes now that my one month trial has run out.

When I chose the Joint Bursts to try, the NeoCell rep suggested a different product that had a stronger dose.  I declined because that other product was in pill form.  Well, after doing these Beauty and Joint chews for a month I think I will switch to a pill form if I decide to continue.  For me, I think just swallowing a few pills and being done with it will be easier.  And yes, I am seriously considering continuing with NeoCell's products! 

GIVEAWAY!!
Good news!  You can try NeoCell's products too!!  They have graciously offered one lucky winner the opportunity to to try both of these products, or perhaps something else since they understand that not everyone suffers from joint pain.  All you need to do is leave a comment below stating which product you'd be interested in and what benefits you're hoping to see from it!  Easy peasy!!

(You must be 18 or older, or have parental/guardian permission.  I must have a way to contact you, either through your profile or an email addy that you leave your comment.  NeoCell will ship the product directly to you.  Giveaway open to US only.  Sorry, my international friends.  Contest will be open until midday Saturday, November 5, 2016, and I will use Random.org to select a winner.)

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blogtober - Day 26


I'm not quite sure how a mellow day can still be filled with drama but that's how work was today.  My supervisor told me ThisPerson and ThatPerson can never work on the same line together again, and that ThisPerson is not allowed to going into the other room to chitchat with ThatPerson anymore.  (Those two people are dating, by the way.)  No one can figure out what happened to make the supervisor decide this though.  It was freakin' mellow today!  All the usual troublemakers were actually getting along today!  We're baffled.

I heard today that a guy I used to work with died very recently.  I never liked him, he was a drunken creeper type, but it's still weird to hear that someone you knew has died.  People say neighbors hadn't seen the guy's truck move at all for several days (like going to work, etc.) and someone went to check on him, and found him dead in his apartment.  Bleah.

So I'm not in a very Halloween-y mood this year but I have been getting some major warm fuzzies as I hear and see more Thanksgiving mentions popping up.  I mean, Christmas is already starting to bombard us but I'm trying not to let that into my brain yet.  Thanksgiving is so under-appreciated, that it's exciting when I hear a radio commercial mentioning it.

I need to go to my mom's tomorrow since I did not get there on Monday.  Ugh.  I'm already bummed about it.  I just want to stay home and relax!  I wonder if I can possibly convince her to let me come every two weeks instead . . . 

Well, I have to get a couple things done then I'm off to read before bed.

Got your Halloween costume picked yet?!
(Or your kids'?)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blogtober - Day 25

Work day . . . and drama continues.  Apparently there was drama yesterday, on the other day crew.  In talking to various people today it seems a lot of people are getting really fed up with the spoiled brat immaturity of a lot of employees.  My supervisor lectured everyone in our pre-shift meeting today that the lead people are extensions of the supervisor and deserve the same respect.  He told everyone that the constant whining about petty little things needs to stop because always calling the lead or supervisor to sort out things is taking away from the things we need to get done ourselves.  I was glad to hear him say all this, but of course, the whiny babies just sulked off and grumbled about being scolded.  Really, people?  Are we all adults or not?

Well, our water looked better (but still not great) this morning.  I let it run for a while again before work, and told Casey to run it for a while during the day before he went to bed.  I checked it when I got home this evening and it's looking better, but still not clear.  I guess this will take a while.  Ugh.

Some people at work were talking about Halloween festivities in the area.  There was a little spark of excitement in me, not that I'm planning on going to any of these festivities, but it was neat to hear other people excited about it.  Then I got home to find no one had turned on the pathetic few decorations we have and it was like 'Halloween?  Considering it a miss this year.'  *sigh*

Our weather has definitely turned nippy lately.  We're down in low 30s in the mornings now.  There was frost everywhere this morning but I didn't quite have to scrape my car windows yet.  There is that super cozy feeling in the evenings when I get home, coming into the warmth of the house after the chill of driving home and walking outside.  It's the simple things, I tell ya!

And with that I am off to read for a bit.

Are you excited for Halloween??

Monday, October 24, 2016

Blogtober - Day 24



What a day this has been!  So last night I told you we had a water problem and would need to call a plumber today.  I tried calling a very local guy at 7am this morning.  It's a family business and the first number I called must have been the home phone because his mom gave me his direct phone number.  Called that and got voice mail.  Left a message, then wondered how long to wait.  After an hour I called a different place, less local, and they told me they couldn't come until 8am tomorrow.  I said pencil me in but I'm going to call around to see if I can find someone that can come today.  They said that's fine.  So I called a third place and the girl said she'd have to call me back when "he gets back around nine."  Okay, so I wait and decide to call my mom and let her know I won't be able to go to her place today.  She lays on her guilt trip tone, just doesn't understand that some things can't be dropped just to convenience her.  Then I waited for the other place to call me back.

That third place I called was able to come out shortly after 9am.  He was here all of about 30 seconds and announced this job was beyond a simple plumber and that I'd need to "call a pump guy."  He gave me the name of a local guy and was gone, only at my house for maybe two minutes.  I wonder if we'll still get a bill for that?

I call the pump guy and we end up playing a bit of phone tag before finally connecting.  He says his day is really busy but he'll try to get out later.
He got here right around 3pm and was gone before 5pm.  It was indeed the main pipe going from the well to the house.  He replaced it with something other than what had been in there, saying it should last longer and not have these problems.  (There was quite a large hole rusted out at an elbow fitting.)  No idea how much this will cost.  We'll just wait and be pleasantly surprised when the bill eventually arrives.  He was a really nice guy though, remembered being here 14 years ago to do some pump work.

Now we have to leave our water running as much as possible to let all the sludge and crud get worked through the pump and the system.  It's pretty nasty!  Tried running a bit through the Britta filter just to have some water for the cats but it looked like there was no filter at all.  Bleah.  It's starting to look better now, after having a garden hose and three faucets for running for a couple hours now.  Imagine that bill!

We thought that Minion had gotten outside at some point during all this.  I could not find him anywhere.  He eventually came out of hiding after the guy had gone.  It was weird because usually he's the bold one, the curious one, but this time he's the one who went and hid.  lol

I'd been so excited about the thought of watching The Other Boleyn Girl today, only to dig through all our DVDs and find out . . . I don't even own it!  ACK!!!  I could have sworn I'd had it all this time!  I put it on my Netflix list and bumped it to the top, and am going to get a cheap copy from Amazon or Walmart the next time I order something.

The silly rose bush by our porch is still blooming in late October when temps have gotten down to the low 30s at night.  I think this thing blooms MORE when it gets late in the season and cold.  Is that normal?!

A couple of bright spots today were the arrival of a couple packages.  One was the wax from Satin Suzie Scents that I posted about earlier today.  The other was part of an order of some non-waxy things that I'm very excited about.  I'll reveal that when I have the whole order in hand.  Hehe!

Alrighty, back to work tomorrow, where I'll no doubt hear about all the ongoing drama.  So I am off to read before bed, as usual.

How was your one-week-til-Halloween Monday?

Haul - Satin Suzie Scents

Bernadette, the owner and waxmaster at Satin Suzie Scents, contacted me recently and wanted to know if I'd like to try some of her wax in exchange for a review here on the blog.  I browsed her site, chitchatted back and forth a bit in email, and told her to surprise me with some scents.  That package arrived today and oh my gosh, I'm in smelly heaven at the moment.  This generous lady spoiled me!

Let's just dive into what she sent, and I'll give my overall thoughts at the end.

Roman Numeral V - 'Lemon biscotti & brown sugar.'
Mmmmm, so good.  It's a sweet bakery lemon, not overly tart.  The brown sugar is warm and sweet, toning down the lemon a bit and making a very cozy bakery scent.
Cozy Lil' House - 'Sugar and spices warm this cozy home, with notes of apples.'
I know this scent.  It might be along the lines of Apple Jack & Peel maybe.  I love it.  It's perfect for fall.  It reminds me of spiced cranberry, of a warm mulled punch type drink.

Agent 66 - 'Ripe pears & spicy-sweet dessert figs with brown sugar.  (House blend)"
This reminds me a lot of the Golden Pear & Brown Sugar shower gel from Bath & Body Works, and I really like that.  This one is a little sweeter, a little fruitier but that brown sugar brings its warming effects to the mix and makes it cozy again.

Pumpkin Pie - 'Thanksgiving. Pumpkin, spices, butter, sugar with hints of vanilla. This is a best seller for fall scents.'
Oh yes, good ol' Pumpkin Pie for fall.  This one is nice, not overly spicy.  It's more buttery and bakery.

Afternoon Tea - 'Spicy chai tea with sweet sugar cookies.  (House blend)'
This is really yummy.  You know I like my chai scents, and the rich vanilla from the sugar cookies makes the tea notes creamier, like the latte type that I prefer.  I hope the cookie doesn't drown out the chai when melted.

Pucker Up, Sweetheart - 'Juicy citrusy lemons are sweetened by shortbread cookies and ooey, gooey marshmallows.  (House blend).'
Ohhh, this is the creamy lemon type that I adore. It's bright but not tart. It's creamy and bakery but not heavy. It's just so cozy and yummy!
Black Cherry Spice - 'Fresh, ripe black cherries blended with kitchen spices.'
Now this one, oh my.  The black cherry is there strong and proud, reminding me very much of my favorite flavor of Kool Aid, but the hint of warmth from the spices comes running up quickly behind it.  It's along the lines of a lighter, tart cranberry spice type, but sweeter.  This could be good for fall but that sweetness makes it okay for any time of year.

Rosemary Mint - 'Clean blend of fresh rosemary with refreshing mint.'
 One of the reasons I was excited to try Bernadette's wax was that I'd seen Lemon & Rosemary in her scent list.  Remember a year or two ago when I was wanting vendors to come up that blend because I was reading the Beautiful Creatures series and it's repeatedly mentioned in there?  Well, finally someone has it!  I was a little bummed that she sent me Rosemary Mint instead but that's okay because I know what I'll be ordering when I go back for more of her wax!  As for this Rosemary Mint, when I was handling these for taking pictures they were very mint-strong.  Sniffing them now though, back in the package, it's more of an equal blend of a nice herbal rosemary and a smooth mint.  I like it.

Christmas Love -'It's all about Christmas with pine, spices of clove, cinnamon & nutmeg, crispy sugar cookies, brown sugar & white musk. YC type.'
We had also discussed Christmas scents in our email conversation.  She had some that weren't listed yet and some blends she was still testing.  This one has that cinnamon pine cone craft store air about it.  I get cinnamon for sure, sweeter than a fall-type of heavier cinnamon.  Actually, maybe the pine is toning it down.  I didn't even recognize that pine was in here until I saw the scent description, so don't think of this as a Christmas tree scent.  There are very soft hints of the cookie and brown sugar.  This one is interesting.

Peppermint Noel - 'Peppermint and Vanilla Bean Noel.'
And finally, another Christmas scent.  It's a wonderful peppermint, smoothed and softened slightly by the vanilla.  The other notes from Vanilla Bean Noel (sugar cookie, caramel, buttery cream) make a shy appearance in the background.  Vanilla-mint is my favorite scent for Christmas and this one will be nice.

The scent shots are mostly 1.6 oz. with a few them being 1.5 oz..  The white and green shaped tarts range from 0.6 - 0.8 oz. each.  The red flower tart is 2.4 oz..

On the website, scent shots sell for $1.70 each ($1.60 if it's available in the Ready To Ship section).  The 4-piece Flower Power Packs are $3.00 each and are listed as 'approximately 2.5 oz.'  (Mine was 2.7 total ounces.)  She also has clamshells for $3.65.  I don't know how much the large flowers will be since they are not on the site yet.  (She says they will be shortly though.)

Satin Suzie Scents has a decent sized scent list, and has a nice amount of house blends too.  It leans towards bakery scents but I did see some florals and fresh scents as I scrolled through the list.  

Shipping is a flat rate of $7.00 but she does refund overcharges of more than a dollar.  She does not ship internationally at this time.  TAT is listed as 5 days on Ready To Ship items, and up to two weeks for other items.  I can't really accurately comment on TAT yet because this was a package that she put together and sent to me, not something I'd actually ordered.  Still, it was quick enough to satisfy this impatient person!

Everything arrived in beautiful condition.  Presentation is clean and professional.  I like all the little touches like how even the ribbon that tied the cello back shut matched the colors on the thank you card.  The labels have a pour date on them, and some have scent descriptions on them too.  These all arrived nicely packaged in a Regional A priority box with plenty of packing peanuts.

All of the scents are strong and true so far on cold sniff.  There is a certain creaminess about these scents that reminds me a lot of Rosegirls.  These are a parasoy blend, and Bernadette recommended a two week cure time.

I am greatly impressed with what I've seen so far.  Everything is neat and clean.  Scents are strong, without any plastic-y residual note.  Prices seems decent.  The website is uncluttered and very easy to use.  And guess what!  She's always open!  That right there is a huge selling point in my book!  I'm quite sure I will be placing an order of my own.  I need that Lemon-Rosemary!  lol

Are you familiar with Satin Suzie Scents?
I hope you hop over and check out her site!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Blogtober - Day 23


I'm starting to think that if I change the name of my blog to Everything's Great, then things will mellow out around here.  I mean geez . . . it's always something.  And tonight it's our water.  It's turned off right now and we will be calling a plumber first thing in the morning.  Hubby thinks the main line from the well into the house might be damaged somewhere.  Our water is all murky, and we can hear water running in the basement but can't see any leaks or anything.  It sounds like water running through pipes, but where is it running to or from, and why is it all dirty?  UGH!

And the Vikings lost today, their first loss this season.  It might have been easier to take if it had at least been a good game.  Nope.  It was horrible.  Vikings were dropping passes, fumbling, missing tackles, you name it.  They looked horrible.

On the bright side of things, Casey went shopping this morning and bought more Skylanders characters so we can open more areas of the game.  Yep, we're still having a lot of geeky fun with this game.

I made a card today and finished another I'd started a while ago.  Then I packed all my stuff up again, determined to get Ty's old room turned into a craft room where I can have some organization and dedicated space for things, instead of having to haul boxes and bags out every time I want to try and make something.

I finally tried this today.  Sadly, I did not like it.  I liked the flavor while it was in my mouth but there was a scent that was unappealing while bringing it to my mouth, and then an aftertaste that just killed it for me.  Bummer.

Do you like our black cat Halloween decorations on the buffet?

Well, I'm off to bed now.  I need to figure out what book to read next now that I've finally finished The Other Boleyn Girl.  I think I have another Philippa Gregory book.  And since I won't be going to my mom's tomorrow because I'll be waiting for a plumber tomorrow, I'm going to start rewatching all of my Tudor related DVDs.  Wheee!

I hope your Sunday was better than mine!



Melted - Sweet Fixations / All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve - 'Spicy mulled grapefruit with a citrus orange note, and a sweet cinnamon vanilla twist.'

For some reason I've had it in my head that I've had this one before and didn't like it.  I don't know what's changed but I quite liked it this time!  I could not remember the scent description at all while it was melting today, and would have sworn there was something more complex about it.  Prepping this post, and seeing the scent description now, I'm slightly amazed.  I don't think I ever would have guessed there was so much citrus!  It is not a citrus type scent at all!  There is some sweetness and a hint of brightness but it's more of a warm scent, warm and smooth because of that 'cinnamon vanilla twist.'  I've said it before about other Halloween blends, but this kinda reminds me a little bit of the mixed scents of trick-or-treat candy in a big plastic pumpkin.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had pleasantly strong scent.

Read - The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
2001
661 pages

'The #1 New York Times bestseller from “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory is a rich, compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue surrounding the Tudor court of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the infamous Boleyn family.

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

With more than one million copies in print and adapted for the big screen, The Other Boleyn Girl is a riveting historical drama. It brings to light a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and survived a treacherous political landscape by following her heart.
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I stumbled across the movie version of this on TV back in 2010.  Not knowing diddly about Henry VIII or the Boleyns at that time, I was immediately hooked.  I bought the book soon after, but got sidetracked by watching as many other Tudor shows and movies as I could get my hands on.  I finally tackled this nearly 700 page beast of a book, and it has absolutely rekindled my interest in the whole Tudor era.

As for the book, I knew going into it that it's been blasted by historians as being grossly inaccurate.  I think all historical fiction takes liberties, so I wasn't too overly concerned.  As with the other Philippa Gregory books I've read, it gives enough of a story to get you hooked on it and go looking for more information.  I'll try to keep my thoughts related to this book only.

First I can't believe how horrible the father and uncle were to these Boleyn girls, and to their brother George.  Their greed and family ambition was unbelievably disgusting.  They absolutely used any girls in the Boleyn-Howard family as pawns in their game of more more MORE.  Girls were meant to seduce and keep the king's favor so titles, lands, and riches could be handed out like candy to the family members.  Children of these Boleyn-Howard girls were sent away so as not to be a distraction in the sick uncle's plans.  Oh, you're having a baby?  Great, push that thing out and get back to court.  Gah!

I can never understand people with grand ambitions like that.  Even in more modern times, people with mob ties who live the grand life.  For what?  To live every day in fear that someone will backstab you and it will all fall apart?  To have to put on your game face around your king or 'boss' and never really get to live your own life in your own way?  So you have all the best things and tons of money and attend the highest functions and rub elbows with other 'highly favored' inner elite.  That's all that you need out of life?  As long as you're dressed nicely and having fun, that's all there is?

All these people of the Tudor court . . . what exactly did they *do* for a living?  Dance and eat and wear nice clothes?  It all seems so pointless to me.  I'm sure there are still people like that today (um, Kardashians anyone?) but wow, I just can't comprehend it.  It was so refreshing when Mary Boleyn took an interest in her children and actually enjoyed her time back at her childhood home of Hever.  I loved that she took an interest in the farmers around the area and learned about crops.  I loved when her eventual husband William came into the picture and bought a farm in effort to persuade her to leave the court life and do something more meaningful.  In the end it saved her, and her children.

Back to the over the top Boleyn-Howard ambition, it's no wonder Anne's power went to her head in this book.  She was groomed for it, and she took it too far.  I absolutely hated her in this book.  She wasn't a powerful queen, she was a raging bitch.  I had mixed emotions when it went too far, when her uncle refused to help her once her downfall started.  On one hand I was like, how could he be such a dick?!  HE put her in this place!  On the other hand I kinda felt like, HA!  She's getting what she deserves for snubbing the people who had helped get her up there.  In general though, I hated Anne Boleyn in this book.

Henry VIII is well known as a monstrous tyrant.  I admit most of what I know about him is during the Anne Boleyn days, but it seems like he wasn't always that way.  He did strike me as a spoiled, arrogant child almost.  He loved having fun, loved to win, and used his position to get whatever he wanted.  But a lot of the time he seemed to be overly influenced by whatever his current interest or romantic fling was and didn't really seem to keep business and pleasure separate.  Was he a good political leader?  I have no idea because all we ever hear about is the drama with his wives.  Someday I'll have to study up on just Henry.

Regardless what I felt about Anne, at the end I was emotional for her situation.  It was obvious Henry was done with her and her greedy family, so it was frustrating that there was no way any testimony or evidence was going to help her.  It was shocking that he'd taken it to such a brutal extreme though.  Why couldn't he have just shipped her off like he had with his first wife?  Because his life hadn't been crawling with disgusting fake and ambitious Boleyn-Howards back then?

I'm glad to have finally read this book and it does make me want to know more about Mary.  Sadly there isn't a lot known about her.  There are gaps in her life where it isn't even known where she was.  This makes it easy to build the fictional life that Philippa Gregory has presented to us.  Historically inaccurate or not, this is still an enjoyable and grand story.

Are you a fan of all things Tudor?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Blogtober - Days 21 & 22


It bums me out that I did not post last night but I had such a miserable day and an even worse evening that I just stomped off to bed.  Work was drama . . . again . . . and I spent a good chunk of the morning in the HR office with the supervisor and two employees who just can't get along.  Both got lectured about their behavior, about how always having to call the supervisor or the lead to hear their whiny fights is taking up too much of our time that is needed elsewhere.  Both were asked how the situation should be resolved, and both had the same answer but HR doesn't agree and has other plans.

It was frustrating for me because even though I was ordered to attend the meetings because I have more firsthand knowledge than the supervisor, everything I tried to say was shot down.  One of the two people has a history of not getting along with people, has made people quit, is not fit to be doing the job she does, a whole slew of things.  But I was told none of that is open for discussion because we were only talking about this one particular incident.  Well, how can you???  This person is notorious for trouble!  The other person is not an angel either but geez, things were not like this until MsTroublemaker came to our crew!  How can you not take that into consideration?!

So I felt rather frustrated after that.  And then when I got home and was trying to tell hubby and Casey about all of this, they weren't even listening.  They were playing Skylanders and I was getting the occasional "Uh-huh," but it quickly became apparent they weren't listening.  I actually stopped mid-sentence and they didn't notice for quite a long time.  Then hubby apologized and told me to continue.  A minute or two later, when it was obvious they weren't listening, I trailed off again with " . . . and I don't know why I'm even talking when you guys can't be bothered to listen."  Again, it took quite some time before they even noticed.  When they did I just got up, left the room, and went to bed.

UGH!

So this morning I got up and went about my morning routine and left for grocery shopping without a word to anyone.  When I got home, hubby helped carry bags in but didn't say anything to me and I continued my muteness.  A bit later in the morning Casey asked me a question and I flat out ignored him.  He waited for a minute then got all offended and snarked "Okay, well thanks for answering."  So I shot back, "Oh, I thought we learned last night it was okay to ignore each other?"  And he got all snippy about it.  And hubby was pissy about it most of the day.

Wow!  Really?!  They're freakin' rudeness last night but *I* am the one in the wrong today??  So yeah, it's been a miserable 24 hours or so for me.

Let's try to get this back to light and fun and fall related.

I had these recently, part of my continued Try All The Pumpkin Things!  They were pretty good.  Well, Milano cookies are good anyway.  There was a softly spiced flavor to the center.  Nice but not "Wow!" worthy.

These, on the other hand, I enjoyed quite a lot!  I was surprised!  There is a hefty dose of pumpkin spice in these.  The vanilla cookies provide a good mix with the warm and cozy flavored filling.

I'm pretty much over the Pumpkin Everything phase now.  I still have a couple things here to try but I've stopped buying things I see.  It's kind of too bad because I found a couple things today that I would totally bought if I'd seen them earlier in the season.
They are . . . 
The pumpkin spice Special K cereal I'd been looking for, and . . . 
Pumpkin spice Nutri Grain bars?!  I always have some sort bars in my lunches for work and I do enjoy the Nutri Grain bars.  I'm a little leery of all that filling though.  That looks a little too close to pumpkin pie type to me.  lol

Mint things are starting to come out now for Christmas.  I saw on Instagram that there are peppermint Twinkies.  I didn't see any at my store yet.  I'm glad, but if and when I do see them, I probably will grab a box.

Back to Halloween, I'd wanted to finally finish the outside decorations today (lights on the porch, etc.) but our group crabbiness drained me of ambition.  Well that, plus Ty and Matt were here today so we played Cards Against Humanity for a while.  Maybe we'll get the lights done tomorrow.  I think hubby wants to go to Menards for shelving materials tomorrow morning.  I hope so, because I'm anxious now to get Ty's old room turned into something usable.

I'll leave you with this lovely fall scene, taken a couple miles down our road, on my way to my mom's the other day.






Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blogtober - Day 20



Not much to write about tonight.  I worked today and it was okay.  My cold from this past weekend has turned into a cough.  It was getting worse last night and this morning, felt like a lot of chest congestion, but later in the day it started easing up and now it's pretty much gone.

Our temps have slipped back to very lovely coolness for fall.  We barely made 50 degrees today.

Obviously I did not play Skylanders today since it was a work day.  Also, I was busy enough all day that I didn't get to dwell too much on the craft room thing.

Well, like I said, not much to write about tonight.
I'm off to read before bed now.

Anything exciting happening by you?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blogtober - Day 19

Played Skylanders a lot again today.  It was heavenly.  I finally made my own character with the little crystal thing, and he's pretty awesome already.  Yes, this year's game is waaaaaay better than last year's vehicle based dud.  Even hubby has made a character this evening and is playing right now.  He almost never plays video games anymore!

I did have some crabby moments this morning.  Casey and I hauled an old entertainment center out of what was Ty's old room.  It was supposed to go down to our burn pile but it broke apart while dragging through the back door, so we abandoned the effort on the porch.  Hubby will have to back the truck up this weekend so we can haul it the rest of the way.

We hauled that out because I'm frustrated with myself for only thinking and talking about what I want to do with Ty's old room, and then never actually doing anything.  My thoughts have swung back to making it a craft room.  It might end up a craft room / library.  I don't know, but I'm tired of it being a junk collector room.

And then the whole craft thing was another of my crabby moments.  Yes, again.  The urge to make cards was super strong late yesterday and early today but when I hauled all the stuff out I was just overwhelmed with the unorganized mess that it is and gave up.  I'm also still trying to decide if I want to put the money into buying some stamp sets and a die cut machine, or if it's crazy to dump more money into something I struggle with.  My thinking here is 'Oh but if I have more things to work with it'll be easier.'  Hmmm.  Will it?

This is the awesome view I had from my window this morning.  This is looking south-west, *away* from the sunrise, but the colors shining on the trees were brilliantly amplified.  The green of our yard looks out of place.  I should have cropped the photo.  lol

Well, back to work tomorrow.  Hopefully it continues to be fairly mellow.  For now though, I'm going to go watch hubby play a Skylanders for a bit more then head off to read before bed.

How has Day 19 treated you?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blogtober - Day 18


I was such a freakin' crabby puss this morning.  Wow.  And probably 99% of it was about going to my mom's.  It's probably hard for those outside of this picture to understand what the big deal is.  I've had people say things like "At least you still have your mom," or "Appreciate the time you have."  Yeah yeah, blah blah. Easy to say when you're not the one having to do it.

But anyway . . . 

My mood started picking up when I got home from tending Mom.  I had a little whiny pity party for a while first, and Voice of Reason Casey spewed his wisdom at me, then I started playing the new Skylanders game and things got better.

This is the newest release in the Skylanders game lineup.  So far, Casey and I are loving it.  Hubby and Ty haven't played yet.  Last year's release, Superchargers, never really grabbed us.  We bought it and started playing but just never got hooked like we have in the past.  Last year's focus was on vehicles and racing.  This year it's about creating your own characters.

There are these creation crystals for all the elements (fire, magic, water, etc.) that allow you to create your own character.  Each crystal allows one character.  I haven't made one yet but Casey has.

The started pack comes with two characters, and we also bought two more.  I'm not sure which way we'll get more addicted to, the ones they release or the ones we can create.

I also bought one of these little bonus chest thingies.  The chests unlock extra pieces to use in the character creation process.

So far it's been really fun.  I played many hours today and hope to play a bunch more tomorrow.  It was also quite a relief to find I'd actually put my worries aside for a good chunk of the day.  When I started playing I kept having the urge to quit because there were all these other things I felt like I should be doing.  That feeling eventually went away and I was able to just enjoy myself.  Woot!  Hopefully tomorrow brings me more of the same!

Oh, our weather jumped back to summer-like these past two days.  We were almost 80 yesterday.  Not sure what it got up to today but it certainly wasn't putting me in a mood for pumpkin anything.  I did put a couple cubes of pumpkin-something wax in the warmer this morning but didn't even pay attention to it.  That's become my norm lately.  This is making me unsure if I want to order any winter scents or not.  *sigh*

I'm off to read now!

Have you played any of the Skylanders games?
Are you in a Halloween mood, or are you ready for it to be done already?