Okay, this photo was actually taken in March, but it still applies today as I listen to the hail pounding on our roof. These are no gentle spring rains we’re having now, the creeks are churning and swollen with debris. We showed 2 inches in our rain gauge this morning, but I’m sure we had more than that as the wind probably blew the gauge around a bit. Storm totals in our area are rumored to be 4-6 inches, and tornadoes were reported south of us. The Midwest might not always be at the bleeding edge of culture (and living on a country road as I do only exacerbates matters), but the weather is never dull out here! They have a saying that really is true here in Missouri: If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it’ll change. From one year to the next, conditions are very different too. Notice how brown the land is in the above picture. Soil temps are only in the 50’s. Last year was a whole different story. I’m a little concerned about the seeds I sowed last week. Have they been washed away by the torrent? Time will tell, I may have to re-sow the whole bed of greens and radishes. If I were really on top of things I would have mulched immediately, but nobody’s perfect, right?
I was approached by someone on Etsy a few days ago with my first custom order request! She had dry sensitive skin and wanted me to make her an unscented cream. As a woman who lives in a world of scent (admittedly both pleasant botanical scents, and unpleasant animal and kid related scents), I was mystified at first, why would you NOT want scent? Once I held the cream in my hands, I was won over by its simplicity and purity. Here, after all, is a gentle nourishing balm for any number of sensitive individuals: anyone whose nerves are fried and overwhelmed by our hectic and often overstimulating world. Consider it a blank slate upon which you may do whatever you wish: use it as a primer for use under makeup, or as an unassuming-yet-fortifying overnight moisturizer at day’s end. Because it includes elasticizing cocoa butter, it would even be suitable to use as a balm for the pregnant belly, and would be gentle enough for baby as well with the inclusion of healing calendula oil. It would work as well for men who don’t want to smell like a French whore OR like that nasty smelling stuff with the awful misogynistic commercials we’ve probably all seen (so…hot women are inexorably drawn to smells that could strip the paint off a wall, dull lackluster attitudes, and painstakingly messy hair does? Mmmmkay), but would still like something to smooth on after shaving. So versatile, a quality which I value more and more with the unpredictability of life!