When I looked up the meaning of the word busyness, I found this - "1. quality or condition of being busy. 2. lively but meaningless activity." Well, I definitely have a problem with #2!
Last week was a blur. Between work and work, there was very little time for anything else.
With the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild's annual conference coming up in May (ooooh, I can hardly wait!), I need to move at warp speed to get everything done that I need to do. The conference is being held in Raleigh, NC at a hotel where I used to attend Art in the Carolinas when I lived in Virginia. I'm making the trip into an opportunity to see family and friends and will be gone for ten days.
The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild conference is a big deal! I understand that they are sold out this year and attendees will be coming from all over the world. There will be lectures, classes, vendors, entertainment, certification exams, door prizes, etc. The best part, though, will be time spent meeting new friends and "talking soap". I am SO excited, I can hardly stand it! I can hardly wait!!!!!
Spring has officially arrived here in Southwest Ohio. The grass is green and Andy mowed for the first time yesterday. Perennials are peeping through the soil - getting a little braver and inching their way upward daily.
Spring is here and the world is pairing up. The birds are nesting. No news re: the Bluebirds in BB #2 yet. There are five eggs and the Mrs. is being very attentive to them. The Tree Swallows are getting a little more serious about their nest building but still haven't finished anything in BB #1 or BB #3. We had these herons visit this weekend. So pretty! The pictures were taken through the upstairs window which makes them cloudy looking. In the first picture, you can see both herons if you look closely. I was surprised to see that I actually captured the one heron in flight in the second photo.
One sad thing to report - Remember the Robin's nest at my front door in the pot of dried up Christmas greenery? She's abandoned the eggs. Earl Gray and I were walking in the yard and he ran around the corner of the porch and startled her off the nest. He was a good 10-12 feet away but I haven't seen her return to the nest since. Now, I have the nest with two beautiful eggs at my front door. I don't want to undo it! Wonder if I can remove all the dead greenery around it and plant my summer flowers without removing the nest? I'm going to try it.
Something else about Spring --- the varmits are active at night. I'm having a time with raccoons getting my suet at night. Night before last, one opened the suet feeder and ran off with a new block of suet. Last night, I had wired it shut so he had a challenge. At first, I thought he ran off with the entire feeder - set and all. Then, I found it under a bush in the garden. He didn't get it open but still managed to eat a fair bit through the wire feeder. Today, I'll bring it inside the garage to remove all temptation.
This past weekend, I soaped like crazy! I made eight batches of soap. I actually made ten but two of them were big failures! I tried a new fragrance twice and it did NOT work at all. That fragrance is now marked for perfume, lotion, sugar polish, body oil, whatever --- anything but NOT soap!
Saturday, I soaped five batches. They're shown curing here along with two other soaps that are ready to be boxed. Top shelf, left to right - Sweet Gardenia, Lavender Mint, Good Morning!, and Buck Naked. Bottom shelf, left to right - Acai Berry and Beach Breezes waiting to be boxed, and Plain Jane.
Sunday soaping produced, from left to right - Tweed, Sea Salt & Lotus Blossom, and Pearberry. I'll cut these logs into bars tonight.
Saturday night, Andy helped me move shelving around in the basement to finesse my soap area. I LOVE it! We then brought six more bookshelves down from the garage.
I sustained a work injury Saturday night. I was reaching overhead putting a large crockpot up on top of the tall wooden shelf unit when the glass lid slipped off and hit me square across the bridge of my nose! My nose has a purplish stripe across it and is a tad swollen. I don't think I broke it - maybe it's just bruised. It throbs, though, and is sore to the touch. Oh well, could've been worse! I'm so glad it didn't break my glasses!
I finally feel like I can start going through the sea of boxes and stuff now that I have a part of the area straight. Before, the WHOLE basement was such a mess that I didn't have any place to put anything. Every horizontal spacewas loaded, boxes were stacked, etc. --- terribly daunting! If I unpacked a box, there was no place to put the contents. Wish I had about a month off to tackle it! I'm very anxious to get the space settled. It's been almost four years - a long time to look for things. I'm going to have to start small - little bit by little bit. It's time.
I'll leave you with a picture of this orchid bloom. These flowers smell like coconuts. They're small and inconspicuous - not at all showy like other orchid blooms.
Gotta run cut soap! And,I have chicken in the crockpot for dinner. I bought a little crockpot today. How about that - a kitchen utensil/appliance that isn't for soaping!