Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ebb & Flow: June 2020

The highs and lows of the month.

Wylde Ivy Green Lady

Perfume Oil:
Arcana Wildcraft Merrywidow

Body Cream:
Blood Moon Botanica Saint Johns Wort Hand & Body Cream

Lip Balm:
For Strange Women Siberian Fir and Frankincense Lip Balm

Handmade in Florida Spa Time

Future Primitive Four and Twenty Blackbirds Hair Rinse

Bijou Candles Hedy, an amber and tuberose beauty

Candles From The Keeping Room Strawberry Noel

Blueberries, sunflower seeds, tiny Fuji apples

AHA Apple and Ginger sparkling water

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

RuPaul's Drag Race, Gilmore Girls and The Office

Old school surfing music and Tubular Bells

Key West next week for snorkeling, biking, beach walking with the girls and Adam. 

The end of summer break.

My 2020 Tudor Planner, I went ahead and ordered a new one for next year. 

My hummingbird feeder. I don't think the little fella has tried it even once. 

My grandmother's funeral. It angered me to have to hear more about her husband's accolades than her own. It made me angry that it turned into a political platform where the number of aborted babies had to be announced. It angered me that guns were mentioned more than memories of her. It stoked a bigger fire in my heart rather than soothe it. My family's thoughts and ideals are a big part of the turmoil in this country and I hate that I used to believe in it.

Seeing my own daughter advocate for BLM and equality via her social media. 
Spending time with my girls.
Tending plants.
Finding small bits of beauty and peace.

How has your June been? Are you staying healthy? Please tell me you don't live the in whacked out state of Florida. Please tell me that you are well.


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    1. I know you deleted this but thank you for posting it. I am so sorry about all that. This is such a divisive time isn't it???? It makes me so happy to see you posting about AJC and the successes you guys are having. And thank you about the hummingbird info. I will try sitting outside in the morning and evening.

  2. Aw Julie. I am so sorry you lost your grandmother and grieving for you, that her funeral was such a traumatic experience. Losing a loved one is hard enough already. I hope you and your family can have another little ceremony or whatever feels right to you, to honor her.
    Thank you for sharing fragrances cans flowers with us. Hang in there. What difficult times. Hugs.

    1. Thank you. It is heartbreaking already for sure. This tumultuous time we are in is bringing everything to the surface (granted it needs to for sure) but makes it hard to grieve. I loved your idea of having a smaller ceremony and I will certainly do that.


  3. Ugh, sorry that your grandmother's funeral was difficult. We have quite enough pain and turmoil going on in our lives now as it is.

    I rediscovered my incense stash recently and have been burning that in the warmer evenings when candles and melts seem like too much. Work has been super busy which on the one hand I'm thankful for but on the other it's adding to my overall fatigue.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your planner! After all the drama with Erin Condren, I will be in the market for a new one for 2021 :(

    1. Incense has been a soother for me lately too. I was burning it all through virtual teaching and ESOL classes and I think it really helped. Probably because I was breathing extra deep to try and huff all the scent LOL! I hope your workload lets up soon. Wearing yourself out is no bueno.

      Thank you! I am loving it. I heard about her ugliness too. Shame. It is nice to support someone new for sure. And this lady just has a small indiegogo she uses. One lady show with a Tudor podcast and history buff.

      Sending you hugs. Thank you for being a friend.

  4. So sorry about your grandmother's funeral. Bad enough losing her then having to deal with unpleasantness at the funeral. I am dreading all of that when I lose my Mamaw.
    Believe me when I say my family is also just like that. I have seen how they have acted at funerals past.
    I am well. Family is well. Placed a good sized Moonalisa order. I am trying my hardest to slow down on the wax buying...ehh I'm doing better. Gonna do CFTKR and that's IT! Oh! I did win the last Glitterati Sunday drawing, so yay me!

    I hope you get to feeling better and find some peace in July, Julie. I hope you and yours have a wonderful 4th. I'm gonna come back after the 9th and let you know how Kyle's nuclear scans go. I feel so nauseous just thinking about it.

    1. I hope your Mamaw hangs in a nice long time with health and good quality of life. The pain being inflicted right now is heinous.

      OooooO! I was soooo tempted at the last Moona release but I think I will try and just grab a few perfumes when she opens for that. Congrats on the Glitterati!!! I hope you get some incredible scents!!!!

      I hope your July is full of sweetness too. Only one month of summer break left so I am relishing July. <3 Praying for you and your boy. Good health. Good results. Please do let me know.

    2. Finally a bit of good news, CLEAR SCANS!! I wouldn't want to wish this stuff on anyone but this world would be a better place if everyone had to spend a month on a pediatric cancer floor. There's no politics, race, discrimination, no one is above anyone else there. It's a humbling experience for sure. A terrible one. It taught us both to be better people, just wish cancer wasn't the teacher.

      Anyway, I can breathe easy once again..Take care, Julie!

    3. HUZZAH!! AMEN!! I am so happy for you and him. Send me your address and I will send you some celebratory smellies. :-)

  5. I'm just seeing this now, Julie. I am so sorry about your grandmother's funeral. I hope that you are able to get some peace in knowing that so many people love and care for you, all over. <3

    1. Thank you, Nancy. I appreciate that and I appreciate you.