Monday, September 20, 2021

Hi, There

I sometimes wonder if other teachers feel as out of control and chaotic during the month of September as I do. In Montessori, there is the equilibrium called "normalization" where the kiddos are into their work intention, routines are established and expectations are set and being met by all community members. I think after a virtual hiatus for my incoming 4th graders and a merging of classrooms for my 5th and 6th, this period will take longer to enter into this school year. But hey. That is what grace and courtesy are all about. 

I go to bed at 9pm most nights. 

I deleted the Facebook app on my phone several weeks ago. 

I am trying to limit IG time. 

I have not bought much wax, what I do is from Carol at Candles From the Keeping Room. 

Candles are hauled from Bath & Body Works for the most part, with a Witch City Wicks and For Strange Women mini-order.

Perfumes are still around. I placed A Blood Moon Botanica perfume order today. Excited to see Britton back in the perfume maker saddle. 

I still get the Sihaya & Company boxes. The candle above and the ritual items below are some of my favorites from the summer box. 

My oldest is adjusting well to high school.

My youngest is making some new friends in middle school and is working hard. 

I have the Halloween decorations up. 

I planted the fall garden: radishes, rutabagas, turnips, pole beans, carrots, burdock.

I am trying to read four books at one time but keep starting and stopping them. 

Getting to see Bob Ross' grave with my dear friend Giffe' was a treat. 

It is fascinating to see my DNA results shift around. I am about 50% English with Irish and Scottish playing hopscotch (was 25% Irish and 12% Scottish and now it is reversed), more Welsh is pulling through (from 6 to 13%) and now the German is gone.

I have several bathes of fire cider curing in my cabinet and one in the ground. 

I am back on the ceramic mug kick. Lord help me. 

I am in a strange place of enjoying where I am at right now, but also itching to push through some of these cobwebs that keep nagging around my life and irritating me. I am ready to get some type of workout routine back on, push away the refined sugars, and stick to a budget. Always the same old song, but that is how these things go. 

How are you doing? Wishing you many yummy mugs of warmth and blankets of softness this cozy candle season.


  1. So glad to see you.blogging! Wow, teachers give sooo much, and I can't imagine what it must be like supporting these kids after a year like the last and in all the uncertainty of this one. Enjoy fall to the fullest!!

    1. Thanks! It stinks to be away for so long and I was missing it and you guys. Life is a bit different these days. I hope you enjoy fall this year too! I was able to use the beautiful leaves you sent me last year in some photos I took for Sihaya. I will post them soon. <3 Thank you for them!

    2. How exciting! I have to try Sihaya. I just get overwhelmed and don't know what to choose...they all seem so lovely.

  2. I ordered from Britton's perfume release as well. I am too dang darn excited. :D
    I think of you often and how you're doing in the school year already. <3
    I suppose I'm still existing over here. Ha I'm glad Summer is winding down.. bring on all the Fall! <3

    1. Exciting!!!! I got the sample set and a couple full bottles of ones I thought I would really love. I am only kicking myself for not getting that High Dez scent that had the juniper in it. Doh.

      Thank you so much for the thoughts. I appreciate them!!! I love teaching and I love my students. It can be so hard sometimes though. I feel like the older I get the less my body wants to get up and down and all around for helping them, the less my patience lasts and I wish it wasn't so. But deep breaths and stepping back from the hard times helps me remember what I need to focus on.

      I hope you have a wonderful fall. Good weather, great tasty things, and happy experiences. AND GOOD health!!! xoxo

    2. Thank you!!! <3 :)
      I grabbed a sampler set since I never know what my wonky body chemistry is gonna do with the fragrances. LOL I'm looking forward to seeing how they wear and age, too. Exciting!

  3. I was so excited to see Britton back into perfumes-her scent and descriptions felt so familiar and comforting. I don't know if you have an Aldi near you, but if you can get them, I highly recommend their seasonal candles (currently burning Smoked Pumpkin Cider and it's filling my kitchen/living room). September is such a transitional month for us so I get that want to get into a routine-I'm the same way and maybe it's because it helps with the transition?
    Here's to cozy nights!

    1. SAME!!!! I was so happy to watch her talk about getting the perfume bug again. She is so talented. I know these will be great! Did you get any? I think I am most excited for Witch and Rose Gold Velvet. I do have an Aldi! I will have to swing by it this weekend because Smoked Pumpkin Cider sounds incredible!!!! Thanks for the rec! Routine is life for me. And the kiddos at school too. They are definitely doing much better for it but I am not since I am the one lacking the routine with open houses, parent conferences, progress reports and lesson planning at night. I know it will pass though. Thank you!! Hoping you have some cozy nights ahead as well!! <3