a convergence of tea time thoughts for ladies


Scent by the Sea perfume oils



https://www.etsy.com/shop/scentbythesea  (click on this, the blue font for the link doesn’t show up, but it’s a link).

This one, Sweet Hashish, is a tobacco and powder amber.  Very nice, if you like tobacco perfume as I do.  If you apply this with Kabuki, another one of their oils, then it is even better.  Kabuki has cherry, red musk (whatever that is), and star anise.  The Kabuki alone is an unfinished perfume, like the heart of a perfume without the top notes and the base.



Some more oils to review:

I only sent for two chocolate ones in my custom sample pack, although they do have a a chocolate lovers sample pack as well you can get.   I tried Arancia Nero, and Barbary Belle.


Arancia Nero-  This is the strongest smelling oil, and most long lasting sample of the bunch.  It’s chocolate, orange, and whipped creme!  And it is strong.  I kept picturing the cell of an old jail in an old  movie with big black steel bars, like this photo below of Rosalind Russell in the movie-  His Girl Friday (1940).   Really, you are a prisoner of this scent whether you like it or not.  I liked it!   Somehow, the Ocean by the Sea’s chocolate oil is the strongest one they have.  Wonder where they get their oils?


Barbary Belle-  Another chocolate one.  This one is different from Arancia Nero, because it has tobacco and roses in the chocolate.  If  you love tobacco oil like I do, you’d like this one.  The rose in there is ok, not exceptional.  Rose oil can really vary.  This one doesn’t last as long, but it’s still good.

Other ones I got in my sample packet-

Maggies Farm– It’s just  ok,  Nothing speical. I thought there’d be a little manure smell to mix with the leather and greenery, but there wasn’t.

Egyptian Honey– sickly sweet musk, little honey.  Bad compisition. They ought to discontinue this one.

Dark Patchouli good, but doesn’t last long.  I thought Patchouli was supposed to.  There again, this is a perfume scent that is unfinished.  Needs more notes in there.  Patchouli and lavender and orange is nice.  Wish they’d try that.

Jasmine– I love jasmine!  This one isn’t too lovable.  It’s light and flies away.  Maybe they need better quality jasmine, or less carrier oil.  

Dream- I like this lavender frankincense, pentagram in amber fusion.  Just needs to be stronger and longer lasting.  I can’t buy it if it’s weak.  Have you noticed?  I like strong scents.

Cinema Rouge– Not to bad. It’s a vanilla amber spice and black orchid, their description says.  Nice vanilla, but there could be more of it.

In conclusion- the only ones I tried to my liking were: Sweet Hashish, Aranica Nero and Bayberry Belle.  They  have a lot more concoctions on their site, wish I could have tried them all.   If I asked them to make me another sample pack with their strongest scents, I wonder what other ones I would get?


Lillian’s Cupboard



Have you ever been over to  Lillian’s’ Cupboard blog?   She’s always got something neat to show us!  The link I have is to her post on Scottie dog cookie cutters.  She’s a good cook too!

They talk to each other



They communicate, not talk, but that is why hens belong in a flock, not just 4 at a time. Every community has their  “4 chickens allowed” rule, but they are suited  for at lest  15 for a small flock, preferably more. It was 100 degrees  today!  I keep cold water in the buckets, with electrolytes in the water.  The big waterers get warm so quickly, so in this heat, these white buckets I get from Walmart’s bakery work best.

The Doctors Family

Happy St Patricks Day, although this post has nothing to do with Irish things                         

Just a book from 1863.  Here’s a photo of Margaret Oliphant, the author.  Two brothers are doctors… life in a small town … I don’t want to tell you all about it, and make spoilers,but it’s an interesting story to read.  Like a lot of authors, I bet Margret Oliphant had real life material for her books, because I could just see this plot in real life.

I got it free on my kindle, through Amazon.    This author just writes about everyday life and the basic problems of people that  are still common today, because human nature doesn’t change.  In this story, a brother comes to live with his younger brother and stays and stays and doesn’t leave.  He eats his food, and of course, doesn’t pay a cent.  Still happens today, doesn’t it?

 Wish there were more photos of her online, but after all, it was 1863.  Australia is kind of close to England, so that is why the brother comes from a ship from Australia to see his brother.

  The setting is a small town in England where the young unmarried doctor lives and works.  His brother comes to town and is a parasite, living off his younger brother.  That’s how the book starts and there are surprises in the middle, and a happy ending.   I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

The keys that unlock the door to happiness

The key that unlocks the door to happiness is the key of being grateful to God  for all the many things we have.  It gives us a good disposition and a demeanor of  gratitude  which  helps our frame of mind.  The other key that unlocks the door to happiness is having a thankful heart.   They go hand in hand- gratefulness and being thankful.

Everyone has hardships and unresolved problems in their life, yet as we go through them, we can still be grateful  and thankful to God.  Here are a few things we can keep in mind to be grateful and thankful for.

  1. First of all, we can be grateful and thankful for our salvation.  Being sure of going to heaven because Jesus paid our sin penalty on the cross.
  2. Secondly, we can be grateful and thankful that he  hears our prayers.  He always knows the situations we are going through and what is on our heart for our loved ones.
  3. Thirdly, it is great to know that God  is for us!  Many Christians have an unhealthy view of God as being  mad and  not happy with them.   One older lady said to me that God doesn’t have time to hear our prayers. I told her he does have the time of day for us.   He’s for us and wants us to please him by making good decisions in our life.  Knowing that God is wanting the best for us is something to be grateful and thankful for.

Put these two keys on your key chain  for more than happiness.  Gratefulness and thankfulness  bring a good attitude and  a good outlook on life.


Kirks castile soap

kirks castile soap aug 5 2010

Good soap, but needs a little fragrance added.

3 bars for $2.50 at Safeway- I’ll take it!   Have I  told anyone recently that I enjoy buying and hoarding soap?   This is soap for the kitchen sink.  There’s no  scent to it, yet your hands feel so clean after using it.  I’m glad Safeway carries it.  On their FAQ page it says there is fragrance in the soap, but  whatever it is, it sure is unrecognizable.

Here’s the ingredients:

Coconut Oil, Soap of Coconut, Vegetable Glycerin and Water. Kirk’s bar is made by a centuries-old, time honored process by mixing coconut oil with caustic soda. Caustic soda is made from sea salt. Coconut oil is thus converted to coconut soap, which is technically called sodium cocoate. During the process of making coconut soap, glycerin is also produced since glycerin is a part of natural coconut oil. This glycerin is left in Kirk’s soap to give moisturization properties and make it less harsh to skin compared to other commercial soaps in which this natural glycerin is removed by a chemical separation process. Kirk’s soap is the most natural process soap made in the USA today.

From their website:

Original  Castile Bar Soap

Since 1839, Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap has given the consumer a high quality, all natural soap at an affordable price. Current national market research ranks Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap as the top selling all-natural bar soap.

“Castile” originally referred to the highly-prized vegetable based soap produced in Castile, Spain. For centuries this soap was considered “the soap of royalty” because of its luxurious lather and gentleness to the skin. Today, “Castile” refers to any vegetable based soap.

Why ALL-Natural?
– No Animal By-Products
– Never Tested on Animals
– Hypoallergenic
– Biodegradable
– No Synthetic Detergents