Update and Links

I wanted to thank Steve and Gaia for their beautiful reviews of the new Yin & Ylang on The Scented Hound and The Non-Blonde. Also thank you to Mark for including Cocoa Sandalwood on his list of favorite sandalwood scents.

Mark is also writing an in-depth series on musk ingredients, starting with this post on the old nitro musks. I think many of you will find it to be an interesting series.

I took my shopping cart down yesterday for just a brief unexpected break while I deal with a plumbing leak in my house that seems to be difficult to diagnose and repair. I’m camping out at my parents’ house a lot while parts of the plumbing and heat/AC are out of commission. I hope to have things under control within a few days. It’s in the upper 90’s today and an air conditioner would be nice, but luckily my parents’ house is available.

It’s really gorgeous here right now though. The sweet peas and roses are blooming and I’m harvesting my first strawberries of the season. We’ve had a family of deer (a mother with two babies) living here for several years as the babies grew up, but now we seem down to just one. Not sure if it is the original mother or one of the now grown-up babies. She’s been hanging out here a lot lately and has become quite used to us, even taking naps by my garden fence under the shade of the oaks in the evenings. I was watching her graze on grass last evening just a few feet from the window. She keeps an eye on us but doesn’t get nervous unless we come too close.

I will keep you posted on the status of the cart…

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