The weekend was spent in clearing out the rubbish. I began rather without a compass, as my destination was meant to be the two main closets in the 'hallway' of the big house, but I ended up beginning elsewhere, the main room and expanded out from there, in willy-nilly fashion, even ending up in the garage for a spell. I worked slowly and meticulously, as I never do, and took great care in dusting and wiping down the heirlooms. It felt so good once complete (though the floors are in dire need of attention, and one closet remains untouched), so I burned a tiny bit of Golden Kyphi to bless the space and this morning the room feels open and inviting, happy. I think this is me getting ready for the kyphi class this upcoming Saturday. I have to be in a spiritual frame of mind for the class to work the way I would like it to work.
The soap is finally done. Yes, in between the dusting and dragging and folding and bagging, I managed to squeeze in an hour or so to whip up a small batch of -- I don't know what -- fall happiness, I suppose. I want to call it October (the soap). It's beautiful, and pumpkin and spice free. I used a lot of rice bran oil in it, something I haven't used in years, and I'm pleased with how it has turned out. Super fragrant with soft, lush bubbles. Lots of coconut cream in there as well. It has a few days left to set up and cure and I hope to post it on Etsy within a week or so.
I was sad to see the state of the back garden. The soil back there has been leeched of its nutrients over the years from constant sprinklering (is that a word ...?) and before anything good can be grown, it needs lots of mulching and chicken poo and tlc and turning. The mints -- remember the mints I wrote about in the spring? -- well, all but the pineapple have been dessicated by those ugly little green worms. I made a garlic spray for the mint some months ago and that worked, but 'people' 'round here have a problem with upkeep and it's left to me, ultimately, to take care of these things -- not easy with three out of the house jobs, and one home business, plus still being chauffeur and part-time nanny and chef and ... well, I can't be on top of everything, I'd never get any sleep! I also found out why my pumpkin plants stopped thriving a few months back -- they, fortunately, are living up against a fence where they get plenty of nutrients leaking in from the neighbor's chicken run so they were actually looking lovely and budding flowers everywhere -- one of the new tenants upstairs had a large puppy, a bloodhound I think it was, and he/she (the puppy) when let loose to do her 'business' ran through all the garden, her enormous bear paws tearing up everything as she raced back and forth along the fence and back through the cucumbers (who also died) and corn (who also died) and green beans (who also -- you got it -- died). Said unnamed puppy has been placed elsewhere because the new tenant was mortified her dog did so much damage in a single trip to the toilet.