Monday mini-thoughts – 4/24/2017

I have seriously missed blogging! I’m not committing to anything, but hopefully there will be more in the near future! 

Things have been pretty scrambled lately…

so I introduce Monday mini-thoughts – whatever is going on, put on paper. Or blog…


  • the peepers in the brook started singing about a week ago! That means spring! They were a little quiet last week, because it was chilly again. But I know they are there…
  • the Canadian goose pair are back, and making the morning commute from the pond to the swamp, a-honking along. 
  • got 2 bike rides in this past week.
  • this made me miss my t@b
  • I miss salad. 
  • so easy {recipe} (even better if you let sit overnight I think…)
  • I dyed a white washcloth I’d crocheted yellow with turmeric. It came out pretty cool! I felt super crafty.

Extra Fragrance for All…

I recently read an article about how synthetic fragrance is becoming the new second hand smoke. It’s in everything. And causing a wide variety of symptoms in many people! 

In fact, it’s very hard to avoid even if you try… 

And by the way… you can react a couple days after the actual contact…

Here’s a couple examples:

Just this week, we were out shopping and stopped at A.C. Moore. Right in front, as you walked in the door, were the new fall displays with apparently the scented candles. I mean I didn’t see them. But we sure smelled them. We went straight to the section we needed, they didn’t have what we wanted, so we then walked out. By the time we walked out, my PB commented that his eyes were stinging. We were in the store less than 5 minutes.

Earlier this week, a friend messaged me that she was thinking of me because she’d woken up with hives over half her body and intensely itchy. I immediately sent her all my best tips on dealing with that, since I know first hand how horribly uncomfortable that is! Then down to the WHAT. We tracked it back to some new hand soap they had started using a couple days prior. Ingredients? “Fragrance”. Her hives were not on her hands, where the soap would have been used… But on her body. 

Last week, another friend saw a comment I made on Facebook, and messaged me asking for tips on dealing with fragrance. She had a situation where she hugged someone and something that person was wearing gave her a headache. And she related also having trouble when she’s out running- if she runs by a house venting their drier outside and they are using a drier sheet it effects her. 

I personally can expect some nice welts on my face after hugging someone wearing perfume or strongly scented beauty products.

I haven’t yet decided if I should stop hugging people…