Yesterday, we had storms all day. Nature, with its dark skies, rain, wind, thunder, and lightning, put on an amazing show. It began very early and continued throughout the night. But now, it is a gorgeous sunny day with all the critters making full use of the cool sunny weather. Birds, squirrels, dragonflies, honeybees, and butterflies are now putting on their amazing show. I have my Paddywax Jane Austen candle burning…it’s gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine…and the scent is so spring-like. On stormy days, I usually burn the John Steinbeck candle which is smoked birch and amber or my Earnest Hemingway candle which is cardamom, absinthe, and sandalwood. Of the 3 candles I currently have, my favorite is the Steinbeck candle. I’ve always liked those “heavier” scents. My very favorite combination of essential oils that I wear is patchouli and jasmine. Those are 2 of my very favorite scents. If I wear actual cologne or perfume, I prefer things like Phlur’s Greylocke or 1 of the many that I have that has a hint of patchouli. A more sensuous scent, if you will. Smell is 1 of my strongest senses. I can smell something and it will take me back to the exact time that I first experienced it. It will bring a rush of memories…good or bad…to which I physically and emotionally react. The same thing happens when I listen to music which also brings back a flood of memories. It’s amazing how our mind and body react to these things…how we can feel the exact emotion that we had originally felt upon experiencing those scents and sounds. I might laugh or cry, smile or feel regret or a twinge of sadness or a sense of loss, or it might even drag me down into full-blown depression for a while. Yesterday, I took a musical trip back to the past and it was good for both my heart and soul. It was not unlike yesterday’s storm that came through and cleared the air of its heaviness and then today’s brilliant sunshiney beauty which is so light and airy. We live in cycles…up and down and in between, just like the weather. It’s natural and there’s no way around it. We just have to experience it as it happens and know that changes are always on the way. A natural rhythm. Nothing is permanent because the wheel is always turning.
I just wanted to say that if you’re into scents like I am, you really do need to check out Paddywax’s line of candles. They have the authors line, apothecary line, and several others. Every one of the candles that I have purchased, through Amazon, have been amazing. They are a little pricey but worth it. They are hand poured soy wax and are made in Nashville, TN. They are long burning and some are subtle while others are extremely fragrant. Just search for Paddywax to see all of their candles.