spring fever

It must be spring as I'm feeling such a surge of energy & a desire to get overdue projects started. Thanks to Jane King, a friend & photographer who lives in Oregon for getting the n.m.boyd  sign "hanging" on the header of this blog. What a great sight !                        This morning I prepared coffee & put it in the freezer so it will be ready to add to n.m.boyd's cold press soap called "wake up". I was hoping to start this evening but I got side tracked in a most delicious way.
coffee ready to be frozen for "wake up" soap
coffee ready to be frozen for "wake up" soap

The batch of cold press soap "and so bee it" is now cured and ready to use. It has aloe vera calendula infused olive oil, coconut oil,sodium hydroxide,castor oil, rice bran oil, cocoa butter,shea butter,avocado oil, distilled water,honey & orange essential oil.

.....and so bee it...
.....and so bee it... 
A good portion of the last 2 days has been spent  "digging out " a double cupboard that has too many shelves for someone as disorganized as me. I was dreading going through all those boxes of photos,art,school assignments & college papers. There are collections of favorite books, prom dresses, sports gear & baseball cards with a myriad of other "treasures". As  n.m.boyd soaps needs a new office & space I decided to embrace Hafiz's quote, " Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you in better living quarters."  -- and so the fearless de-cluttering.started.I recall when the kids were young I read that Robert Fulghum, the author of "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" mentioned in one of his delightful stories that he had a box called "The Good Stuff". In this box he had put the most precious of his childrens' art and gifts  He said it was necessary in case there was a fire you just grabbed the kids, the pets & "The Good Stuff" box. In this box were the important & priceless treasures that were irreplaceable. Everything else in the house could be replaced. So I made "The Good Stuff Box" & it is full of Genevieve,Bridget & Vincent's purest & finest handmade gifts,art stories & numerous proclamations about how perfect their mummy & daddy "were". It could have been grabbed at a moment's notice but fortunately we never had a fire or flood. I chuckled as I carried it from the cupboard today as there are so many other random bundles & boxes of " good stuff" testifying to the kids genius,but none quite as sacred as this one!
The Good Stuff Box
lid of "The Good Stuff" Box
the lid of "the good stuff" box       


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Today nothing left the  "Good Stuff Box". The rest of the task made for hard decisions. For all of you born before digital photography you'll remember the negatives that were included with the prints. I tossed out packets & packets of negatives,along with lots of photos that had 10 identical prints so that made it easy. All tangible memories I decided I was over were also removed. I was getting quite ruthless after hours of this so the sentimentality was wearing off. There are boxes that were not mine so next time our kids come home they'll need to make some decisions!. Dax relinquished a few pounds of odds & ends that I know he'd forgotten about, but I did have a conscience to save some "meaningful piles" for him to sort.  n.m.boyd soaps is very close to being the "new tenant" in that room. All that is needed is just a couple more hours work..I like the feeling after this de-cluttering, almost lighter & more energetic. There are still some other rooms & a "colorful" garage yet, so I can't imagine what things will happen after they are all sorted. ...so goodnight it's been a most productive day & I wish you all the wonderful things you can imagine.  Lizzy Marilla Fitzpatrick