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So…it’s Sunday

This day means lots of things to lots of people.  In certain parts of the world it is actually the beginning of the work week others it’s their day of rest.  But to spite what people around these parts would have you believe beginning this month a lot of focus is on football and preparation for hunting season. Autumn being just around the corner for some of the rest of us is exciting too.  By “some of us” I really meant some of you.  It is a while until it cools off here.  We are so excited because the weather is to be only in the low 90’s ONE day next week 🙂  But I am going to try and remedy my need for some cooler weather by making what has now become my annual trek to Vermont the first of October.  Now THAT I am excited about.  Here are a few pictures from my last trip.  I might have already posted them but really, can you see too many pictures of Vermont?

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Have a lovely LOVELY Sunday! Monday I am going to tell you all about Benjamin Jude. He read my posts about Hannah and Rachel then told me “Next time you can tell everyone how I am really your favorite.” LOL – love that boy! So yes, one day next week, probably tomorrow I am going to tell you ALL about my favorite Benjamin 🙂


And if I can get myself together, NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s etsy shop will be up and running again soon. Just in time for some holiday shopping.  Hopefully that “if” isn’t too big 🙂

Love and Peace to you all!



It’s going to be a busy Sunday around here.

We finished painting the window boxes yesterday and I will have two flats of pansies left to put into pots.


I love their little smilie faces.  One of my favorite flowers.  I would have loved to have some of the faceless pastels but after seeing these…they are perfect against the light green of the house.

The little man Sam is down visiting us and a friend called first thing to tell us his picture was on the front page of the Shreveport Times AGAIN today.  Cool.

bildeAnd going to do a little entertaining tonight.  Jerry is making Vodka Rustica and Ciabatta – I have no idea what’s for dessert.  What sounds good? Pie? Pie always sounds good.

Tomorrow Benjamin has to have oral surgery to remove to baby teeth that are embedded in his jaw.  Don’t ask.  I have NO idea how that would happen.  And my kids have some strange dental issues.  He’s not looking forward to it but hopes to have all the good meds people have told him about.  I have never had oral surgery…plenty of other surgeries.

Speaking of surgery, for those who have had gall bladder removal, is your tummy ever right again?  I know the most common complaint, so I won’t go into any detail of that.  Yuck.  I don’t have the common issues, because well, I refuse to have anything easily diagnosed or treated.  Everything I eat seems to get stuck under my right rib cage up top where my gall bladder was.  Not really indigestion as much as pain.  Like it hurts for my bra band to touch.  And you know I am careful about what I eat because of my allergies so I was thinking it isn’t what I am eating, so much as the fact that I AM eating.  How do I still weigh this much??!!  I am starting on some enzymes today to see if I can get some relief.  I did eat two helpings of spaghetti last night but come on, pasta?  Is there anything easier to digest?  So this lead me to the internets where I realize that my wheat gluten intolerance  may be getting worse.  Like it was one that I ignored because well, what am I supposed to eat?  Bread, chocolate and coffee.  Back to the allergist I guess.  Please don’t let me develop a full blown gluten intolerance.  That would be horrible.  I like gluten.  But you know thinking back, bread has been really bothering me lately.  It is one of things I could specifically say felt like it got “stuck” in my gut.  Good grief.  So what can I eat?  Safely I mean. Could be worse.  Always.  It just really sucks because we all love food and cooking.  But I know how serious sensitivities to food can be.  Jerry and I went to lunch last week and he got fried shrimp.  They smelled so good.  And I hadn’t had any seafood for about 3 years so I took one tiny little bite and chewed and savored the flavor and then couldn’t bring myself to swallow it.  So I spit it out in my napkin and within a minute or so the inside of my mouth was swollen and my lips were raw.  Geez.  But it sure tasted good.  So happy I had sense enough not to ingest it.  That would have been a mess.


Okay, I am done complaining.  See you all tomorrow!  Happy Sunday!


I am not going to let Facebook ruin my blogging!

Seriously.  I find I update my facebook page and feel like I would be repeating myself here! Not so.  Plenty of people have not gone the facebook route.  Many times I wish I hadn’t! So I am going to make it right!  Starting today!  I am going to catch y’all up on what has happened in my life since I last posted and reinstate some things that kept me writing and hopefully you reading!

WOW, where to start? Go ahead and get that cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit and have a seat, this may take a while!  And I will try not to confuse you and keep my timeline straight.

It honestly isn’t like I have been holed up not living life.  Au contraire, mes amis! This Summer of 2010 has been crazy busy!  Gardening, mowing, kids, grandkids, short adventures, long adventures.  I will admit the cooking bug has been squashed in this horrible endless heat.  We have had so many days over 100 and even a couple with the heat index into the 100-teens.  I don’t know all the statistics but July broke records for heat and drought in my area.  I will never believe anyone who says “But it was a dry heat so it wasn’t so bad.” BULL!  Hot is hot.

Last time I posted was my birthday.  And it was a very very good birthday indeed.  Big OLD 51.  Not a milestone but something about starting on the second half of a century is kinda mind blowing.  I got this great wagon from Jerry.


Isn’t she a beauty?  We have already put her to much use hauling pears from our one, insane pear tree.  These pears are inedible unless you are a raccoon or a possum.  And I forget how many Jerry said he hauled the last day he picked them up but it was a ridiculous amount.  They are gone and now the mama raccoon and her four little bandits are eating our cats’ food like crazy!  When Jerry gets home, if they are still around we are going to trap and relocate them before someone (namely Mo, Julius or Siobhan) gets hurt or killed.

Okay, so August moves along ~ rapidly it seems!  Jerry headed back to Tunisia the Monday after my birthday.  Here are a few pictures of the highlights of August. On the gardening subject, I have started some tomatoes I hope will be winter/greenhouse tomatoes.  This is a new thing for me.  I will see how it goes.  This is an early picture.  They are still alive, and have 6 little leaves, so that is a good sign, right?


Oh and I have new overalls!  I bought these for myself – sort of a birthday present – sort of I fell in love with them and needed them!


And the color is coffee!  Perfect!  And of course I needed new rubber boots and have been needing them for forever.  The ones I have are so dang heavy I can’t walk very far in them without getting leg cramps!


Cute huh?

Okay, let’s see.  OH both girls, Hannah and Rachel started college yesterday.  That is sort of getting my cart before my horse in the timeline but it is pertinent to the next bit of what is going on and what will be going on.  So yes, they are both Northwestern State University Demons as of yesterday.  Hannah is in Accounting.  Rachel in Fine Arts.  I am sure as time goes on, they will provide me with tales to tell!

With Rachel starting college, she is dropping the baking biz all together.  That was a given.  Baking does not fit in her very busy schedule.  So I did this order all by myself last week.


NOT FUN by myself!  Yes, that’s 16 boxes you count!  Petit fours, decorated cookies, mini Bakewells, cream wafers, chocolate chips…but it all turned out lovely and the customer was very very happy.


The person I made all this for is a friend from way back and she called yesterday to say it was all a hit.  So happy to hear that!  And I have a little baking order today and one for this weekend for family and I will try to get postings made of those.  But I learned a lot doing this big (to me) order by myself.  One thing, I want/need help for something that big.  Two, it’s not that much fun working in the kitchen by myself on something so important.  Three, I miss making soap.

There I said it.  I have been saying it to myself for 6 months. And to Jerry for almost that long.  Just blurting it out every now and again in the middle of a discussion that has nothing to do with soapmaking.  Then I would follow up with “I don’t mean that do I?”  I know how much he hated how the soap took over our house before.  Here is just a small example.  Look at all the soap stuff! My poor kitchen!


He even built me a shoppe.



And still there were oils in every corner, soap curing all over the place.  Stacks of wrapped. Girls wrapping soap.


Boxes waiting to be mailed.  UPS delivered something nearly every day. And this was a picture of my porch ONE DAY the week before Christmas 2007:


The post office sent a separate truck to my house. They were so excited!  So was I – as far as I know not ONE mistake in that day’s shipping!  Business was so good and then along came MaryJanesFarm!  WOW.  Amazing.

And then my mom got sick. And everything changed.  Everything.  Soap was WAY down on my list of things that mattered.

When I sold the internet part of my business and forwarded my wholesale customers information about the new owners, I agreed not to go back into the internet soap business and compete with the people I sold that part to.  However, I just learned last week that they are no longer making soap to sell.  And have closed their internet shop.  I found this out when an old customer of mine emailed me to say the site was down, she had been ordering from them since I closed, and I sent out an inquiry to try and help her get what she needed.  I got a response that said “I am still making soap, just not selling it at present.We have closed down the web site and do not now for the time being have an internet presence.”

WOW! Really?  So what does this mean?  Will they never?  Could I make and sell again without breaking my word?  I am still mulling all that over.  I never want to do wholesale again.  About all it did was keep a little money in the kitty for ingredients and work me half to death!  I don’t want to put up a website again.  For one thing I don’t want to maintain one.  That alone is a lot of work.  But I don’t think my making soap for customers who have asked for it since I quit, doing an catalog in pdf form and talking about it here and on facebook violates that.  Especially since they are no longer doing business.  It was almost like that was the door I was waiting to open.  I have not sold soap locally in over three years.  And that was always part of the agreement.  I could make and sell all I wanted to locally.  I don’t want it to get overwhelming again.   Some months I mailed 2000 bars of soap not counting the local wholesale and local retail.  It was too TOO much for just me. I always, ALWAYS, wanted to have my hands on every bar that left here. I never expected it to grow into something I needed to hire someone besides the girls to help with. And as girls grew up and got jobs outside home, they didn’t have time.  And now they are both in college.  And I don’t think Ben has one bit of interest in soap. Other than for his personal use 😉

So yeah…I’m a nut. That’s not news to anyone.  I have felt so happy since I decided to give the soap pot another stir.  I just have to keep it real.  Keep it manageable and do nothing to violate my agreement.  An agreement that may or may not exist any more.

Enough of that.  Here is what’s coming up.  Interviews this Autumn that you will NOT believe.  Seriously. I get butterflies just thinking about it.  Oh please, please, please don’t fall thru!  Opportunities of a lifetime!  To pick these brains!  And then share my pickins with you happy people!

So let’s see.  Soap? covered.  Interviews? said all I can at this time.  Squeeeeeeee!!!!!!! Now…more stuff. I am going to reinstate and reorganize some “Days of The Week with NotQuiteJuneCleaver”:

  • Magpie Mondays ~news from here, chit chat, talkie, talkie, interviews{squeeeeeeee!!!!!}
  • Treehuggin’ Tuesday ~ pretty self explanatory – I’m a treehugger and I am going to talk about it on Tuesdays! Green products, etc
  • Wednesday’s Woman ~ I will introduce you to a blog I follow and the woman who writes it-maybe even a short little something from her
  • Thoughtful Thursday ~ What ever is worth thinking about. Words of wisdom from all sorts of people who have inspired me & made me think.
  • Foodie Friday ~ Recipes and menus, food photography, trends, you know – food news 😉
  • Simply Saturday ~ things that simply find themselves bound to Saturday – movies, books, gardening, housework
  • So…It’s Sunday ~ recapping my week, announcing what’s coming up the next week, soap news – stuff, know what I mean?

This does not mean I will post everyday but I will at least have an outline!

AND I would like to do a  Photo Contest every so often.  Working on the details of that. Will announce that pretty soon.

So…whew.  Told you it would take a while. Okay, that’s what I have in mind.  Actually I have quite a lot in mind.  But the things I am most excited about are stirring up some soap and the interviews.  Whoa, baby! So excited!

By the way peeps, I LOVE comments.  So leave me some, mmK?  I know you visit.  I have a stat counter!  But you never comment.  I don’t mean NEVER never…but I do love comments.  Nice ones that is 😉 Okay, neither do I.  I visit the same wonderful blogs everyday but seems someone always beats me to the punch.  I think awwww someone already said that.  Well I have a new rule! I am not reading comments before I post mine.  If I repeat something well so be it!  I am saying my piece anyway!

Now for your Treehugging Tuesday Tidbit: Recycling Soup Cans – so cool! Click on the pictures to read all about it!


See you happy folks tomorrow.  It will be Wednesday’s Woman so stop by!

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