I used to sacrifice big money to buy the latest designer perfume/cologne.  That is, until I wised up.

I saw my long lost cousin a few years ago. We were catching up on the happenings in our lives.  He said he was making money selling wholesale designer body oils. He said that the oils smell just like a version of popular costly colognes and perfumes found in department stores.  He explained that I was paying for a pretty bottle, catchy name, and very little fragrance. His company only uses pure concentrated perfume oils. Only a dab of this perfume oil is needed and it lasts a long time.


Eau de Toilette 5-15% aromatic fragrance Parfum 15-40% aromatic fragrance Eau de Parfum- 15-20% aromatic fragrance Cologne 2-6%  pure perfume concentrate  Eau de Cologne 2-5% aromatic fragrance Perfume 15-40% aromatic fragrance 
Note: The amount of aromatic compound, water, essential oil, and alcohol varies depending on the perfume company. The cost depends on the alcohol content.

I  was …



I used to love reading and trying out hacks/ trends I saw on websites. I hate the word "hack" since it reminds me of terrible hacking of people's  personal computer information.   It didn't take long for me to discover that the saying " all that glitters ain't gold," applies to some garden hacks. Some of them work and some were made up to boost online income.

I love gardening and this has become my  new hobby since I retired. This hobby has turned out to be very therapeutic for this senior lady. I have tried most 'hacks I've seen online. I'll only share the gardening trends that have worked well in my garden. I have four raised beds and several container gardens.  These gardens have been easy to maintain. Their yield of veggies have saved me lots of money. My freezer is well stocked.

Here are some of the gardening trends that have worked well for me:

Coffee Filters: Place them in the bottom  of planters. They keep soil from falling through 



I want to be fashionable in my old age. 

However, there are some styles of 

clothing that I'll leave for young ladies.

I have always avoided trendy clothes 

because they may only be fashionable for 

one season. 
I avoided capri pants until I realized that 

they were here to stay. They reminded me 

of the pedal pushers I wore when I was in 

high school.

I love capri pants and I wear them daily 

during the summer because they keep me 

cool on hot days. 
I love the trend of tunic styled women's 

tops. They are suitable for women any 

I don't care whether they stay fashionable
or not. I intend to wear them like they are a classic style.   Some of the tunics I see in the department stores remind me of the Nehru jackets I wore in high school.

1960s Nehru jacket pattern for women

I've noticed a lot of cut out women's tops lately. Some of them 



I have joined the society of people with 

allergies. I know when spring and

fall allergy season is about to arrive.

My symptoms began before the official 

spring and fall dates given by the T.V. 


I started experiencing itchy eyes and

nose, sneezing, sinus congestion 

last week. I have to be careful because

I get "pink eye" from too much 

exposure to pollen.
We had 2 weeks of unseasonal warmth

and the flowering trees in my town started

blooming. My Japanese magnolia tree is 

full of purplish pink blooms.
The Crepe Myrtle Trees along the

highways look pretty now. The weather

in the Carolinas is fickle. we may have 

bitter cold temps and frost next week.
I have an arsenal of herbs and meds
to combat my symptoms.

I use herbal pills for the sinus congestion.