Scented Toilet Paper – Yay or Nay?

Lavender - photo by Mark Kent
photo by Mark Kent

A couple of weeks ago while doing my grocery shopping, I was down the paper goods aisle perusing the toilet paper. As I grabbed for the double-rolled, econo-sized twelve-pack that I usually get, I noticed something different on the shelf above. Same brand. Same econo-sized twelve-pack, only this one was lavender-scented.

Lavender-scented toilet paper! Holy crap!

Is this a new craze or have I been living under a rock all this time, completely unaware that scented toilet paper was actually a thing?

I stood there for a few seconds, my hand still on the package I usually purchase, and thought, Hey, I like lavender. Really, who doesn’t like lavender? I considered grabbing that pack instead. However, one nanosecond later I came to my senses. Scented toilet paper is not such a great concept after all. I mean…eww. Certain things just shouldn’t smell like lavender. Sachets…yes. Your grandmother…of course. Floor cleaner…definitely. Your nether regions…uh…no, I don’t think so.

It’s hard to say whether or not anybody is buying this stuff because the shelf is always fully stocked. Perhaps I’m not the only one who thinks scented toilet paper shouldn’t exist.


Focus On The Important Stuff


Here it is, March 4th and I’m finally getting to my first post of the year. Clearly, it’s taken me a little while to get my act together.

The truth is I’ve been mulling over whether or not I want to keep this blog going. I never aspired for this site to be anything more than a hobby, a place to record my creative endeavors, spout off my opinions on the books I was reading, and maybe post an update about my writing progress. But then I just kinda stopped…everything. Didn’t knit much. Stopped taking pictures. Hardly read any books. I started a bunch, but never finished them. And as far as writing, well I worked on that sporadically.

The year 2015 was not a very good year for me. I’ve decided to blame it on the early menopause I’ve been dealing with for a number of years now. I started showing signs of “the change” when I was around thirty-nine (I’m forty-six now). At first the symptoms were fairly mild with occasional night sweats. Over the years the symptoms have gotten progressively worse, but not completely unbearable, just annoying and embarrassing at times. By far, last year was the worst – insomnia, brain fog, a constant state of exhaustion, sweating non-effing-stop, and zero energy. Most days after work I’d just vegetate in front of the TV or doze on the couch.

Over the past few months the symptoms have been easing up – the beginning of the end I hope – and I’m starting to feel normal again. The plan now is to focus my energy on things that were once important to me, like writing and becoming a published author.

As for this blog, I’ll be updating it once a week because I’m just not ready to let it go yet, even if I only have a readership of one (and you know who you are).

Seasons Greetings


I haven’t blogged much at all this year. In fact, this is only my third post of 2015. I do plan to get back into the swing of things next year. Just wanted to write a quick post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

See you all next year!

Book Review: The Blue Bistro

I am officially declaring Elin Hilderbrand as one of my new favorite authors. Last year, I read Beautiful Day, thoroughly enjoyed it, and decided then that I would be reading more books by this author.

The Blue Bistro was a definite page turner for me, and the perfect beach read. I loved this book.

It’s a story that takes place one summer on Nantucket Island. The main character is a young woman named Adrienne Dealey. She’s lived a somewhat nomadic life up until this point, moving from one resort town to the next as a hotel worker, never putting down roots.

She finds herself on Nantucket Island flat broke. Acting on a tip from someone she met on the ferry ride over to the island, Adrienne goes to The Blue Bistro in search of a job. There she meets good-looking Thatcher Smith, co-owner of the restaurant, and is offered a position as the assistant manager for the restaurant’s final year.

There’s a bit of mystery going on with the Blue Bistro’s co-owner/chef, Fiona, who does not want to be photographed and rarely, if ever, comes out of the kitchen. The close relationship between Thatcher and Fiona is one that both intrigues and infuriates Adrienne, who finds herself more and more attracted to her new boss.

In no time, Adrienne learns the restaurant business, rubs elbows with the island’s rich and famous, and enjoys the work as well as the generous income the job provides. Over the course of the summer, she falls in love, questions are answered about the mysterious Fiona, and Adrienne comes to terms with the past that she’s been running from since childhood.

The Blue Bistro has everything I like in a beach read – interesting characters, a bit of glamour, a little romance, as well as humor and heartbreak, and it’s a book that I highly recommend.

What is your favorite Elin Hilderbrand book?