What A Good Workout Will Do For You

I think a lot of you know how high I am on fitness. I do work out every day and love it. I belong to a gym and do a mixture of cardio and strength training. I got a nice package deal by paying for two years of membership up front and actually using it. As a consequence, I have lost weight, put on some very attractive muscle and can handily get the tops of pickle jars. But the proof of the pudding is much more subtle.

I had my annual physical last week. In preparation I had blood drawn and analyzed. You can’t fake that or hide the results, if there is something out of whack, it will turn up there. For all of the sit ups, push ups and other ups looking good is one thing, and actually being healthy is another.

So, I sat across from my internist and was told that my blood results were “ultra normal”. In other words I was right where I should be in every category. I did get a once over and was told that everything looked great. “That combination of watching what you eat and working out every day is really paying big dividends,” he said. And so it has been.

Eventually life will catch up with us all, but the longer you can put off pain and medical bills, the better off you are. I look at the money I pay to my gym as the cheapest insurance policy I could buy.

I am the only member of my family who was not obese by my age, and the only one who did not have arthritis by that time either. I don’t have stomach trouble (raging heartburn), high blood pressure, or diabetes (that killed my brother and it’s a very very bad disease). So, I have to recommend a good workout.

As for eating, that has taken a whole retooling of my brain. I just don’t eat between meals now and I cut my portions way down, too. I crept up into the overweight zone for the first time in my life about 2 years ago and I got a bit concerned. It was going to cost me a lot to buy a new wardrobe so I thought I might cut down on my food bill at the same time thereby saving big bucks. Heh. It worked. I also took a good look at just what I thought one portion of anything was. I realized that my idea of a portion and what I needed were two different things and so I changed my habits and realized I had to permanently change my habits. That isn’t a hard thing to do, you just have to be aware of it.

Seamus Heaney In Cincinnati

Tonight my husband and I are going to hear Seamus Heaney at the Weston courtesy of The Mercantile Library. I am looking forward to it a great deal as the following is one of my favorite poems. By the way, when we visited Gallarus Oratory we had to walk down paths lined with blooming fuchia and large, fat, shiny, furry bees were everywhere in a frenzy to drink the nectar. As we walked down the path, we would collide with mad bees which would bounce off our arms, chests, and faces and keep on flying to the next flower. I thought about that at the end of this poem:

In Gallarus Oratory
by Seamous Heaney

You can still feel the community pack
This place: it’s like going into a turfstack,
A core of old dark walled up with stone
A yard thick. When you’re in it alone,
You might have dropped, a reduced creature,
To the heart of the globe. No worshipper
Would leap up to his God off this floor.

Founded there like heroes in a barrow,
They sought themselves in the eye of their King
Under the black weight of their own breathing.
And how he smiled on them as out they came,
The sea a censer and the grass a flame.

Discontinued: Mockingbirds Trilling Their Lovesong

Alas, the above headline says it all. That nicely musky blend has gone the way of so many other great Possets due to ingredient shortages. All I can say is that tomorrow brings new ingredients and even more wonderful perfumes so we say goodbye to one beloved blend and hello to those we will love. —Fondly, Fabienne

Cambienne Velvet Lust is Sold Out At Possets.

Sorry if you didn’t get your bottle of Velvet Lust but it’s sold out. I only make a set amount and when it falls below a certain level in the Master Flask I have to stop sales so I will have enough of the original fragrance to use that for the basis of the next incarnation of Cambienne. There will be another on in the future so do check back often on the Possets Forum to be sure that you are then when the next Cambienne appears.

New Cambienne & Poppets at Possets!

Cambienne Is Back

Velvet Lust sums it up. Deep, dark, delicious and promising all of the cozy haze of delight. This one is a beautiful winner and a perfect partner for chilly days and nights under the covers. It features a fabulous pairing of sandalwood and chocolate which somehow become so much greater than just the two ingredients, it turns into a third fabulous entity. Here it is.

And then there are the three new sample sizes that you can get! Nuut, Abraxas, and Hatshepsut are now available in trial sizes. They were the winners of the summer collection which are now permanent Possets! Come and explore for yourself.

Fall Fun At Possets Perfume

Witchhazel and zinnia

A couple of sprigs of witchazel from my garden in a beautiful Maltese vase combined with one of the last zinnias of summer. So sweet in the October sun.

I just got my shipment of samples of the new Possets joining the Permanents so you can now order samples of: Abraxas, Hatshepsut, and Nuut if you like!

Oh, and did I say something about a surprise on Friday? Yes, I did. What was that? Well, just wait and see!

Another Very Neat Thing About My Office

The Reds game is very important tonight, they have a chance at going on to win the World Series if they can beat their opponents tonight. The Goodyear blimp will be covering that event, and this is what I saw at the end of Airport Road, ready for takeoff to cover the game tonight.

I see a lot of nifty things at that little airport.

Go Reds!

A Video of The Possetorium

I just shot a video of the outside of the Possetorium for your amusement. I love showing off where I work, it is really special, a beautiful place to create in a fascinating neighborhood. When I get a few more minutes I will be making another installment about the inside of the Possetorium, too.