Perfume Chat Room, November 5

Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.

Today is Friday, November 5, and I am remembering that it is Guy Fawkes Day in the UK! That only occurred to me because I was making sure I had today’s date right, and “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November” popped into my head. I’ve written here before that my late mother was English, so my childhood had an odd mixture of American and English books, stories, and traditions. Most American children probably never hear of Guy Fawkes Day! We never celebrated it, though.

This week also marked the launch of “Scent Semantics”, a fun collaboration between me and five other bloggers, organized by Portia (of Australian Perfume Junkies and A Bottled Rose). It’s a word game! I love word games.

This weekend, we in the US will set our clocks back an hour for the annual end of daylight savings time (“fall back, spring forward”). I don’t actually mind, because it was so dark this morning at 7:30 that I will prefer having that occur earlier, at 6:30. The weather has gotten downright chilly at night, quite suddenly, so it really feels like fall now. We’ve now entered the period that I used to call “the forced march” between Halloween and New Year’s Day, which was such an incredibly busy time when my children were small. From all the holidays beloved of children, to two family birthdays (one in November, one in December), to the end-of-semester work crunch, it all got a bit overwhelming at times. We simplified matters years ago when I decided we wouldn’t travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas, dragging three kids through crowded airports, especially since there were years when I was working right up to December 23.

Last year was so strange, though, even just celebrating at home as we always do — on top of the pandemic isolation, we had the plumbing disaster that damaged much of our living room, so it was off limits for celebrations of any kind. All three of our kids were living back at home, and one was recovering from COVID (she’s 100% fine now). There were unexpected outbursts of emotions on a regular basis, and the conflicts to be expected when five adults are living together in close quarters with limited outlets for interaction. Whew!

So I’m actually quite looking forward to this holiday season, with our house now almost fully restored to lovely order — repaired, replastered, repainted, refurbished. The young adults have been able to move out and relaunch, which makes them very happy. They live nearby, which makes ME very happy. My husband had a knee replacement almost three weeks ago, and he’s recovering very well, so he should be in great shape by Thanksgiving and thereafter.

He very sweetly suggested that I should pick out a really special perfume gift I’d like to have this Christmas, as a thank-you for all the care-giving and household tasks I’ve been handling since his surgery. Any ideas, perfume friends? What’s on your wishlist?

Guy Fawkes holiday, costume, gunpowder
Guy Fawkes Day; image from

5 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, November 5

  1. The new Puredistance 12? Guerlain IrisTorreife? So glad your house is restored! And that everyone has their own space now. I’ve only spent 17 days with my son and his wife and it’s been challenging! Can’t wait to go home!!

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  2. Finally cooler here, I have plotted my favorites out through the end of the year and today is Ambre Precieux. Our holidays this year are complicated by my mother in law having been moved to the memory care unit (FIL still in their apartment). My husband will need to spend some time with her before the family dinners which will add to the chaos of the day. I don’t have anything for you on wishlist. We are foregoing most gifts this year to focus on household repairs and minor upgrades. My son graduates in June and selling/moving south is under consideration…

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  3. There surely must be something in your perfume radar that you’d like😉 You’re obviously a very good nurse. I’ve done my own nursing stints as well. The rewards are great. Great that things have fallen into place in your home now. You can relax and enjoy it. I’m not buying any more perfume (my intentions are good, let’s see how it pans out).

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  4. HEY OH,
    Fingers crossed that this year everything runs smoothly for your celebrations.
    Jin and I are thinking to do Xmas Eve with the crew this year and then just have the day lolling around together eating leftovers and watching rubbish TV.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Scent Semantics.
    Portia xx

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