Like a Little Bee

We’ve been so busy busy busy lately, but I think we’re about to get a little break for a few weeks.

We made our offer on the house and it was accepted, then we proposed our repairs, and that was accepted. The appraisal was good, our loan has been approved and we’re ready to go. Closing date is the 6th and we get possession 15 days after that. Right before Thanksgiving. Phew. I’m looking at the timeline, and looking at the still-mostly-unpacked state of our current house and it’s all a little overwhelming.

We’ve been traveling so much lately that I’m really behind in stuff that needs to be done. Stocking orders, laundry, vacuuming, grocery shopping… that sort of thing. So I’ve been spending this week just catching up on that stuff (except the vacuuming. I haven’t had a good chance to do that yet.)

I’ve started more sorting and clearing out today and hopefully we’ll make it!

Part of our traveling was our annual anniversary trip to Fall Creek Falls. We absolutely love this place. So much so, that we got married there. Since I was pregnant with Jellybean on our first anniversary, we’ve taken him with us every year. We’ve talked about letting the grandparents keep him for a night, but honestly, I enjoy having him there with us. We’ll see about next year, when there’s two of them!

We always take a big, long hike on the day of our anniversary and this year, we did 5.5 miles. Jellybean walked at least 2.5 miles of that all by himself. Of course those miles were slower, but he really had fun on the unpaved, craggy path. He likes to climb and jump and that was just perfect for him. He even went across the swinging bridge twice!


He was pointing out and saying all the letters. (Yes, that sign has been misspelled for years.)



At the bottom of the Cascades.



The overnight lows were in the 50s, so the water was VERY cold. I still think he would have jumped in if we’d let him.



This is how you ride when you’re two and you’ve walked as much as you can.


We all had a good time.

I have a new product to introduce to you. I’ve been playing around with lip balms and lotion bars. I will have these available in the shop within the week:


This lip butter is made with shea butter, avocado oil and beeswax. It is soft, moisturizing and truly luxurious. The unscented/unflavored has a slight hint of honey smell, thanks to the beeswax, but has no artificial flavorings added. I do have plans for other flavors, currently pumpkin spice, strawberry, mint and pineapple tangerine. They will be $3.00 each and available in tubes, pots or slide tins.

Now, let me tell you about my secret ingredient. The beeswax comes from my Father-in-law. He has several beehives and the bees are his current favorite hobby. The bees gather nectar on wildflowers, fruit trees, grape vines, and the vegetable garden. His bees are NOT treated and the wax looks, feels and smells just so good.

The pumpkin spice flavor is up next, after I filter more wax. That has to be done when everyone else is out of the house, so I’m not tripping over the kiddo. My next chance for that will be the weekend, so hopefully I can have that and the unflavored lip butters up in the shop early next week.

Have a great weekend!


Filed under Family, Not Knitting

6 Responses to Like a Little Bee

  1. Lynn Gregg

    WOW you have been busy! Good luck

    • abby

      Yes! Thank you so much. We can manage it, it’ll just be stressful for a while. We’ll get Jellybean to help with everything we can!

  2. Keisha

    No rush but I’m on for the mint. πŸ˜€ I wish I could come out and help you out there but when you guys get here I’m happy to help πŸ˜€

    • abby

      Thanks so much, Keisha. I’ll do the mint after I do the pumpkin and get it right to ya. πŸ˜‰

      We just might take you up on the offer to help! Love ya!

  3. Karen

    Congratulations on the new house, new baby, new bee business, and all! Start packing (and purging) so you’re not rushing to do it all at the last minute!


    • abby

      It’s all happening at once!

      We’ve already started packing and purging. We rented a storage unit temporarily so we could store the stuff we knew wanted to keep in order to make room to sort the other stuff. I’ve made four carload trips to the storage unit, one carload trip to Goodwill and lots of other stuff has gone in the garbage!

      Hugs right back!

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