Monday, November 21, 2011

A Last Breath of Summer

The last breath of summer by Iness Rychlik
Last night as I was packing I got a Convo asking if it was still possible to get an 8 ounce tub of Summer Salve.  I put off answering it.  Not because I didn't know the answer, I'd run out of Summer at least a week prior, but because I loathe telling my customers bad news.  It was a hard decision to only offer Summer Salve half the year and Winter Salve the other half, but there was no way I could keep up with both.

Running three types of salve all the time was just too time consuming and took away too much from my already, I felt, woefully understocked store. 

I resigned myself to giving my customer the bad news after I'd packed orders and printed shipping labels for the night.  Then I'd catch up on convos and break it to her.

When I make batches of salve, it's by the gallon, and I often do more than one gallon at a time.  I'd run out of Winter upstairs, so I went to my store refrigerator (two years ago I picked it up as we were starting to run out of room for food) to get a new bucket.  Pulled it out and stared at the label on top for a moment- Panacea's Summer Salve.


I opened the lid and took a deep breath, catching the lighter, warmer smell that only Summer Salve has.  Sure enough, I'd utterly forgotten about an entire tub of it.  I returned upstairs, eager to tell my customer that, but some strange turn of events, I had her Summer Salve for her after all.

And so, my dear customers, I offer you a last breath of Summer.  Get it now, as this is truly the last of it until Beltane! 

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