I keep running out of purple thread, and today was the third time I headed out to buy more for my present punch needle project. This time I bought enough to last me until the next millennium, or at least until next week. But something strange has been going on with my nose today. And yesterday, and the day before.
I’m smelling flowers.
At first I thought it was my imagination because of all this chat about moving and having my own garden. Even my new banner says “Think Spring.” But I could definitely smell them on my shirt on Saturday. It’s not my perfume, but could certainly be someone elses, so I spent some time thinking who I’d run into and whether I hugged them or not.
Then I went out yesterday and and really smelled them in my car. The scent was so strong, I was looking under the seat to see if my husband was hiding a present for me (in my car????), like perfume for Valentine’s Day and somehow the bottle got broken. But no, nothing there. Then I thought it was coming from the trunk of the car which is accessible from the back seat. Yes. Absolutely. The scent was strong in that area, but there was nothing back there to account for it.
So this morning I had an errand and the minute I opened the door to the garage I’m smelling flowers, big time. Now I’m really thinking I’ve gone mad, and the old wive’s tale of smelling flowers just before you die is dancing in and out of my thoughts, along with what kind of bacterial infection could be in my sinuses that would make me be smelling flowers.
Finally, at the very second I’m completely stumped, I look down at the recycle bin and see a bright orange box that once housed packages of Bounce fabric softener sheets. I’d been given the box to hold my groceries when last at Costco (hence the scent on my shirt from carrying the box to the car). And I transported it home in the trunk, and then stuck the box into the recycle bin. But this empty box smells so good, I’m tempted to buy a package of Bounce and place the sheets in drawers and under furniture to make my whole house smell this way.
So I promptly put the box back in my car, and I will wait patiently for this delicious scent to eventually dissipate, though I can not imagine how long this will take given the pungency of the box, and then I will march right back down to Costco and grab the first Bounce box I see in that big box bin and start the process all over again. Recycling fragrances…that’s a first for me.