17. July 2017 · Write a comment · Categories: review · Tags: ,

Victorian Pharmacy

It started the way all addictions do… harmlessly… innocently…

For me, it started with a four part series my mom discovered and emailed me a link to. She discovered someone uploaded an entire show on YouTube, one episode at a time. The show was called Victorian Pharmacy and there were four episodes. At this time, it is not available for purchase in the USA. Trust me–I looked. You can only currently obtain a UK import. Why is beyond me! The second this is available in the US, I want a DVD. (Yes, I still prefer DVDs and not downloads or streaming! Is anyone else like that?) There is a book, however, which is now on my wish list!

The facts:
Name: Victorian Pharmacy
Episodes: 4
Length: Approximately an hour apiece
Year: 2010 (I’ll be honest, I didn’t look this up until writing this post!)
DVD: Available on DVD in Playback Region 2 DVD (does not work on most US players)
Book: Victorian Pharmacy: Rediscovering Home Remedies and Recipes

Historian Ruth Goodman, Professor Nick Barber (If I remember correctly, he mentioned at some point he had been a doctor for 30 or so years) and Ph D student Tom Quick. I love that Ruth brings in the historical knowledge (and she is smart, too, that woman is!) but that you have two individuals with a pharmaceutical background that brings modern knowledge into the show to compare to Victorian remedies.

The four episodes follows the course of the Victorian Era, which was a fantastic way to do it–they start at the beginning of the Victorian era (1837) and work their way to the end of the era (1901). Their job is to set up a Victorian Pharmacy and offer everything a pharmacy would during that time period–from medication, to dental and photographic services, and all sorts of other odds and ends they had to make themselves to stock their shelves. As the episodes go on, different medications, inventions and techniques become available. This means the trio starts with certain things at hand and as time progresses, inventions make their jobs easier, or more difficult, depending on what is expected of them.

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but for anyone who enjoys watching anything from the Victorian era, you will truly enjoy this series! The trio fully immerses themselves in the series. They dress in the fashions of the day, the shop is fully decorated in Victorian fashion, and they try their hand at many a recipe people of the day swore by back then. To keep things interesting, volunteers would come in and try these concoctions. To keep things safe, experts would come in and share their knowledge and expertise on various topics.

If you’re willing, at least give the first episode a crack and see if you like it. I think anyone who likes the Regency, Victorian or Edwardian time periods may really enjoy this show. It is one thing to read about some of these things in a novel or to see the photos in an advertisement, but it’s another thing to see people actually experience these every day things that people did to give themselves pain relief!


After discovering a couple flowers had blossomed to several, I waited for a sunny day for the flowers to open. (The flowers closed up when it was too overcast.)

I grabbed the nearest empty tin from my room and filled it with flowers–I hadn’t realized there were so many growing! I didn’t even pick them all. I didn’t pick the ones that were closed because I knew they wouldn’t work well for my plans…

This is my lovely tin that I used. I picked up for an amazing 50 cents at my favorite local thrift shop. It still has the filter pan thing inside! (I obviously don’t know what the official name for that is!)

I filled the tin with the pink and white flowers (and just a few tiny orange ones)!

I brought them into the house and (without taking any photos!) I smashed them!! No–seriously! I picked up a little Flower Press from Goodwill for around $1.29 a few weeks back. I thought I was going to be able to put some Hydrangea Blossoms in with this, but these white flowers filled the whole thing up! The flowers have been in there for over a week, and my general rule of thumb for pressing flowers and plants is to leave them for at least two, so after a week or so I’ll open it up and we’ll find out how they turned out!


I had the hope of pressing white flowers that were growing in the far back corner of the backyard. There are thorns trying to grow there, but I enjoy the little white flowers.

DSC_0041When I noticed them, there were about three, so I picked them.

DSC_0031When I looked again, they were scattered throughout the dying grass. All those white specks are these tiny pink and white flowers.

DSC_0038One even had a little visitor!






A lot of my finances stalled in March (not to mention my blogging schedule I was on!)–there were expenses I knew were coming that basically stopped any extra payments towards my debt. With that, I kinda lost my momentum at being “good” with money. I’m doing the Dave Ramsey program because I am bad with money, but it’s also taking time to re-train my brain at how to spend it. I definitely have an all-or-nothing mindset.

I did fantastic in February–I halted all extra spending and paid a bunch down on debt. When that stopped in March, so did that forward momentum. Here it is in the middle of April and I feel like I slid backwards. I did a bit too much shopping which I knew I could easily pay off if I got my act together. I know what I did wrong: I counted on getting a check in the mail that has yet to come, so I was counted my chickens before my eggs hatched. I also learned that I honestly need to budget for clothes, something I wasn’t doing before because I thought I didn’t need to–I hate clothes shopping, but with a couple of places (hello, Torrid!) I know my size so when there are good sales, I tend to go a bit cray cray. But the thing is, I want to buy clothes, so it’s better I budget for them and stay within that budget a little at a time, rather than do what I’m doing now, which is going on a big spending spree once or twice a year. I need to learn to space it out more. So I thought I had that under control–I was going to pay it off. The intentions were there. But then that dissipated.

My dog got sick. I decided that it was time to dig into my emergency fund–that’s what it’s there for. But with my all-or-nothing spending habits, it went even further in the toilet. My thinking was, “I’m already in the hole, what’s another $20?”

The one good thing I did during this period is after I got my taxes back, I put all that towards the credit card (this was before the I’m-going-pay-it-off debt and the vet bill–had I foreseen the vet bill, I would have kept the money in savings). So the credit card it went on is down significantly, and it’s a card that will be cancelled after it’s paid off, so that’s good forward momentum. It’s debt that will not be returning and can’t because the card is not being used. I know Dave Ramsey says get rid of all credit cards, but I’m just not in that place yet, but I’m working towards it. Maybe when I have more in savings I’ll be comfortable getting there, but for now, I’m not. If my dog’s vet bill had reached over $1,000, it would all be going on a card, so my emergency savings isn’t enough. Getting rid of all credit cards right now is not an option for me, it is not an immediate goal, but it is an overall goal.

Hitting the reset button: Now I need to work on making myself accountable again and getting back on track, so this is my official announcement that I’m hitting the reset button. No more unnecessary shopping, no eating out, nothing, until I reach certain goals.

My new current goals are:
*Go back to Baby Step 1 and get that $1,000 in savings again.
*Get the March/April shopping paid off–no more counting my chickens before they hatch.
*Pay off that credit card!

I have a lot of long-term goals, but I try to keep immediate goals so that I see changes, I can reach them, and I am not overwhelmed by the big picture. One of the reasons I lose control of my spending is because I get overwhelmed by the big picture and think things don’t matter because I’ll be in debt forever. I don’t feel that way when I narrow my vision and only look at the trees instead of the whole forest. So this week I am re-setting my goals, narrowing my vision, and going back on a spending freeze.

I’m kicking myself for losing control, for falling off the wagon, but I need to take a deep breath and hop right back on. I may have caused a setback, but it’s temporary in the grand scheme of things. If I can get myself back on the wagon and get control back, these kinds of set backs will be further and fewer between, and I’ll make the good habits that help me avoid them. It’s just taking time to re-train my brain and my habits.

None of my goals will be attained by the end of the month, but I will get my paperwork together, check where I’m at, and get back on track. This means having my goals laid out, keeping track again, keeping my spending in check, and making progress on those goals.

I hope you all have good goals for April and can obtain something.


Here’s a fun one! I made colorful “binder” paper. It has to be printed so it’s not a full page, but you can trim it to size or or resize it to be some fun stationery.

Binder Paper 8.5 x 11 - Small Spaced - RainbowBinder Paper 8.5 x 11 – Small Spaced – Rainbow

Binder Paper 8.5 x 11 - Large Spaced - RainbowBinder Paper 8.5 x 11 – Large Spaced – Rainbow

Here’s one I use a lot: a migraine tracker I made for my A5 planner.

This is something that runs in the family, throughout several branches for at least 3 generations, and I’ve been trying to get a handle on mine for a while now. Sometimes that means just trying to figure out what triggers them and how long they last, they’re not necessarily avoidable (hello, neurologist!). So I thought I’d make this available for any fellow sufferers who need to keep track of theirs, too

 MigraineTrackerMigraine Tracker – A5


I LOVE Brain Dumps!! I have a Traveler’s Notebook I do them in, but I love them so much I made print outs for my A5 Filofax for them so I could do them in there when I wasn’t carrying my Traveler’s Notebook. I thought I’d throw them in here because although I call them Brain Dumps, really, you could use them for any sort of lists you want to use them for.

To do, grocery shopping, craft shopping, wish lists, scrapbooking ideas, the lists go on and on!

Brain Dump Short Checklist

Brain Dump – Short Checklist – A5

Brain Dump Long ChecklistBrain Dump – Long Checklist – A5

DSC_0053I have been very busy at work, but sometimes I need a bit of journaling time to unwind.
That means I am doing it during my lunchtime when I sit in my car, so I made myself a cute little journaling kit for my car!
My sister bought me a darling little box for Christmas and I used it to hold my supplies and I keep it in my middle console.

DSC_0056There are three things I had to have in my kit:
* Tape (I threw in double sided sticky tape because some one gave it to me for free, so why not?)
* A pair of scissors
* My favorite mini tube of Elmer’s Glue (I figured if it’s going to be in the car, it better be liquid already! The heat would melt a solid glue stick, and it needs a screw on lid so it doesn’t leak)
* I carry a journal and pens in my purse so I don’t store those in my car


DSC_0054Here is my full kit I put in my car. Besides my basics, I threw in some extras:
* Some mini pens (just in case I can’t find one in my purse)
* Washi tape
* A couple of Project Life cards
* A little Rolodex card

Do you keep any journaling supplies anywhere unconventional?


One of the ways I’ve been trying to get my spending under control (aka saving my money to put it towards debt) is to think before I buy. Sometimes that involves putting something on a wishlist so I don’t buy it–sometimes once you think on it, you just don’t need it. And other times, you just need to find it elsewhere cheaper.

Here’s a quick, easy wishlist I put together to help me get my wishlisting under control. Sometimes I go crazy by putting a lot of stuff going on it (sometimes fun things like Pop! Funko figurines come out in groups, so that list grows fast!), and sometimes I go a long time without adding anything to it. But having somewhere to put it sometimes just helps with the urge to shop. I hope it helps you, too, if you need it.

 Wishlist FullWishlist – Full Size

More Earrings I am on a roll with these earrings! I can’t help myself. I made myself a couple of pairs, which I’ve been wearing all the time. I love how light they are, and so dainty! I still want to create more as gifts–I have a friend moving and I’m determined to make her a couple of pairs with sand from a couple of beaches in the area, but I am still working out how to do that in my head.
More Earrings Here is a comparison with a quarter so you can see how truly dainty they are! It makes them so lightweight and easy to wear.