Chanel no. 5 vintage eau de parfum

My mother went into the hospital last night, unbeknownst to us until she called after she was admitted, because her heart went out of rhythm again.  She’s been battling with atrial fibrillation for about two years or so now… Today they stopped her heart to get it into rhythm, and thankfully, it worked. She’s now resting in the hospital peacefully.  Thank God.

It’s an odd business when you know your parent could die and they’re fully conscious and able to converse with you.  What do you say?  What don’t you say?

I just thanked my mom for everything and told her I loved her – that she was the best mom I could ask for.  She told me she loved me and we hung up the phone.  Then, I tried to sleep because with a young son one needs sleep…

So today, after doing a quick search online in order to try to find a cardiologist (she’s been going to a nurse practitioner although she has been calling her a “doctor” so we didn’t know she wasn’t really a cardiologist until today – one of her friends called and told us) and discovering her heart is now in rhythm again,  I did my best to relax…  Epsom salts, prayers, and then my husband gave me a lovely back rub.  Bless him.

Since we sort of gave up on having a traditional Christmas today, my husband and I already exchanged our gifts. He bought me a bottle of Guerlain, Vol de Nuit eau de parfum and frankly it’s probably the best fragrance (in my humble opinion) I’ve ever smelled, although I have my beloved favorites that I adore more.  I would write a post on it today, but that just doesn’t seem right.  So instead, I’m going to discuss vintage Chanel no. 5 eau de parfum (most likely from the 70’s or 80’s). I’m not sure how appropriate that is either, but oh well…

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Chanel no. 5 was created by Ernest Beaux in 1921 for Chanel. It’s maintained its popularity since its debut, and is often seen as a sexy, beautiful, luxurious fragrance…

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I have a peculiar relationship with Chanel no. 5 in all its forms (I’ve written about the eau de cologne)…  I wear it when I’m ready for a “comfort” perfume. Chanel no. 5 is my olfactory equivalent of mac and cheese or Ben and Jerry’s.  Maybe it’s just so out of the ordinary realm of contemporary existence with its glorious aldehydes and floral notes that there’s a bit of escapism involved in my use of Chanel no. 5, or perhaps it’s so gorgeous and yet strong and definitive that I almost lean on it a bit…  Either way it works and I love it.  I mean I could literally spray Chanel no. 5 everywhere on my person every so many hours and use it as a sort of aromatherapy…

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Right as I’m writing this my son is taking a nap, my husband is out getting a latte, and I’m enjoying a moment of blissful quiet.  Truly, it’s amazing how wonderful quiet can be…

I hope your Christmas Eve is going well, dear reader.  Many blessings to you and Merry Christmas!  🙂

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