Snow, the environment, pictures, and also order updates

We ended up getting somewhere between 5-10 inches of snow in the D.C. metro area/Northern VA (the snow depth at my house is about 7-8 inches), and according to the weather forecasters we may get some more snow on Friday and also next week too.

I like snow but it is very unusual for this area to get this much, the natural pattern is one huge snow–maybe 8-12 inches–every 8 or 9 years. We had a lot of snow last year in two super huge storms one right after another (which was also not part of the natural pattern, since we usually don’t get over a couple feet of snow, and don’t have two major storms within days of each other). We also had a major snow storm, I think in March 2009. Most of the time, in regular years, we usually get maybe 1-3 inches every once in a while during the winter time. As an environmentalist/biologist, changes like this really worries me. Other changes have been really worrying me too, like one day it is freezing cold and the next day hot. Or seeing mosquitoes out of season, or trees blooming at the wrong time, or leaves changing colors too early or too late. I’ve lived in the D.C. area my whole life–except for my undergrad years–(I am 32 now) and none of these are part of the natural patterns in this area.

Another concern that I have is crop failures all over. I’ve noticed this a lot more as a business owner (many ingredient prices are going drastically because of A LOT of crop failures or poor crop yields world wide, which I will post about shortly. There is a long list of ingredients whose prices have been changing over the last couple years. Noticed it as a hobby crafter, pre-business, but as a business owner been noticing it even more especially when many prices have doubled or more). But I’ve also noticed this as a consumer too, like cranberries not being available (a couple years ago) or pumpkin last year (there was a shortage of canned pumpkin during the holidays for a few weeks), etc.

(Parts of this post, so the above information, will also be posted on my Eco Blog (Solarkat’s Eco blog) too)

Website update: I can’t take any pictures because of the snow (and it may snow more tomorrow and also maybe early next week). So just wanted to mention that Earth Alkemie’s brand new Chocolate Truffle Buttercreme is packaged in the same blue glass jars as the Vanille Lavande Buttercreme. Hope everyone enjoys the new products and gift sets (see a couple posts below for info on the new products and gift sets/samplers).

Order updates: I will try to mail all orders tomorrow (if it doesn’t snow) or on saturday. But if I can’t, they will go out monday. Sorry for the delays, thank you for understanding 🙂

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Li is a long time environmentalist and the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural skin care and mineral makeup company.