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The End of Winter Break

3 Jan

Well, I started back to work today.  I somehow feel like my winter break was all about cats.  It was.

Salem and Tiger

And I’d feel better if I still had a few more days to get things settled down between Rocky and Bob and making sure Tiger doesn’t get too rough with Salem. But I’m trusting that it will all work out.  It’s honestly a big enough house they should all be able to avoid each other, and they are doing okay.

Rocky and Bob

The other thing I accomplished over break was getting my tarps up.  Finally.

Bambi in front of the window that was wide open.

Along with covering the window, I had to re-staple the tarp on the north part of the lean-to.  Honestly, I need to replace it next year.

Daisy and Bambi (you can barely see the tarp in the back)

Same with the tarp on the north part of the lean-to with the bucks.  I need to replace it next year also.

Frodo

I did have a little bit of time to get artsy crafty.  I’m trying to come up with more pieces to put in the soap room.

Haven’t decided how to finish it yet, but it’s this far.

I washed a bunch of peacock feathers.

dripping wet from the sink

getting dry and fluffy

I have lots of ideas, but I need to make friends with the glue gun.

Trying to figure out how to take advantage of those eyes

It seems to have a mind of its own.  I also need to dig the burlap out of the basement.

Just laying out some ideas

I did do a couple of experiments in the kitchen.  I made roasted Brussels sprouts and mushroom with onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.  It was pretty good.

I also tried a Boston cream pie.  I’d never made one before.

I tried to give most of the Boston cream pie away, but everybody is trying to be good with their eating in the new year.  At least the Little Farm Hand liked it, and on my way home from delivering it to everyone, I got to see this amazing owl swoop onto Main Street and land on the electric line.

What an amazing bird!

Honestly, I feel like I didn’t get much accomplished that I wanted to this break, but I’m just going to blame it on cats and weather and call it all good.

The Last Weekend

15 Dec

Coming up will be the last weekend I’m open in the soap room before Christmas.  We’ve been working hard to keep it stocked.

New tote bags plus restocking the goat feed totes.

Mom brought out some painted goose eggs that she hadn’t brought before, and she made more snowman goose egg ornaments.

painted goose eggs

I got around to making goat milk lotion.  I guess that’s another good way to use up my goat milk.

By the end of the weekend, I had made six different scents.

Goat’s milk lotion

Honestly, we are so full in the soap room that I can’t find a place to set my cup of coffee out there.

Heading out to the soap room with my cup of coffee to get to work.

And I’m already thinking about later this spring and even next Christmas season.

Saturday in the Soap Room

5 Dec

It was nice to be in the soap room Saturday.

I’ve missed being open and seeing people.

Of course, where I’m at in the middle of nowhere, any day you have one person stop in is a good day.

I have “Dolly” playing cards!

Goose egg Santas

Saturday was a good day!

I think I’m going to keep opening up on Saturdays through Christmas.

After that, I’ll probably try to be open one weekend per month.

I will admit that it did make it a bit challenging to try to make yogurt Saturday evening.

Dishes too.

I’m also going to whine about breaking my crock pot.

It was a stupid thing (not letting it cool enough before setting it in the water) and I’m annoyed with myself.