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Indoor Activities

1 Dec

It’s official.  All five days of my Thanksgiving break have had crummy weather: rain, wind, gloom, and this morning, I woke to snow.

They are big fat wet flakes.  I have no idea how I’m going to have pictures to do blog posts this week.  Hopefully, I can scrape together a couple posts from the few pictures I took on Wednesday.

In the meantime, it’s been a lot of indoor activities.  Mama and I have been having long philosophical conversations.  She’s quite the wise bird.

Mama having breakfast

I finished a scarf that I started last February, and gave it to my mom.  Now I’m working on a new knitting project.

I can’t tell you too much about it because it will be a Christmas gift.

I also have been reading.  My current book is about the father of author Alexandre Dumas.  I had no idea his father was the son of a French aristocrat and a Hatian slave.  He also used his father’s military career as the basis for some of his novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Anyhow, I have a reading buddy.  Rocky is always right there when I curl up with my book.

Rocky

I also decided to try and work on some of the feed bag totes that have been cut out since the middle of the summer.

I still have more cut out to finish, but I got a good start.

I was completely out of the all flock feed, and I’d sold out of the goat feed and scratch grains too.

One afternoon I decided to try to photograph Sky wearing a Santa hat.

Sky

That didn’t work well because he doesn’t sit still.  I can’t get far enough away to take his picture either.  He’s plastered to my side.

Maybe the weather will get better and I can try putting it on Pluto.  He’d make an adorable Santa goat.

Soaping!

18 Sep

One of the reasons I had to take a break from canning tomatoes was because of soaping.  I shared that I had sent a bunch of soap and lotion to a store in Des Moines, and that left a lot of empty space on my shelves.

I’m working on filling up those blank spaces.

Last weekend, I made eight batches of soap on Saturday.

I’m also working on keeping up with the milk from the goats.  I am getting just about a gallon a day from the five girls I’m milking.

I have to make lotion.

lotion making and soap making

I got a start over the weekend, but I still have more to make.  I will also get it back on my online market to ship to people.

The small town where I used to go to the farmer’s market is having their fall festival.  I’ll be taking my soaps and lotions there.

It will also be my first opportunity to take other items.  I’ve already sold a few sets of llama balls (for the dryer), so I need to make more and take them.

I’ll also take my knitted dish cloths and coasters.

I’ll also take my rugs.

It will be nice to get to set up and see everyone whom I used to see weekly throughout the summer.

Cheese Break

25 Aug

Cheese break sounds good.  It conjures of images of sitting on the deck in the evening with a chunk of homemade mozzarella and a nice glass of homemade wine.  Well, I’m out of the wine I like, and it really means I’ve changed what I’m using my goat milk for.  I took a break from making cheese.

Because things this time of year aren’t busy enough, I agreed to join with a couple of other local crafters and my dad to take our stuff to a consignment shop in Des Moines.  That means I had to get soap boxed up.

Then the real work started.

I had to make nine batches of lotion.

I finally got it all ready to go, but I didn’t get to go to the store myself because I went back to work.  Hopefully, I’ll get down there once the products are out on the shelves (on September 1st).  In the meantime, I am switching to soap making.  I had a special order for a baby shower.

I am also restocking my soap room for Internet sales (I’m out of stock of several items since I sent it to the consignment shop) and direct sales from the soap room.  I counted fifteen batches I need to make and another two or three that I should make.

I’m also busy with making this stuff, so I’m back to just freezing gallon bags of milk to finish filling my freezer for any bottle kids next year.  But I must say, sitting on the deck snacking on fresh cheese does sound good.