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Odds and Ends

25 Jan

After the cold, I just ran out and snapped a bunch of pictures.  Some of them aren’t the best, but here are some of the leftovers.

Venus

Annie

Cupid

Cutie

Astra

With all the icky weather, I’ve been doing a lot of reading–I’m already on my sixth book of the year.  I’m also doing a lot of knitting.  Currently, I’m on a roll of making hooded scarves.  I did one for my sister.

Modeling the hooded scarf I made for my sister

Now I’m making more in different colors.

I might even decide to keep one for myself.

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.

More Miscellany

24 Jul

I am still busy trying to clean the barn out. It’s been put on hold a little bit with the excessive heat, family visits, and other projects.

Penelope is way cuter than just the manure spreader.

At least Aurora has quit freaking out over the changes in there.  She will walk through all on her own now.

Aurora

Margarita–just because she’s cute.

Margarita doing the cat walk down the picnic table.

My orange tree appreciated being re-potted.  It’s rewarding me with blossoms and little oranges.

My current knitting project–another scarf.

Here’s a hint at my next knitting project.  I’m not sure how it’s going to work, but I’m going to try. We’ll see…

Finally, I’m still waiting for Maybeline to reveal her secret.

Maybeline

I do think she’s close, but with an 11 1/2 month gestation period, who knows how long close is.