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Still Busy

3 Aug

I never seem to find enough time to get things done around here.  I just learned the date for the August market that they are doing in State Center.  I’m going to try to get some of the totes made to take and sell.  I’ve gotten a start.

I also decided to put pockets inside some of them.

I have a big stack ready to be turned into totes on my dining room table.

My sister also brought me a couple of new ones–pig and all flock!

I’m still making soaps.  I did another five batches:  Moonlight Pomegranate, Full Moon, Kentish Rain, Fresh Linen, and Fierce.

I still have another nine batches I want to make.  Of course, these will have to cure, so they won’t be ready until the one market in September.

I still have other crafty projects that I wanted to try, but I’m pretty sure they won’t happen this summer.  I have gourds to craft with and llama fleece to do something with.  But there just isn’t time between scooping buildings, regular chores and those extras that seem to be filling my days right now.  I’m still giving Aurora extra feed.

Aurora

Dolly is also getting extra care yet.  Her eyes are still pure white, so I did give her another gram of copper.  I was afraid to wait.  Hopefully, that will start helping her.

Dolly

Just to make it more fun, Dolly busted out (okay, she snuck through the panel where I had to cut Annie out last year) and went to pasture all yesterday.  Poor girl was exhausted when she got back, and the tight, tight skin on her overly full udder had popped–not what she needed.

I have her shut back in now, and I did half milk her out to keep it from rubbing anynmore.  I guess this might start to explain how time goes so quickly.

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Soaping

28 Jul

I have to say, it’s just the last week or so that I’ve started relaxing and feeling like I’m on summer break (and now it’s almost time to go back).  With the bottle kids getting weaned, I’m getting to keep all my milk from the girls.  They know exactly where to go.

Cinnamon

I always have a line waiting to come in.  There’s usually a couple more there too.  Sometimes even those that are not currently getting milked (like Haley).  Once I even had Casey trying to convince me he should get to come in.

Ava (back) and Clover

Sometimes Ava gets a little impatient.

Ava

I’m freezing gallons for next year’s kids.  Also, I finally have gotten around to making soap.

I have several that are out of stock.  I don’t know the last time my shelves were so empty.

It’s been hard to get motivated to make any when the farmer’s market I used to go to isn’t being held now.  I need to find a new market or something.  Of course, when my garage is fully cleaned again, I can open on the farm on weekends.  First, I need to get everything back in stock.  I made five batches to start with: violet, almond biscotti, plain, lilac, and candy.

I have another thirteen batches before my soaps are fully stocked.  I better get busy!

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The Soap Room

20 May

I love my soap room.  I always have my soaps in there and lotion, but it also gives me the freedom to be creative and fun and you never know what all I’m going to have for sale.  I have some of my book art, and I have lots of good ideas for more creative things (if I ever have time to do them).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to be open on Saturdays yet this spring because of my driveway.  Seriously.  I have been afraid to take my car through it with all the rainy weather we’ve had.  I’ve been trying to get through planting season before bugging my nephew about it.

On Thursday, however, I didn’t have work because of power outages, and I figured it was too wet for the nephew to be doing anything so I gave him a call.  He had a load of rock delivered.

Then he came out with the backhoe.

By the time he left, it was amazing!  I won’t have to park my car up north and take the Ranger with its swamp tires through the driveway now (Okay, I hadn’t actually done that yet, but I was afraid I would have to if it didn’t have gravel before the additional inch or more we had on Friday and into today.)

Even better, I can open the soap room again for next Saturday.  Although I have a lot of work to do before it will be ready.  I’ve been in a soap making mode lately.

spellbound woods, cherry blossom, clean coconut and magnolia

I did plain soap and five new kinds today.  The new ones won’t be ready for sale for three weeks.

rustic woods and rum, grass smoothie, dogwood and ginger, plain, apple and sage, and Tahitian vanilla

I’ll just have to get everything put up and set things out for selling mode.  But also want to make another four or five batches of soap tomorrow, and I have to restock my insect repellent lotion bars.  I have a lot of work to do this week, but I’m excited to be back open again!