Tag Archives: soap room

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.

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This and That Around the Farm

30 Aug

Things are busy as usual.  In the soap room, I’m making feta and Mozzarella.

I looked like a heart when I cut it. I couldn’t resist having fun.

The feta is something that I have to do on weekends because it’s not hard, but it does take all day to get a batch done.

I’m still getting a few strawberries.

strawberry blossoms

Yes, I’m still feeding them to Mama Phoenix.

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do with her once the weather turns cold.  There’s no way I can leave her out in the barn, but I’m not sure how I can bring her in the house (cats and dog).

The silly free-range chicken is still doing whatever she wants.  I’m fine with it as long as she stays away from the dog and goes back so I can shut her in to stay safe at night.

right side hen, free-range hen

I still have a counter full of tomatoes ripening.

I’m keep working on canning them.

roasted tomato sauce

Sometimes, I feel really guilty because I don’t spend enough time tending to my yard, but sometimes I see that I have a flower going to bloom that is really just a weed.  I’m going to call it a flower though and enjoy the benefits of neglecting the yard.

Snickers is hanging in there. I’m cooking him an egg twice a day.  He enjoys lounging on the deck in the evening.

Snickers

Fionn is still in the Love Shack.  I think he’s feeling better because he’s back to his old hobby of trying to beat the walls down.  Seriously?

Fionn–by the way, the sway back is also a sign of the copper deficiency.

Sky misses me with the school year starting. He lays by the gate and gives me those sad puppy dog eyes every time I have to go out to the barnyard.

Sky

I’m looking forward to a three day weekend to try and get caught up a little bit.

Painting

28 Jun

Last December, my big project for winter break was supposed to be painting the floor of the soap room.  Well, I ended up living in there over break because of the furnace issues.

Leo, Sky, and Snickers

Then I was going to do it over spring break, but it was a bit chaotic with kidding and everything.

Front: Haley and Cinnamon; Back: Bonnie, Wanda, and Blaze

Since then, I’ve barely had a chance to get into the soap room.

But I’m milking again and I need to make cheese and I really have to get back out there and work.

Astra

I have been cleaning the floor and moving things from one side, and I’ve started painting!

Woo hoo!  I am honestly excited at how much easier it will be to keep clean.

I have one more coat on the second side, then it’s just putting everything back where it belongs. Obviously, I will still need to do some touch up under the cabinets also (maybe).

When the soap room is done, the milk room is next! That should be fun.

Again, it will be much easier to keep clean.  Right now, I can’t sweep it clean (and most of the little chunks are pieces of hoof from my trying to keep up with their feet in our wet weather).  Then, I need a concrete stoop outside the door to help keep out the mud and mosquitoes.