Cutting a couple of soap loaves today.
The black one is a “fisherman’s” soap, scented with herbs and anise. I’m currently calling it Captain Ahab; pretty much it smells like licorice and revenge.
The second is my Three Magi soap, scented with frankincense and myrrh with a gold mica dusting. Smells catholic.
Waiting for soaps to cure is difficult for me. I cure my cold process soaps for at least a month before I package them, and during that time I stare at them a lot. And I smell them and worry that the scent is changing, that it’s getting stronger or weaker, that they looked prettier yesterday, that they are too soft or too hard or too dark or too light…
Good morning world. Just sitting here on Friday morning, sipping coffee, and waiting for hurricane Florence to bring the rain and wind. My storm prep is as done as it can be. My generator got a new fuel filter and although it is many years old, is running like butter. The chain saw has fresh gas and most importantly starts readily. A rear gutter downspout on the House has been….well let’s just call it fixed (sometimes you just have to make it work whatever it is).
Since I last wrote I finished the back stoop rebuild.
I also took Noodles to work with me last Saturday and found he has grown quite a bit. Here he is a several weeks ago.
And now last Saturday.
I hate to break it to him, but I think he may not fit the next time he comes to work.
I went grocery shopping for everyone before the storm arrives.
I leave you today with a photo I took this morning of our bitter melon vine which in this hot, humid weather looks great.
Stay safe to all of you in the path of Flo.
I know. It has been way too long since I last posted. I would say I am going to make a commitment to regular posts, but I know where that leads.
Summer is coming to an end and the homestead needs continuous work. Yesterday I started a project that I’ve been putting off for four years. Replacing the rotting back porch.
And like many project I found if I just start it it goes much more quickly than anticipate. I’ve only done the demolition so far and will have to go get the wood in a few days.
The cats are doing their best to do nothing.
And Noodles went to his first groomers appointment Friday. This is him on the at ride there.
He has up to 30 pounds and the vet thinks he has another 30-40 to go. When not being a pest (really just being a puppy) he is taking the cats lead most of the time.
He made one trip to work at the pharmacy and found his “spot,” not that he will be small enough to fit there for very little long.
Well time to go do some yard work. Exciting new to come though. Stay tuned.
Well over 3 years was long enough for us and our house is now the home to a new puppy.
It was 2015 that our 13 year old shi-tzu Gizmo passed away. We made the decision to wait a while to get a new dog so we wouldn’t constantly compare them to our old pooch, who was a great dog.
We had been on a waiting list for almost 6 months waiting on our new pup, as we wanted one of several poodle cross breeds that wouldn’t cause allergy problems in our house.
So after a 6 hour trip to South Carolina let me introduce our new Newfypoo, Noodles.
He slept for almost 5 of the 6 hour trip home, instantly winning our hearts as we had somewhat dreaded the long car ride with a whining pup.
The goats and cats thus far are not fans, but I have found my new sports watching partner.
Compared to years ago with gizmo.
Have a great day world.
P had to get out of bed at 5:30am, a time that torments her soul, to go with the volunteer rescue squad to a burning building training for the fire department.
It was a very hot long day for her, so I decided to make her one of her favorite meals, mussels.
Served with sourdough bread, it was a big hit.
Have a great day world.
I realized that I hadn’t posted any photos of the house I built for Sherlock in his new area.
The frame was made from more of the wood I got from my father-in-laws old deck. The outside is salvaged pallet wood. The only thing I had to buy was the metal roofing and some screws. So far he seems to like it.
Well spring is here and it came in with another round of snow.
Thankfully it was beautiful to look at and gone within a day. Hopefully we can start to get night temperatures above forty so we can leave the seedlings out in each night instead of taking them in and out each day.
Yesterday my morning routine was disrupted by a great surprise, Caro, finally gave birth. I opened the door to the goat house and it almost seemed peculiar to see a baby goat laying next to her. My brain took a few seconds to actually comprehend what I was seeing. But there it was. She had done it all on her own. So meet Lulu.
She looks just like here momma don’t you think?
Well off to the yarden to gsd. Have a good one world.
Another blog from my morning view of the world. The chickens and goats are all feed, watered, and ready for the day. Breakfast, spiced ground beef topped by the always present egg, eaten and cleaned up. Now sitting with a cup of coffee waiting for my piece of the world to get a little brighter and warmer.
Yesterday day was new turkey day. Well actually second new turkey day. A couple weeks ago we inherited a female turkey from a neighbor.
She seemed little lonely, so yesterday we drove about an hour up the road and got her a friend.
It’s amazing how big he can make himself look when he wants to.
On today’s agenda is more garden work. The structures we have two hardy kiwis growing on have started to fall apart, so I’m going to use some of the timber I took out of Sherlock’s area to redo a climbing trellis. Then I need to redo the bean teepee. We had tried to have the beans climb garden string in past years with only marginal success. I’m going to put it wood supports with wire mesh between and see if we can’t get a better crop.
Well the sun is now brightened the yard, so I will leave you with a picture of Sidda enjoying yesterday’s sun with her babies.