Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fall Soap Making

It has been a looong, hot summer! It was difficult to get much of anything done other than trying to keep plants and critters watered and cool enough, but now the cooler days of Fall have finally arrived.

With those cooler days of Fall, I have gotten back into my soap making. Once you ever get started, it can be pretty addicting!  I love creating new kinds, but the one that seems to be the most popular at the flea market is simply my plain Old-Fashioned Lye Soap. I prefer a more vegetable based soap, but I have been amazed at how many prefer this plain, simple, lard based soap.

I took several kinds with me to the flea market this weekend, but, once again, this plain one is the one that went best. At the end of the day, today, I was surprised when I realized that I was nearly out of it again! Looks like that will be the first one I will be pouring this week. Guess I better pour up a few extra batches this time. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Much More Rain

Just when you thought it couldn't possibly drop any more rain, it did. It began raining again sometime during the night Tuesday night, rained all night, and all morning yesterday. But it soon cleared off and was a beautiful day! After all the crackling lightening, jolting thunder, and drenching rain, the sun shone brightly most of the afternoon. The combination of all of those in sinc, made for wonderful growing conditions and my plants grew dramatically in just hours. My potatoes, onions and green grew so fast you could almost stand there and watch them grow.

Despite all the storminess, my chickens laid several eggs yesterday. Mmmm..... fresh eggs and tender green onions..... sounds like a great lunch today. I still have some homemade pear butter left, so I think I will make some fresh bread to go with it too. Gosh, I'm making myself hungry.

Just when I thought all the storms were over, another bit one rolled in yesterday just before dark. It rained really hard for a little bit, and we got pelted with hail (Oh, how I hope my little tomatoes will survive), but it left about as quickly as it came.  Looks like I am up to about 10 inches of rain out here this week. Once again, I hope it is over for a bit, but we are forecast with a 90% chance today.

As you can see, my driveway has turned into a river. Maybe I need a boat to get into town!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Flood of Storms!

Here at the farm we have been in heavy drought for quite some time. We got a little rain over the Fall and Winter, but still not much. Everything has been so dry and I have actually had to water plants through the winter! (even dormant plants need a little moisture)

For about the past week my aches and pains have greatly increased. My left foot swelled up so much I could barely get my shoe on or walk. And yes, it hurt like the dickens! I hurt in places I had never even hurt  before!

Yesterday, the rains started to fall and the viscous storms rolled .... one .... right ..... after ..... the other. At the moment it has let up to a light sprinkle. I hope it stays that way, but I hear there is more to come. I am so glad I hadn't planted my lettuce yet, as it would have all washed away.

I really hope the goats hold their legs together and don't pop any of their kids out until after all this blows over. We sure did need the rain, but not this heavy! Repeated, slow, gentle rains was what I put in my order for.

Last I checked, and that was a couple of hours ago, we were up to between 6 and 7 inches of rain out here (in 24 hours). The road I am on (and several between me and town), I am sure are badly flooded (meaning I am stranded here for awhile).  The weatherman actually got it right this time, amazing! But still, we should really pay attention and tune in to what our bodies are trying to tell us, as the weatherman usually never gets it right. I am going to head outside right now, while there is a break in the downpour, and feed a few critters.