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It’s Raining

So what shall I do home today without a car seat, a sick baby that sounds like a barking seal and pouring rain outside?

Hmmm…

How about put labels on a rainbow…These are the rainbow inspired loofah soap I have been working on the past few weeks. I will post them to the Farm Country Store shortly, I promise. You will want to stop in there because I have a surprize waiting there for you! oh’ there are other new soaps there to look at too.

  • Red: Apple Jack & Orange…smells like crisp red apples and juicy oranges
  • Orange: Bergamot & Mandarin Orange…Yummy bergamont, (think Earl Grey Tea) and juicy oranges
  • Yellow: Jamaican Me Crazy…Fruity, tropical punch
  • Green: Champagne…the fizzy bubbles in Ginger ale. (I love it)
  • Blue: Patchouli & Vanilla…need I say more?
  • Violet: Lavender…A classic

Then I could work on writing letters…

always a fun thing to do with colored chalk and an antique chalk board. The green thing is a cute little pouch I knit to hold bits of chalk and it also doubles to wipe the slate clean.

Or how about start some dinner for Dick…I know he will cold, hungry and wet when he gets home…

How does fried peppers and steak sound with garlic mashed potatoes, and for dessert fresh home made ice cream with my own peanut butter sauce? How do you like the pan? It’s a new enameled cast iron fry pan…I haven’t decided yet. I was told by the tag hanging on it when it was given to me that NO metal can be used in it…So since I don’t have plastic my only choice is wooden spoons and spatulas…Clean up also wasn’t all that easy, but a bit of baking soda and vinegar and a good long soak the pan cleaned right up. I do love the color!

Mark, Son #1 has been working on restoring his 70′ something Blazer to drive around this summer season. In that process he comes in the house full of grease and says “hey Mum, got anything to get this gunk off my hands?” Well was that a loaded question..of course I do son, try this new soap off the curing rack, it has orange essential oil and ground pumice. Citrus oils are well know to cut grease and the pumice give a good scrub. Well he loved it and promptly took several bars to store in his truck for outside washing.

Also fresh off the curing rack is a lovely batch of Gardening soap with cranberry seeds to give a gentle scrub for more sensitive ladies hands. This also has the orange essential oil and is topped with pretty dried flowers & herbs topped witha rose bud of course.

And lastly I can dream about another rainbow! These are slabs of soap rolled up. They are the same scents as the loofah soap and so much fun.

How is your day going?

Spring?

The past few days has been so mild and sunny despite the forecast of snow showers. Seems most of the snow this year has gone right around us. We did have a bad wind storm and lost power for 2 days, part of the state are still out a week later. Reminds me of the ice storm two winters ago, we were out of power for 4 days then.

The sun has been out and the melting snow is making mud in the driveway. The roads have been posted so it will put those who work in the woods on vacation for a month or so.

Daisy after a week on vacation is back at school. I’m not sure who was happier her or me! She was glad to see her friends and I was glad to have some one on one time with Dick to have an adult conversation. :)

A few of the latest soaps made this week. I’ll get them posted as soon as I can.

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey

Pink Sugar-Smells like cotton candy to me...I like it

 I have plans on heading to the feed store later in the week to get the Delaware chicks ordered. I’m still looking for a meat chicken for this year and a few heritage breed turkeys. Of course I will order the Java chicks in another month or so.

Farm Fashion

I always get a chuckle out of fashion or better put my lack of fashion.  A good friend of mine always reads several of the country magazines and saves them for me to read, I then pass them on. By the time they hit the recycle bins they have been read by a dozen or so ladies. Don’t tell the subscription departments about this one…

Any way I noticed several are showing big spreads on new spring fashions for the farm life. Fancy rubber clogs with flowers on them for gardening, spring aprons, the latest jeans and button up shirts. Fancy new tote bags to take to the markets and new spring chore coats. Me, I grab what ever works and is handy, fashion, or even matching is not a consideration.

So what do you think of my latest fashion to hitch the dog out this morning? What can I say, I already had my knit slippers on so the rubber clogs would keep them dry to go outside. Who needs to bother get dressed for a quick trip, my fleece house coat will work for a few minutes… Not pretty but it works.

I have a sneaky suspicion I am not alone in this self decided farm fashion. Would anyone like to share a few shots of your farm fashions? How about a link to show them off?

Here is something I do think is pretty… It’s called Chocolate Spice, made with cocoa, cinnamon,  and orange essential oils. It’s part of the soaping spree I went on last week. I haven’t listed them on the Farm Store blog yet, but do have a couple of 5 ounce bars left if you are interested. The other purple and white swirl is pure lavender.

Today was a lovely day spent with my lovely husband. We took a ride to town down the snow and slush covered roads to pick up prescriptions and just spend some time together. We ran into several friends and had a great visit with them. Took a nice walk down the main street and around the park by the river. I nice time. After being married 9 years he still holds my hand every chance he gets.

I had put together a corn chowder in the crock pot this morning for dinner. Made from ingredients in our pantry and freezer. I guess while we were gone several hungry friends of the boys showed up to hang out with them and when we returned there were 2 single bowls of chowder in the fridge for us, the rest was gone and the dishes washed and put away…. Dick, Daisy and I had that with corn bread for dinner. Guess I should think it was good as there were no left overs, this makes me feel good.

Today brough a bit more snow and rain. Tonight I can hear the wind howling outside and I’m glad I’m in the house with a warm cup of tea. This is the first chance in a few days I have had to check in on my favorite blogs.

Tomorrow will bring the start of some de-cluttering in our bedroom closet. How we gather so many clothes when we don’t often buy new I have no idea. But it happens. I’m really thinking about how to use all those sweatshirts no one wears and make a rug  or two with them.

A few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend while trying to print those pesky round labels I would like a new printer. A printer that worked, my old one is fussy. Look what she dropped off to us! I can not believe it! This one is an ink jet, has a scanner, fax and copier, oh it prints too… I haven’t figured out where to put it just yet, it’s to large to fit in my cabinet where the old one lives. But for now this old typewriter stand will work in the corner by the kitchen table. I just love the mix of old and new. Dick doesn’t appreciate it and thinks the old stand should stay in the cellar…

This is where I do most of my computer work, right at the kitchen table. When I’m done everything gets picked up and put away in the cupboard.  Actually the kitchen table is the heart of our home. Everything from crafts, animal first-aid, eating, playing board games to sewing and just visiting with a cup of coffee is done at the table. I think our family spends 90% of our time around it when inside, to me much better than sitting on front of the tv.

How about you? Do you spend much time at the kitchen table or is another space in your home a favorite meeting place?

Hope you had as good of a day as I did.

Karyn

The last few days….

It seems to me I haven’t been around here much. Every time I turn around something has happened and I have to leave the farm. It’s putting me behind schedule and making me tired plus a bit stressed that things are going undone around here.

Not being here means I have to make up the lost time when ever I can. Today was a weekly trip to one of Daisy’s therapist so I brought along with me my seed catalogs. Seems I was just saying they are coming earlier every year. Well I have found it useful. I have most of the garden planned for the coming season. While I receives several strange looks for having my catalogs open all over the floor of the waiting room and sitting in the middle of them with colored markers drawing maps, circling things and making notes, checking old notes in the back of my gardening binder. One gentleman even walked past and had to turn around to ask me what catalogs I was looking at. Seems he is a gardener too, so I tore the address of the back of each and gave them to him to order his own. It was a good start to the gardining season and an hour well spent.

Over the weekend Sage managed to get into some sort of trouble and came back to the barn for the night with her eye lid just about ripped off. A call to the vet, 6 stitches later and me holding a bill for over $3oo Sage is all patched back together, and on the mend.

I had a chance to make more english muffins from the recipe I have been trying out. This time I used all whole wheat flour instead of the mixed I tried last time. No one noticed the difference, but I did in the nutritional value of them. I’ll post the recipe when things calm down a bit.

Christmas came and went, we had a lovely quiet day. I spent the day cooking and knitting and we enjoyed a good meal in the afternoon with family. Christmas Eve we were invited by some friends to attend Christmas Eve Mass with them. We went & the kids in their costumes for the play were all so cute. I had a chance to visit with some friends from town I haven’t seen recently and that was about it.

I’ve been praying to the snow gods for snow and today the while fluffy stuff started falling. Now usually I don’t hope for snow since I HATE and REFUSE to drive in it, don’t ski, or snowmobile. I do manage time to snowshoe and ice fish a bit later in the season but for the most part I have no use for it. This year is different it means Dick will be starting up the plow truck and going to work.

I have plans on starting a new experiment in growing some salad greens inside in the window. I have never tried  it so will let you know how that goes.

Hope you are all enjoying your days,

Karyn

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