Each day is partly a sunny day and partly a cloudy day, even afternoon thunderstorms with torrential rain at times.
Today I debated whether to try to get the yard that was knee deep mowed or the peppers and tomatoes planted in the garden. I decided that the mowing was more critical as tomorrow there is a much higher chance of rain and I could plant between rain storms, but couldn’t mow the grass as tall as it was if wet. I started off this morning, trying to get around the house with the gas powered lawn mower, getting where I can’t go with the tractor. Good idea, but I only did about a third of it and ran out of gasoline. I intended to go get some after lunch, but the clouds were building, so I just got as close to the house as I could on the tractor and mowed a lawn around the house in the encroaching hay field. We are still about 6 weeks from haying here and it is getting seriously tall. The grands need a place to play, I need to be able to get to the chicken pens and I don’t like the orchard to get too tall as the trees are too close to the chicken pen fence for the sickle bar hay cutter and too close to each other for the big haycutter. I did beat a terrific thunderstorm by only minutes.
When I went out to let the flock out for the day, I found this . . .
Broody Mama giving me the evil eye for trying to move her two days ago. She is sitting firmly on yesterday’s 6 eggs. I will try to slip 4 more under her tonight from today’s lay. If all goes according to schedule, we will have chicks in about 3 weeks. She chose the box nearest the pop door, not the best one to raise a family in when there are 5 others that are safer, but it is where she is.
With the ground so wet and haying season upon us soon, the burn pile finally got lit off. The Christmas tree made a good starter fuel and most of the pile is now gone. In a day or two, I will move the debris to an area we don’t mow after sorting through for nails and screws. One day, there will be a permanent place and an incinerator in which to burn before the piles get too large.
One of my commitments to my shop is to make a more environmentally friendly soap, removing palm oil from all of my soap recipes. There are only going to be 4 soaps in the store, Goat milk with honey, Lavender Goat milk, Citrus Shea, and Cedar/Rosemary/Thyme. All of them are going to be made with Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, and extra virgin olive oil (organic when available). The liquid will be either coconut milk or goat milk and if scented, with pure essential oils. Yesterday, I made two batches of the Lavender Goat milk soap with Shea butter and Organic Moroccan Red Clay for sensitive skin types. It was the most beautiful dark caramel color when hot and today when I unmolded it to cut and cure, it looks like fudge. It is such a pretty soap.
There are 18 bars of it curing for the next 4 weeks before it can go in the shop. That makes two of the 4 soaps Palm oil free so far. I will be making another batch of the Cedarwood and the Goat milk Honey soap in the next day or so, both also Palm Oil free. The Shea butter makes such a nice rich soap and it is not responsible for rain forest deforestation.
With the coming of warmer weather, short sleeves, and air conditioning, today I added 3 mini shawls to the shop to throw over shoulders instead of a jacket or sweater when in the office or dining out. They range in price from only $15 to $25 and fiber from Seasilk to Wool with Mohair.
Tomorrow, after taking N to preschool, I hope to get in a walk with a friend and then finally get back to the garden. I still need to get gasoline and mow outside the garden and around the chicken coops. That may have to be done with the gas trimmer as it has gotten so long and thick. Maybe I can get son-in-law to do it this weekend.
Still loving the mountain life.