Yesterday needed to be put behind me, let go, forgotten and a new try today. Grandson was less anxious with his much anticipated field trip successfully behind him and knowing that today was his last full day of school of third grade and would likely be used to shut down, clean out desks and cubbies and start thinking about his summer, so our morning was less stressful. I avoided all convenience stores today, instead, opting to go out to a new local coffee shop with my good friend. We ended our morning with a tour of her gardens, a 60 X 60 foot mixture of vegetables, flowers, and fruits with wide paths of wood chips, a drip irrigation system, trellises, and wind sculptures all fenced. I find her gardens very peaceful and her company both fun and relaxing. I came home with two kinds of sweet potato shoots and enough Tomatillo seed to plant what I want of them this year.
I finally braved a peek at the soap. It looked better, felt sound, and so I un-molded it to cut. It is smooth and uniform, though much darker than the first batch of Goats and Bees.
In addition to the darker color, it has a somewhat caramel scent, probably from reheating the honey which is added right at the end during the original formulation. It will do. It is curing and will hopefully be ready before the older batch is gone. I have one more lotion bar scent to make, one more moustache wax, and one more beard oil and I will be ready for the two summer craft festivals that I will vend. I will wait until after they are done to make more supplies for the Holiday markets.
My spinning of the colorful fiber that I started a couple days ago is progressing with about 3/4 of it spun. The singles are lovely, and should ply into a soft beautiful fingering weight yarn of Merino, Corriedale, and Tussah Silk.
Tomorrow, I look forward to an afternoon with my spinning friends, both local and from farther away that gather annually at a friend’s house for a pot luck and afternoon of spinning and socialization. It should be a fun and relaxing time.