This month, when Royalty Soaps opened their shop, I was READY. I was refreshing the page, put the two soaps I wanted into my cart, tried to check out less than three minutes after open... and one of the soaps was already out of stock. The other soap was fine though, and I added some … Continue reading Royalty Soaps – I Couldn’t Resist
My supplies finally came, and I got to make some soap bars! I picked melt and pour soap making rather than cold process because I don't have a safe, well-ventilated, dog-free space to handle lye. The soap comes in big blocks having already turned oils and lye into soap. Like so: The white base will … Continue reading Trying Out Melt and Pour Soap
I have a job that, this time of the year, is requiring I do a lot of 'field work'. By which I mean, working outside in miserable weather. Growing up in Texas, I learned a variety of tricks to handle this type of weather, and I have a good idea of when I'm heading into … Continue reading Hot Weather Working
Weeds wait for no one, even when the weather is miserable. Last year, my dad found a solution - he brought over his canopy tent, we brought a barn fan outside to blow on us, and we weeded comfortably despite 95 degree weather. His canopy is on its last legs this year though, so I … Continue reading Hot Weather Gardening
Mary has been a very sick dog with what we thought was a herniated disc, and we were struggling to get her to eat. Early last week she stopped eating, and she started not drinking. We got a syringe (NOT one for injections, one for feeding baby birds) and fed her water through it, rubbing … Continue reading Mary Didn’t Make It
If you know me at all, you know that I have a favorite author: Auryn Hadley. You can find her Amazon account here. I follow her on Facebook, and she's charming and funny, and I got my mom into reading her as well. She wrote one of my favorite series of all time: Rise of … Continue reading Changing Those Covers: Rise of the Iliri
I fell in love with this song, 'Crush' by Tess Violet. Or rather, it would be more accurate to say that I fell in love with the music video. The micro expressions she makes during it are just plain charming. I've watched it a ridiculous number of times, even though the song isn't really my … Continue reading ITJFU: Tessa Violet YouTube Channel
I've posted before about the amazing YouTube channel, Royalty Soaps, that you can find here. Katie has, most recently, had some beginner videos for cold process soap, including handling lye safely, safety gear, clean up, and she walks you through making three different soaps. She also links to the cheapest supplies she could find, including … Continue reading Cold Process, No, But Melt and Pour?
It was a drizzly evening a few nights ago, overcast and cool, so I decided to take advantage of the weather and weed my garden. My cucumbers and watermelon were buried. It's pretty overgrown, but one bed was especially bad. I sat on our new cinder block frames (just the right height to sit and … Continue reading Sure, Go Ahead and Garden Without Me
Our neighbor knocked to let us know that we had a cute hiding in our hostas in the front yard! Here's a photo: She appears to be a Blanding's Turtle, and I reported her sighting to the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. (You can report sightings here.) She was pretty big - maybe the size of … Continue reading What Did You Find in My Hostas?