Too Darn Cold!

Yes, i did take out and unroll four bales of hay to my cows. Yes, i should be strip grazing. But it’s TOO DARN COLD! I get out, cut the strings, pull them off, get in the WARM pickup, unroll, then do it again. Except for cutting strings and busting ice on the tank, I’m not gettin’ out much.  Windchill is 8°F below zero.  (-22C)

The leak valve is keeping the water coming into the tank, but I think not enough overflow to keep ice from forming on top at night when the cows aren't drinking. There is always a hole straight above the leak valve that is open. Incredibly! the water in the ditch is still running - barely. — at Tannachton Farm.
The leak valve is keeping the water coming into the tank, but I think not enough overflow to keep ice from forming on top at night when the cows aren’t drinking. There is always a hole straight above the leak valve that is open. Incredibly! the water in the ditch is still running – barely. — at Tannachton Farm.

Soap Making

I’m no soap queen, but since I want the best soap available for my family and myself, the least expensive is to make it myself – although that is still not cheap.  The time spent and the materials to purchase or make add in to dollars per bar.  However, when it’s so icy cold outside, this is the time to restock our soap supplies for the year or sometimes two year’s worth!

If you figure your cost of soap remember to add in the cost of skin oils or lotions you use.  Commercial soaps typically have the glycerin removed so it can be sold to you in a separate bottle of lotion.  Home-made soaps still contain the naturally occurring glycerin.

Although it has been cold, it certainly is convenient for cooling the lye quickly!  Nothing more romantic than standing in 4 degrees Fahrenheit under a full moon at night stirring lye water!  😉

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Disaster strikes with the 100% tallow – totally crumbled, so will have to rebatch this one! Aaargh!
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Seven batches set out to cure – This will take at least four weeks before the soaps are ready to use. The plastic containers hold bits and pieces that will be used for making laundry soap.
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Shaving Soap made with Bio-Char – really excited about this soap. Will have to see how it feels once cured, but it is one of the prettiest soaps I’ve ever made! Also contain bentonite clay for slip.