A couple days after this photo, we finally received enough sun to melt the completely iced up polybraid so it could be reeled up. It took some effort (my farm is not flat and there is still crunchy snow cover) and i surely slept well that evening, but i did reel up all 4 polybraids (a bit over 3000 feet) and pull posts, hauled them all home and put them in the fertilizer shed where they belong before arriving home well after dark. So glad to have that project done.
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! 😉