Not exactly the most efficient way of ordering supplies but with Mom and I just starting out, it is a good way for us to double check each other. Once we get a few batches done and have a better idea of just how much we need and how quickly it will need to be restocked I think the process will get much smoother and efficient. Considering we just came up with idea of soap making as a home business at the start of November. I think it is moving along at a brisk pace and we will meet the deadline of the first batches made by the end of the month.
Mom brought over a few of the big red fir chunks o’ wood from her woodpile. I think she is a little worried about the house staying warm over night with it getting into the lower teens. I’m doing a test of one of the smaller pieces to see how many hours it will burn. Of course that one “small” chunk of wood fills over half of the fire box all by itself. I really like how the wood I got is so easy to start and how fast it can warm up the house. So a combination of both types of wood is what I’d like to have on hand. Mom took a look at my strawberry planters from that bunch we dug up for free in the fall. She says the look just like they are supposed to at this time of year. I don’t know that the raspberries will produce next year but adding strawberries to the harvest would sure be nice.
I finally got the bread baked and the ceramic stone is large enough to do about 3 artisan loaves at one time. I don’t have the problem of the bread sometimes sticking to the ceramic stone like it did with the terra cotta. The new stone has been worth the $15.00 cost if for no other reason than baking multiple loaves at a time.
All of the basic needs are covered and all the bills are paid so I will kind of sort of plan another day of recovery for Friday. I think I’ll run over to the animal shelter and take a closer look at a three of the dogs I saw on the website that have some potential as the emergency backup dog, and then drop off my sister’s birthday present. That should be enough plans for another easy recovery day. I have couple of small projects to finish this weekend and I hope to be all set up to focus on the soap making and cleaning the beeswax next week.