Thursday, April 30, 2009

The last day of the month!

Wow, Has April gone by quick or what?

Been very busy this month. And not making money busy. But making stuff to make money busy, so it has been productive.

Lets see... What I have completely ready for market on Saturday is....
Bath Salts Sugar Scrubs
some tub truffles Goats Milk Soap

What I have done but need to label
3/4 of my lotion bars
1/4 of lip butter
2 solid sugar scrubbies

What I still have to make B&B wise
a couple of batches of lotion bars
3 batches of lip balm
tub truffles
fish soap
milk bath - 2 kinds

What I have to make kitchen wise
Apple Cinnamon Jelly
Apple Jelly
Whatever I decide to bake
I need to fix my pepper jelly and my garlic onion jelly
If I get a chance I will make some ginger jelly too.

Lots to do, little time to do it in.

Today I must go to gfs, caleb to swim lessons, caleb to clc. I should try and fit in half my to do list. I am running on about 5 hours sleep. So We will see what gets done today, and what waits until tomorrow, and what just doesn't get done.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday April 29th

This month has gone by so quick.

Today's to do:

Lip Balm
Find someone who will print me off labels.

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The county is grading the dirt road across the street. It must be spring.

I have been getting stuff ready for market, slowly but surely. With any luck it will all get done. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day tomorrow. Friday will be crunch time. I have faith that it will all get done. We will see how it works out.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday April 28th

Today is going to be busy.

I am getting to crunch time with getting ready for markets. Here is my issue. I have dedicated only one muffin pan to use for lotion bars. And I have lots of lotion bars to make. It takes them approx 4 hours from the time I pour them to when I can release them. So I cannot get many done in a day. If i use another tin I will not be able to use that tin again for food. Cause fragrance oil does not taste good. So I work in cycles. I do have 6 pans, so I just might pull one more for lotion bars.

I am working up at Shanty tomorrow. 3-11 at summit. yipee. I guess there is a group coming in and they need help.

Today looks like it will be a nice day out today. I am going to try to get Jed to get the power drill charged for me. Yesterday when I went out to meet the bus I started pulling the wood out of the tarp that fell off of the roadside stand. The boys just want to cut the tarp up since the sides are torn anyway. But I am sure that I can find a use for the good parts of that tarp. So yesterday I was pulling out the pieces that did not have any tarp screwed into them. But I need to use some power tools to get out the rest, I think.

Anyway, off to make lotion bars, maybe get some lip balm done too.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday April 27

Anna is officially 7 months old!

Farm Markets Start on Saturday! I am far from ready. But it will all come together. I just need to get off the computer and get it done. I also need to figure out how to convert my lip balm labels from one on a pdf to 20 on a sheet of label paper. I have no clue, anyone wanna help. There is a jar of Jam in it for ya.

I have so much to do. It looks like the first thing on the list is going to be a load of dishes. I might be hitting the laundromat today again. Not sure though. I am getting quite the pile of laundry. We are supposed to be getting some yucky weather so it would be the opportune time to go. But at the same time, Jed and I are broke. We are going to make the week work on $50. Not sure how that is going to happen, but it will all work out. I just have that feeling that it will all be taken care of. Someday I will write about that feeling. It is a wonderful thing.

Well, off to wash dishes, then make some scrubbies. or maybe scrubbies first then dishes. I got so much to do. I made out a whole sheet of stuff that needs to get done. At least yesterday I sorted out my jams, unfortunately I only added to my list by doing that. urgh.

Busy, busy week for me.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday April 24th

Well, I got a call from my Sister in-Law Liz ~ She is going to have a baby! So I guess I know where I am going to pass a bunch of baby stuff. She is due in January.

In other news... I am getting ready for farmers markets. I have a bunch of stuff ready to label. A bunch of stuff to make. And a bunch of stuff to do period.

Jed is over at his parents today. Babysitting Grandma. Bill and Anita had to go down to Saginaw I think, for Bill to do some tests.

Well, the boys are going at it again, I gotta run.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday April 22

Ok, My washing machine is officially toast. That is 2 this year! I told Jed that we will just go the the laundromat, (15 mi away) until we get the $$ for a brand new one, or until the Restore in town has one. I called all over today, none at the local restores. Unless I want to pay $300 in Traverse. I can buy a new one for that. They said it was a high end one. But still, I don't have $300 to buy one. Markets start next Saturday, so it will all be good.

I have made 17 quarts of apple sauce today. I have sauce ready to melt down into apple butter. But I so badly need a nap. I feel like I have been hit by a train.

So, off to take something for the head, throat and body aches, then to bed for an hour.

Caleb has his spring concert tonight. Yipee. Pizza, Cake, Listening to my boy sing. It's gonna be fun.

Oh, and I have a huge list of labels to make and print off.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 21

Wow! Yesterday for the first time in a long time I actually got my to do list done plus some.

It was great. I had a good day, lots of fun. Yay! I needed that.

Today Jed and I are hoping to finish making applesauce. His parents really want to turn off the cooler. I cannot blame them. I have 2 doz quarts to fill and about 5 doz 1/2 pints for jelly and butter. We really need to get all that done.

Plus Caleb has swimming lessons. I need to run to the store today. We are out of tp.

Well I gotta get some things done.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday April 20th

Yesterday I had a pleasant surprise. I got 3 orders for marshmallows.

I only got started making them because someone on the West Michigan Etsy team asked if anyone made them. I of course took the bait. They are yummy. The kids love them. It is all good. Now if I can keep up with them. I am thinking of taking my marshmallow pops to market too.

Well, bad news. The washer broke this weekend. So now we have 2 bum washers. I told Jed he needs to fix one of them. He said it was not possible. I told him that we can buy parts cheaper than another machine. So I guess I need to look up washer motors. One will not spin, the other will not drain. And no, I am not moving the clothes from one to the other to get my laundry done.

I made cherry marshmallows last night to see how they would turn out. I will find out soon when I go cut them. But Ian was begging for the spatula. He is quite funny about that. He loves the taste, but when his mallows get sticky he doesn't like them.

Caleb and I washed the van on Saturday. So yesterday and today it is raining. We need the rain so I cannot complain to much. I will not have to water the greens I planted on friday now. But I was hoping to get more planted today. I am not planting in the rain either.

Well. Off to cut some marshmallows.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday April 17th

Well it has been a busy day for me!

Jed let me sleep in, which was very nice. I guess I needed it too. He said that Anna woke up a couple of times during the night, but for once I did not hear her.

Lets see, Today, I hung out 3 loads of laundry. Cleaned out my tomato pots from last season, and replanted greens in them. I got 7 plant trays ready to plant tomorrow. I poured 4 batches of sugar scrubs. I poured 6 bars of soap. Played with my kiddos. Took pictures of my marshmallows.

Spent some quality time on etsy trying to update my shop.

Yeah, I have been busy. Tonight I still need to design some labels. But that won't be too hard.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday April 16th

Well, Yesterday for the first time in a long time I finally got something done!!

I poured a dozen bars of soap, made a dozen containers of bath salts, made homemade marshmallows (i need to cut them this morning.) Three loads of laundry were hung out on the line, and most of the laundry was put away. I even got the plastic containers for the microgreens picked up.

Today's list of stuff to do, is plant the microgreen, I know it's been on the list all week. Cut the marshmallows, freeze some for coating later. Laundry, dishes, ya know the regular household chores. Clear up counter space in the farm kitchen. Find the carmel sauce recipe. Make caramel sauce to drizzle over marshmallows with chocolate. Take pics of all of that. Figure out pricing. Maybe post that on Etsy. PLus, Caleb has swim lessons and clc tonight. And I would love to get in a batch of cp soap.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday April 15th

I am seriously falling behind. I just counted the days until market starts. 17 more. Now I am starting to get nervous.

I once again forgot the planting trays. So I am most likely making a special trip today to get them. Fun, fun. But Caleb and I did plant some herbs yesterday.

Today I am going to do my citrus grove scent mix. Laundry, sugar cubes, and I am going to make marshmallows. With any luck I will get some more done, but I am not counting on it.

Laundry is going outside today. The high is 60! I am so excited. Maybe I will get outside and get my tomato planters ready. We will see.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday April 14 2009

Well I didn't get all that I wanted to get done yesterday. But I did get quite a bit done.

On today's slate is More laundry, it's never ending. Finally plant the microgreens, we did not grab the trays yesterday. Caleb has his first swimming lesson at 3:45. There is also a farm market meeting for the Bellaire market at 5pm tonight. I need to make a dish to pass. I should also make some bath and body stuff. Not sure what I want to play with yet. I do need to do my scent blend for Citrus Grove.

Most of the snow is off of the back yard. Jed is out pruning trees. I got a call about the application for accepting food stamps, sounds like that is going good. I know who I want to use for accepting credit cards, I just need to fill out the stuff on that.

Well, Anna wants attention, and I need to wash some dishes.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday April 13 2009 ~ It's going to be a busy day

Well the Sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Most of the snow melted while we were downstate this past weekend. We still have a bit, but not much.

I am expecting a shipment in today of supplies to make body products. Depending on when that gets in I might be able to get some fish in a bag soaps made today.

Today I have to finish doing the taxes for my In-Laws. I should plant some micro-greens, market will be starting soon and I would like to bring them in. We have to pick up Turbo, the resident bunny. He was on a vacation to the In-Laws while we went downstate over the weekend. Get some laundry done. I am thinking I might be able to hang some out on the line today. It appears it will be nice out.

I also need to take stock of what is in the fridge, and stop by the store to pick up some necessities.

We are thinking about homeschooling Caleb this fall. So I am going to try to carve out an hour o two to devote to the books I checked out of the library on that subject.

I am hoping to do a short blog everyday. So that people can keep up with me and my life on the farm.