Monday, March 2, 2009

Herbs For The Goat Milk Soap

I just returned from a lunch break. This morning I fed the bottle kids, checked on the expectant mothers (two does should kid today), and then headed to the quiet office to put my head into some much needed desk work. I am better rested today. My dear husband stayed up past midnight, making several trips to the barn last night. The does were still kidding late into the evening. He made sure the newborns were dry and well fed by their dams before he turned in after midnight.

My mind and eyes keep wandering out the office window. It is a bright sunny day, but with a single digit wind chill of 7 degrees. Very warm out there! I am happy to report that the kids in the barn are fine, in fact, some are romping outdoors. I like to give them a choice after they are a few days old. Similar to human kids, playing outdoors seem to make for healthier kids.

So, with the glimpse of the bright blue sky occasionally on my mind, I also rummaged through some of the recent seed and garden catalogs received in the mail. The beautiful photographs, and listing of seeds just makes me long to begin digging in the soil. This spring I hope to begin a garden with a corner dedicated to herbs only. I love to cook, and I love to can, but I also love dried herbs in soap. I want at least 1/4 of the garden to be dedicated to future soap. I would absolutely love to make infusions, and to dabble in essential oils. But the latter would be a very costly venture, and I think I will stay away from that thought for now. Never hurts to dream!

The catalogs that I show in the picture (above) are from Country Corners Greenhouse and Garden Store, Gardener's Supply Company, and the Sand Hill Preservation Center. The magazine on the bottom left, turned sideways, with a "Think Spring" message and photograph, is from a company called Andy H Weaver. It is an Amish catalog. The Amish used to own our house. I still receive their mail. The catalogs intrigue me. And the gloves I have bought from Mr. Weaver's company, oh my, they are white nylon, but are the best work gloves I have ever worn! So very warm. Stick them in the washing machine in a lingerie bag, along with the rest of the wash load. They wash and dry to a perfection for years!

The photograph below (sorry for the quality) are items sold in the Amish magazine, all from the state of Ohio. Imagine a gasoline powered wringer type washer machine! I actually own a wringer washer, I am going to plant flowers in it this spring. I bought it at a farm auction a few months back.


Alix said...

Bright blue skies here too - and chilly - which blows because on Saturday it was sunny and 82 degrees. It was so warm I almost didn't mind accidentally falling into the Intracoastal Waterway when I was horsing around on a fallen tree trying to strike a cute pose for my blog. Oh the things I do for you people! :)

Anyway - heaps of congratulations on all your new kids and for the urge to plant seeds! I myself bought herb seeds and am going to start some seedlings very soon. I am also going to transplant my small herbs plantings in a windowbox and see if I can keep them alive for awhile.

I know Spring is on the way, but it sure would be nice to have a few consistently warm days in a row. I guess I shouldn't complain though... no snow here.

Hope all is well with you and Bob!

KathyB. said...

Ooh, it is cold there ! Good you got some rest, just don't put your head down on your desk too long, or you'll find yourself waking up from a nap!

I have an herb garden and I love it. The weather has been warming up here and my herb garden has been calling to me.....Kathy, come weed me!Will you show us a picture of your old washing machine when it is planted up ?

Anne-Marie said...

Thank you for sharing your 2009 goals on my blog. I just wanted to check in with you to see how you were doing with your goals so far in '09. Hope all is well!

Anonymous said...

It was quite nippy out here too, we had sunshine and blue skies as well but the wind was awful, we went and visited my Grandma's today and saw the 93 year old man I e-mail and my Mom's Aunt and Uncle and we passed my Uncle by on our way to the post office, gas station and grocery store.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Still pretty busy here today.

Thanks for your your comments!