As if life isn't busy enough - my computer crashed! Verdict - dead hard drive. I was shocked! This Toshiba computer is only a year old. I took it to the Geek Squad and after three failed attempts, they were able to retrieve everything except my old emails and some contacts. Thank goodness! Tons of pictures, purchased and downloaded knitting patterns, and all my soaping recipes and labels. Everything else I could have lived without but the pictures, patterns, and soap labels - well, if they were gone for good, it wouldn't be pretty! I thought about a month ago that I should back-up everything and looked the external hard drive I had but couldn't find it. I made a note to self to get a new external hard drive and that's as far as I got. Now, I will be backing up the first of every month! Lesson learned.
Tomorrow is Father's Day and I'm fortunate to be able to celebrate with my Daddy this year. This year, with their move to Ohio, I've been able to celebrate both Mother's and Father's Day with my parents in person - first time since 2008. I have the Farmer's Market tomorrow so we might do something special tonight and then have dinner at our house tomorrow night.
Tomorrow will be my second Sunnday at the Waynesville Farmer's Market. If you are in the area, please come out and support this event. This is the first year and it's starting small but will grow as produce comes in and the word gets out. The market is scheduled for every Sunday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM through the end of October except for Sauerkraut Festival weekend. I plan to be there every 1st and 3rd Sunday and more often as time permits. I have LOTS of soap curing - 9 batches - and more lined up to make. While in Waynesville, you must check out the shops and Cobblestone Cafe. Waynesville is such a cute and wonderful place! There's always something going on. They have a new coffee shop on the main street and the coffee is delish! You can also grab an ice cream in one of their homemade waffle cones.
My latest batch of soap is Kumquat. This fragrance is so refreshing! I love the shape and look of round soap. Made in Pringle cans, these soaps are a great size. The picture on the left shows the soap after first unmolding. Two towers! The picture on the right is one of the most exciting things about soapmaking --- the FIRST CUT! It's the first peek inside to see what the result of your efforts. I was doing a happy dance when I saw this. The third picture is of all the cut soap pucks ready for the curing rack.
Next to be soaped - four batches of beer soap with the following fragrances: Oatmeal Stout, Raspberry Porter, Shave & a Haircut, and Crisp Apple Rose. After these four, I think a few floral soap would be nice.
If you've been reading for a bit, you might remember Buster - my newest kitty addition. He is so sweet! He trills and chirps and meows all the time. He's a big kitty - 15 pounds! He's also very tall - he stands up routinely and reaches for the doorknob. He loves to be rubbed and scratched but not held. We're working on that. He also loves to play. I'm still
amazed that Earl Gray has accepted him. Usually, Earl has a terrible time with any new cat. The only time I've seen him accept new additions before were George and Gracie. They showed up as teeny tiny kittens. Strays of any size haven't had a prayer against Earl. I'm so glad he liked Buster and allowed him to stay. After I feed dinner, I close the garage door keeping all the cats in for the night. One morning, I went out to feed breakfast and Buster was no where to be found. I opened the garage door and there he was - outside. Turns out, Buster lived up to his name and busted out the pet door! So, now I have heavy boxes of cat litter blocking the pet door. Here's a picture of the two of them playing. They were each on opposite sides batting the ball back and forth. So cute to watch!
The weather here in Southwest Ohio has been great! A little rain, a lot of sun. My vegetables and herbs are growing well. I can hardly wait for the tomatoes to come in! There's nothing like a homegrown tomato. Andy has finished preparing the soil in the new garden area in the front and side of the house. Now, it's time to move plants and plant some new ones. I have a lot to move and hope they survive.
Well, I'd better get going! Lots to do today. Thanks for stopping by for a read and have a great weekend!