Will is building a new corral and cow shelter — 9 Comments

  1. Jackie, I learnt how to make soap many years ago and love it. I find the chemistry of it fascinating.

    I use a “cold” process method (called cold process but the fats are melted first, then taken off heat and the lye added). Rather than hand stirring which does take quite some time, I use an immersion blender (also called stick blender). This brings about the trace in minutes and saves a lot of time.

    It is usually easy to find an immersion blender at garage sales and thrift shops or used goods websites. I keep a crockpot, immersion blender, measuring cup and wooden spoons just for soapmaking so I don’t accidentally get a bit of residual lye in the food. The equipment doesn’t cost much when you find it used.

    What a great skill to teach Ashley and Alisha.

    • Yes, I’ve read about the crock pot and stick blender but as we live off grid, I have neither. But I’ll keep watch for them as we will soon be hooking up our new solar panels and buying more and new batteries to replace ours which are getting weak.

      • Jackie, the crockpot is not necessary and is just an easy way to melt the fat without having to worry and watch over high heat. The stick blender is the big help as the mixture will trace in minutes rather than stirring for over an hour.

        Good luck with the new solar panels. It is exciting to see all the changes and improvements you and Will have made over time.

  2. I bought your 4th book and put it on my kindle. My daughter has finished it already! She was engaged in the story from the first page to the last. We all love your books! Thank you for wonderful stories.

    • Thanks, Heather! I was pretty happy when the 4th book, Spring of the Vultures, came out too. (There’s a 5th rattling around in my mind….) I hope everyone who buys the books will put a quick review on Amazon. It really will help the sales and thus, me. Thank you.

  3. Wow, lots of things going on at your place as usual! Love hearing about it and seeing the new pictures. The gardens look fantastic. Would love to make soap too someday. Wishing you continued good weather for growing and working!

    • Making soap is sort of like pressure canning; it sounds difficult and scary but it really is easy and fun too.

  4. I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering how your son’s house is coming.

    • David’s house is continuing. He has up the inside walls, beams cut to support the second floor and floor joists cut and stacked, waiting to go up. If our rainy weather would just settle down we could get more done!!!