Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December 19, 2018

We have been spending much of our time making Christmas presents, and since Christmas is not the "ghost of Christmas past" yet, I can't show what we have been working on.  However, I can show you what looks like a character from that movie.  My husband read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for his school's Band concert (the band(s) are excellent - we so enjoyed the show.  Go ERHS Band and Ms. Perez!)  I made his costume to look like the character I remembered from the book.  He did an excellent job with the reading as well.  I am so proud!  We also used this picture for our Christmas card which includes our own Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. 

Another adventure I have had is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, and that is making soap.  So many times you read about how to do something, and it just seems to bring fear about trying it.  I am here to say, "Fear Not!  I bring you good tidings of great joy!"  It is not as hard as some people make out, and maybe not as precise as some make you believe.  I mean just think about the pioneers and what lack of equipment they had.  What I didn't have, though, that the pioneers probably had is someone to show me how from another generation.  So for the first time, it is good to follow the directions and be safe.  I got the scale and the stick blender, and we already had safety glasses and gloves.  Little did I know that after four twenty second intervals of use, the stick blender would die (the instructions that we went back and read said not to run it for a full minute.  Even though I let it rest between the 20 second intervals, it apparently needed more rest.)  We made the soap mold out of scrap lumber.

The soap did not come off perfectly per the instructions and the stick blender dying did not help.  Even after much hand stirring, it didn't seem to "trace".  However, I poured it into the mold anyway, and it seems to have done just fine.  I decided to use my food dehydrator to cure it on, since it is already equipped with the ventilated shelves and I am not using it at the moment.  I found out from a youtube video that lard soaps seem to require more stirring before they trace, so that may be why.

One Christmas present I can show you is the angel my youngest daughter crocheted for me to put in the package for my four year old Angel Tree recipient.  I just traced and and stuffed an angel to sew it to.  I am so glad God stocks families with persons that have different strengths!

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