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I fell asleep last night, hands poised to write a post. Goodness knows what I’d been about to say. Whatever it was, I was too tired as it turned out and when I woke this morning, snuggled under my duvet, my pillow was perilously close to the (thankfully closed) laptop. That’ll teach me not to take my laptop to bed!

The last couple of days have mostly consisted of work and making soap. Or looking at pictures of soap made by other people. Or seeing what I can do with the large amount of paper pulp left over from our paper making exploits.

It’s weigh-in day today and I don’t want to do it. There are other things I could say about that but I won’t. I’ll just do it and make some sort of decision.

So, work again this morning, my list of clients grew much faster than I’d realised it would, and while it’s a great thing to have work and to feel useful in a different way than before, I need to find a balance I think. So for the moment, I’ve asked that we hold off adding any more. Β I want to earn money and still have time to be with the people I love.

My new soap rack and the most recent soaps :-) Bottom left; Black and white salt soap. Bottom right; Cocoa Macadamia, Top right; Essential oil blend, with rose petals.

My new soap rack and the most recent soaps πŸ™‚ Bottom left; Black and white salt soap. Bottom right; Cocoa Macadamia, Top right; Essential oil blend, with rose petals.

 

Here’s to a wonderful day for us all! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

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I forgot to post photos of our paper-making day, so here they are πŸ™‚ We used white shredded paper for this because it was an experiment with dried flowers but next time, we’ll use recycled paper and plant material from our garden.

 

Our Boys in their PJ's because crafting's fun in PJ's

Our Boys in their PJ’s because crafting’s fun in PJ’s

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Pouring didn't work so well, it just made the flowers float. After this, we opted to spoon the paper water on instead.

Pouring didn’t work so well, it just made the flowers float. After this, we opted to spoon the paper water on instead.

We used flowers I had in my soap making stash. Oh yes, I have a soap making stash now :-)

We used flowers I had in my soap making stash. Oh yes, I have a soap making stash now πŸ™‚

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Finished with that now. Where's the football? :)

Finished with that now. Where’s the football? πŸ™‚

Left to dry on the grass.

Left to dry on the grass.

 

Back to work tomorrow and a full week. The kids are back to school this week too, I love school holidays and having them home but routine can be good too and there’ll be more holidays to come. Tonight Sam was playing a game on the ipad, called Device 6 and called me in to help solve some of the puzzles. It’s a strange game but it really made us think and work together, which I really, really liked.

Then, just before bed, I made a beeswax, macadamia oil, cocoa soap and although I didn’t add any essential oils, it still smells lovely. Mild but warm and wholesome. It’s setting in the mold now, so I’ll wake up to the fun of unmolding πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Today I made a relish from a recipe that was given to me in May, by a member of my extended family that I’d only just met. We were standing in a hall, at a reunion, when I tasted it and immediately wanted to know how to make it.

So last night I prepared the tomatoes (cherry tomatoes from our garden, they’re still coming) and onions, sprinkled salt over them and left them overnight in the fridge.

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Today, I added the vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, cayenne and curry powder and let it simmer Β until it was thick and tasted amazing.

When it was done, I poured it into jars I’d saved and sterilised. It’s the first relish I’ve made and it’s hugely satisfying for such a small thing πŸ™‚

Tomato Relish

Then later, I made more soap. Oh yes, more soap! Because it’s fun and creative and great! This time a salt soap, made with coconut oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil, eucalyptus essential oil, activated charcoal and kaolin clay.

I read a lot about salt soaps before I chose the oils and how the salt affects the lathering properties and then I put my choices through a lye calculator, to make sure it would work well and be safe to use. When I finally had a recipe I was happy with, I made it and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Of course, the proof will be in its use, which won’t come for another six weeks or so.

This is freshly cut, I couldn't wait. You can see the condensation on it, which I later wiped away.

This is freshly cut, I couldn’t wait. You can see the condensation on it, which I later wiped away. The black on top is Cyprus black salt. I ground it on at the end.

 

There was also a hearty ham and green split pea soup, cooked in the slow cooker but no photos of that. We ate it and were warm.

I found and bought an exercise bike in a second hand shop the other day. It was fifteen dollars and in really good condition, with a working digital display and everything. So in it went, to join the rest of the stuff in the home gym. This afternoon, after a lazy, chilled out day, Zac and I went downstairs to spend some time there. We weren’t there a long time but it was fun and he’s so determined on those machines. It’s inspiring.

 

One of each of the other soaps I've made.

One of each of the other soaps I’ve made.

A Moment

So, I’m having a moment. You know those dreaded ones, filled with self-doubt and an intangible sense of doom? I meander along quite happily a lot of the time, able to cope with whatever I need to and then, wham. There it is. A day where I wonder if I’ll actually ever finish that novel and send it to a publisher, whether I’ll ever really lose the weight, whether any of my fond, precious hopes will come to fruition and I feel like the ‘Emperor with no clothes’, waking suddenly to a realisation that I’ve been deceiving myself.

On a normal day, my answer to myself, as it is now, is that those things are up to me. That focus, intention and action are the way to get them done…..and I believe that. On nights like tonight though, my courageous, bright inner self, lies curled somewhere inside me, hiding from the light and feeling as though she might just stay here and be very, very still.

It won’t last long. It never does and it’s not something I would often share but it happens and it’s as much a part of my life as any other.

As Ashleigh Brilliant wrote “I Try to Take One Day at a Time,Β but SometimesΒ Several Days Attack Me at Once.”

 

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EDIT: Just after I finished writing this post, I read a post by Ella, Β The Lavender Sage, in which she had embedded this video. I listened to it and felt immediately much better than I had before. Oh the roller coasterishness of it all!!!

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