Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

Negativity abounds. The argument is that buckets of water are being wasted to raise money and awareness for ALS while millions of people are dying due to the lack of clean water. OK HERE GOES.

#1 I think there will always be someone who will justify why they do nothing. Choose your charities and then shush. As a business owner I am asked to donate to tons of charities and non-profit events every year. I can’t possibly donate to all, so I choose to give based on a set of personal criteria. It doesn't necessarily mean the ones I don’t give to are less worthwhile. Oh by the way- have you donated to help get that clean water or support a 3rd world nation in some way?

#2 If your toilets are not low flush- shut up.
The amount of water I've seen most people pour is roughly equal to or less than what one low flush toilet consumes. A full flush toilet flushes 13 litres of water. You've probably dumped the equivalent of 6 buckets of water each day and still didn't help anyone.
If you do have low flow, super - now try letting it “mellow” for one flush and call it even.
PS How about your shower head? Each minute off your shower will save about 10 litres!


#3 If you wash your vehicle in your driveway- shut up. You are using gallons of water to hose off a piece of pollution while also letting non- biodegradable cleaning surfactants and the oil and greases go into the storm drains polluting even more water.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Today is the 15th, and so up goes the website as is. www.slicesoapworks.com There are still some pages not finished and the shopping cart is not hooked up yet but it's live. I think it will be a week possibly two to have the shopping cart ready and the final approval on my merchant account. This has been a great project though. Certainly a good time of year to concentrate on getting this done. It's somewhat quiet here with not a lot of extra farm chores to do.
We had a few days of very warm weather, so I went out to check on the bees. They seem to be doing well and I seen full frames of honey in most hives. Only one hive seemed a little light so I made some bee fondant/candy to put in for insurance.
One chore I do need to do this month is go through my seeds and make an inventory of what I need to order for this years gardens. Then make some plans on paper. That will be an enjoyable afternoon though.

Friday, January 10, 2014

New website soon

I've been frantically trying to work on a new website for my goat milk soaps. The old one was quite dated, I did it years ago and didn't really like it but it matched my skill level for website publishing. I concentrated on learning Dreamweaver and have given myself a deadline of January 15th to get it live so to speak. Well it's the 10th today, and I'm getting there. I think I'll get it up for the 15th but realistically some things just won't be finished all the way. But hey, I think it will always be a work in progress so to speak.

I've wanted my website to be more of a 2 way communication so have added a feature where customers can give feedback on all the products. So far I'm thrilled with the way it looks. Can't wait to show it to everyone! www.slicesoapworks.com Come and visit on the 15th!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Eggs! What an investment.

Last fall I went out to feed my chickens to discover a massacre. A raccoon had ripped a corner out of my chicken coop, snuck inside, and killed all but one of my hens. It was a horrible sight, and the one sole hen that was left ended up being alone until July when I brought home some little day old peeps to join her. Five and a half months later those little peeps are just beginning to lay. Day after day, Mrs. Cluckers has been depositing a single egg for me, until one day before Christmas there was a second. Then a few days later 3, and now several weeks later I'm collecting anywhere from 3 to 6 from my 7 hens. What an investment in time to get my fresh eggs but so worth it!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Well most of the girls have cycled and bred. I will be so excited to get next years kids on the ground. I am using my new guy on all girls this year... Here is a photobucket link showing the dam, great-dams, sire and various goat relatives of my buck...He is a son of Cool Copy
http://s750.photobucket.com/home/Quappelle_Alpines

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Preserving

This week is preserve week...harvest is at it's peak. Peaches, pears, apples, tomatoes, peppers... So far this week I've put up a bushel and half of peaches...sliced in syrup, dehydrated, peach jam, chutney; several baskets of tomatoes...salsa, frozen whole... various jellies like garlic/red pepper jelly; the pears apples and more peaches coming on Friday will be some fruit cocktail, apple butter, pie fillings more dehydrated fruit.  Herbs are being cut and dried, and soup mix will be made from these. Got to go!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Well lots of soap being made and wandering out the door quickly which hasn't left a lot of time for blogging. So I'll try to catch up quickly...We have had a fabulous summer weather wise, the garden could really have used more water. Next year I am investing in some soaker hoses and some automation. The tomatoes are ripening rapidly now and I've been making salsa and throwing extras in the freezer. I also did a great batch of blackberry jam. Yum! The basil has had 3 cuttings and lots of pesto has been made as well. My cucumbers lost the battles with cucumber beetles this year : ( so I haven't gotten many at all. Win some lose some I guess.
Summer has been busy with several markets a week...Windsor, Halifax (QE2), and Wolfville. We have also added several more retail accounts...Scotian Gold, Coldbrook;  Love Me Boutique, Birmingham St Halifax; Dempsey's Corner Market, Dempsey's Corner; My Mother's Keeper, Windsor and I won't announce it yet but there looks like a Bedford location will be stocked soon. I've doubled my batch size this year and am going to double again soon. I'm in the process of looking at some bigger equipment.
The kids are back to school now. They were excited to start again and see their friends.