Yup, it's that time of the year that we consider making changes in our lives. I am no exception, even though I have been preparing for these changes all summer. I'm deciding to really focus on the home business and promote my goat milk soap and art. This in turn, I hope, will help promote the San Clemente Island Goat breed. My promoting has started with using craigslist, but I hope to contact buyers in surrounding natrual food and cooperative grocery stores to drop off samples. I think I'll just be using the black activated charcoal/tea tree oil soap as my starting soap. Sticking to one type seems easiest as I can have a big back stock of that waiting when orders come in. I will hopefully be jumping on board some CSA fairs along with passing out brochures like crazy! The biggest help for me is when people sign up for goat milk shares. This immediate payment helps me buy the raw materials needed to make soap. The biggest expense are the olive, coconut, and shea butter/oils along with the essential oils. I do use some fragrances in my soaps and are labeled as such. So please consider signing up for a goat milk share in the year of 2017, not to mention if you sign up by April you will get ONE MONTH FREE!
My SCI goats will hopefully start kidding some time in March. I need to go back and check out about what time they where bred. Their gestation is for about 150 days so you can easily predict when they will kid. I am already getting nervous as I have two "fresheners", goats that have never had babies before. The first time giving birth can be quite a challenge, and complicaitons can arise with any kidding. If all goes well, I'll be having 3 does kidding, that's going to at least double the herd if not more. Plus my nubian/alpine doe Minerva should be kidding as well, cuteness will be bouncing around this spring!
In my personal world I have two art shows lined up in Menomoine WI, one will be in May at the Menomonie Public Library, the second will be at the Raw Deal, date unkown. So I need to really start focusing on putting together some really fun stuff! And of course, the blues/rock band I have with my partner Bob is still doing it's thing. We are currently looking for a drummer, but an old friend of mine will be coming to practice with us soon. So that should turn out to be fun!
On Christmas I got my "present" which was having two amazing pigs slaughterd on Christmas eve. I bought two piglets this spring and my friend Khaiti raised them, one for me one for her. We had a very nice fellow come out that does on site slaughter. He had all the equiptment to deal with the pigs enourmous size and everything went very smoothly. So I have probably 300 pounds worth of pig to break down at home. I spent Christmas breaking down the first half and it took about 5 hours. I had lard cooking down in the crock pot and it's now in 3 quart jars and packages up some very nice cuts of pork. I will finish the other half on Wednesday as the carcass stays nice and cold in the garage. During this time I also had a goose roasting in the oven, one of the 9 geese I raised here on EB Ranch. After I get the other half of the pig in the freezer all of our food spaces will be full. The dried and canned shelves are full, both freezers are full. I feel so rich!
Anyway, off to do chores this morning. There was a thunder and lightening storm last night with heavy rain. I'm sure it's going to be slick outside. While I have seen rain and lightening in the winter time, it's not common. Though it did make me miss summer thunder storms!
Enjoy your new year and thanks for the support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.