I’m working away from home right now for tapping season. Hopefully when it finishes here it will be starting back home, though back there I’ll be tapping the birch since I don’t have enough large maples.
Last week I was down visiting my parents, and made a block of cheddar, a block of gouda, and a batch of soap. The cheese came out excellent.
The soap came out mediocre, I messed up the proportions and tried to fix it at the last moment by adding some more fat that wasn’t up to temperature, and ended up with a big thick layer of what I think is washing soda on the top. It definitely wasn’t lye. I shaved it off, don’t know how pure it is though. That’s what’s in the bowl there. I undoubtably got a bunch of soap powder shaved in there with it, I think that’s why it’s clumping together some.
Was out on a pond one day while they were having an ice fishing derby, someone caught this fish and was about to throw it back even though it was guthooked. I can’t believe it. I asked if I could have it and they said yeah, so it became lunch. Full of roe.
Someone near where I’m staying hit a deer, and they let me take the hide and organs in return for skinning it for them. I think it came out pretty well, that pelt.
I knit a little doll for my friend’s daughter. Honestly, it looks a bit creepy to me, haha.