After learning that I couldn't use an HQ model (Illuminor Szeras) in a Kill Team, I needed to make a few more models to choose from; good thing I had previously purchased some variety with the intentions to field larger point armies.
So I've spent the last few days finishing the assembly of two more Canoptek Wraiths (3), two more Immortals (5), and a complete set of Deathmarks (5).
I figure this will round out my initial model build; changing my sights to priming and painting for now. Hopefully I will have some painted pic's soon; then it'll finally be time to experience playing with Necrons and learning some strategies!
We picked up a dozen cabbages yesterday and washed out our new 20L crock in preparation for large scale fermenting. Since we had so many cabbages to go through, we decided to make use of our Kitchenaid with the shredding attachment. It powered through the cabbage like a champ and threw a bonus our way by slightly bruising the cabbage; making it easier to work in the sea salt. I wondered why the instructions mentioned to only fill the crock 80%, and figured out why as I was putting the weights in... you need the space to work them in. So the real max capacity of the crock (with weights) is closer to 16L.
The idea now is to not disturb the crock for at least two weeks. The water in the crock channel has the unit nicely sealed, so I don't fear anything going amiss behind the lid. The greater plan is to only take out a few litres at a time, letting some of the sauerkraut get to 4 weeks if we can stretch it out that long. I'd like to try let the cabbage fully acidify if I can to see and taste it at it's peak.
Still need to prime and paint them, but getting these first models assembled was a bit of a milestone... I discovered that I may just need bifocals. I had to whip out my old soldering gear that had a magnifying glass on a stand so that I could see the up-close detail well enough to shave/trim the model parts. It wasn't ideal and took alot longer than normal... but I got'er done! I guess I'll need to visit the pharmacy/costco for some cheap magnifiers and call them safety glasses ;)
Once primed and painted, these five models will be used for my first 40K skirmish using the Kill Team rules (200 point battles). I figure it'll be a good to start small as I'm new to the 40K ruleset anyway. I also have more models to put together for some variation, but this is a great beginning.
After my previous post on Lessons learned about natural deodorant, I was still struggling with minor irritation even after eliminating the essential oils and reducing the baking soda. Wanting to solve my issue, I decided to perform another search, but decided to search for DIY antiperspirant instead of deodorant (I had traditionally used antiperspirants all my life).
I quickly found a posting of 3 antiperspirant recipes by Bri at Natural News, and boy am I glad I did. Glancing at the recipes, I decided that I liked the ingredient list of recipe #3, which I have copied below. The recipe is actually from a HeyFranHey video/blog, and I really enjoyed the information she shared on why she chose each ingredient, as well as which ingredients to adjust to personalize if for the protection you need. While Fran mentions 2 tablespoons of baking Soda in her video, Bri listed only 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) in her recipe, which is what I used.
After using this recipe for over a week, I am well past my normal reaction period of 2-3 days... and happy to report that my irritation is a thing of the past! Thank You Fran for pointing out in your video that Baking Soda is a common irritant for folks with sensitive skin, and Bri for suggesting to use less than Fran's original recipe!
Yes, that's a 4L pickle jar sitting beside our new 20L fermenting crock pot! The instructions say to not fill it more than 80% so, (going by our previous experience of 1 cabbage making L) my next trip to the grocery store will include about 15 cabbage heads! The greater plan is that we will always have a months supply of sauerkraut on hand, which will mean we are finally going to have enough underway to let it sit for a full four weeks. Two weeks is the longest my sauerkraut has "aged" before moving it to the fridge, so it will be nice to finally experience the three week, four week, and maybe longer flavours!
We ordered the crock from Harvest Essentials. Originally we were going to order one from TSM (The Sausage Makers), but it wasn't available until June. Looking around for the same pot lead us to Harvest Essentials who had a better price (but unfortunately the same June ETA). Looking at all of their 20L crocks revealed the one we eventually ordered... on sale from $299.99 to $205.99 (after an additional $10 coupon).
I was a little leery at first from ordering @ Harvest Essentials since they do not have user account handling setup on their site. I like a site with an ordering account where I can see my history and track my orders. Instead they use a yahoo storefront to order from, which after using it does the trick. I asked questions about shipping and breakage which they answered very quickly, so I feel I received really good customer service. I was also pleasantly surprised at how well packed and protected the crock was during shipping; top marks!
Knowing that we were going to receive our wedding pictures from the photographer (Anders with Valhalla Studio) on Sunday (yesterday), we had popped into Michaels the day before to look at some frame options to bring together the matte we had our guests sign as our "registry" with our favorite wedding photo.
As luck would have it, Michaels has a sale going on until this Thur on their custom framing. Because of the "collection" we picked from, the sale kicked in at 70% off! The advice given to us from Johanna (wonderful Michaels' employee) was to bring in the photo and matte together before deciding on a frame and completing the transaction.
Anders took almost 900 digital pictures (3.9 GB) of our wedding which he supplied burned onto DVD media. We had a tonne of fun working through them on Sunday, picking our favorites to print for ourselves, our wedding party, parents, and as an insert to our thank you's.
Today, we took a USB with our digitals to the Costco Photo Centre for printing. Sizes we printed ranged from 4x6 to 12x18, and the pricing was incredible! The only lesson learned here was that the ordering kiosk slurps in all the photos (from all subfolders), so don't use folders/directories as your sorting mechanism for what sizes you need to print; as the folder names will not be displayed. I had to run back home to write out a paper list of the image names, sizes and counts; which also made a great checklist as we printed over 80 photos.
We returned to Michaels with our 12x18 print and matte, lined it up with our 5 previous frame selections, and the obvious choice simply jumped up above the rest. Johanna's advice was bang on! We picked the top frame from the picture below.
Now that all the initial printing is done we can complete our Thank You's as our next task.
These pictures are of the ice at the transition between the sloped yard and the deck where I slipped and fell on my back while unloading the car into our chalet. They represent the before and after I asked for grit/salt to be laid down to prevent further incidents. I'm pretty sure the initial lady behind the counter was staff, but I ensured I made a second appearance and met who I believed to be one of the owners, and all I can say is that she came across very unapologetic and unconcerned. I guess the fact that I was standing in front of her instead of laying on an ambulance stretcher precluded courtesy and concern. Little did she know how much time I spent in the steam shower and jaccuzi to get enough comfort to be present. Our chalet is amazing, but apparently the people... not so much unfortunately. Don't they know their liabilities? Maybe that's my purpose here... education...
There are definitely some chiro/massage appointments in my future to help healing and lessen my aches and pains. I'll be sure to keep my receipts I think.
We knew that that in our move to the Paleo lifestyle, that we were going to be make our own cleaners and soaps. We also thought that giving some of our homemade soap would probably make a really nice favour to give our wedding guests. But, with the wedding day coming as fast as it was, and the other tasks taking priority, we just never seemed to have the time or energy to "get it done"... until today.
I should also confess that playing with lye wasn't something I was rushing too, and in the end my sweetie took that part of the job off my hands which was great! The only finicky thing I can say about working with the lye was that it seemed to be very staticy... so it clung to our plastic container and would literally jump out towards you when you'd move your (glove covered) hand near the top of the container. We had our sprayer of vinegar handy and even used it a couple time to be sure anything we put in the garbage was neutralized.
In the pictures below, the first two show all of the tools we used to make the soap. The stock pot we found at costco made a great soaping pot with its height; catching any flyaway's that the emulsion blender tossed about. We even put a stainless steel cookie sheet under the scale and working area, which greatly helped to catch lye granules and made cleanup much easier. We also made sure we had two thermometers so that we could easily coordinate bringing the lye solution and oils together in the magic 100F-110F range.
The first soap picture is when it was first poured into the mold... or should I say scooped. I think our first lesson was that we let our trace get way too thick; which was why we needed to use a knife to smooth off the lumpy tops. The second thing we learned is that our molds are huge! This ended up being a great blessing only 4 days before the wedding, because we got away with only making the one batch (of two molds) and cut the bars in half after 24 hours. The second soap picture is after cutting and placing on the shoe rack we picked up at costco as our curing rack. Hurray for making all the soap in one day!
Our third lesson is that the two shades of purple oxides that we tried to use to colour our soap didn't create a middle purple. Initially, we thought our bars were going to turn out a grey mud-like colour, but were very please when they started looking more like tan after 24 hours. Obviously the colour the soap is at trace and the colour it is cured/curing are two different things.
We could sure get a good sense of the soap while we were cleaning up the area and tools. Not sure if we can wait the full 3 weeks to let the bars harden before we try it out in the shower!