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 my new 20L fermenting crock pot! The instructions say to not fill it more than 80% so, (going by my previous experience of 1 cabbage making 1L) my next trip to the grocery store will include about 15 cabbage heads! The greater plan is that I will always have a months supply of sauerkraut on hand, which will mean I am 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!
I ordered the crock from Harvest Essentials. Originally I was 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 I 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!
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 the 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. The 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.
I knew that in my move to the Paleo lifestyle, that I was going to be make my own cleaners and soaps.
I should also confess that playing with lye wasn't something I was rushing too. The only finicky thing I can say about working with the lye was that it seemed to be very staticy... so it clung to my plastic container and would literally jump out towards you when you'd move your (glove covered) hand near the top of the container. I had my sprayer of vinegar handy and even used it a couple time to be sure anything put in the garbage was neutralized.
In the pictures below, the first two show all of the tools used to make the soap. The stock pot found at costco made a great soaping pot with its height; catching any flyaway's that the emulsion blender tossed about. I 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. I also used two thermometers for the lye solution and oils together, trying to bring them within 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 my first lesson was that I let the trace get way too thick; which was why I needed to use a knife to smooth off the lumpy tops. The second thing learned is that my molds are huge! This ended up being a great blessing, because I got away with only making the one batch (across two molds) and cut the bars in half after 24 hours. The second soap picture is after cutting and placing on the shoe rack I picked up at costco as my curing rack. Hurray for making all the soap in one day!
My third lesson is that the two shades of purple oxides that I tried to use to colour the soap didn't create a middle purple. Initially, I thought the bars were going to turn out a grey mud-like colour, but was very please when they started looking more tan after 24 hours. Obviously the colour the soap is at trace and the colour it is cured/curing are two different things.
I could sure get a good sense of the soap while I was cleaning up the area and tools. Not sure if I can wait the full 3 weeks to let the bars harden before I try it out in the shower!
After reviewing the initial recipe I wanted to follow and running it through a soap calculator, I realized that the little 15ml bottles of essentials oils that I had around the house just were not going to cut it if my plan was going to involve making almost 20 lbs of soap! I needed many ounces of Essential Oils, not milliliters.
I can sense that Bulk Apothecary is going to be a favourite site into the future. I ran around Winnipeg hoping to find a good price on the Rosemary and Thyme that I wanted to add to my soap... and $15-$20 for a 0.5 oz was not what I wanted to pay. Bulk Apothecary has the same size bottle for $3-$4, or 16 oz bottles (thirty times the oil) in the $40 range... hmmm, $15-$20 for a 0.5 oz or $40-$50 for 16 oz... an easy decision!
This time, knowing that there should only be one box, I had the package delivered to Mike's Parcel Pickup. While it cost $30 in gas, that was far cheaper than paying UPS $50-$70, and much quicker than waiting and running around to do the self-clearing.
While I was placing an order anyway, I added some other oils that I want to try in the next soap recipe batches for their aromatherapy qualities, soap exfoliants (seeds), soap colouring sample kit (oxides), oils I didn't have to complete my own "thieves oil" blend, caps meant to get for my bottles from the last order, and some books on this new hobby.
My first order from Bulk Apothecary arrived today! The intention of this order was to set the stage for making household cleaning products, shampoo, soap, body sprays, lotions, lip balms, etc... and containers to hold them in.
This order consisted of:
Unfortunately, I had some lessons to learn with this order:
My Maxx Collectibles order arrived today, and I figure that means I've recommitted to an old hobby (on hold of course until after the wedding and honeymoon).
I used to really enjoy assembling, painting, and playing with my Warhammer Fantasy Undead army; but it took the nudging of an old friend and work colleague to re-kindle and solidify these memories, which lead to picking up the Warhammer 40K Necron army shown below.
I also added some Dollarama shopping for paints and glue, hit Canadian Tire for the primer and putty (green stuff), Walmart for a cheap plastic table I can mess up all I want during painting and assembly, and Fabricland for a self-healing cutting mat.
What a great way to spend some birthday money!
I went to get my suit measurements taken on January 30th after Giovanni confirmed that the fabric we ordered was delivered from Montreal. Two weeks later I receive a voice message that enough of the suit was assembled for the first (rough) fitting; wow, awesome progress!
These aren't the best quality photo's I've posted, but still wanted to share the incredible progress being made.