Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's been a while since I wrote. I was busy getting ready for the holidays. We had holiday lunches and dinners to go to, gifts to give to all our business associates and freinds. Then there was our Christmas gifts, which if you ask me now I have no idea what we got the kids!
We then decided to go to Greece. We haven't been there since 2006, about 6 months before Michael was diagnosed. We don't know how well he'll be next year so it was a 'now or never' trip. Michael spent a lot of time with his brothers and sister, neices, nephews and cousins. We were there for 2 weeks which went by really fast, I wish we had a few more days but then again there's never enough time. It's truely amazing looking at the neices and nephews. My husband and his 2 brothers and sister have 10 children ages 4- 30, 2 are married, 1 has a child and the other is expecting in May. I remember them as children and as I sat watching them either taking care of their children or husbands and wives, I have to wonder where those years went to. We live our lives day after day not really thinking about whats going on around us.
I showed my sisters-in-law how to crochet simple fingerless gloves. By the end of the 2 weeks, each house had either crochet hooks or knitting needles out with something on them. I helped my brother-in-law make castile soap. That was very interesting! I had to change ounces and pounds to kilos and grams then my brother-in-law took it one step further and changed everything to percentages. Of course I made a mistake and miscalculated the lye ending up with much less and the soap ending up not saponifying. Once I realized what the problem was, we added more lye water and mixed it in. It came to trace very quickly and we put it in the molds. We'll see how it turns out in about 4 weeks.
We're home now and I'm going through all the mail and things. I had to make a batch of soap for my best customer so that it cures in time for her. I thought instead of making her a batch of 1 scent I would make a batch and scent it with different scents that she likes. I made  lemongrass, lavender and rose. I hope she likes them.
I've opened my Etsy shop again and had a few sales which was nice. I still have to figure out how to take nice pictures. All my pictures turn out dark or blueish. All I need is some time.
Thats about all for now. TTYS :)

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