May 14

View From My Window – June 2014

FasciWith the warm weather comes the bugs! Our pony Caddy and the goats never seem all that bothered by the bugs. I think they may have thicker skin. But our big strong horse, Fasci is so bothered she will come running back into the barn to escape the horse flies. She has a beautiful sleek coat and sheds out quickly but has thin skin that the bugs love.

I have noticed over the years the welts she gets from bug bites get bigger and bigger. None of the fly sprays or my homemade repellants work for more than an hour or two. Lately I have noticed that she rubs on trees to scratch them and turns them into open sores. I use our Tea Tree lotion Stick on them and that was healing them up nicely, until she got a really bad bite right where her belly and back leg meet.

I couldn’t figure out how she was scratching that one and she was making an awful mess of it. I will spare you the pictures, trust me I’m not bothered by much but I thought it was gross.  I bought some spot-on bug repellant like we use on the dog ( I don’t like to use them, but we have so many ticks I feel it is the best option). So far it has been working for a week so no more new bites. But she was still scratching the ones she had so they couldn’t heal.  Then I saw her do it. She was using the goat hutch. So we moved the hutch out of the pasture for now and everything seems to be healing now.

May 14

Soap Saving Tips

Waterfall Soap DishHandcrafted soaps are not drying like commercial soaps and are worth the extra cost to keep your skin soft, smooth and irritation free. Handcrafted soaps retain the natural glycerin in the soap, it helps keep the moisture in your skin. But it also can make your soap soft and it will get used up more quickly.
Here are some Soap Saving Tips to make your handcrafted soaps last longer.

1. Soap Savers, these come in many styles. The idea is to keep your soap dry in between use, keeping them dryer keep the bar harder and it will last longer. We have a small plastic soap saver. I know they are not “All Natural” but they clean up nice and last forever. We also have a nice cedar soap deck for those who prefer a natural way to keep your soap dry in between use. We even have one that helps keep your sink clean, the Waterfall soap dish.

2. Place your soap in the shower where the spray doesn’t hit it directly.

3. Some people go the extra step of alternating bars in the shower, so the bars have extra time to dry out in between use. I have a basket of soaps that I sometimes use for this.

4. When your soap ends too small to handle, wet and stick it to your new bar. The smaller the used bar the easier it is to stick to the new bar.