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At the end of the day on July 4th, we held a drawing for a basket of River Bar Soaps. We asked a young guy who was walking by if he would be so kind as to draw the winning ticket.  He sheepishly consented, was rewarded with a little bar of soap, and then queried, “What’s this?” Funny!

I left a phone message for the winner Continue reading


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Reflections on the 4th

We had a great day at the beachfront in River Bar Soaps’ booth, seeing old friends and meeting some new ones.  We were set up early, long before we heard the first sirens denoting the beginning of the parade.  We could only partially see it from our booth’s vantage point, but we could hear all the sounds of our small town’s parade: Continue reading


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The Best Laid Plans . . .

IMGP3754Our son-in-law recently showed me how to set up a Facebook ad. He created one designed to expand the Facebook audience for our River Bar Soaps Facebook page.  It worked like magic, quadrupling our audience in one day!  The ad happened to run on the day we were traveling home, and the long trip was made less tedious as we focused on the growing number of “Likes” instead of the number of hours left to drive. Continue reading


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The Soap Scoop

triune soapYesterday and several days next week will be soapmaking days. Why, you might ask, so many soap days when we normally just make soap on Sundays?  Well, because this week we received our largest order to date. By magnitudes. Big order. Very exciting!

So now we need to replenish stock.  The timing is great: Continue reading


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Wildflowers

image  We recently spent time with family in an area incredibly rich and diverse in natural beauty.  One morning we hiked some wooded trails near their home and saw so  many wildflowers, most of which I didn’t know the names. Continue reading


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When I’m Not Making Soap . . .

When I’m not making soap, I knit!  Among other things, of course, but I DO love to knit.  Lately I’ve been smitten with the cutest sock monkey pattern.  I think designer Annita Wilschut had genius skills in designing Monkey Jacobus-this is such a well-written pattern and a fun knit that I’m working on Number Six!   Continue reading


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Hello, Little Jaybird!

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As I was checking on the cabbage, squash, and beet seedlings this afternoon, this handsome Western Scrub Jay made an appearance.  He hopped along about 3 feet from me, seemingly unafraid, pecking in the grass and cocking his head.  I happened to have my phone in my pocket, and as I thanked him for being so friendly as to stop by, he let me take his picture. Continue reading