Monthly Archives: November 2015

TLP – The Most Important Ingredient

There is one ingredient that goes into everything that we produce from garlic to eggs, garden vegetables, filtered beeswax, soaps and balms. This most important ingredient is called TLP. Now a Google search to find out what TLP is might lead you to believe that it is some type of advance power management system, a company on the New York Stock Exchange, or even “troop leading procedures” used by the Army. No, the TLP I’m talking about is none of these, nor is it some new mulit-purpose, miracle chemical that has been developed to save the world, and, in fact, it does not even raise the price of our products.

However, if I were to market TLP I would advertise it as something that could improve relationships, build job performance, increase productivity, has the potential to improve health and oh, so much more. Unfortunately (for anyone wanting to sell it) TLP is not a product that can be bottled, and I don’t even think it is possible to develop an app for it. Fortunately, for anyone interested in using TLP, it is readily available and at no charge.

Now that I have sparked your curiosity I’ll explain, the TLP we use is Tender Love and Prayer. It is derived from loving what we are doing, giving it the proper attention to do the job right, and asking Gods blessing on our efforts. I ask a blessing for those who use our products as well.

I would encourage you to add TLP to what ever it is you have to do to day (and everyday) and see what kind of results you might get.

Getting Ready For Winter

With record breaking high temperatures this week it’s been hard to think about the cold and snow that may be just around the corner. We have however we have been taking advantage of these days by getting things ready for the inevitable cold.

Last week my husband cleaned and winterized the equipment we use, lawn mowers, the tractor, the four wheeler and such. He put plastic on the windows in the house, cleaned the chimney and tarred around any openings on the roof. This week his focus has been on remodeling the chicken coop and he finished that up on Wednesday.

He also took time on Sunday to work with me on splitting and stacking the fire would that has been seasoning in our court yard. He used the maul for splitting, while I used our log splitter.


I love our little manual, hydraulic log splitter because it is easy to use, but I can still get a good work out. While my husband is really good at splitting wood with a maul, I don’t have the strength, the eye-hand coordination, or the scientific knowledge required to do this efficiently. On the other hand, using this log splitter requires less strength, basically no eye-hand coordination and while the scientific knowledge of how to split wood is helpful, it is not a requirement. I love the fact that I can get a good arm workout while being productive, and that it is not gas powered, and therefore it does not cost anything to run it.


I finished splitting and stacking the wood on Wednesday.


Thursday, as the summerlike weather continued, so did we. Getting done little jobs that in past years might have gone undone. Basically storing things that should be protected from snow and cold and pruning dead foliage from some perennial plants.


In the above photo, taken last week, the green and yellow feathery looking plants are asparagus. Yesterday I cut them all down since most of the top growth has died off, turning yellow or brown. As I did this I also pulled any weeds that were starting to grow up around the plant. It was a great day for playin’ in the dirt.

I am certain there are many things that we will want to do before the snow flies and the ground freezes, and Lord willing we will have some decent weather for it, but this warm spell gave us great incentive to get a lot done.

Bare Foot on November 3rd 2015

With the beautiful weather we had today and I am so thankful that I got out and enjoyed some of it. I started the day inside, making a batch of soap.

Coconut Soap Ready to Pour in the Mold
Coconut Soap Ready to Pour in the Mold

No that is not vanilla pudding – “don’t eat it” . Then I filtered the beeswax from our last honey harvest. By 2:00 I was ready to get out of the house, so I loaded Scout and Trooper into the van and we headed to the farm. My husband was working on the chicken coop remodel, and I really didn’t know what I was going to do except be outside. After all you don’t often get 75 degrees and sunny on November 3rd in Michigan. In fact the temperature tied the record high which was set back in 1987.

After I went for a walk in the field with Trooper I decided that I would rake the out the leaves that had settled in the beach end of the pond. If I had planed this before I left home I would have been wearing my rubber boots, but since the weather was so nice I decided to just go bare foot.

November 3, 2015
November 3, 2015

The sand was warm as was the air temperature, but I didn’t wade into the water because, while it obviously wasn’t freezing, (no ice) it was cold.

I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed our above average temperature.

Trooper on The Beach
Scout Relaxing In The Van
Scout Relaxing In The Van

The Scout and Trooper were both happy to be at the farm.


Super Chick
Super Chick


The chickens were happy to be out and about and scratching for bugs.

After I raked the beach area,

November 3,2015
November 3,2015

and picked up the piles of leaves so they would not end up back in the pond, I cut up some branches that we will use for kindling and then took a few more photos of this beautiful November day.

November 3,2015
November 3,2015