As we continue to learn what works and doesn’t work in the candle-making process, I lose kitchen utensils here and there to the honey house endeavors. I don’t mind really but it’s nice when Mark replaces them for me. For my birthday I received some awesome kitchen goodies from Gift & Gourmet, my favorite gift shop in town (they also happen to carry GBR honey and the pine cone candle – nice!). If you want the most fabulous and cool ice cream scooper ever, then be sure to go grab one from G&G. (Click on that link to see mine.) The only thing that could make it any better is for it to be pink; which they make, by the way. Back to my post.
Today I ran some errands and picked up some needed things along with some fun things (my love for hats got the best of me today) and I got this panini maker for Mark. It’s a long story but essentially we had been searching for a single hot plate but all you can find is double hot plates. Why do we need this, you ask? Well, my candle-maker extraordinaire wants to level out the bottoms of his bee skep and pine cone candles. He is very much the perfectionist. Note that leveler he’s got next to the new toy. I mean new piece of equipment. He’d already checked around town with no luck and we didn’t want to go online just yet. Good ole Target had the panini maker so we’re giving it a try. Here’s a great example of how great technology can be. I saw it and thought it’d work fine for Mark but to be double sure, I snapped a picture with my BBerry, sent it to him and waited for a response. He wrote back, gave the thumb up and I put it in the basket and went my merry way over to the hat section. Isn’t that great? Five years ago, we wouldn’t have had phones that would allow us to interact so immediately on a purchase decision of this sort. Of course, five years ago, I was still technically a librarian and Mark was still the Assistant Director at the SA library system. Gosh, that seems so long ago. Or as my fabulous English friend Silvia would say, “Darling, it’s been donkey’s years.” I love that saying, always makes me smile and think of her.
Back to the post (sorry I keep getting distracted by my thoughts) – if this doesn’t work out as a good candle-leveler, then we can start making paninis. I love paninis; so it’s a win-win situation. I also picked up more strainers for Mark so that he can filter out the wax better. I think that’s all the beekeeping-related merchandise I had in the basket for the day. Not to be left out, I also got little Smokey cute little food/water bowls (with turkeys on them…b/c he can be a turkey sometimes) and if you want to see my new hat, you know where to click. 🙂 I love writing.