planning

the kombucha has been quiet in my brain while i worry about the upcoming party and all the yummy foods we have planned. after this weekend, i’ll have time to devote.
so we have the menu squared, and have divvied up the work between friday and saturday… which will also involve a clearing of unnecessary items from the fridge to make room for more edible things.
i’m also thinking about what the house will feel like with four fewer feets. we learned earlier this week that marmalade’s mum found a place at which she can have cats. so, she wants to pick marmar up as soon as she gets settled… probably in a week or two.
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the two of them have gotten to be pretty close, marmar even puts up with alex in his space (and sometimes all up in his face). mar has also taken to sleeping as close to matt as possible.
it is also nice to have a mouser. the chicken stuff has invited some unwanted guests onto the day spa (and into the house :/ ) and mar has apprehended three in the last month. alex probably wouldn’t know what to do with a mouse except meow at it to be pet!
also, for the last two nights, i’ve craved some sort of fish for dinner, but once i got to the food destination, i ordered strictly vegetarian; which i find strange.

slow progress

i haven’t really done much along the lines of my kombucha making since working on some logo sketches on monday. i got samples of stickers from someplace online, but i’m having a hard time getting them to understand that i want them to be removable/recyclable. from a glass container.
i also need to find out what type of tamper-resistance the bottle caps need. gt’s and nessalla use shrink-wrapped plastic, but i don’t want to do that if use grolsch bottles. i’ll need something more subtle like the little strip that goes over some liquor bottles.
i haven’t penned down a business plan, but have calculated most of my costs (minus bottles and kitchen rent).
in the mean time, i’ve been making a bottle or two here and there for friends.
our labor day party is coming up and i feel moderately overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to get done between now and september 1. plus, we have a birthday party to go to the night of the 31st. it’s a close co-worker’s 40th… so i have to go. we won’t stay very long, i’m sure.

biz planning

so, i’m working on a logo for the kombucha company. it’s kinda nice to bust out my old drawing supplies and sketchbook. it’s not kinda neat to want to get everything *just right*, but i’ll find the right design…
aside from the design sensibilities, i have to figure out how to start a business… like, getting an llc, a tax id number, a certified kitchen, bottles, seals, labels, and then i get overwhelmed and think the whole thing is just a pipe dream with a bad ending.

baby steps

we might have come up with a good name for the kombucha making… i don’t want to spoil it until i buy the domain name, tho.
a certified kitchen occurred to me last night; i just need to ask the building owner if it would be ok for me to rent time every once in a while.

rain!

we’re finally getting rain. the flashes of lightening and rumbles in the middle of the night were sorely missed. the chickens hide under the coop (precisely why we built it off the ground) and they don’t seem to mind it so much.
perhaps, soon, we’ll be able to get the canoe into the creek and take a second voyage to mickey’s; the first one was over a year ago.
we’re a little behind last year in our gardening. we didn’t start seeds this inside and didn’t get them in the ground until after memorial day, so now we have one little cuke and a handful of cherry tomatoes.
i’m taking the next couple of fridays off, so i hope to tidy up the kitchen. we have a few dry-food cupboards that could stand to be reorganized.
the peach tree is four years old and is huge. i should get a picture after the rain this week; she’s shoosting up into the sky.
i’ve also now got two mickey’s employees interested in purchasing personal kombucha… which has gotten me thinking small businessey. i think i’ve decided on static cling labels (like oil change reminders) on which to write the flavor, and possibly a logo, once i come up with one. i had an idea to call it “bekee’s booch”, but not sure i like having my name in there.
i also need to consider the implications of not getting the bottles back; i might need to invest in some glassware… and some sort of continuous brew system. it seems like it might be a good idea to have a 5 gallon container atop the fridge with a spigot that i can just empty into bottles and flavor.
another issue: the storage situation i’m running into with all of the bottles and jars. i need to find some way to have them all in the kitchen. i might need to get a metal shelf instead of wall mounted because of the weight, five gallons of liquid is over 40 pounds.