Anyway, as I was contemplating this whole soap-making venture, the one major expense (by "major," I mean more than $10) was a digital kitchen scale. The end results of the soap are much more certain if the ingredients are measured precisely. Well, I'd just gotten another promotional offer from CSN, so I decided to use the gift money from them this time, to buy a scale! Perfect solution: they have dozens to choose from, at the right price.
I placed my order. They told me when it was likely to ship. Then, much later they told me it wouldn't ship then; it would ship on Dec. 15. Then, the night before, I get an email saying the scale I'd ordered was no longer being made.
No longer being made? And they didn't know this before?
At this point, I was a bit frantic. I'd borrowed a scale from my friend twice, but was ready to have my own. My first batch of soap was almost gone, and I wanted to make more. Argh!!!
In a fit of frustration, I drove all over town, looking for a digital kitchen scale, which I considered to be a rather specialized item. I went to Belk. And Sears. And Penney's. And other stores that carried kitchen stuff. No luck!
Finally, my mind wondered a strange thought. What about WalMart? Why wouldn't they carry a kitchen scale?
WalMart? You mean the store we love to despise? The store where all things are made to break within 3 months? I would find this thing there?
And, of course, I did. For 1/2 the price of the other one. And it works just fine.
My soap is drying nicely.