We have mostly been schooling and enjoying the beginning of summer lull from busy outside activities.
The Sock Nemesis stuck repeatedly. What happened that tore this sock from its lifelong partner? What brought it to this rulers and pencils drawer? We will never know. I suspect someone is just messing with parental minds. It has been raining heavily nearly every day. So no pool to swim in yet, though the kids did gather up vast quantities of tadpoles out of it.
The fish and flowers are appreciating the rain. My Awesome Man found another bobble head gnome to add to the garden. The fan tails were coming up to eat out her hand. I found this growing wild next to my ac units. Anyone know what it is? Hosta? Of course, I’ve been working my yarn. The Tumble Cardi on my needles is taking most of my attention, so this flip flop flower princess doll is the only thing I finished. B loved it.
I’m still keeping on at my Whole 30 – lost a bit more weight and an inch in the waist. Food hasn’t been particularly exotic for the most part, but I did try two new compliant recipes. This no sugar/dairy “milkshake” is frozen bananas, cashew butter, cocoa power, and a couple tablespoons of coconut cream blended in my Ninja until the consistency of a Wendy’s frosty. It comes real close to tasting like one too!
Then I heard about a weird but great twist on a breakfast omlete. The Sweet & Savory Blueberry Tortilla. I was supposed to use fresh blueberries, but all I had was frozen. I suspect the presentation and texture would be improved with fresh. Once again, I was happy l tried an unusual mix of ingredients. It was sort of blueberry French toast tasting, a yummy change of pace.
And last, but not least Hasen & Pfeffer made 5 kleine knodel! Here they are at 30 minutes old. Pardon the bad photo, but I was in a hurry to return them to their anxious mama. That’s it for May. I’m looking forward to a sunnier June.
I spent most of winter hibernating. Spring’s arrival is a much needed reentry to life.
I yanked all my lavender out of the front garden and planted what seemed like hundreds of new plants. It looks rather sparse now, but it’s already starting to fill out. The ugly edges of the itty fish pond I added this year should disappear into the growing foliage by summer.
I did manage to get deeper in yarn over winter. Nothing fancy, but still learned a few new things and enjoyed by those gifted with them.
Other than that, there has been the usual home educating. I should be lesson planning for next year, instead I’m hoping the rain lets up for me to get the pool going and my veggie garden takes off for canning later this year.
Oh and thanks to that hibernation, I find myself desperately off the Whole30 wagon. I’m on day 4 of W30 rebooting. Even though I was up by 7:30 this morning, after a cup of black coffee, getting kids up, chores, getting myself presentable, starting schooling.. Tho my own breakfast only took 25 minutes to make, I didn’t get around to making it until 10:30am. But it was yummy.
Summer is usually quickly overtaken with busy plans to do various camps, VBS and so on. I think this year I’m putting our foot and wallets down to enjoy a genuine break. Busy is not a virtue, but it sure gets in the way of a lot of them.
Now I really need to get back to work.
We* made homemade lemon koolaid playdoh “cookie” with my afternoon coffee and I wrote ‘MOM’ in cuneiform with a knitting needle. It’s amazing how many things I shouldn’t use my knitting needles for just because they happen to be nearby.
*’We’ is a royal we. A teen made the playdoh at my request and another teen made my coffee without my request. But I made them and did the cuneiform thing, so that brings it all back to that royal ‘We’ method of getting things done around here.
Today’s main lesson was burying the dead. Hermione the Cat, who has been a part of our family for 13 years, died of cancer at 1:30am. As my husband noted, she’d been a part of our family for longer than half our children.
She was holding up rather well until later yesterday afternoon, at which point, I suspected her end was close. It became clear she was hanging on waiting for her favorite person to get home from work. She’d get a little spurt of energy and purr when someone petted her or came near my lap, then realize it wasn’t him, and promptly stop in disappointment. Bless her heart, she hung on until he got home. She actually stumbled up a bit for him and was obvious she had been waiting to greet him one more time. She died very soon after. We are going to miss her.
Hermione the Cat
Boiling-water canner with rack, 3 cases of various jar sizes, and the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving have been purchased. It occurs to me I need to get my hands on something to can. My garden this year reflected my near complete neglect of it. So I need to buy whatever I can this time. Hmmm. Blueberry jam? The Man is requesting applebutter. After I get going with this, I might buy a pressure cooker to do low acid canning. I’d love to can some homemade chili maybe…