I can't even say what made today so great. It certainly wasn't the weather. It couldn't decide if it wanted to rain or snow and spent the day changing back and forth. It never amounted to anything but a bone-chillingly damp day. I didn't even get much accomplished. I couldn't even really tell you what I did this morning. I slept in until 8:30- unheard of for me, took a shower and made breakfast for V and I- but apart from that, I couldn't really tell you what I did.
V and I did a little shopping in the afternoon. We needed to go to the home improvement store to get some more corner bead for finishing drywall in the hall and decided that while we were out we would stop in at Bed, Bath and Beyond since my MIL gave us a gift card for there for Christmas. We picked up sets of flannel sheets for the boys- on CLEARANCE!!- and I found the perfect crock for sourdough starter. I've been wanting to start sourdough for a while but haven't been able to find a crock the right size (at least that I was willing to pay the asking price) until today. Of course, the whole trip was topped off by me screaming like a little girl and then bursting out into gales of laughter after a mouse ran across my foot in the van while we were heading down the road at highway speeds. Good thing I wasn't driving! I guess we need to set a mouse trap in the van. We haven't driven it for a few weeks and the mouse moved in. Ah, the joys of country life.
So, after we got home I washed my new crock and mixed up my sourdough starter. I cheated and added a bit of yeast. I'm going to have to keep it covered with a towel when I'm not in the kitchen due to curious kitty paws and I'm not sure it would capture enough wild yeast to work well. I'm excited about trying this. I remember Mom having a sourdough started for a while but I didn't pay that much attention to it. Ah, now there's something else to feed and tend in the house. But this will motivate me to bake bread more often.
Like I said earlier, I'm not sure what made today wonderful- it just was. Maybe it was that I didn't do much and let myself relax. I drank coffee and read the paper this morning, laughed with my DH, got some great deals on sheets for the boys and got J17 some new drawing nibs for her ink pens at the craft store (next to BB&B) when we stopped in there to look for a specialty ink pen for one of V's projects. I picked up some potting soil for seed starting, saw a bald eagle with a rabbit in its talons struggling to fly across the road, gathered eggs and washed some dishes. Tonight is family movie night. Hmm, I wonder what we'll watch....