Earth day started off rainy and cool here. Nothing going on outside this morning. So, I delved deep into the Pasta Mines of Moria. V has long joked that when I'm heavily into canning that I'm firing up the Canning Fires of Mordor so for pasta we had to have something else. Yes, we are that geeky. But seriously... today was pasta day.
I have decided that 4 batches of pasta is about all I can stand to make in one session- after that, it isn't fun anymore! Today I made 2 batches with lambs quarters puree and 2 with a roasted butternut squash/onion/rosemary blend from the freezer. Three batches went into the freezer and we had squash fettucini for dinner. Mmmm... with an garlic, herb and cream sauce... delicious! And a dozen eggs are now out of the fridge.
After the pasta marathon, I cleaned the kitchen since I made quite a floury mess. Then J17 and I ran a few errands.
While I made pasta V and the children worked to re-place Sleepytime Bridge over one of the creeks since it had washed out in the storm last weekend.
I honestly don't know where the rest of the day went. I had hoped to get my little seedlings transplanted today but I didn't have enough potting soil to do it (that was one of the things J17 and I picked up on our errands). I do like to use potting soil because there is less possibility for disease and weed infestation- especially since many of these seedlings are going for the plant sale. Speaking of infestation... I discovered, much to my dismay, that I had aphids on my little seedlings. Ack!! I'm not sure the plants are big enough to risk spraying with anything- even something benign- so I used a low-tech solution. I rolled tiny bits of painter's tape and used it as a wand to act as a sticky trap for the aphids. Did you know that aphids stick really, really well to painter's tape when you touch them with it? I'm sure I didn't get them all but I put a significant dent in their population.
Tomorrow is my Manic Monday. On tap is seedling transplanting, digging new beds by the barn and coop and a trip into town to have some legal paperwork finalized for V. Soon his whole legal saga will be done and I can share a bit of the stress we've been going through for the past few months. If the soil is dry enough in the garden I'm hoping to plant out my little broccoli and cabbage seedlings as well. We'll see, it is pretty wet out there.
Tomorrow K12 starts 'School of the Wild'. This is a pretty cool thing in our district, I think. Every year, the 6th grade class spends a week outside at our local nature center. They get to explore prairies, swamps and woods. They learn how to construct shelters for survival and learn a bit about wild edibles and wildlife. Since they only have a 4 day school week this week (Friday is a day off for Midterm conferences) his class already had one day earlier this spring where they got to go to the Raptor Center where they rehabilitate and release birds of prey. They got to watch an injured eagle be released back into the wild. Pretty cool stuff. I wish we had something like this when I was growing up. And his class has chickens! They hatched out some eggs and have chicks in the classroom. Evidently there is a chance that we will be able to 'adopt' one or more at the end of the school year since they have to go somewhere. We'll see. We've already got chickens so we'll let someone else have first choice. Of course, K12 wants to bring home the one they've named Fabio. Only if Fabio is a girl!
I do hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine seems to have flown by!