Good Saturday morning to you all. It is a quiet morning here. So far, I'm the only one up, the coffee is brewing, chicken chores have been completed, to-do list is being formulated.
I missed my usual Independence Days Challenge update yesterday. I was relaxing after a stressful week. So, I thought I'd do a quick update this morning before I head off to make pancakes (K12's request).
Plant something- Not a thing. I do hope to spend some time in the garden this afternoon (although it looks like rain is coming- Hoorah!) and would like to get some lettuce and spinach planted.
Harvest something- tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, the last honeydew, eggs- lots of eggs. With the cooler temps the ladies have picked up production. I need to put a few egg heavy dishes into the menu plan for next week.
Preserve something- made some peach jam, 7 pints of enchilada sauce. Dehydrated some veggies for making soup mix
Waste not- The usual
Want not- I did get a couple packs of sugar that were on sale last week. But my big ticket item is my treadle sewing machine. I still need to research needles that I can use on it and give it a whirl.
Eat the food- fresh broccoli steamed on top of our chicken and rice (which impressed the MIL- I guess the ONE thing I'm good at is cooking- LOL!) Sauteed peppers and onions with burritos, lovely grilled grass fed steak with spiced fried potatoes. Yummy.
Build community- not much- I've been sticking close to home except for going to work
Skill up- Not much other than checking out my treadle machine. I've been doing research on it.
Otherwise, it seems that Justine is doing well and settling in to school life. She is planning to get involved in some community service activities as well as her schooling and work-study job (she doesn't know yet what she will be doing). The house seems a bit quieter without her but it hasn't really sunk in that she is so far away. We email or text regularly but it's not the same.
And let me just say... this whole election debacle is making me crazy. Can't we just start over? Some of those Republicans (and not just the major candidates) are beginning to scare the s&*t out of me. Do they REALLY believe some of that crap?! I'll admit it- I'm a liberal and am big on social justice. My ideal would be if everyone respected everyone else's beliefs and rights. Is that really that difficult? And a shout out to mamaraby at Under the Maple Canopy for posting this video. Be warned- it is NSFW but hilarious. I do think my favorite line is something like "because no one knows more about women's issues than middle aged white guys with comb-overs".