It feels like it has been a really unproductive week, like I've been spinning my wheels but not going anywhere.
1. Plant something: NOPE Did get the second bank of lights hung over my lettuce seedlings. They're getting little leaves on them. It's nice to see something growing with all the cold and icy weather we've been having. I've also been poring over the seed catalogues. Roger and his wife Sharon are coming for dinner on Saturday so we can talk garden then.
2. Harvest something: NOPE again
3. Preserve something: Three strikes- I'm out. Well, maybe not in this game.
4. Store something: One of my sisters sent us a pound of macadamia nuts for a gift. Most of those will go into storage in the fridge or freezer since I can't see us eating that many before they go bad.
5. Manage reserves: Here I can say I've been doing a good job. I found one of my butternut squashes was beginning to get a bit wrinkly in one spot so we ate it. I've also been using flour and sugar out of my reserves but will need to replace it. We've been trying to eat all of our meals out of the freezer to make room and have been doing a pretty good job of it. It's nice to not have to rely on the grocery store.
6. Cook something new: A big no here as well. This is the time of year we make some of our favorites. I hope to try to make some fudge this week- something I've never mastered yet- I've never figured out what I do wrong.
7. Prep something: Got a new coat for I11 and while we were out picked up several spare pair of gloves at 50% off. Also picked up a case of canning jars that were on a last item clearance.
8. Reduce waste: Composted, recycled and used cloth bags at the grocery. I feel like we've wasted some food recently though, leftovers seem to be getting lost in the back of the fridge and aren't being eaten before they go bad. With the children home on winter break for the next two weeks, I hope I can get them to eat some leftovers. Usually I'm the only one who takes them for lunch.
9. Learn a new skill: Nope. I haven't touched the knitting. Driving in slush covered streets and scraping ice aren't new skills, just brushing up on old ones.
10. Work on community food security: Talking to my sister yesterday I tried to touch on this. When I told her we were buying a side of beef her question was 'Why?' She lives in suburban Maryland, just outside the DC beltway, her husband works for the DOE, she is pretty well entrenched in the consumer comforts. My mom and I were talking about planning gardens and I mentioned that I'd asked Santa for a pressure canner for Christmas. My sister laughed and said that she gave up on her garden, it was too much work. SIGH. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that we were raised in the same house. She was at least excited to get the chutney and applebutter I made.
11. Regenerate what is lost: I don't feel I've done very well with this one either. I've been too wrapped up in my own crankiness to reach out. I'll try to do better this week.
Ok, this was a bit of a downer. Hopefully this will inspire me to do better in the coming week, although with the holiday celebrations, I don't know what I'll get done.