Today was a busy day, filled with church (a 3+ hour affair), a visit from Grandma and Grandpa, and the excitement of Daddy (a.k.a. The Husband) being home all day. The kids were WIRED. On top of that, Oompa Loompa skipped his nap (unless you count the nap in the van on the way home from church) and both of the kids had some ice cream after dinner, a rare sugary treat.
"The days are long, but the years are short."
1. You can plant corn as starters. Might be something to consider, if we decide to plant corn again.
2. Treat peas as if they are the drunkest sorority sister in the house. That is, support them, because they will undoubtedly fall over if they don't have something to hang on to and catch them. They need about five feet of vertical support.
3. Speaking of drunken sorority sisters, beer in tuna cans is awesome for the slugs. Well, awesome for us. Bad for the slugs.
4. Eggshells don't do crap as a slug repellant. I've watched slugs crawl right over them.
5. We need WAY more space dedicated to salad greens. Plus, they don't seem to grow as fast as one would think they should. The spinach, in particular, is being persnickety. It hardly grows, and then it bolts. Why??
...and now I feel like a cow in a feedlot.
Corn Chowder is too corny.
On an unrelated note, I am totally checking this book out from the library when it comes out: Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From A Consumer Culture.
Methinks there will be a lot of vindication to be had on the day I read it.
I would love to start baking bread.
I buy store-brand whole wheat bread. There's a ton of ingredients that I can't grow or buy from a farmer on it. Fail Bread.
I've tried to bake loaves of bread before but I generally fail. Rolls and pizza crusts are easy, but for the life of me I haven't been able to make good sandwich bread. It's always too moist and crumbly. It doesn't hold up to slicing.
Of course, I don't have any time to make bread. Or, rather, I have lots of time to make bread, but it's hard to make bread while holding and/or nursing a baby. And I have a potty-learner who always seems to need to use the bathroom when it is most inconvenient for me. So no baking bread for a while. Sad.
I almost bought a loaf of Dave's Killer Bread at the store this week. But it was nearly $5, and I can buy FOUR loaves of our usual bread for that. And I know I can make it for a fraction of that.
I Want Bread.
I know I seem extremely disjointed lately, and that's because I am. Or at least I feel that way. I have so much in my brain right now that I need to lay out there to get it cleared, but I can't seem to grab an hour or two to myself and just reboot.
It's 99% good stuff. We are so freakin' blessed, it's not even funny! We're undergoing a kitchen remodel right now (which started out as an easy couple of projects and has turned into a beast, but for the good!), I am trying my hardest to not screw up our garden this year, the kids are changing and growing and I'm trying to give them great opportunities to grow and learn and be happy, we've had huge family changes in the last few months (my father-in-law's passing and we have two new nieces, not to mention Oopma-Loompa!), plus miscellaneous odds and ends projects that for some reason I seem to want to do. Oh, and I have this newfound interest in permaculture. Plus, you know, the dishes need to be washed, the family needs me to cook them dinner, the laundry seems to pile up quicker than I can get to it, and I'm trying to potty-train a three-year-old who hasn't had an accident-free day in the last month (you can just about imagine how my house smells, yuck!).
Haha, I just checked out a book from the library today! What makes me think I'm even going to get to it??
SO, in summary, I love this blog and I love to journal, but damn, it's hard!
I'm making a goal for myself, right here and now. I'm going to be done with half of my "stuff" that's going on in two weeks. That's about June 10. I'm going to clear off my slate before I get into anything else, CAPEESH? Capeesh.
These are things that I have contemplated writing about here, but for various reasons have not. If anybody develops a way to add a few hours to my day, please contact me. ;)
Growing a Miniature Orchard (Or, Why I love Permaculture Magazine)
Why Am I Playing So Much Freakin' Farmville?
Recipes, Including Vegetable Pasta Salad and BBQ Chicken Pizza
Oh, And Lemon Curd
The Documentary Entitled "Escape From Suburbia"
Why Won't My Baby Sleep?
What Was That Noise, and Where Is My Preschooler?
The Kitchen Remodel
And much, much more...I want to write. I'm just too busy living life right now!