Outta Here

July 16, 2007

It’s late, but I’m up doing some last minute things before we leave tomorrow on vacation.  I’m really a pack-and-have-everything-ready-before-you-go-to-sleep person, but I asked DH to help me carry some heavy things to the car, and he convinced me to wait until early in the morning.  I’m not comfortable with that, but I’ll do it.  I like going to sleep with a clear “conscience” or whatever the word is, that everything is finished.

I’ve been going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays- I’m happy to say my daughter told me she likes beets better than potatoes!!!  We’ve been buying little beets and roasting them whole in the oven.  They look like baby rats- seriously!!- with the tails and everything.  I’ll post a picture when DH downloads it off his camera.

I also picked blueberries alone Saturday morning- more berry therapy after VBS!!!!  I can’t wait till I can make my blueberry cherry jam– it reminds me of Michigan.

Tomorrow we are off for MI- with a stop at a friend’s house in Ohio, so no non-stop 14+ hour trip.

I’ll write if I can- I know I can go to the tiny little town library and use the computer.  I’m taking some sewing projects to work on up there.  I hope to make a skirt out of old jeans- see directions in the book Alternacrafts or here.

I guess I should try to get some sleep.  Bye!




July 12, 2007

Where is my summer??  I’m tired.  Dog tired. 

I went to the 400th anniversary of Jamestown and the Anglican church in the New World Eucharist in June- cool.  Then I had my high school reunion the following weekend in PA- awesome to see everyone and re-connect.  Took the 5 hour+ train ride up and back (fun!). 

But am I done? No…….

We have Vacation Bible School this week at church and I am in charge of the acting portion.  I DID get someone to act on 2 of the 5 days, but I do the other three.  AND like a dingy I said SURE!! I can do a separate program for the preschoolers!! 

It really isn’t that bad- it just takes up a whole week and it’s…….tiring.

Last night I finally got around to dealing with the cherries I bought 2 weeks ago.  They are in remarkable good condition with only a few bad ones.   I still don’t have time to make my jam (see above) and besides I haven’t picked blueberries yet, so I dried some of the cherries.  Considering dried cherries cost about $8 a pound, this is a bargain.

I don’t have a cherry pitter, so I used the old paper clip pitting trick.  It works, kinda.  Faster than with just a knife, but still not as pretty as the pictures.  Maybe it’s because my paper clip is cheap and the cherries are not overly-ripe (meaning soft).

I’m going to take a nap- I’m a bit cranky- a gallon of milk and the pineapple rolled out of my car when I popped the hatch after I got home.  I had to deal with spewing milk and a dented pineapple- B-E-A-U-tiful.

As soon as VBS is over I need to plan and prepare and pack for the annual family trip to the farm in MI- 14 hour drive.

Where’s my pillow……..