I had a baby shower today so I drove Nathan to work so I could have the car, and got a head start on laundry last night. As soon as I got back from dropping him off, I headed to the garden (6:45 am) to pull weeds and pick strawberries. I believe that strawberries have no business making it inside with a patch as small as mine. Pick it, blow it off, pop it in the mouth. If Nathan wants some, I tell him to come outside and I'll pick him a handful, but I'm not taking them inside. Today, though, I knew I would have a lot because I haven't picked in a few days and it's the peak of the season, so I took a bowl. I believe this is a 4-cup bowl and it was almost full.
Nathan is going to a party tonight and I decided not to go, but I made dessert for him to take. I tried a recipe from my new cookbook, a rhubarb cobbler. I most certainly did not waste my precious strawberries in it, though!
Typically on Saturdays I have what I call a "love fest" with each of our cats. It started months ago when the cats were so confused that I was home all day and not at work, so they followed me around meowing incessantly. Finally I learned that if I spent 5 minutes doing nothing but petting them or carrying them around with me, they were happy the rest of the day. Now it's our little routine. About halfway through the morning, I take a break from cleaning or gardening or laundry and sit on the floor, pat my lap, a cat hops in, and I pet him for about 5 minutes. Later, I do the same with the other cat. Since the weather is getting warm, I focus on getting as much fur off the cat as possible. Here's the hairball I gleaned from Echo today.
I had so much fun at the baby shower! It was for my friend Julie, who lives in California but is from Utah. Her family threw her a shower and invited all her friends from CA who now live in UT. She got married around the same time as I did, has been trying for kids since that time, and finally is going to have a baby in September. She is planning to have a homebirth and use cloth diapers (we think a lot alike), so her gift list included all different kinds of cloth diaper covers. This is the one I bought her. It's a wool cover. Wool covers are supposed to be really great and I plan to use them when I have kids.
I've been planning to stock up on various grains and beans at a bulk-food store near us, but it's hard when I don't have the car during daytime hours. I am really low on certain items and was very grateful to seize the opportunity today. The only bummer was lugging 50 lb. sacks from our car to our house in 90+ degree weather. My project tonight will be putting everything in buckets. I already have a bunch of buckets and I'll buy more as needed.
What I got:
200 lbs. hard white wheat (for making bread) - this is the first time I've bought hard wheat, before this I relied on other people sharing their food storage with me
50 lbs. soft white wheat (for making baked goods)
50 lbs. yellow popcorn (we have an air popper plus I can grind it for cornbread)
50 lbs. brown rice (we go through a lot of rice)
50 lbs. unbleached white flour (I don't use this often, but it stores for a long time)
25 lbs. baby lima beans
25 lbs. pink beans
25 lbs. regular rolled oats (I frequently make oatmeal for breakfast)
5 lbs. honey