I find the end of seasons to be the hardest. Especially (of course) winter. Christmas starts too early...mid fall...and then somehow I have to make that energy last until February. That's about impossible. I wish Christmas was late January, something to break up the worst of winter. Now that Summer is ending, my garden is weedy, I've let flower heads form on my herbs, and things are coming to an end. It's sad to me, because I couldn't keep my gardening energy up to the end. I didn't go swimming or to the beach near as much as I wanted. We didn't go to a concert in the park.
But, we DID go to the beach more than once, we went to the park a lot, we took walks in the woods, we got muddy, we played in the sprinkler and in the rain, we watched ants, and we did garden, if only a little. Oh, and we ate lots of ice cream.
Next is fall. Time for bonfires, the Fall Festival, crisp walks, more parks, darker evenings, Halloween, and decorations. Fall is my favorite season. And spring. I can't decide.
Lilly asked me to kiss her butt today. I told her no and that that was rude.
I zeroed out my fridge this week, and yet had the most filling dinner last night! Mostly because we were out of bread and we needed bread to go with the left over pulled pork. I made it and it was thick and heavy and filling. Tasted pretty bad though. Josh couldn't eat it. I use a recipe for Grant Bread. You mix water and yeast, and then wait 10 min. Then mix it with flour and more water and then put it in the pan and wait 30 min. There is no kneeding. So it makes a thick, dense bread. I also didn't cook it long enough because it's the first time i made it in this oven and didn't know how long it would take. Plus, I have a glass pyrex bread pan (only one) and it doesn't cook bread well. No matter how many times I try, if I use it for banana bread, the bottom and the top burn and the center is still gooey; like runny gooey. I also used bad ingredients. The yeast literally expired yesterday, the day I used it (left over from when Nate and Lianne moved), I used organic bran flour given to me when we moved here and i don't know when it was purchased, and I used white flour that expires next month. Also, when you use flour other than white flour in bread recipes, it really changes things and it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out the right ratios, cooking times and cooking temps.
That pyrex pan is why I make banana muffins.
Lilly helped make the bread and spread flour all over everything, and mostly on the floor. Then she spilled the water when pouring it in the bowl too. (so another factor, my ingredients may not have been at the right ratio b/c it was all played with by a 2 yr old.). The water went onto the flour on the floor and made a paste in which she walked through it. I had to dry mop and sweep and the whole time she walked through everything, creating a floor dirt mache (like paper mache only with floor dirt) on her feet. An hour later, while watching TroTro, she comes up to me and says "me feet dirty." and boy were they!! Yeah....I saw her dirty feet earlier, denied it and pretended it didn't happen so I didn't have to clean her up right away. I said to myself "That'll take care of itself." Never does in real life.
Josh and I play a game from the move "Eagle Vs. Shark" (worth the watch) where the family calls out "horse!" everytime they see one on a car ride and the person who sees the most wins. Josh and I don't keep score, but we do try to win. We were coming home from his mom's house, and we were about to drive past the giant buffalo farm, and we knew there were sometimes horses there, so we were looking, and guess what we saw!? An M-Fing Zebra! We tied in calling it. Josh thought maybe it was a horse painted like a zebra, but who paints a zebra horse than lets it roam with the buffalo?