Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
So I decided this summer I would venture into the world of canning. My neighbor is letting me pick his huge blueberry bushes, and the best peaches on the planet are grown about 3 miles from my house. They are incredibly cheap right now. So I've been making jam and preserves.
Sterilizing the jars and lids
cut up, then commence with the mashing
cook on medium heat and continue to mash
Jars and utensils and pectin
cooked down to a pulpy liquid and boiling
filling the jars and putting the seals on
everyone in the water bath, getting ready to boil
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Normally my day goes something roughly like this: Kids get up early, go hard all day, bed for them at 7, talk to J online all evening until bed, when he calls, sleep. Tonight he's busy with other stuff. I've had a whole 3 hours of complete quiet and solitude. No one needing my attention or requiring anything of me at all. It's been strangely pleasant. As much as I do miss him, tonight I am feeling sort of... content maybe? It's hard to put my finger on exactly what it is. I think I'm enjoying just being myself for a few hours. Not mommy, not wife. Just me. Very often I forget what that is like. That person I was before wife, and before mommy. It's sort of like, "oh, hello stranger. are you still in there?" In the quiet stillness, I heard her whispered answer. I've been struggling a bit lately with some feelings of identity loss. It's nice to know she's still with me.
Monday, July 1, 2013
I bought this Katia Bombay back in March, thinking I would use it for a baby set of some sort. I finally cast it on as a baby hat, planning to make booties or something to go with it. I just wasn't in love with the way the color stripes were working up. So I ripped it all back and prowled around on Ravelry for project ideas. I'm doing a Lacy Baktus shawlette, and I am so happy with the color variegation!