Friday, May 30, 2008
I plan on making at least two batches of jam because I love making jam. It's fun. I also love eating homemade jam. It's tasty. But my little Rabbit wouldn't let me make jam today. She's fussy. So I put most of the berries in the freezer to await the day when my Rabbit's colicky days are behind us and she lets me have my life back. I'm optimistic.
I still had eight or ten cups of berries left, and we were having company for dinner. My mind was dizzy with possibilities. Fresh strawberry pie... Baked strawberry pie, maybe with rhubarb... Strawberry muffins... Homemade strawberry ice cream... But my body was dizzy with exhaustion after all that berry picking. So I took a nap. Then I made the obvious choice:
That just meant there was more for the rest of us!
What would YOU do with twenty pounds of strawberries?
And it's impossible to eat a Badger Burger without getting ketchup on your face!
Not the kind you buy in the store. Those are fake strawberries. They're actually made of balsa wood, with a small amount of sour strawberry flavor added. I'm talking about the kind you pick ripe yourself in a real strawberry field, the kind that turn to mush if you don't eat them, jam them, or freeze them by midnight because the fairy godmother spell of absolutely unreal sweet juicy strawberry flavor is too good to last longer than that.
Look at them! Aren't they beautiful?
"Woo hoo!" they replied.
Strawberry picking is something of a tradition in our family. It's great fun for kids because:
2. The berries make the coolest noise when you pull them off the plant: "snick!"
3. The berries are easy to see and easy to pick and they pile up quickly
And best of all,
You can EAT as many as you want while you're picking!
It is my opinion that strawberry fields are some of the pleasantest places on earth.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I'm just grateful to have a nice extra-large capacity washer and dryer:
Though I do miss this laundry room, two houses ago. It was very bright and cheerful. Also, it was on the 2nd floor, with the bedrooms, where the laundry is. Smart, huh?
A: The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B: Each player answers the questions about themselves
C: At the end of the post, the player then tags 3 people and post their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Substitute teaching for the high school I'd graduated from the year before and getting ready to go to France with my sister Charlotte. And Jenna and Marilyn threw me an awesome surprise birthday party for my 19th. (Ryan was even there, remember, Marilyn? Who'da thought you'd end up marrying him?)
2. What was on my to-do list for today? Exercise, sweep kitchen floor, vacuum living room rug, send family email newsletter... A short list by my old standards, but I'm pretty pleased that I got it all done. My Little Rabbit does not like me to be productive.
3. What would I do if I suddenly became a billionaire? Buy lots of nice presents for all my friends and family.... Fund alternative fuel research... Try to give as many people a lucky break as I could...
4. 3 Bad habits... Spending too much time on the computer, being lazy, overeating
5. Places I have lived..... Minnesota, Utah, England, Idaho, Oregon, Here.
6. Places I have worked... Sandwich shop, Weather station, University (TA, secretary, custodian), High School (grader, sub), insurance office, health food store, home.
7. 3 Things people don't know about me.... I am ambidextrous, I went to college on a National Merit scholarship, I took ballet lessons for yearsI tag Emily, Becca, and Michele
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I baked the cake and frosted it:
The Badger took the boys over to Target and had them pick out kitchen gadgets for me, so I got:
Then there was the present from my Badger. There were three of them. The first one I opened was the "Settlers of Catan" seafarers expansion pack.
We've been having fun playing Settlers of Catan. Bean is just crazy about it, which we're glad about because it's totally awesome for his mental development, and it's fun to play games together as a family.
Glenda gave me a beautiful little blue and white china pitcher and Charlotte gave me a bag of dark chocolate Lindor truffles.
What a birthday!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Yesterday I discovered that my old geocities file directory still exists! Holy cow! I haven't even touched it since 2002.
The Kenya trip diary is still intact, along with all these low-resolution scans such as this one of the Serengeti: