I had taken Thursday and Friday off - parental doctor appointments and such - so I had a nice, long weekend. At the conclusion of which I have decided that I am not allowed to have another until I have a good, long talk with myself and actually listen this time.
I did get to meet a fascinating woman who lives fairly close to me - she generously shared her kefir grains with me (Don't ask me about mine. Don't.) She also gave me a tour. I follow her on FB, as much as I follow anything on FB. She is a terrific writer - great, dry sense of humor and a clever way with words. She is an ex-Canadian opera singer who now raises chickens and dairy goats. It doesn't get better than that.
I also decided that, having all this free time (hahahaha), I would tackle some recipes that I've been dying to try. Here's the recap:
Homemade corn tortillas - I've been dragging my virginal tortilla press around with me for years. I found an easy recipe and gave them a shot. Result: dough too wet; no fun standing next to a hot stove with a hot griddle in the summer. This will be a Fall/Winter project. The tortillas were pretty tasty, though.
Vegan Coconut, Almond, Chocolate Ice Cream - I believe I am going through my coconut phase right now, having discovered no less than six coconut-milk-based recipes in my "must try" file. Result: Meh.
Stuffed Zucchini - Made in honor of Kay on her birthday (Friday), as she was always asking me to "let one go" in my garden so she could stuff it. Result: I loved the recipe and then discovered that I had only half of the ingredients. So, I can't really say if it was good. The 'recipe' I used was great.
Fresh Corn Quiche with a Tortilla Crust - Hey! I just happened to have corn tortillas... :) Result: I think I overdid it with the corn. The center seemed to be done, but was too liquid-y. The rest of it was delish!
I also made another batch of kombucha and got my new kefir going. All in all, it was way too much activity - even for me. I was beating myself with a damp buckwheat noodle all day on Sunday.
Sunday - it POURED. And thundered. And lightninged. A tiny, dim bulb went off in my head about mid-way through the day that I had not propped up the tarp over the Nuggets' encampment. I high-stepped out and was just in time to prop my old Fiberglas clothesline pole under the mid-point. Saved!! Not. This morning, after 3+ inches of rain, the pole bent in half, the tarp filled with water and it pulled down the enclosure, snapping boards in half. I managed to clear it enough to get into the coop to feed and water them. Another little surprise item to add to my to-do list. Sigh.
With all this rain, no one of the canine species was much interested in relieving themselves outside. However, Scrappy and Lovey would rather cross their knees than go inside - especially when they know I could catch them. Pepper, however, being a doxie, has no qualms. He peed three times. He is settling in very nicely and loves to play 'fierce' with Lovey. Lovey, as her name suggests, is a dear and is very gentle with him. When he has had enough, he yelps at her and she stops. I have been trying to get a video of the process - it's a hoot.
I put the electronet up so that the sheep could enjoy the regrowth on the hillside. This was great for Saturday, but I pulled the plug on them on Sunday - too much lightning. And rain. I did managed to scoot out and pick three quarts of beans and discovered a giant cucumber. How does that happen?? Every year - no matter how often and thoroughly I check the vines - one drops under my radar. And why are the cukes ripening and the tomatoes not? What wacky misfire of nature is this? Get it together, Ma Nature!