Another lovely day. I love the little hummingbirds that come to the feeder on the back porch. I have a ton of grapes on my grapevines this year which I see every time I look out the back door or window. I also have a ton of lemon balm which we intend to harvest tonight and make into various yummy things. I love my Tuesday nights with Marian Harris
and Trudi Trudchen Stuber
. We get to be productive and creative, when we want to, and otherwise encourage and support each other.
I forgot my positive things at lunch so while I'm waiting for the car to cool here are a few. I had this really awesome talk about the SCA with one of our doc students who has only done Ren faires. He's really interested and may bring friends. He really tapped into my passion for this hobby.
I wrote a blog post about our trip to Hawaii and it was fun to relive the good memories and look back at pictures. I had yummy left overs for lunch today! Someone asked me for help with a furniture issue and I didn't have the right tools but just offering and trying helped me to start establishing a relationship with a new coworker. I had a nice chat with one of my coworkers today.
Tonight's positives double as progress reports. Tonight I picked a bunch of weeds (lemon balm)... enough to almost bale. Then Marian Harris
, Trudi Trudchen Stuber
, and I stripped the leaves off, washed them, and threw some in a jar with sugar and apple cider vinegar and the rest into a boiling pot of water. Both steeped-one while boiling. We strained the leaves out of the tea (boiling water plus leaves=tea, right?), added lemon juice, sugar, and pectin to make jelly and canned 30 1/4 pints and 7 half pints. So from weeds we made a lot of tasty jelly and shrub concentrate. While we did so, we planned out ideas for Christmas and marked additional preserve recipes to try, many with ingredients that we already have. And thankfully, before they left, the kitchen was put back in order. When I walked out to say goodbye I watched a family of nutria go skittering back down into the canal. And for entertainment, the cats are now chasing a fly with purposeful concentration which is to say with no regard to property, life, or limb.