A new week brings new projects!
Until it doesn’t.
Turns out that I have been to town every.day.this.week. This is not the way I like to live my life, but sometimes it just happens. I did, however, get several big items scratched off the “to-do-in-town” list, so all is not lost. And Friday brought a surprise hiking trip, full of blooming wildflowers. Enjoy the pictures which are interspersed throughout this post!
Monday we had full sunshine and no pressing projects, so we took advantage of the good weather by loading our old futon into the back of our truck, and I drove it into town and donated it to the Samaritan House, which is our local homeless/transitional shelter. That futon has served us well, and it makes me happy to know that it will go to someone who truly needs it. BAM! That was a big item off the list, literally and figuratively. I won’t admit how long that futon has been sitting in the alcove of our living room since we moved it from the TV room. In late December. Let’s just say snow happens, and it’s hard to transport a futon in an open truck bed when it is snowing or raining.
Tuesday is my regular town day, when I run my weekly errands. I won’t drag you through all of them, but I will say Costco, Walmart, Natural Grocers, the bank, and the library are often involved. I accomplished another town “to-do.” We have new neighbors, they bought the eighty acre parcel next to us. Right now they live in Hawaii, and they were here to visit a couple of weeks ago. They brought us a copy of the paperwork that states they have a deeded easement, but none of us could interpret where the easement lies.
All of the property in our draw is privately owned, and by all of it, I mean there are no publicly owned roads. So, the parcels come with deeded easements through the properties you need to cross in order to reach your own. Since they live out of town, I offered to go by Alliance Title to learn where the easement lies. They were very helpful; Russ, one of the escrow officers, basically dropped everything to answer my questions. BAM! Another task finished.
The fun part of the day was taking my eggs to town and trading them. Just over five dozen this week! I traded some with my hair stylist for credit towards my next haircut, some with Zenna for a big bunch of organic oregano that is already growing in her garden, and some with Dawn for homemade laundry detergent, which I have wanted to try for years. It works great!
Wednesday John had a doctor’s appointment, and I rode along. Afterwards, he took me by the bank, and then we hightailed it home to get some work done before the rain began falling.
That night, starting about 7:30, we had quite a rainstorm, and we lost power for a couple of hours. Isn’t it striking how a power loss immediately slows and simplifies life? I took the oregano to the back porch and stripped the leaves off the stems while enjoying the rain. Then we sat quietly inside, John watching videos on his phone, and me reading. “Dinner” was tortilla chips with bean and cheese dip and sour cream.
Thursday was cool, rainy, and dreary, so we opted to stay indoors. I cooked lamb stew in the instant pot (I will never use the crock pot again!) and baked fresh bread for John, and made an applesauce cake with brown butter icing to share with our life group.
At Zenna’s suggestion, I made pesto with the fresh oregano. If, like me, you have never had oregano pesto, you are missing out! The only thing that kept me from eating it straight out of the food processor bowl was knowing how much olive oil it contains! I spooned the pesto into ice cube trays, froze it, then popped out the “cubes” and put them in a ziplock bag. When I need a serving of pesto, I put a cube or two in a bowl, which I set on the counter. It thaws quickly. Here’s the recipe:
Put 1 cup oregano leaves (tightly packed), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup salted almonds in a food processor and pulse to chop. Then, while running the food processor, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil. Voila! Oregano pesto! Enjoy as you would basil pesto.
That night, back to town to meet with our life group. This was our last study meeting for the school year. Next week we meet for a fellowship, and then we break for the summer.
Friday, Jaren came again, and he and John spent eight hours clearing brush and debris, while I enjoyed the easy life and met a friend in town at Bonelli’s for lunch. A quick stop at Lowe’s and back home.
After all their hard work, Jaren asked if we could do some hiking. We were delighted to spend that time with him, just having some fun. Turns out he has an interest in plant identification, and he was able to tell us a number of plant names that we did not know. We spent about three hours in the woods on our property and our neighbor’s. The weather was pleasant, overcast and in the 50s.
I downloaded an app, “pl@ntnet” to help us ID a few flowers. We stumped it twice, so if you know of any good plant ID apps, please let me know in the comments.
What I am reading, listening to, thinking about:
This article by Colleen Mariotti at www.nosidebar.com https://nosidebar.com/spring-curating/ Love these words: As you approach Spring cleaning this year, think of it in terms of curating what you choose to keep versus getting rid of excess. If you shift your thinking in this way, the excess becomes easy to purge.
Still working my way through the archives at The Simple Show, and through it found a new podcast that I am really enjoying, The Nuanced Life. Sara and Beth, the hostesses, recently interviewed Anne Bogel of the popular website, The Modern Mrs. Darcy about decision fatigue, and they inspired so much thought for me that I will write a post soon in my own insights and experience with this topic. Here’s the interview
Finally, I read Kristen Hannah’s new book, “The Great Alone.” This book will go down as one of my top five reads for 2018. Could.not.put.it.down. I have so many words about this book, I will write a review soon.
What are you reading or listening to this week?
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