Joe got his first haircut today, at 28 months. He has been begging for that for a long time.
This is Saturday morning. We usually have pancakes on Saturday morning, because it’s the most relaxed morning of the week. Three weeks out of four, Gayle is able to be at home for breakfast. All week, he has to leave for work at 5:15 or earlier, so obviously we don’t eat breakfast together, and one Saturday a month he has to work a few hours in the morning. We all like pancakes, but I don’t have time for them most of the time.
I started the pancake batter last night, by mixing sourdough starter, water, and flour, then letting it set till morning. This morning, I beat in a few eggs and some salt and soda, and fried the pancakes.
We had a variety of toppings–some people like applesauce, some like jam, and some like honey. Most of the time, we don’t have jam on them, but I felt generous this morning. For some reason, the pancakes turned out light and fluffy this time–I have no idea what is different. They were good!
And now, the rest of the morning is underway–house cleaning, bread raising, and I’m hoping to go to the garden for awhile. The plants are growing beautifully–but so are the weeds!
We have a new baby in our house. He showed up Monday evening, in the hands of the girlfriend of a young man Gayle works with. They had been out walking, and found a tiny duckling running along the street, alone. They knew it wouldn’t live without help, and thought of our boys. We named the little fellow Henry, after a duckling in a picture book we have (Henrietta if he turns out to be female). Henry is the tiniest duckling I’ve ever seen; we’re wondering what kind of duck he is. We’ll have to wait awhile to find out! For now, Henry resides in a box in the corner of the kitchen, under a lightbulb, with a jar lid full of water and another with feed. He gets lots of holding, and I have a feeling that by and by he’ll forget he’s a duck! The first morning he was here, I was reading my Bible in the easy chair next to his box, and he was very quiet–until our flock of of ducks went by the house, quacking. He immediately started calling them!
It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten anything on here. Daily life is busy! Here are a few glimpses of yesterday (I planned to post this yesterday, but….) I had Esther grab her camera and take pictures of what all her brothers were doing.
Gayle has been hauling our year’s supply of hay today. Some dear friends of ours here got their hay baled today, and Gayle brought home ten big bales–each one is about a ton! He brought them one at a time on our little truck, then stacked them in a small shed here. Hopefully this will be enough for all the animals for the year!
I made bread today–but forgot all about it. By the time I found it this afternoon, it had overraised and there wasn’t enough time left to raise it and bake it today, anyway. So, I rolled it out and made pita bread–of sorts. Some pieces are more like crackers. Yummy!
I don’t very often fix a snack for the children, but today I was inspired to make not one but two! For an afternoon snack, I took a cup and a half or so of ricotta cheese that was in the fridge, and mixed in a bit of salt and some oregano and basil, then spread it on crackers. That was quite popular!
After supper and clean-up, I made some quick milkshakes. I filled the food processor about half full of sliced frozen bananas, then covered them with milk and added a bit of vanilla and a pinch of salt, and ran the processor until it was smooth and thick. I spooned it into tea cups and everyone enjoyed the treat!
I am not one to plan a wonderful birthday party, but one of my boys turned 12 today and we had a small party for him. He got to have a friend over for the night last night, and another friend’s mother brought her children for a couple of hours this morning and then took the first friend home with her so his dad could pick him up. I had imagined that the boys would spend their time playing outside–but it started raining this morning! They were out for about half an hour, but then came in. We had to quickly think up inside games for a group–not my forte, either! They ended up playing Musical Chairs, and then Elephant Stop, which is a fun variation of Blindman’s Bluff. After that, they each made an individual pizza, and while the pizzas were baking they played Pin the Tail on the Donkey. I learned how not to do that! I had printed out a donkey, on four sheets of paper, and they felt the edge of the paper. Then, they felt each other’s tails and used them as a reference point to put their own on. I decided that it would have been better to trace the donkey onto a larger sheet of paper, and then draw the tails on with pencil or marker–have to make it more challenging for my crew! They seemed to have fun, though.
This has been another normal, interesting week. The “mud” in the title comes from Wednesday evening, when the three youngest boys slipped outside after supper when I wasn’t watching. They went into the garden, which they had been told before supper not to do, and played in the mud. I’m sure it was fun–but what a mess! I didn’t get a picture of it, but it looked worse than this one from Michigan two and a half years ago! This time, they were coated from head to toe in thick, sticky clay! Because they had disobeyed, and because they knew beforehand what the penalty is for getting muddy, I had no compunctions about hosing them down with a cold-water hose. I had to hose and rub with my hands to get the quarter inch of clay mud off their clothes, then had them take off their clothes, and hosed them again, and then sent them to the bathroom to finish off with a cold shower! And it wasn’t a warm evening. They all decided they don’t want that again. While the youngest watched the other two getting cleaned up first, his lip stuck out farther and farther as he considered his coming fate.
One day this week the sun shone! I did lots of laundry (and it all got dry!) and we weeded the strawberry bed. We found a number of ripe strawberries. Yumm! We have to get them quickly or the slugs eat them.
We went to Gore Bay for a baptism this afternoon, and when I mentioned we wanted a family picture, one of the ladies there offered to help take one. It took quite a few tries to get one with everyone’s eyes open, and this is the best.
So there you have it–several tiny glimpses into our week. It was a good one!