Howdy! This week was a bit rough thanks to a persistent cough, some inexplicable depression-like symptoms, and this crappy rain/sunshine/rain cycle of insanity!! At least I'm glad that there is sunshine in there at all!
When the sun was out, I did manage to do a bunch of gardening: weeding, planting 142 carrot seeds, 27 (additional) super sprint snap peas, 40 (additional) sugar ann snap peas, some perennials, and shifting the remains of my big compost pile elsewhere to make a new bed.
I forgot to take photos, but I made a big batch of my dad's bran muffins, too! Always good to have those in the freezer. :)
AND, things continue to be underway with my master gardener merchandise (hats, flags, lapel pins! more more more!) for the fall conference, and the BEST is that they might (will?) give me some table space at the conference to sell my own art! It will be the RevolvingDor shop in person! YAY!! I'm using this opportunity as a catalyst/focal point to get to my artistic goals this year. Blah blah blah, it's big news! I hope everyone realizes by now that I need these outside events/deadlines to make myself actually get stuff done, and this is the perfect thing!
Oh, I wanted to add that grinding your own meat is a good thing to do! Besides getting in touch with your inner caveperson (grunt grunt!), it is way cheaper than buying hamburger, PLUS you can control what's in there (I try to get really super lean cuts like bottom round roast; above is chuck but I cut out most of the fat). I guess the only thing better would be buying the "all natural organic grass fed blah blah" stuff, but, ummm, you just let me know when THAT costs $1.99/lb., okay? It's sad because I WANT to buy the natural stuff, I totally WOULD, but it is too pricey for the quantities I require. (And shoot, I eat WAY less beef than I used to, too. I'm attempting to be healthy!) I really do wish I could be a do-gooder in this area (and yeah, I even understand why it's expensive), but apparently I am more cheapskate than do-gooder! Thank god for Winco.
(Although I will add that if I were magically rolling in dough, I would TOTALLY buy one of those half-cow deals from a local farmer and wrap up all the cuts and keep it in the deep-freeze!)
And that is that! A. and I may do more hedge-chopping this weekend if it's nice out, to make way for cherries and apples . . . whee!