On his days off, Matt works outside pretty much all day and I sit and watch him. I have no gumption to do much of anything. Part of it may be laziness, but I think much of it has to do with feeling so downright lowsy all the time. I feel either starving or nauseous, but when the former, I feel the latter soon after. It takes all my energy not to throw up, apparently, and I have nothing left over with for being productive. I'm not complaining, mind you, Tiddle is totally worth it...but I do feel a bit guilty about being such a bum... or would, if in fact, I had enough gumption.
Despite my (more intense than I ever remember feeling with any other pregnancy) nausea, I really love looking at pictures of food and reading recipes for food. I have spent the last hour looking at a friends' food blog (she makes good food, I can attest, and takes mouth-watering pictures of it) and scouting out allrecipes.com. It seems, even if my mouth can't, my eyes want to feast.
Since wiping my blog reader down to the top ten list, I have no food blogs to devour now that I want them. Any good ones out there for me and my feasting eyes to peruse?
I have several baby gifts to be making (have made) but I haven't picked up yarn since my last project-a good month and a half ago. See? I told you! Lazy bones.
Andrew thinks he's pretty swell to be able to push mow. I think so too.
We had an odd experience this winter. While Penny was on hay, her cream stopped making butter. I don't know why, exactly~ I've scoured forums, books and articles to know the science behind it- but without success. The butter would begin to form granules and then it would go back to whipped cream. Weird. Now that she is on pasture, I am able to make butter again. Unfortunately, her milk has a more 'pasture' taste which I can't stand. This could be a pregnancy thing too, because no one else seems to mind it.
This Memorial Day our neighbor came and tilled up the garden. It looks amazing. That is what it took for me to become excited about planting things again. Up 'til now, I didn't even like to look the way of the garden. I am really late in planting things this year- I usually plant the first things on my birthday (the 15th) and put everything in on Memorial Day...but hey, a freshly tilled garden is a good step in the right direction. It will happen. It will happen.
I've been enjoying harvesting lots of asparagus though I have decided I should have planted twice as many crowns as I did. We have plenty to eat but none to put up and that is too bad.
My rhubarb is growing well, though I don't know how much I'll be able to harvest this year... you aren't supposed to harvest stalks until they are 10" and they aren't quite that. I do have some frozen rhubard that was given to me so I'll be using that up soon.
I am angry with the chickens. Or, more likely, the dog. This is now day 4 of getting only 1 egg a day. I have to go around the fence and find where they are getting out and mystery creature is getting in and repair it quick. It is no fun keeping chickens without getting any eggs in return. We do not free-range our chickens all year. Once the garden is in, they are confined to the chicken yard again. Enjoy your freedom chickens because soon---you'll be behind bars once again.
And look! Baby cherries!!!!
(and yes, that announcement does warrant six exclamation points. !!! )