Sunday, April 15, 2012

Catching Up

We've been busy around here! Let's catch up, shall we?

Because of the lovely weather, we have spent much time in the garden planting (and weeding). Take a look at this purple potato we planted... this little guy was wild!

B has been baking from Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads. Pictured here is the sprouted wheat bread--yum!

C has been bitten hard by the "chapter book" bug. We started with Charlotte's Web, and now are immersed in The Secret Garden. This book is such a pleasure to read--it resonates with us all, and its slow pace and lovely imagery are exactly what she seems to need right now.

In fact, when we went to our "secret garden" (the nearby botanical garden/park) the other day, she was pretending to be Mary (I was Martha, the servant, and D was my nature-loving brother Dickon. He was, as usual, a good sport about it and even referred to his snack as "Dickon's cracker.") Some photos from our excursion:





In other news, we have had several nights of great sleep for everyone, which is something to celebrate after 4 years of less-than-optimal slumber. It improves everyone's mood and makes us feel like we can accomplish so much!

And on that note, today we started our "mushroom farm" by inoculating a log with shiitake mushroom "plug spawn" (I just love that term). Here's hoping that in 6 months or so we will have a bountiful first harvest!


This week, we will also be starting our next round of painting. We'll give our kitchen a much-needed "facelift"... we have big dreams for it someday, but for now a fresh coat of paint and some new lighting should make the space much more pleasant.

So that about sums it up! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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