July 4th... I don't remember what I did. Felt blah. Did go to Goodwill with my mom. I have decided that Goodwill is my manic-light phase. It is my version of gambling excessively or buying a new convertible or a lake home. I need to stop going there. For a while. When I leave the house it draws me in. Not because I really need anything. Because I want to wander the aisles in air conditioned splendor and perhaps find a really good deal on something. Mostly things to make birdhouses or baskets for my garden.
Spouse went to have blood drawn for whatever irritating illness is lingering. The staff on call at urgent care on 4th of July weekend was unable to draw blood. He returned a different day so they could take 11 vials.
July 5... I picked strawberries in the sun. Very bright sun. Spouse was unfortunately burned when he had to retrieve me from the fields. I sent my children back to sit with him in the shade and continued to pick until my row was finished and I could stick a flag in it. Thirsty work.
Watched football (World Cup). Rooted for Argentina (yeah!) and Costa Rica (dang.)
Oh.. I got fruit pectin and some plants. French sorrel, rosemary, mint, and creeping thyme. It turns out that what I thought was creeping thyme was actually lettuce. I didn't label the seeds. So I decided to transplant the edibles to the garden instead of trying buttercrunch as a ground cover.
Made jam. I didn't notice that the recipe called for 4 cups of crushed strawberries and put in 4 cups of whole strawberries. It makes a big difference. Instead of jam I had sickly sweet strawberry syrup. I uncanned the syrup, added a number of cups of crushed strawberries and reprocessed the batch. Much better
July 6... I had a headache and was very very thirsty. I think.
Also, decided to completely rearrange the children's bedroom. Could not stop working on it. Even though I was exhausted. Even though other things needed to be done. I kept thinking of all the times that I stop a project in mid-thought and never get back to it. I at least needed to make the room useable. Clear a path to the beds. Uncover dressers to make clothing available. Plug in lights.
Quaker, teacher, parent,