What a beautiful morning it is. A late afternoon downpour of rain yesterday made things all fresh and glistening. Today, the skies are clear and blue.
I'm happy, getting back in the groove of home life. Laundry is getting done, the fridge is re-stocked with lots of wonderful, vibrant produce, and I'm welcoming the return to regular running and weight lifting. (I did simple hand weightlifting when I lost all the weight 3 years ago and haven't done any since. I think it will be a good idea to incorporate some sessions in the week to help me get a little more toned.) It was nice to go over to my trainer/friend's house early this morning and have a workout with her.
Yesterday's trip to the library yesterday has us satisfied. Jane and I attended a 3 hour class at The Herb Shop last night entitled "Living Foods From Your Food Storage". Lots of great info on lacto-fermenting veggies and dairy products, sourdough baking, and sprouting. Lots of good food to taste. I can't believe how much the presenter made for us to try. I'm really excited and motivated to do more here.
My garden is getting there, as far as the weeding goes. I can honestly say that weeding is so relaxing to me, especially in the quiet, early morning hours. (I wanted some time out there this morning, but things are still too wet. Maybe tonight.) One nice thing about letting the weeds grow big is that they're much easier to pull out! I can't believe how much growth and filling-in happened while we were away. I've already harvested a lot of summer squashes, and every morning Jane and I go out to pick as much kale, collard greens, and chard as we want for our green smoothies. I'm so glad I planted these this year- a first.
Another plant that is new for me this year (and loving) is this herb called stevia. Here it is: (It's next to my lemon balm, 3 rhubarb plants, and the many greens already mentioned.).