My baby is wearing socks that have ears.

This week in food:
This week I’m trying to tie up loose ends in the garden. I’ll be making salsa verde, canning squash and soups and chicken stock, making a mock root cellar in our closet, drying out the last of my herb garden, and many other very fun things. I’m going out to pick grapes and grape leaves from a local farmer’s collection- she grows all these grapes but doesn’t have time for them). I’m also picking pears from my landlord’s pear trees- great for pear sauce, pear butter, whatever… Also going back to pick raspberries from a farm so close- just 15 minutes away- and also collecting all the leaves to make my own stash of red raspberry leaf tea for the year. Then my friend is giving me some more of her tomatoes to can. It’s gonna be busy, so I hope you’re prepared for all the pictures to come.

This week in other news:
Tomorrow is my "test run" with little John. I’m sure everything will be fine. I’ve arranged to go meet my sister and a friend at this little play group at the library. My friend watches twins, and Gretchen will come with Tuula, so it’ll be 5 babies. Woohoo! It’ll be a good way for me to break up the day, so I’m glad I’m taking it on, although I’ve never traveled with two babies before. Good thing it’s close. What’s the worst that could happen? I’ve got a sling and a stroller. I’m gonna tell myself I’m a super mom lady and feel very proud all day. I also plan to go down to Farmer’s market if the weather allows. Yes. With both babies. Am I crazy?
This Wednesday I’m going with a friend to see this man speak :  I’m really looking forward to it.
Then Thursday is full of fun- Jeff and I are going to get food stamps, then I’m going with my sister to help clean this woman’s house. We went and cleaned one room yesterday, and it was so good for me! It felt so awesome to help someone I barely knew- she’s a hoarder, and has a brand new baby to boot. There is so much STUFF in her apartment. INSANITY I tell you. Anyway, I often feel like my house is a wreck, and this just proves that I’m doing fine. So yeah, we’re going back on Thursday to help some more, and I’m feeling good about it.
Friday is full of harvesting goodness- grapes and grapeleaves, then tomatoes and whatever else I can fit in. Yowsa! And… that’s all I can think of right now.

I think I’ll take Vera and the dog for a walk. It’s deliciously cool outside, and I just don’t think it’d be right if I didn’t get out for a while.

Sept. 14th:

Sept. 15th:
My new "project basket". I bought this off of my sister and I love it. It’s the perfect size to carry my yarn, a book, the phone, and the baby monitor out on the front porch. Perfect.

Quote of the day:
"I have long since come to believe that people only mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions." -Dorothy Day

Comments (12)

  1. poppleshatesyou

    Are you going to the a2 library and/or farmers market or ypsi?? if its a2, it would be super awesome to try and see you. Its been crraazyy while i’ve been here! anyhoo, let me know! (regardless, i’m sure you’ll do great with two bebe’s! it can be challenging but not too hard.)

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      It’s actually the Mallet’s Creek branch- by Stone School and Eisenhower. Actually, it looks like I can’t even go to that because Jeff needs the car… BUT I will be going to the Ypsi Farmer’s market- if you can make it out here then I’d love to see ya!

  2. pithy_epigrams

    I know you will be great with the babes! I hope you have fun, it sounds like a big day.

    Shaun and I are designing how want our new garden space to look. We’re hoping to whole apartment community gets involved/supports it, because it’s a communal space. I’m excited!

    It’s nice to read all your updates. 🙂

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Haha thanks, I did have fun.

      Oh will you post pictures of it!? Do a before and after series!!! Yay! That would be so badass if you started a community garden.

      1. pithy_epigrams

        I will do my best. It would be so awesome. I’m glad you had fun!

  3. purerandomness

    MMMM… Sounds delicious! 🙂

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Yes, where are your delicious ideas these days? Hiding somewhere!

  4. see_anotherside

    Yay fruit. Sounds like a fun week. I’m sure you’ll handle both babies very well – we can all tell you’re a great mom!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      How sweet! I do try… It did go well, it was tiring, but totally fine. 🙂 Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  5. Anonymous

    I love this post. It’s full of positive energy and promises of great things. You are going to rock, super mom! You need a cape! I think it would be a travesty for you to NOT be a stay at home mom. Seriously with all you do there isn’t time to go to work!

    by the way, that squash is insane.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Oh, can you picture me with a cape? Ha, it’s funny, the sling is kind of a cape sometimes! It’s really funny how much I fit into this role. I was painfully bored and stir-crazy in the first couple of months, but once I got into the new pace and became more mobile I was on my way. I seriously think all moms are incredible. Whether we work outside of the home or not, we are all hard at work and doing a big job. Gretchen and I did joke about how there isn’t time to go back to work. I mean, I do sometimes miss working with you guys, it was so methodical and simple and there was lots more grown-up time if ya know what I’m sayin… but I think we are all planted in one spot or another, and it’s just a shame not to bloom there. 🙂

      We should do lunch again soon.

  6. la_mapache

    love love love that squash!!


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