Two posts in one day?!?! Are you shocked? Well don't get too excited. I don't have any pictures for this one. And I don't have any purpose as to why I'm blogging, so this may be a completely boring post. But I'm home, all evening, without Andrew or Lucy, making jam, and there is no one online to chat with. So while I'm making batch after batch of jam, I thought I would take a minute to write. Ah, the joys of having a laptop. Pandora, facebook, google reader, and blogging while I'm stuck in the kitchen.
Until last Saturday, Andrew and I hadn't been apart for more than a few hours all summer long. We spent all last Saturday apart, and now he has been doing a band camp every evening this week. Stupid, mushy, sure. But I hate having him gone. Everything is better when I'm doing it with him.
This is the first time I have canned or made jam without him. The process is not near as smooth, the kitchen is way messier, and there is no laughing or talking. I prefer middle of the night canning sprees.
Lucy is being boarded this weekend while we are at weddings. She's at a great place. They breed and show Great Danes, and they board a few large breed dogs at a time. The dogs they breed play and get the same treatment as their dogs, so I know she is in good hands. Probably better than ours. It was still weird to leave her though. It was very abrupt and she had no idea what was happening. And the house feels strangely dead tonight. We don't get her back until Monday morning.
I picked blackberries in the dark tonight. With a headlamp on. Headlamps illuminate spiders but not thorns. Eight cups is a lot of blackberries. Blackberry nectarine jam=worth it.
I think we have the layout of our future home decided on. We are staring at it for a while longer, waiting to see if I find anything else that I think I might not like about it. Andrew already knows he won't like standing on a ladder while building cob two stories high. And he's limiting my number of doors. What do you love/hate about your kitchen? I want to make sure we think it through.
I put together an awesome present for one of the weddings I'm going to. I usually don't get too into wedding presents. Think functionality not creative. I figure there is just too much going on when you get married to appreciate creativity. And you need so many things when you are starting out. But I like this one. It's a good combination of functionality and creativity.
And back to the jam. Night.