1) Dan left to go hunting on Wednesday and the kids and I immediately went to the grocery store and bought: hot dogs, bacon, mac’n’cheese, hippie peanut butter cups, cookies and boxed cereal. (Also, we may or may not be riding bikes to the donut shop for breakfast this morning).
Somehow, the kids seem more themselves when I’m solo-parenting, or magnified, like their most selves. It’s due to some abstract law of physics, like: the fewer adults around to absorb and witness, the more the kids become themselves. Does that make sense? It’s great because you get to really see them – like being an anthropologist in your own family. When Col climbed on the conveyer belt at the grocery store with our bacon, hot dogs, etc…announcing “I’m coming down, scan me!” I was completely unrattled. “That’s so you, Col. And please climb down now.”
2) I am teaching a free fermentation class at Durango Natural Foods on Tuesday, September 27th, 6:30 – 8pm. We’ll discuss making cheese, yogurt, kefir, vinegar, sauerkraut, cultured veggies, kimchi, and my new favorite: fermented salsa. Bring a sampling spoon!
3) I’m teaching an 8-week writing class, Writing your Wild Life, through Fort Lewis College’s continuing education program, starting October 12th. Details here. Early registration is discounted.
4) I have an article in the Fall edition of Rhythm of the Home where I share the best tomato sauce recipe ever. Really, the BEST.
5) The answer to harvest fatigue is here! My friend Kati is coming over today to help me chop peaches, make pesto, shell acorns and pick from the jungle of cherry tomatoes while the kids become more themselves.
6) Some of you have asked about chokecherries. They’re our most abundant wild fruit here in Southern Colorado. They’re sweet and astringent and so historically significant that many native tribes simply called them “berry.” Cooked down with a little sugar or honey into jelly or syrup, they’re a delicacy. Look for my article on chokecherries in the next issue of Edible San Juan Mountains.
7) I finished ALL my deadlines and now I’m totally partying, er, eating bacon with small people.
Have a lovely weekend!