I go with you
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For 7 years I worked with people with developmental and physical disabilities, helping to match their gifts with needs in the community. One of my dearest was a woman named Connie who had Down’s Syndrome and called me “Rayjoy.” Somehow, she was my friend, therapist and spiritual priestess all in one very small, bejeweled package; when I’d show up at her house to take her somewhere, she’d greet me with a huge hug and say, “Sweetheart! I go with you.” That’s how I feel about you all.
:: Proof that this blog is not safe for your children anymore.
You kids owe me a roll of tape and toilet paper.
:: Butchering the deer was quick and businesslike. Somehow, despite our spacious house, the kids were always in my knife-radius; but I liked the gifts they left for me in special places. (Also, apparently this post is brought to you by the semi-colon; such sexy punctuation).
:: Col had his first (non-grandparent) sleepover with his dear friend Mathew this week. I had to refrain from calling Mathew’s house every 10 minutes with tremendously helpful information like, so, when Col rubs his eyes, that means he’s tired. Also, Mathew and his brother Alex listen to the same Magic Treehouse story on tape every night to fall asleep by. It’s sort of Pavlovian: the tape unspools and the boys drift off. But Col, who hasn’t heard these stories and is used to falling asleep in silence (and used to falling asleep a full hour earlier than these brothers), kept listening and listening and…He made it through the first story, then the second, long after the brothers fell asleep, until Melanie peeked into the room and asked, “Col, do you want me to turn the story off?” “Yes,” Col answered gratefully and then was asleep 2 minutes later.
:: The tomatoes are officially done.
26 quarts roasted tomato sauce, 18 pints salsa, 4 pints tomato tapenade.
While Col was at his sleepover, Rose cranked her way through an impressive amount of apples. Also, she made up this game: you kiss my nose while I simultaneously kiss your nose. I dare you to try it with your funky monkey without dying laughing.
We freeze these apples raw for smoothies. No peeling, lemon or blanching needed. They defrost with beautiful color and flavor. The kids actually think frozen raw apples are a delicacy just plain.
:: Broccoli leaves!
I know we’ve talked about this before and it’s possible I’m inordinately giddy about eating these homely leaves, but you’re used to strange displays of happiness over odd things, right? Broccoli and kale (and cabbage/cauliflower/brussels sprouts) are actually all the same species (brassica oleracea) and the young leaves taste just like kale. Incidentally, broccoli leaves are a good source of: protein, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, Vit’s A, C, and B6, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Whew, I was feeling a little low on pantothenic acid.
Broccoli leaves sauteed with Stone Free Farm carrots, to be added to venison chili, which I served to 3 families and no one said a peep about strange greens.
:: Kids showing my parents the lego house they built on Skype; this makes me so happy; happy enough for 2 semi-colons!
:: Our homeschool co-op lesson on money has spawned a lot of counterfeiting activity here.
The $123 note will give you away every time.
I can’t look at Rose’s money without wanting to sweep her up in my arms and play the nose-kiss game.
Also, some interesting things we learned about money:
1) Paper money is not actually paper. It is made of a mix of cotton and linen.
2) It currently costs more to manufacture both pennies and nickels than their value.
3) 93% of our nation’s money transactions are electronic.
4) Wells Fargo will not let you see their vault.
:: And finally, we had a fantastic Halloween: venison chili, buddies, Ska Molé Stout, and our dear Tupperware Heights. Also, there’s an interesting experiment taking place. I’ve given the children complete free reign over their candy. Will report back.
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Have a sweet November (November!) weekend,
ps: We are reading the last Narnia book right now, and it’s like the election season, what with all the “good-guys” and “bad-guys,” but we’re also mixing it up with the original Winnie the Pooh, which is so delightful and comical, the three of us have to pause regularly for belly laughs. What are you reading these days?