Thursday, 6 September 2018

Journey vs Destination

I was just watching an early StartTrek: The Next Generation episode with Hugslut tonight. It was the one where Q offers Commander Riker the chance to become a Q.

At the end Riker offers everybody gifts that they really really want, and they give them back because it's not actually what they want.

I kind of feel the same way about my current journey. There are times when I feel that I don't want to get organized I want to be organized, I don't want to get in shape I want to be in shape.

I was thinking tonight that if there was a Q that offered me to be organized and be in shape the way I dream of in my future, I would take it...

And then I thought about my dream farm, and if I would be happy to have that at a snap of the fingers...

Strangely enough the answer is no.

Although I would really appreciate some magical help in some of the steps to get me where I want to go, I do still want to take that journey to my dream destination.

I want the joy of picking a property, fixing up the house the way we like it, choosing our animals, digging in the soil and creating a garden, meeting friends and neighbors and creating a community, and even the stupid little things like living here and saving up and learning the homemaking skills I'll need.

It's strange how I can be content with the journey for the big goal, but it's so much harder with the small goals.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Obstinate Obstetrician Obstacle

I was at work today, just doing my job when my brain popped up with the question:

"How is the word 'obstetrician' related to the word 'obstacle'?"

I mean, English is a weird language. There was a chance that they weren't related at all.

My train of thought was:

Obstacle = Thing blocking the way
Obstinate = Creates/births obstacles/blocks
Obstetrician = Doctor of blockages....? Really?

Well I finally got home and looked it up to find:

obstetric (adj.)
1742, from Modern Latin obstetricus "pertaining to a midwife," from obstetrix (genitive obstetricis) "midwife," literally "one who stands opposite (the woman giving birth)," from obstare "stand opposite to" (see obstacle). The true adjective would be obstetricic, "but only pedantry would take exception to obstetric at this stage of its career." [Fowler]. Related: Obstetrical.

So, Yeah... Not block, "stand opposite to".... Makes sense now. 😊

Thursday, 2 August 2018


My wife and I were talking about a few things during out household summit meeting and she pointed out how many hours a week I actually spend doing housework/homemaking. Adding that to my working for pay hours results in a 44+ hour work week.

I hadn't thought of it like that and some of the tasks she mentioned, I estimated less time for and was therefore not recognizing my own contributions.

I am currently working on tracking this stuff so I can see it and feel more accomplished instead of guilty when I'm tired and need a break.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Mrs got a new job!

She starts Monday and although it will take time for us to get back to normal... The pressure is now lifting.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

It's only science if you write it down

I've been trying this new thing where I record my kitchen experiments with their creation dates, check-to-see-if-it's-done dates, and then a big long event that goes to the Best Before date.

This gives me a quick way to see what's available right now and also I can set myself notifications so I don't forget to check on ferments at the appropriate intervals.

One day I'd like to have an ongoing record of recipes and batches to find out how changing things improves or detracts from the finished product.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Ginger Carrots

My experience with fermenting cabbage so far has been okay... but I had been adding too much salt and chickening out by putting it in the fridge too early in the process. This has resulted in very-salty-and-only-slightly-sour-kraut that's closer to coleslaw.

It's fine. We eat it... but it's not quite right.

After listening to a BUNCH of episodes of the Living Homegrown podcast, I was inspired to make a carrot ferment.

It was really simple. Four grated carrots, some grated ginger, and 1 tbsp of pickling salt in 2 cups of water for the brine.

I should have a nice hot & sour carrot soon, and hopefully this experiment into non-cabbage pickling will be the success I need to be a bit braver with fermenting.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

incremental success

  • managed to (slightly) carbonate kombucha
  • went walking after dinner for a few nights in a row
  • actually called a psych doc, left msg with receptionist, got voicemail back from doc, and two days later(now) emailed doc back
  • have not cried at work in a while(at least a week?)
  • finally got around to deleting Facebook account