* Really, having electricity is amazing. Refrigeration! Irons! WASHING MACHINE. I seriously did about 7 loads of laundry the first week we had electricity. Curtains, rugs, pillow covers-- everything is now clean. The cat went into hiding.
*with the refrigerator now working, somehow the grocery store stars aligned, and I was able to find sliced turkey and pickles. This resulted in my all time favorite sandwich of turkey, cheese, mayonnaise, and pickles. This is the first time I have ever been able to find all the ingredients here!
*However, I can now say I feel a bit more relaxed about food safety. I mean, I left spaghetti sauce with meat out for almost 24 hours one day (pre-working fridge) and it was fine. The secret is boiling and covering (thank you Dr Pasteur). Who wants to come for dinner?
*I made the most amazing from-scratch fudge brownies the other day and gave one to Fr John. The superiority of the brownies was confirmed yesterday at the rectory, when several people asked for the recipe when I walked in. Apparently the brownies are now famous.
*We are bottle feeding a baby goat named Henry. He lives in our yard, along with the guinea hens, the 2 rabbits who are loose, and of course the cat. When I come home at night I feel like Dr Doolittle- I get rushed by goat, cat, and bunnies, all demanding FOOD NOW.
*our male bunny has figured out how to push the back door open. Sometimes when I am reading on the couch (from which only the top half of the door is visible) the door will silently swing open. A few minutes later a large white bunny hops by. Sometimes he is followed by a small goat.
*this weekend we will be assisting at a fund-raising fair (for a sick boy). Daniel and I have been put in charge of the blow-up-jumpy-house-thing. I'm pretty sure Daniel has never been in one. This should be fun.
*anyone have any book recommendations? Perhaps some non-fiction to keep my brain from shriveling?