1. An ongoing endeavor of mine is taking better care of our bodies by eating well and exercising enough.
I’ve been baking all our bread for a month or so now, alternating each week between a basic whole wheat bread and a whole wheat sourdough. I’ve had a bag of wheat berries (unground wheat) in my freezer for almost three years — I keep meaning to try sprouting some and just haven’t done it, because it involves a commitment of several days in a row. Instead, finally, last night I soaked some, along with some sunflower seeds and millet, and baked it into the regular bread today. Looks and smells great — I love bread with these things in it for texture and taste, so I hope it turns out well.
Soon we’ll be adding local eggs to our diet — as soon as we use up the current batch from the store. Last week I was out for the first bike ride of the season and happened to hear a rooster. On a whim, I rode up the driveway and knocked on the door and asked about their chickens — would they show them to me, and tell me about raising them (I’ve wondered about buying a few laying hens), and by the way do they sell the eggs. They have a nice set up where the chickens free range all day when the family’s home, and otherwise stay in their coop and run. They eat cracked corn, layer mash, oyster shell, occasional dry cat food, and whatever bugs and such they find out in the yard. Some have some feather loss issues, but no one was bleeding or bright red or anything. And the price is right — $1.50 a dozen, compared to $3 at the health food store.
As for exercise, theoretically I’m participating in three fitness classes each week at the academy where Mark teaches, but there were no classes over our long spring break, and I’ve only done two measly video workouts, plus the short bike ride.
2. Another endeavor, especially since deciding to send Amy to the Montessori school, is to expand my business.
I play hammered dulcimer, teach, and have a few CDs to sell. I arranged with the local coffee shop to play there once a month for tips and CD sales, and it’s keeping me practicing a little more as well as providing exposure. Friday I play for a church supper, a gig arranged by someone who saw me at the coffee shop. I also have a student from playing there. No leaps and bounds, but a good start.
I have the intention to start an Etsy shop to sell stuff I sew. First I need to finish sewing diapers and sorting and organizing my fabric stash. Then I hope to make jeans bags, towel bibs, and who knows what else to sell.
3. This blog challenge has been quite the endeavor so far, too. Actually, the first three letters weren’t hard, but E was driving me nuts. I found myself absent-mindedly going about my day, brainstorming: eight, elbow, eighth note, ellipsis, elephant, end…