I think the photos and video say it all. Very good times in the past week of flooded fields.
Anytime we eat Indian Food out, I’m reminded that I want to master the art of making authentic, yummy, kid-friendly flatbreads at home. (That goes for Mexican homemade tortillas too, which I’ve yet to successfully produce.) Good bread is such a treat, and it makes a potentially non-kid-friendly meal with unusual spices and sauces a little less risky. Aaron & I had fun trying this method for roti yesterday and they turned out great. The whole Indian meal of butter chicken, daal, raita and salad greens (from our garden still- love that) including the bread, was done in 45 minutes, start to finish. Though my dear hubs took over the big job of cleaning the stove element after- I will stick to using the cast iron skillet next time.
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups water
Mix in bread machine, let sit about 10 min. Cut and roll out golf ball size pieces, then place on hot skillet for 2-3 minutes. Turn, then place on direct burner for about 10-20 seconds (this is the part I might not do again, though it was really fun to watch them puff up!) Remove, keep warm & repeat.
At last, a dry day around here! I know, we’re not supposed to complain about the weather here in Victoria, but it has been unceasingly wet and dark this week. Finally I could get outside to snap some shots of my new favorite little sweater. It turned out so great, and best of all, he’ll wear it. After many attempts at holding it “near” him to check the back or sleeve length that resulted in crazy flailing fits, I was convinced I would need to add a pocket for chocolate chips or other treats to have him actually wear it. Thankfully, he’s been happy to keep it on, though I have a near-finished little bear to match, which I’ll save for a moment that this little guy needs to snap out of a tantrum (he loves all creatures stuffed and cuddly, like no other kid I know!)
The other quick and easy project of the day (actually, two days) has been farm chore mitts for Sophia’s birthday- one was finished yesterday, one looks like this and will hopefully be delivered before the day is done. The pattern is those mitts from one of my favorite inspiring knitting blogs, A Friend To Knit With (see the sidebar for free patterns.) A fun & productive week where homeschooling, food & exercise were not sacrificed- gotta love those!
Every now & then, I have a meltdown day where I am totally convinced that I can not do this huge job of mine, at all. For me the usual progression is 1) Withdraw from the outside world (ie, take a blogging break) 2) Have a meltdown day where I feel emotionally whelmed, say some angry words to someone for supposedly not being on the same team as me and adding to the disaster I see around me 3) Realize I need a serious infusion of time with God which usually involves me being outside, alone, with some beautiful worship music to get my head on straight and my heart back in that abiding place 4) After alot of tears, am overcome with His goodness and again whelmed with how simple it is to do life in His presence and am ready to re-enter my job with gusto, having remembered who I am and what I am called to and Who loves me no matter what. 5) Cruise through my next day with peace and 6) Encounter some hilarious “disaster”- usually in the form of water, damage from critters and serious disruption to what a normal day looks like.
So yeah, here we are, with a partly-gutted kitchen, a fairly important dinner date booked for tomorrow night that we really shouldn’t reschedule, our water turned off at the road, a sink full of dishes, and a dishwasher and sink pulled apart without a real game plan in place for addressing it all- quick fix with a plumber and resume until further notice? Or go for the full reno right now, embracing the moment of opportunity?
The good news is that 1) I’ve got peace like a river 2) I know we’re doing what we should be doing 3) I know God has a promise & provision for every problem and 4) we’ve got fantastic neighbours that will let me come take a shower at their house (see you at 8 or so Lis!)
Too crazy still for photos…updates to come. I’m back.