Hello friends. Since I was here last, J planted our garlic. They'd been stored in our basement, and a disappointing amount of them had started molding. We'd intended to plant them much sooner, but just hadn't managed to find the time to prep the bed and plant them. We ordered the garlic months ago, because they sell out quickly, so it can be a challenge. I harvested collards, and made this recipe. A few more Christmas presents were sewn. I've been wanting to collect some reusable Christmas boxes, and found some at Dollar General. Last year, I thought I'd wait until they were marked down, but they were all gone, so I bought two when I saw them. We still have a few of our tomatoes ripening. Some were used in a tomato rice loaf, along with our garlic, onions I'd dehydrated, and homemade bread crumbs. I spent 1 hr 45 mins on hold with my healthshare. I never managed to talk with anyone, but got my holiday cards written while I waited. I downloaded a free Kindle book. A batch of ear oil was made, for an ear that had a little discomfort. Two heads of broccoli were harvested; one enjoyed, and the other frozen. Kale was harvested, and salad made.
|I was drawn to the woman sewing|
On Sunday, the ladies had a spa day, with thermal baths and massages. We had some challenges navigating their system, with the language barrier, but all ended well. We returned to the town where J & his daughter lived, and were able to spend time with the woman they had rented their apartment from (the first floor of her home, begun in the 1100's), and her nephew. They took us all around town, treated us to lunch at a traditional German restaurant, and we even had a chance introduction to the burgermeister or mayor. It was a special day.
|the doorstep to their home in Kitzingen|
|Christmas market in Frankfurt|
At home, I enjoyed a free Christmas movie on amazon prime, and listening to free music on Pandora. On Sunday, we ventured out for groceries, chicken feed, lumber and a Christmas tree, which had been marked down 25%. Dog food and naval oranges were on sale. When we got home, J put up our wood shed addition, all but the roof tin. I baked our first sweet potatoes, and harvested collards for collards and rice. I dyed fabric with onion skins, which will be used in presents I am making. Though still not back to full energy, it's going to be a busy week, so I'd best think energetic thoughts. Have a good week, friends!