Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?
I can not believe we are already in August! This is my last week at home. On Monday I’m going back to work. I’ve had a wonderful relaxing summer, and I have a plan for the fall semester. My plan for the new semester have slowly developed in my head over the summer. I have tried my very best to not think of work during my vacation, but in the back of my head new ideas were born. I’m going to spend the first week getting them down on paper (or rather into the school’s software system,) something I stop myself from doing during my vacation. So enough about work. I’m ready!
I have spent a little time the past two weeks going through my daughter’s and my own clothes. Not very time-consuming since we are minimalists. I did pack one bag of clothes that we have not used lately and gave it to someone who would have use for them. I also ordered some new items we would need going back to school and work. This wasn’t a very hard task but it feels good to be organised. After all the big changes in my daughter’s life (read:moving to a new country) I’ve noticed that she has a need to be prepared mentally for everything we do. It makes life a lot easier for her. Seeing her closet organised, knowing what she is going to wear on school days, and having her room arranged in an inviting way affects her mood tremendously.
After her being ill earlier this summer I’ve put an extra effort into getting both of us in better shape by taking long walks in the forest, snatching some blueberries and raspberries from the bushes as we go, nature is overflowing with goodness right now.
We also walk to the lake every day. On top of that my daughter got a mountainbike from her bonus grandma for her birthday, but she does not show any interest in riding it, yet.. She’ve had several bikes in her life, but never showed much interest in riding them, I have used every trick up my sleeve to make her interested, without success. I’m not giving up! I hope it turns around eventually, since I know she would enjoy the freedom she would get, once she understands it. We live in a safe place where she could ride with her friends to many fun places without me, and of course we could go riding together as often as she wants as well.
Speaking of her birthday last weekend, she had a great time playing with her best friend, just like she imagined (she only wanted to invite one girl.) We made the house festive before her friend arrived, and we all had partyhats.
My daughter decided that she wanted to make the cake herself, and I did not get to help, other than verbally answer some questions she had. I think it turned out great!
Garden wise I’ve harvested peas, zucchini, celery, basil, oregano, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, black currants and tons of Swiss chard this week. Tomatoes, bell pepper, and Lima beans are well on their way, but still have a little ways to go. I harvested the currants and chard on a neighbours property. They’ve always had a big garden, but now when they are older they cannot take care of it themselves. Their daughter helps them, and they are generous to let us join the harvest party. It’s the same place where we picked rhubarbs earlier this summer. I am so grateful. I spent a lot of time taking care of the chard I harvested this week.
Ripe white strawberries smells incredibly sweet, and the berries are so sweet and juicy.
I also read a very interesting book this week, about how to eat from your garden by the season, year round. It’s written by a Swedish gardener and is full of traditional, and new recipes, ideas, little anecdotes from her life, and fantastic images from her year round garden. Very inspiring! Can I get you a refill on that coffee?
Kombucha fermenting in a dark corner of my kitchen.
Do you like kombucha? I love kombucha. The drink have been around for thousands of years, is rich in probiotics, contains antioxidants, it’s also said to kill harmful bacteria and help fight a number of diseases – like if the delicious taste alone wasn’t enough. I haven’t made kombucha in a very long time, and decided to start some this week. If you don’t know what kombucha is, it’s a fermented tea, a sparkling drink that you enjoy cold. It can be alcoholic, but doesn’t have to be. It is not sugary, the sugar you add is eaten up during the fermentation. You can flavour your drink with your favourite flavour, it can be fruity, savoury, salty, sweet, or have an herbal taste. Different types of fruit, berries, and honey are common flavours, so are ginger and cinnamon. You add the flavour a couple weeks into the process, and I have yet to decide what flavour I’m going to make this time. If there is an interest I can make a post about how to make kombucha, let me know 🙂
Your turn! How is your week? I’d love to hear all about it, please tell me in a comment!