Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I'd like to go back to being awesome now, thank you.

On Monday I woke up with one of those stiff necks that feels like you might have actually injured yourself in your sleep, and can't turn your head more than a fraction either way... so frustrating!

I decided that maybe it would be best to keep moving in spite of it, and maybe it would losen up, but I don't think that's the right prescription in that situation since it didn't feel much better at all Monday evening. So, yesterday I spent much of the day on the couch with a heating pad, and it feels a little better this morning, if slightly sore.

So, between being sick last week, and having such a bad neck this week, I'm feeling like a mess! I haven't worked out all that much, and just want to get back to doing that and feeling good again.

I have a few small goals for this week, and now that I can move my head and all, I'm hoping to get some fun things done.

Today, I have chicken breasts and hamburger to cook up and freeze, since we bought extra during some good sales this past weekend. There's laundry to do, and I have some articles to write and submit for AC.

Other things I want to accomplish this week include finishing that project for Adam. My sewing machine broke about ten minutes from the end last week, and once I pick it up from the shop, I can finish this right up and send it out.

I'm in the middle of an experiment making fermented ginger soda. My starter hasn't gotten bubbly yet, but I've moved it to a much warmer place, so I'm hoping I can get that mixed up and fermenting in the carboy this week. I'll definately update more on that when I see how it goes.

I'm planning to get some seeds planted. I've recently read about a technique called winter sowing, where you plant seeds in "mini-greenhouses" (containers covered in plastic) outside in the winter, and let them do their thing till it's transplant time. This makes so much sense to me!! Seeds sit on the ground all winter and then they grow on their own, so it doens't make a ton of sense to trick them into coming up early in the house, and then struggle for 4-6 weeks to give them light, and keep them warm, and keep them from growing fungus, and keep them watered, when all I have to do is let nature tell them when they want to come up and make sure they have water occasionally.

I would like to try another batch of soap, this time with some fancier ingredents and add-ins, for using in the bathrooms. I don't know yet if I can do that this week or not though, since I haven't picked a recipe. It'll depend on whether I have the ingredients on hand or not if I wait till next week.

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Anna said...

I'm totally into winter sowing, though my technique is a little different --- I make cold frames out of old boards and cover it with row cover fabric (which lets in light and rain.) I'm getting ready to start a cold frame of lettuce next week, in fact.

I've also had good luck starting tomatoes in cold frames, although for that I wait until April.

Come to think of it, I probably should have started my alpine strawberries this way...

(I hope your neck feels better soon!)

Bethany said...

That's an even more convenient way of seed starting... you don't even have to transplant. Do you have about the same success rate with direct sowing outside as you do starting inside?

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