I took the girls for a walk this morning. I checked out a book on identifying edible plants and although it is the tale end of the season we had fun making several finds along the road. It was one of those golden mornings when the air is really crisp and just right for a walk. Since the usual "Shenandoah Shores-pedal-happy-motorist club" was not making as big of a show this morning we even ended up sitting by a big hedge on Mountain View and just watching the sparrows play in the huge berry hedge along the road for quite a while. If the pace of the day is just spot on (and often it is not--meaning I am trying to do too much) the girls will be quite content with this sort of thing for a long time. The sparrows made me a bit wistful, so happy and carefree in their berry hedge. As we left Angelica said she wished we lived in the hedge with the sparrows. Sometimes I couldn't agree more.
The rest of the day was spent making Angelica's penguin costume and finishing up my first knitting project, a scarf for Ben, which while imperfect I am proud to say is finished--and "finished project" is rarley a point I score as a sanguine.
Also finished the plantain balm that I started back in August, which is rather half a point because it should have been tended to weeks ago. I melted beeswax in a double boiler which I had never done before and it smelled WONDERFUL! It wasn't nearly as messy as I thought it would be. Plantain is a very common weed that grows just about everywhere. Here is what it looks like.
anyway you chop it up and put it in olive oil in a clean jar and let it sit like forever in a dark place and then mix it with the beeswax.
It turned out a little smelly but not too bad.
So anyway two projects checked off the list.
Now onto bed.