Tuesday, August 10, 2010

a quick update

hey folks. this is a photo-free and very brief post. i just thought i'd update everyone on what's going on with me and mine. lets see....

Moving - gone from our old place, moved back to near my parents. Whether this is a short-term move or a long-term one will be determined primarily by where hubby gets a job. i kinda hope he gets something close by enough to commute, as i am NOT looking foreward to moving again.  Still living half out of boxes as we slowly unpack the many too many things we own.

Vikings - We had our big event of the year in Gimli, MB. it was fantastic, as always, and had a few hiccups, also as always. Daughter had a stomach flu for the first half, and Son decided now was a good time to go on a nursing spree (whether it was from stress, the heat, or a growth spurt, i'm still not sure), so i spent half my day sitting like a lump with him. The other half ended up being spent doing testing, as Hubby, Mom and I all decided to try to become testers for our Viking association (this will allow us to test others, and generally improve all the reenactor's knowledge and abilities when it comes to the 'living history' side of being a viking reenactor) Surprisingly, we all passed. Now i just have to do a few more things (like finish my second outfit) and i can officially accept the position. 

cooking and brewing - We just bottled our most recent batch of Metheglen (that's spiced mead) and we're waiting for the second carboy to clarify so that we can finish it up too (i expect it to be at least a month before it's done)  Also, just last night i started a 5 gallon batch of what i'm calling Rescue crab cyser (cyser is apple mead). hopefully it will turn out nicely... it's just waiting for hubby to get home with some yeast
In the next day or two i'm hoping to put up some of the baking apples (freezing them) and make some apple butter out of the crabs...  Mom's garden is looking fantastic. i can hardly wait for the ground cherries and tomatillos to ripen... not to mention all the tomatoes!

The weather has been super-hot and sticky around here, but as i look out the window, i see a pretty dark cloud mass to the south... could be we're in for a storm this afternoon. guess i should check the weather report and find out if their best guesses coincide with mine...  :D

as a side note, i've been following (in a broad sense) the problems the US government (and individuals) are having financially. Knowing how intertwined the Canadian government is with the US, i can't say i have much hope that if there is a crash/slide/downfall or other economic/political breakdown in the states, we will get by it anywhere NEAR scott free. You can, of course, look at everything going on and make your own mind on what you think is going to happen, but as for me? well..... lets just say i'm hedging my bets, and i plan on making sure my canned foods cupboard is well stocked this summer.

Take care to one and all, and keep your eyes and ears open!

(expect a photo post of some sort soon... once i unpack my camera cable!)

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