Anyone still here?
I wouldn't typically go for this style of dress, but it was in the last chance sale at the thrift shop, so it came home with me for under a dollar. It is synthetic and quite cheaply made but...robots. If I find the time it will probably be cut apart into a shirt and skirt. I would like a shorter, boxy blouse in this print. Would be great with white trousers.
I asked Dan for a photo beside the sunflower for scale. He's just about 6 feet tall. It wasn't that long ago that I could measure him against a baguette!
I decided to exercise similar caution.
So much to look at in the garden that planted itself. I let the red lettuce go to seed and hopefully it will start new plants.
Anyway, it amazes me that anything can grow at all in this heat. Starting Sunday we're in another high heat wave for at least ten days. Following so closely on the last we haven't had much time to recuperate or get much rain. I won't complain too loudly about staying at home in a dark house. I'm fortunate to have central air conditioning, and an air conditioned car. Crossing my fingers for the power grid to hold up. I try my best to avoid running appliances at the peak demand hours and really, if I'm not going anywhere then there isn't much laundry. The teenager sleeps until 3PM, has lunch, and then retreats to his room, so not much laundry there either. We've been watching classic movies together in the evenings. At his age sitting in the same room with a parent is about as much participation as I can expect. I'm not upset-that's how it is supposed to be.
Next week I'm taking Dan to Lincoln to do a campus visit at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dan is still planning to attend university in Brussels, but the advance placement courses he took were through Wesleyan and as he did so well with him they've been sending recruiting information in the post. They finally got to him :) Never a bad idea to apply to more than one school and at least one of them ought to be in the US. Anyway, it is a bit over an hour from Omaha, but I'm always happy to visit Lincoln. If he stays in the US he's already been offered what's essentially free tuition at UNO which is ten minutes from our house and has a good international studies department. Certainly, no harm visiting the fancy, private university. I went to a classical guitar recital there about 20 years ago-it looked like a nice campus.
Back to the clothes...
Early 2000s dress originally from Target (Mossimo brand) thrifted for pocket change.
I know how to make them but I don't bake in heatwaves.
The nice thing about making several salads at once is they keep getting better on subsequent days. The up front effort pays off in days of quickly getting a meal on the table. And yes, Dan left the tomatoes behind in his serving of beans, but that's fine-it didn't go to waste.
Bad photo, good salad. What can I say?!
This one was more of a pumpernickel with rye, einkorn, rolled rye flakes, molasses, cocoa, coffee, coriander, and caraway. The boys really liked it best of all the loaves so far. The top is a bit light, so I need to work on that. I don't think it over-proofed, but that's one of the things that can make a loaf of bread too pale. I might give this bread a try with spelt. I've also experimented with Golden Buffalo flour (hard red Kansas wheat that has the germ removed-a sort of finer whole wheat) with mixed results.
Okay, a few last outfits before I go...
And that's about it from here. I hope you're managing through whatever weather you're having, and I am going to make an effort to do smaller, more frequent posts to avoid the issues of lost photos, eaten text, etc. Thanks for being so patient.