Another week of Daddy being gone has passed. Everyone has been very busy.
But it’s still important to take the time to stop and smell the Daisies.
Last Sunday Mommy took Evie and Ellie up to Deedee and Papa’s house to visit.
Ellie is still not sure why she should smile at the phones that people are constantly pointing at her.
This was also the week of Emma’s birthday party next door. Since the fence is still broken, it was relatively easy for an invitation to make its way over to our side, and for our kids to make their way over to their side.
Meanwhile, Mommy kept herself busy by pulling out Daddy’s old Texas Skillet, the one he has owned for more than a decade, the one that has sizzled a metric ton of bacon in its time and has never been washed, and which also has been living on top of the cupboard in the kitchen for a couple years because it started burning on and Ryan never made the time to strip and cure it, where it has been collecting dust and grease from the old broken oven vent before Ryan fixed it…
You know the one.
A few weeks ago Kathleen read in her 1930’s homemaker manual that the way to strip cast iron is to boil potato skins in it. It worked on her smaller Texas skillet (it’s more of an Oklahoma skillet, really) so now she tried it on the far nastier big skillet. It worked quite well actually, and she was able to heat treat it and cure it with vegetable oil. We’ll see if Ryan can remember to maintain the seasoning when he gets back.
Ryan has been busy also, long days of training,
It may seem like a lot of effort, but the National Guard is called upon to perform the same missions that Active Duty is called on to perform, but we have only about 40 training days per year to prepare for them, compared to at least 250 training days on Active Duty. When you think about that it makes sense for us to go out in the middle of nowhere and really knuckle down to getting after it for the few weeks of AT we get.
Evie is doing her own training, these days. Without being prompted she accurately pointed out the spot on the lake that we visited when we were in Glacier three weeks ago.
We assume that she remembered it from the big wall map Kathleen showed her when she was there, since she can’t read yet.
Our peas have started producing too!
Between our peas and the neighbor’s peas (they are on vacation and asked us to pick their peas while they were gone) we are pulling in about half a colander at a time. Not bad for two tiny little plots.
And that’s about all the happenings this week.
Daddy drew a picture of a bunny in the letter he wrote to Ellie, so she decided to play bunny.
We hope you have had a good week and continue to have a wonderful weekend. God Bless. Pray for us.