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I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.

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The first preserving of 2009


Posted at 03 Jun 2009 11:34:10 AM

Owing to my car acting up and the only appointment being at 7am today, I am now running on about 2.5 hours of bad, dream-filled sleep. Good times.

On the plus side, I have an interview next week with a company for which I would rather like to work, so that's something. Wish me luck. On the negative side, er... well, car repairs and no sleep. Also my cats are insane, and the dog is hyper. Again on the positive balance, the storm which came through yesterday has spared the power lines to our subdivision, thankfully. At least one friend that I know of was not so lucky.

I went strawberry picking on Saturday with a group of (I hope) new friends, and came home with a good experience and 6 pounds of fresh gorgeous strawberries. I decided to make strawberry-rhubarb jam with them, and turned out to only need about half - for a double batch! So now I have 9 half-pints and 2 pints of jam on my counter, and another 2.5lbs of berries still in the fridge.

The next venture, once I wake up sufficiently, will probably be strawberry balsamic jam. You all know my weakness for balsamic vinegar and even though I'm assured that the tang doesn't really come through in the finished jam, the color and a slight darker flavor still will.

Although I knitted for an hour and a half this morning at the mechanic's, I had noticed on my way in the rather characteristic pain in the soft part of my hand below the thumb which can really only come from whatever type of RSI to which I'm prone. So... the second Maeby sock may not be finished today. And although I really want to work on the Harper Hall shawl (given that it's 145 rows of 491-and-not-appreciably-decreasing stitch counts, I feel like I have to make some progress every day of it'll never be done) I may not be able to do that either. Curse my wrists.

Of course, cursing them while typing is probably not my brightest idea ever, is it?

It's dark and dreary today, so of course I am curled up on the couch reading The Nine Tailors. Nice and atmospheric, wot?



On 04 Jun 2009 03:55:29 PM, Toile-dAraignee said...

Home-made jam is so yummy, isn't it. That and your delicious bread... mmm.


On 04 Jun 2009 04:33:09 PM, wint3rhart.livejournal.com said...

It is! And a ton easier than I thought it would be.... apple butter takes all day and then some what with the endless simmering and running it through a sieve or blender, but jam is just fruit + sugar + boil, pectin, boil 1 minute more, put in jars! It's done in a couple of hours!

I did the strawberry balsamic this morning and it is delicious. I kinda want to go strawberry picking again ;-)


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