This past weekend was Philip’s Fall Break. We filled up our long weekend with lots of cozy projects around the house, which is just how I like my vacations best. Philip did some scraping and repainting work on the outside of our house, we did a little reorganizing inside (Alice moved into her big-girl bedroom this past week!), and we all got some extra time to play.
I was very excited to finally try some sourdough baking. I made my own starter last week and was thrilled that I caught some nice wild yeast in the first few days. The internet is great for learning new things, but in looking for information on sourdough I quickly discovered that people are pretty serious about their sourdough and I found all the technical terms and, dare I say, snobbery, discouraging, so I just followed the friendly directions in my trusty King Arthur Flour cookbook. They were much simpler and less anxiety-inducing. As it turns out, it wasn’t that hard! I made my first loaf over Saturday and Sunday (I let my sponge work a good 24 hours) and it turned out reasonably attractive and super tasty. I’m excited to try either more bread- or perhaps some pizza dough- with my starter this coming weekend.
Alice spent lots of time during her Fall Break bothering Charley, taking her wooden caterpillar pull-toy on “neighborhood walks,” and playing with her paints and play-dough. Alice no longer naps (sigh….) and so also spent time each afternoon in her big girl room practicing “rest time”- not her favorite.
I also got some time to start a new sewing project- a winter coat for Alice- and to get quite a bit done on a new sweater for Philip. I had hoped to make it for our 5th anniversary, which we celebrated last week, but my new goal is Christmas. I’ve only been working on it about a week and am already almost to the underarms, so I think it’s a goal I can accomplish. I also began reading a very interesting book by Bill Bryson called At Home: A Short History of Private Life. After a string of disappointing novels it’s great to be reading something really good.
With the exception of a few chilly mornings it’s still been very warm here, but I can’t complain. We’re having a lovely autumn- hope you are too!