06.11.2007 - 07.11.2007
what do u know? another really good day today! and yesterday! i think i just got over the slump caus im doing fine!
so yesterday, did some bread, but not a lot because tuesday is little bread day. i think i might be doing it wrong, ever since i started there has been really big holes in the bread. i think i might be kneading it wrong, too many air bubbles! who knows! still tastes fine- and resembles a bagel- very american!
after we went to their apple trees across the road and picked up apples. they had all fallen pretty much on the ground, so we got those. they were being used for apple sauce/compote/applejuice so it didnt really matter if they were ugly or not.
o! and i got a letter from my aunt candace, uncle keith and rockey! VERY much appreciated! thank you!
next phillipe took all les filles (the girls) to a nearby field (im not sure it was his, but i think he said something about corn from that field when we were feeding the cows grain! who know?!) we put our super cool jumpsuits on, andwhile in the van turned to us and said, in french- does anyone know how to drive?
isa doesnt cause shes a city girl, and all other candidates are under 14 years. so i said, oui, mais je ne sais pas courir un standard. translating horribly to- yes, but i dont know how to drive a standard. i dont think he cared if i did or not because next thing i knew i was being taught how to not at least stall the standard on first gear, and how to use the clutch. all in french. it was chaos, but eventually i learned it! so i drove in the corn field very slow as he took bags of organic fertilizer vitamins and put them in rows throughout.
next we were given buckets full of the vitamins (i think it was magnesium and calcium?) and we spread it by hand all around the field. now, the random white powder was a little scary at first, but he said it was actually good for ones health. isa and i still have our doubts. something about powder in our lungs, not so cool with. it took about an hour and a half, and afterwards we looked like powdered oldfashioned people.
after, milking, spreading hay, etc;
i tried to make chocolate chip cookies last night, didnt fair to well. i had all the ingredients (maybe?) eggs, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, butter.
must have gotten the mixture wrong. i was baking them in the compartment above the furnace, and i had to set my alqrm for one in the morning to get them out. that part wasnt so fun, but they came out mediocre, one set was really hard and crumbly, then the other set i added too much butter to and never cooked through that well. o well, it was still cool to dip them into fresh milk. when i got up this morning half of them were gone. food goes so fast, its really a game of survival. almost.
during milking this morning, we brought the newest mom in and milked her. she kicked a lot at first, but phillipe had a bar that makes it so she cant kick, it was my job to hold the bar, his job to milk her, and her job to have all of her waste products come out while i was standing in the splash zone. great.
we pierced the ears of the baby calf, the numbered tag looks ridiculous on the little baby, but shell grow into it!
after it was isa and i had to make lunch. thats always an adventure! shes not a big fan of cooking, it really stresses her out, where i am the opposite, and want to add any ingredient that might even smell remotely good into whatever were making. i think i might double her stress. oops!
so we made rice, green beans, salad, and barely some fish. we had a bag of frowen fish. or a fish. ones random parts chopped and thrown in a bag. so, we found a good stovetop recipe (because the oven is not so good at being an oven) and proceeded. our initial plan was to leave the chunks as is, dip it in lemon juice, then flour it, then put it in a sauce pan with herbs and butter. sounds good eh? what eventaully happened however, is while i was trying to debone/ scale/ and de tail it, throught the process of hot water and pulling on random flesh, i got really queasy. this surprised me because 2 nights ago i watched marie laure take the head of a cooked chicken, split it in half and eat it, with no uneasy feeling. maybe it was the smell, but it got to me. i took a break and when i came back, i went crazy and we ended up with shredded fish with a lot of lemon.
i think it was too much lemon because my tongue hurt afterward. but one thing was true- the sour fish didnt taste that fishy! hooray!
so after lunch one of the girls kidnapped me and said something about a bike, and finding a cat. doing nothing else i came along, about 5 mins down the road was there neighbor bea and her son leo, leo is friends with manon, and ive seen bea around the house randomly! while the kids played, she made me some coffee and took out some chocolate! i love this custom! she knew a bit of english, i knew a bit of french, and it was so nice to talk with someone without 10 other people around, then i could concentrate on her words, and work on mine. we took out a map and i pointed to where i was from, where ive been, where she had gone. we talked for about 40 mins non stop! pretty amazing how i can communicat finally!
after returning home, isa and i went for a bike ride to st brillet, for conditioner, chocolate, cookies and a stop at the bakery! its kind of a hard ride, 30mins each way, with a lot of hills, but we made it, and i feel really good about it!
then milking, food and now this!
but my FAVORITE thing to happen to me today was getting a package from home! i almost hugged the postal lady when she came in carrying a big white box!
when i opened it, i saw pages of the fosters daily democrat and immediatly started crying! thats beforre i saw everything else! marie laure said- ca va? tu es triste? english-u ok, are u sad? and i replied- non, je suis tres content! la pluie de joie- eng- no, i am very happy, the tears of joy.
so in this lovely package, besides newspaper- was a lovely sweater (which im rocking right now!) scarf, gloves, hat, bra (thank you thank you!) socks, funny times newspaper, under shirt, then gifts for the family- recees for the kids- natan loved them! maine maple syrup, blueberry jam, and dog biscuits for la loup! (she has been with me ever since i gave her them!)
i was so insanely happy! i took all the newspaper and organized them into the 2 days they are from ( oct 30th, 31st if u were wondering) put them into sections, and refolded them! then i read them cover to cover (minus the classifieds, those are boring)! so now im caught up with politics, the maine consolidation bit, holoween, sports (go socks!) and everything in between, including all the small town news a traveller could ever want!
ok! i have cookies waiting in my bedroom, just waiting to get eaten! love you all! id love to hear from you!