We’re on our lunch break. Payton is taking his Ruth/Eccl/Song of Solomon test (I’m proctoring). We have two more electives this afternoon, Wednesdays being our long days. All that my weekend was is on paper in my binder waiting to be turned in. I believe that I can safely say that this weekend of homework–one that actually lasted into today’s lunch break–had us almost whipped. I’m glad that for the time being, things have slowed down.
I’ve been canning like a crazy woman. I made the mistake of buying another giant box of bruised apples to turn into applesauce. They kept getting more and more rotten behind the chair until I had to use them. We had two huge articles that needed to be read yesterday. I made Payton a deal that if he would peel and chop apples, I would read aloud those chapters. There were a LOT of gigantic words and french philosophers names to twist the tongue. I read for TWO hours!!! Then, I proceed to try canning apples for pies…later the heat caused the syrup to expand (I even left a bunch of headroom) and I had a jar come out of the canner and spray syrup all over myself and the floor! Previously, I had also used my jar-grabber (it’s a technical term) to pull out the ladle I had been sanitizing, reaching too far and scalding a good part of my hand! And as a side note, I now swear by lavender essential oil for burns. It’s one of the only essential oils that you can put on your skin directly (without a carrier oil). But seriously, folks, I put the majority of my hand in boiling water, pulled it out yelling, soaked it in cold water, put the lavender oil on, and not long after, no pain, no sign of the burn! But if you get really, really burned, don’t bypass the doctor if it’s serious–I don’t want to be responsible for any deathly infections! Anyhow, it was just one of those days. The floor was soooo sticky! And then we ran out of water. It was quite a rush.
And as the grand finale, I decided to make elderberry syrup. Haha! As bedtime drew near, our house smelled of elderberries…which basically translates to a deep, murky, cherry feet smell! Oh the life!