If I were keeping score of rainy vs. sunny days
for the past two months,
the tally would be quite lopsided in the direction of rainy days.
Yesterday was yet another one.
I cannot let myself get discouraged, though,
as my tomatoes rot on the vine,
and giant weeds gain a stronghold on my garden.
Mother Nature has won... but I don't feel defeated.
I gave the garden my very best.
It has gifted us much nutrition in spite of the rain.
Let's face it... there's always next year!
Don't be fooled by how green and lush the garden is...
the weeds are quite green!
And although the tomatoes hate the rain, the flowers love it!
No, to lament a rainy day would be a waste of a perfectly good day...
something of which we only have a finite amount.
Instead, I choose to use the quiet hours indoors for some endeavors
that have been like butterflies flitting around my mind.
My normally fluffy sheep feel like wet sweaters,
and I wonder what wet wool feels like on their backs...
and if it ever even reaches their skin, with all of the lanolin in their fleece.
Ginger and MaryAnn could care less about the rain and are just happy for cooler days.
The rain helps to rinse off the mud that cakes on their skin from their daily
(self-inflicted) "mud treatments."
The horses spent the night in the front pasture and are content to nap and snack
by the barn through the rainy hours.
The donkeys emerge between the showers,
then retreat to shelter to avoid getting wet.
As far as Daphne and Chloe are concerned, water only serves one purpose...
the occasional drink, and nothing else.
"Who needs a bath, anyways!"
As for the ducks...
they are kind of like me...
quite happy to have another rainy day.
And so, I spend my hours in the kitchen...
making homemade probiotic yogurt...
pretzel rolls with ham and Swiss and good mustard...
and a batch of cottage cheese.
Did you know that cultured milk products, such as yogurt and cheese,
deliver more calcium to your bones than milk?
In an attempt to decrease the amount of plastic containers we buy,
(and the amount of microscopic particles of plastic we consume)
I am making an effort to make as much of our dairy products as possible.
Cottage cheese is my first step into the world of cheese making.