I have decided that a clear table is the kitchen and dining room equivalent of a made bed; my goal is to maintain this state as much as possible. I’m still working on clearing off the dining room table, though. Our fruit bowl is already considerably depleted — We’ve eaten a couple of the peaches and I used a lot of lemons in yesterday’s meal. The wrinkly tablecloth is the one I picked up from Aldi yesterday. Since it is vinyl, the wrinkles should eventually work themselves out.
Before my sister’s family arrived for their visit, I wrote out a great big, massive to-do list. It’s relevant to what our needs are around here now, as opposed to the list on this blog which is sorely out of date. I’ll be updating that page this week. Even though I didn’t expect that we would get through this list before they got here, we did get quite a bit done. And I find crossing things out to be very satisfying. The big thing now is to maintain our momentum.
I’ve been enjoying the cherries I bought yesterday, although as I’ve been eating them it struck me how they taste NOTHING like the artificial cherry flavoring that is used in candies and drinks and so on. Why is that? I don’t really even think that sour cherries taste like that, although perhaps that taste does somewhat capture the aroma of ripe sour cherries. But not really. Does anyone know? Not that artificial flavors are expected to taste “real” but…this one seems really off.
I have been so tired lately. And having weirdly vivid dreams that I remember for hours after I wake up. I don’t know why, either — although I’m busy, this summer is nothing like the spring in terms of commitments. Maybe this is just my body adjusting to fewer calories (that makes me feel like a wimp and also like I’ve made a drastic change in how much I’m eating, which I don’t think I really have). I don’t know, but it’s disconcerting and getting in the way of my productivity.
However, I am making headway on planning a little trip the two of us are taking later in the summer. We’re indulging Michael’s love of whiskey/bourbon/scotch and driving up through Kentucky on their bourbon trail (the map is from Astor Wines — a seller in NYC — but I thought it was more charming that a simple road map). We will not visit all 10 distilleries, I don’t think! But it should be fun and I’m looking forward to planning some hikes or other outdoorsy type of adventures, too. Kentucky is such a beautiful state and I am excited to visit it again.