Making Bread Again

Another good day almost done.  I got my personal work lie letters etc done first thing in the morning and then Luke and I worked on his studies for a little while.  Then when he need a break I got going on making rolls for the pulled pork.  I did get the pork into the slow cooker at 7am so I needed to get some rolls done to serve with it.  I don’t have my Kitchen Aid mixer yet but I always used to make bread with out it for years so decided I would do it today.  It is hard to mix as the last of the flour is added so when Landen saw me struggling with it he came out and did it for me.  That was just the help I needed.  When he got enough flour worked in that I could handle it I took over again and did the kneading.  I like doing that as it is feel that tells you it is done and not something I can explain to someone else.  I got the dough set out to raise and then thought about lunch.  The boys had the Italian soup that Joe made this weekend and I had a big salad.

I have fought my weight all my life and since Norman died I have lost 9 pounds.  This is the first time I have been able to lose weight in over 5 years.  I used to go on a diet and lose some weight then go back to eating and put it  all right back on but the last 5 or 6 years when I go on a diet I never lose any weight and Norman would lose too much.  It got so discouraging.  Now that I am down a little I hated to go back to gaining again and I have been eating well again since I have been here and Holly and Joe don’e have any scales so I got some yesterday  And I am glad to say I have not gained any weight back to I want to keep that up and so I had a salad today instead of the soup.   I still stay gluten free and that may be the real reason I have been able to lose weight, it has cured most of my aches and pains.

After dinner I cut out the rolls and then baked them.  Landen says they came out good.  Those do tempt me to eat one wheat but not enough to make me try them.  So I will take Landen and Luke’s word for the fact that they came out good.

By afternoon my back begins to ache so I have taken it easy this afternoon.  Tomorrow I want to make some cookies.  My machine is supposed to come tomorrow so if it does I’ll make the cookies after we do some school work.  I am also supposed to get several school supplies I ordered and if they get here we will start some phonics and history projects.  It is nice to get back into planning projects again, I hope Luke likes it too.

I heard from both Patty and Becca today.  Thank you both, it is hard being away from them after spending three years so close to them.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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