Welcome to the second week of FINISH THIS… , a link-up hosted by LISA (The Coastal Chicster), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and I. If you joined us last week, thanks for coming back! If this is your first time, welcome! Be sure to include your post in the link-up and invite others to join the fun. Share, Pin, tweet, and post to Instagram and spread the word. Use the hashtag #finishthislinkup so others can see what you’ve posted.
1. If I could make anything grow on trees, it would be… airline tickets. Preferably first-class, priority boarding, extra-large seats with lots of leg room, no long lines at security, and unlimited free bags. With these tickets, I’d fly as often as possible between Texas and Kentucky visiting my family, Lisa in Virginia, Jen (and Miss Z) in Arizona, and I’d return to the Holy Land for a Kosher meal at The Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem and a dip in the Dead Sea.
2. I can’t stop smiling… about Kamden’s stretch-fart-grunt routine. Even when I’m dog-tired and sleep seems a million miles away, I always laugh at my little guy’s gastrointestinal noises.
3. I get back to nature by… going to Kentucky and working in my parent’s garden. As much as I loathe picking green beans, I love their taste and having a stocked pantry more. My favorite garden task is working in sweet corn though because it’s a group effort and we always have a good time. Like a well-oiled machine, we head to the patch (or multiple patches) before dawn and gather hundreds (sometimes thousands) of ears of corn before returning to the shop to shuck. Kelby’s in charge of the gas stoves and boiling the ears of corn. Kaleb, Bradley, and I remove the silk. When our trays are full, we take the cooked ears of corn inside to Mom and Dad, who have very sharp knives and cut the corn off the cob. Finally, the corn is portioned into gallon-size bags and ready to freeze. With this team of seasoned veterans, it takes approximately eight hours to process a thousand ears of corn, give or take time for goofing around, hydration breaks, lunch, and random karaoke performances. In addition to the sweet corn, we can green beans, tomato and homemade V-8 juices, corn and pepper relishes, beets, squash, and jalapenos and make salsa and fruit preserves too. To my mother’s dismay and father’s delight, the garden gets bigger every year but my belly and pantry rejoice!
Here’s a peek at the tomato juice process:
When I’m in Kentucky but not in the garden, you’ll find me riding in the buddy seat inside a Case tractor or John Deere combine, shooting paper targets at Dad’s gun range, driving the Kawasaki Mule along Countryside Drive, cooling off in Kaleb’s lake or Kelby’s pool, or drinking a cold beverage on a hot summer night in the middle of a field from the bed of a pickup truck listening to country songs beneath the stars.
4. I dread washing… our bedding (sheets, pillowcases, blankets). Husband and I learned the first night we slept in the same bed that we could not share a sheet or blanket. Thus, our bed has one fitted sheet but we each have our own flat sheet, blankets, and pillows. Speaking of pillows, it takes at least 30 minutes to reassemble our bed because of the damn pillowcases. There are standard pillows, king-size pillows, Euro pillows, pillow shams, decorative pillows (that spend more time on the floor than on the bed) and a giant body pillow (measures nearly six-feet-long in the shape of a shepherd’s hook) that was a God-send when I was pregnant. This prompt reminds me: I need to wash our bedding soon. Anybody want to help put cases back on the pillows????
Prompts for WEEK THREE (Wednesday, January 22):
1. A typical day in my life
2. You’ll never see me
3. It’s really unattractive when a guy/girl
4. If I could buy one thing right now, it would be
5. I have high expectations for