I like to weave during the Olympics. It is a nice activity to do to feel productive but still be able to pay attention to the sports. I love the Olympics, seeing what the human body can accomplish and what sports the human mind can invent. I had intended to have the warp on the loom before the Olympics started, but that did not happen for a variety of reason. I was hoping to get the warp on the first weekend but the hay interfered with that. And then there was work. So for the first half of week one I just watched the Olympics when I could without weaving. There was softball,
equestrian (where I got the warping board set up, but it had been so long I set it up in the wrong direction),
and rugby (where I am starting to get the warp on the board),
Ryeleigh was spayed and microchipped on Tuesday. We got her back Wednesday, and she was a little slow that day. We are supposed to keep her contained and on leash outside for a week. Since Wednesday though, she appears to feel fine so this has been a challenge. But I have been taking the afternoon duty, hanging out with the beagle in the air-conditioned home, watching the Olympics.
There was basketball,
The other activity is trying to use our farm’s bounty. I made Swiss Chard and Sausage Frittata
and Raspberry Buttermilk Pie. It cracked on cooling so not as pretty as it could be but still tasty.
I also started sauerkraut (for the first time)
and made some cauliflower rice for more pizza crusts. This time I used a small press to squeeze the liquid from the cauliflower. It worked well.
There was exciting gymnastics (Suni Lee on the uneven bars on her way to win gold in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics).
With the leftover buttermilk, I made biscuits for Tom with a recipe from A Taste of History Cookbook.
We finished watching Suni Lee on her floor routine to win the gold while eating dinner (biscuits and sausage gravy for Tom and leftover frittata for me).
There was a brief snippet of archery. So far I have not had any luck with watching archery or shooting.
I am still doing the animal and garden chores, in the mornings before the heat of the day. I have been picking lots and lots of blueberries (over an hour each day and not seeming to make a dent). But one thing I noticed is that Little Red has been beating up on Dirty White Boy. I moved DWB into the peachick pen to try to save him, but this morning LR was beating up on my favorite hens. So I moved him to a rabbit hutch to await his fate, and DWB was released. I am not sure you can see how injured he is from this photo.
I was finally able to sleigh the reed this afternoon while watching the USA-Netherlands women’s soccer game this afternoon.
Here is a photo of my sleighing the reed in February 2014 for the Winter Olympics. So I guess I haven’t always had the warp on before the Olympics started (which is some consolation).
Since I have beagle duty in the afternoons, I need to walk her for potty breaks periodically. Today she found an unripe pear that had fallen in the orchard. She thought it was the best toy ever. So I brought it into the house for her, and she continues to think it is much better than all of the toys we have purchased for her.
Then we got to watch Megan Rapinoe win the shoot out.
Per the Summer Olympics Sports site, we have yet to see artistic gymnastics, artistic swimming, athletics (which means track and field), BMX freestyle, BMX racing, boxing, canoe/kayak flatware, golf, hockey, karate, marathon swimming, pentathlon, mountain biking, rhythmic gymnastics, rowing, sailing, shooting, sport climbing, taekwondo, tennis, track cycling, trampoline, triathlon and wrestling. I have learned that I have a ways to go with the Olympics and weaving (I haven’t even threaded the heddles). Plus I have learned it is a lot easier to weave with the Winter Olympics as there are less farm chores that need to be done. Wish me luck for week 2.