Neighbour Mr K was planting carrots as I took the girls for a bike ride. We've taken one of the training wheels off Meg's bike and moved Amy up to a bigger bike so bike rides are both a) in high demand at the moment and b) incredibly stressful for me what with all the 'Balance Meg!' and 'Peddle Amy! BRAKES!!!!' going on. . Anyway, saw Mr K head down bum up in the field and called out a cheery hello. He came over to exclaim at the girls 'Wow! They've got so big! Hmmm, I think it's been a whole two days since he last saw them and of course then he said 'Wow! They've got so big!' too. Anyway, this time he was holding tweezers and Meg asked him if he had a splinter. No, he raved 'I'm planting carrot seeds- so much quicker this way, I save all that time thinning them out!'
I just have a problem trying to imagine how picking out individual itty- bitty carrot seeds with tweezers and planting them carefully 10 cm apart could be quicker than yanking out a few seedlings later on...
I was given a huge bag of chestnuts. Shopping bag size. They were all too small to sell to JA and after harvesting for a week my neighbour said she was sick of the sight of them so lucky me!
Well, lucky me I thought until I started preparing them. K requested kuri-gohan chesnut rice. K very rarely requests a dish so I readily agreed. And started peeling chestnuts
... and kept peeling chestnuts
... and kept peeling chestnuts.
After an hour and a half I had:
A pitifully small pile of chestnuts, an embarrassingly large pile of wasted chestnut attached to the thin inner shell and a nice neat pile of the outside hard shells.
Cooked the rice and K and the girls sat down to eat it while I taught. Came back and.... gone... All those chestnuts. All that time....
Meg had a melt down today.
Ken told her she won't be wearing makeup until she's finished high school.
And she wanted to wear it now right?
She wants to wear it once she starts high school.
Neither of them were prepared to admit this is an argument we don't need to have yet- ten years in advance...