My high school English teaching job finished two weeks ago, and this is the first day I have not been swamped with magazine assignments. Today, although I have written a little, I have had time to enjoy those little simple summer joys that living out in the country bring.
First, I went out to gather eggs. However, the chicken Elaine named Little Spotty Hen was on the nest and did not care to be disturbed from her primary duty in life. Then I went to our garden, which is adjacent to the chicken run, and gathered some chives and a sweet white onion for lunch. I am cooking baked potatoes and venison burgers (from a doe I killed last October with my bow) and the chives will go great with the former and the onion with the latter. For dessert, we have the option of cherry preserves (from our North Star cherry tree) or wineberry jam (from vines growing on our land).
This afternoon, Elaine and I will let the chickens roam in the yard for an hour or so and pick berries. The raspberries are about finished for the year but the wineberries and blackberries are starting to come in. Can I prevail upon Elaine to make a pie or a cobbler? If no pie or cobbler is forthcoming, we will freeze the berries for next summer's desserts.
Nothing of great importance is happening today and that is a really good thing. We love living out in the country.