Month: April 2007

Sourdough and Spelt, Soaking, bread (food)

I put my original sourdough culture in the fridge the other day, as well as a small batch of some from that which I had started to add only white spelt to. They both seemed to be going along fine, so into the fridge with them was my choice.

I was reading further in my sourdough book (by Ed Wood, and he basically says that Spelt is perfect for sourdough bread) and in the section that goes over different flours he gives directions under the Spelt section on how to convert any existing culture to “only spelt” over a period of several 8 hour cycles: Taking 1/4 cup of culture and adding 1 cup warm water and mixing well, then adding 1 cup of spelt, mixing well. Sit in warm place for 8 hours, do it again, then again, at least 4 times, or more.

I started doing that Spelt conversion on Wednesday night and so completed two FULL cycles by Thursday afternoon, but I did slack off — I’ll look at it in the morning to see what can be done.

Not liking to just “throw stuff away” I did take some of the original culture when I last fed it (directions are to discard a cup and then feed the water and flour) and put that in a different container and am adding spelt to it as well. I’m keeping it out, to see what happens, to see if it’s useful to use in bread or something soon. (I find I don’t like the fragrance of the Rye culture, so I’m just leaving that in the fridge to work with seldomly since it was my original, not wanting to lose a place to “start from” at this point.)

The other day I did add some of the Rye culture to a batch of pancakes I was making. I didn’t thin the batter to my desired texture before adding some baking soda, so the batter was thicker than I wanted, but it did make super rising pancakes that the children liked, they tasted different.

The pancake batter I make is one that I developed from NT between the Pancake recipe and the Waffle recipe. I put things together however I want to each time, but do it basically the same for either with good results, and this allows me to choose which cooking method at the drop of a hat anyhow. My main difference is “to separate the eggs or to not separate the eggs” which means I either put the whole eggs in or I separate them, put the yolks in first and whip up the egg whites and fold them in at the end. This also means I put more or less baking soda in, which is the last thing I do when Not Separating, and the second to last thing when Separating. I prefer to use some baking soda with the fluffy egg white addition, I just do not use as much as when I don’t use the egg white fluff for leavening.

The NT way for Pancakes, or any grain based thing, is to soak for 12 to 24 hours, with the best results obtained with 24 hours of soaking, and I agree. The best way to soak is with cultured things, to ferment the grain, which breaks down the properties of the grain to make them more digestable, and the texture is wonderful and it feels so good to eat those products (whole grains done this way are so filling yet not that over-full-bloat feeling, it’s a natural, “that really satisfies me” sort of thing.)

Sourdough does the same sort of thing, sort of, but it’s a basic “yeast replacement” thing. I’m toying with my bread recipes, trying to figure out if I want to “sourdough them” or just do what I have been doing of late: soaking my Spelt flour in at least water over night when I am making bread, that produces a nicer loaf in the bread machine. The other day I started using yoghurt to soak it in, and it got to the point using the bread machine yesterday that I just “had” to take the dough out and knead it by hand and treat it by hand from there on out. I later shaped it and put it into a large breadpan and baked it, but I didn’t quite bake it long enough, it needed longer than usual loaves, though it looked and sounded done, pretty much. When I cut into it there was a small part in the center near the top that was a bit gooey still … so that is Toast Applicable bread. Tomorrow morning I have the same set-up to start with, spelt flour soaking in yoghurt and a bit of water in the bread machine, with a few other ingredients on the sides, then about a 1/4 cup of white spelt covering the soaking dough. In the daylight AM I’ll start the machine, and add an egg, then some more white spelt as needed. I’m sure I’ll just take the dough out after awhile and finish it off by hand. I do like the bread to be a whole loaf and if I feel like doing it, I do like doing it by hand, and this way just makes it a tad easier, to let the machine fool with it more than me to a certain point. (what I meant by ‘whole loaf’ is that bread machine bread has a hole in the middle of the bottom, and isn’t shaped like my hand made loaves at all … though it’s valid bread and does work out fine to use.)

In order to “sourdough” my bread I’m going to have to come to a place where I sacrifice a recipe to the method or a combined method, or a few loaves with different methods, to determine yeast or no yeast with what, and more. Right now I’m not at that point and prefer to know that what I make will be eat-able by humans such as me and my family.

Sourdough Culture (food)

I picked up a package of Sourdough Starter at Whole Foods Market the other day. Today I started the culture. I had purchased a small bag of Red Mill Organic Rye Berries some time ago, to make a natural sourdough culture, but hadn’t used it (actually I had a couple of packages, might have used one, and also tried to make the culture using spelt, but never had success when I tried.) So I ground the rye berries today, used 3 cups of that flour, with 3 cups of spring water, and the “starter culture” … GoldRush Sourdough Starter … ($2.99 at Whole Foods) and we’ll see what turns out in 24 hours from the start (around 3pm.)

I’ll get more Rye Berries later, and keep the original culture going with that, as well as create a Spelt version of the culture from some of the original Rye culture, and see how that all works out.

Nourishing Traditions (hardback)

I just added a new link to my sidebar “Links” area … Nourishing Traditions.

Why? It’s a great book that I’ve had a long time (well, since it was published in the late 90’s). It’s a cookbook and more. I found today, while researching something on Migraines that I read in NT this afternoon, that Nourishing Traditions is available, it’s second edition, in HARDBACK! It has wider margins, and lies flat and comes with an Interactive CD-ROM. I’m salivating over it now. This is one book that I want now, this version of it. The paperback I keep in my kitchen, this Hardback edition I’d keep in my “bookshelf” area in the “education/craft room”.

At that link you can order the book for $48.00 + 6.00 s/h (hardback) — and the paperback is 25.00 (you can find this at many bookstores, or order it, at the least. B&N has it for $18 for B&N members online, for example.)

On the NT site page, the link to add either version to your shopping cart (to purchase there) is below on the left, so scroll down a bit and look for the graphic that states “Add Item to Cart”.

What Poetry Form am I?

My #1 Answer:

I am, of course, none other than blank verse.
I don’t know where I’m going, yes, quite right;
And when I get there (if I ever do)
I might not recognise it. So? Your point?
Why should I have a destination set?
I’m relatively happy as I am,
And wouldn’t want to be forever aimed
Towards some future path or special goal.
It’s not to do with laziness, as such.
It’s just that one the whole I’d rather not
Be bothered – so I drift contentedly;
An underrated way of life, I find.

What Poetry Form Are You?

and if I am not that, this is my other Answer:

If they told you I’m mad, then they lied.
I’m odd, but it isn’t compulsive.
I’m the triolet, bursting with pride;
If they told you I’m mad, then they lied.
No, it isn’t obsessive. Now hide
All the spoons or I might get convulsive.
If they told you I’m mad then they lied.
I’m odd, but it isn’t compulsive.

What Poetry Form Are You?

Hmmm … can I be both? πŸ™‚

Quiz found via Kelly (BadgerMum).

The Water Heater

My previous post has been fulfilled. We had the water heater installed Saturday morning (April 14, 2007) and my –it’s been a long time since we’ve had HOT water … we just have been Reverse-Frogs (you know the idea about frogs, put them in a pot of cold water, and slowly heat the water up and he’ll sit there and get cooked eventually.) Fortunately, being human and not some actual frog species, we finally did realize that our water just wasn’t as hot as it once was, that something was amiss in how much hot water we had, that it ran out really fast, but not until we got that brand spanking new water heater installed and working did we realize just how horridly we’ve lived for how long, we aren’t sure how long.

One can turn on the hot water tap now and must be careful to mix in some cold water to avoid that “way too hot” feeling. Oh the joy! My poor nearly-11-year-old was washing his hands yesterday afternoon in the bathroom as I was walking past, down the hall to the master bedroom, and I heard him yell “OWWWWW!” –lesson in progress. I told him about the cold water, how useful it is to mix with the hot to achieve the desire temperature. He had obviously grown reverse-froggy along with his parents.

So now we can have baths and showers, wash dishes by hand or in the machine, and wash clothing on Sanitary (Very Hot, very long setting) or the regular Hot settings, mix and match some of those things and have enough hot water to do them without “running out” of satisying or needful hot water too soon. Our water heater is a 50-gallon-er so it’s even better in that respect, more capacity for hot water than we had before, and hotter water and more hotter water overall compared with that old-40-gallon-er that was acting so very geriatric at 9-years+ of age (went into service in November 1997.) Our dear children can each have a bath, one after the other, absolutely now, and the dishwasher can run simulaneously. That’s exciting. πŸ™‚

Read up on water heaters (online) and you’ll find out that water heaters don’t have a long life expectancy. Like so many other things in our world today, the axiom, “They don’t make ’em like they used to” applies here. They just don’t last like old ones did. They are more “energy efficient” and such, but just can’t live out a long life of decent service.

Also, our water heater now looks beefier, not just the fact that it’s a fatter one than the previous, but codes have changed since our house was built, and so we have an expansion tank above the water heater and copper pipes coming out of the water heater for several inches before joining into the PVC of the house system.

Water Heater to be replaced

Our hot water isn’t so good lately. Actually it’s been declining for awhile, and recently took a big leap downhill. We have a new water heater scheduled to go in on Saturday — and if that takes place … hot showers again (I mean “just hot enough” for “as long as one likes” within reason.)

It also means, enough hot water to wash out three cast iron pans in a row in the kitchen.

As well it means that we can run hot and sanitize type loads in the washer again.

Running the dishwasher will be better too, it needs hot water and when that is running, you can forget about having any hot water from any other room. I do not mean you can’t get any hot water in any other room, but if there is any, you’d be stealing it from the dishwasher if you did use it.

As it is there is some hot water if nothing has accessed it for a bit. Here’s the deal, in garden tub terms: to fill up my tub it should be that I could load a nice warm bath as deep as it can go and not run out of hot water, even have a decently hot bath — at least a totally soakable enjoyable experience right away. It should be possible for something else to be using hot water from the tap at the same time, within reason.

Now how it is: Turn the tap on and the hot water starts, and it’s hot, no doubt, but it’s not too hot to stick your foot into. Let the hot water run into the garden tub by itself until the water turns to cool. What you are left with is a few inches of water that you can sit in. (Ladies who have given birth particularly will know this as a “sitz bath”)

It’s purely not much fun, being pregnant and wanting a nice warm bath takes over a half-hour to attain soakability beginnings. One must wait about 15-20 minutes, if no one else is using hot water, to get enough warm enough water to fill the tub the rest of the way. At no time is one even having to use the “cold water” tap in the tub, the water is never “too hot”

Like in the kitchen sink, the furthest faucet from the water heater, one turns on the hot water and waits a bit for it to come and when it does, it’s just straight from the hot water tap to rinse out something, wash ones hands, etc. No cold water is used except for when one wants plain cold water. Warm water is attainable by running the hot water for just a short while.

It’s like we have a “5-10 gallon warm to very, very, very warm water heater” :rolleyes: .

Our current tank is going on in age, it’ll be 10-years-old near the end of the year. It’s a 40-gallon tank, which isn’t quite enough for our family size. A much bigger tank would be preferred, but just some bigger is better by far. We are getting a 50-gallon tank installed.

Both hubby and I are interested in tankless water heaters, but we don’t get gas service here, don’t have a propane tank for the house. πŸ™ I sure wish we did have that ability, then we could have a gas stove as well. πŸ™‚

So when I speak of stoves and water heaters, I am talking “electric” from the “no choice” arena, not the “preference arena” nope.

April Freeze Damage

I posted the other day about the “freezing weather” and wanted to post an update on the situation.

When I looked at the back yard after the sun came up Sunday mornig it was obviously “frosty” out — the grass was not the bright verdant color that is usual of late. I waited awhile for things to warm up, then waited longer … and finally set out to spy the damage or not.

The apple trees are in a sad state of affairs. They did not have that blooming pink look from afar, and getting closer it was obviously brown droopy looking, the blossoms that had opened mostly all were affected from what I could see. There are many blossom that aren’t opened yet, and I don’t want to disturb any of them yet to check for damage.

The white dogwood (in the back yard too) looked sad, the blossoms just hanging there, the leaves mostly looked alright.

The Eastern Redbud tree is close-by the dogwood, and it was totally drippy looking, the blooms had already faded before the freeze, and it was leafing out so nicely, but the leaves were so delicate, they were black and drippy looking, gooey, icky. The whole tree is full of that black sludge which used to be sweet spring leaves.

We have 3 Autumn Flame Maples in the back yard, and they are done with their bloom and have been leafing out. They are not fully leafed out yet, and the leaves are fairly small. From what I saw they look a bit droopey, but not totally affected –maybe.

We have 2 Paperbark Maples as well back there, and their little fresh leaves that have been coming out lately are super-droopey.

We have other trees that are fully leafed out already and they faired fine.

Out in our front yard the 2 Cherokee Chief Dogwoods we have faire alright, their only blooms are high up and seem pretty much unaffected.

We had planted a new tree a few weeks ago, and it began leafing out just in the last week or so. It’s leaves are pretty much like the Eastern Redbud that I described above, drippy and black-ish. πŸ™

My Hostas were coming up, quite large and lovely, and they are brown sludge now. πŸ™

The peonies have been putting out growth and they seem alright, we’ll see later. There are a few buds starting and time will tell.

The little irises I have have been growing up, but they look a bit dippy, it’s just the “leaf” part, no buds or blooms started yet.

The Japanese ‘Bloodgood’ Maple is fully leafed out, but the leaves aren’t as big as they’ll eventually get, and they look a tad relaxed. Time will tell whether or not they rebound with strength this week.

That’s most of the damage.

The weather was forecasted to be very much below freezing last night, but I didn’t check the forecast as nighttime drew closer. We did not have freezing temps, probably 39 in reality as a low, if not a bit higher. So there shouldn’t be any further damage to what’s left.

I haven’t seen a Spring Freeze like this since being in GA, and before that I was in S. FL for many years. So I don’t have any experience regarding what will occur. I have seen trees drop their leaves in Summer from drought, and re-grow some later on, FWIW. We had long drought conditions in past years on this property, but that’s not been the case for a little while now. I was looking forward to a vigorous growing season all around, trees, flowers, garden, and it’s the phrase of April now, “time will tell” — time being “the progressive movement of the season” –not the ‘clock’ sort of time. πŸ™‚

April Freeze and Gardening 2007

From Friday night to Saturday morning it was supposed to be really cold, just below freezing. I don’t think that actually happened on our property … yes it was cold, but not quite to freezing, from how the grass and blooms and herbs and such look in our yard(s) as of Saturday afternoon …

Now it’s the Saturday night to Sunday morning freeze warning time, and temperatures are supposed to be even lower, in the 20’s tonight/morning as well as tommorow night (Sunday to Monday AM.)

One clue for “how cold is it right now” that I employ to reason about what’s going on outside is the heat pump, which sits outside on the ground with pipes going into the house and up the wall into the attic space … and that’s right behind our master bedroom, right where the bed is situated, of course (the only “real placement” for the bed, unfortunately.) When it’s really cold the heat pump doesn’t do a good job, the closer it gets to freezing, there isn’t enough “warmth” in the air to pull it into the house for warmth inside via the houses air system. It makes a horrid racket when it’s actually freezing or lower and the heat pump is running.

Friday to Saturday it sounded similar to how it sounds right now. It’s the Saturday to Sunday time currently, 5:30am approx. and accuweather “says” right now it’s 28 degrees. Well that’s not exactly right, since our property doesn’t have a weather station nearby, and when I have had a decent temperature gauge for outdoors I was able to compare and know for sure that our temps here are not the same as what ‘they’ say (nor actual weather, like clouds, rain, snow, etc.)

So we are waiting for the daylight hours to see what it’s like outdoors, and I hope things will be alright. We have three dwarf apple trees that don’t always bloom so nice. Guess what? They sure are THIS year, ALL THREE of them at the same time. So it does figure that we have the first late cold snap ever since living here … this late, April.

Not only that, usually the two trees that are alike, Liberty variety, don’t actually “bloom” with their opened blossoms until later in April, and the third tree, MacFree variety, blooms after that (which isn’t really helpful since two varieties are needed to fertilize for apples.) There was definitely something funky going on with the MacFree and I was finally able to prune out major parts of it last year, when they suddenly got such long branches growing, it was obviously the root stock trying to take over. What’s is left untouched now is the real MacFree, as far as it seems, and this Spring 2007 is the first time it’s actually produced masses of buds.

We planted these trees in early Spring of 1998, and then did move them to another area a few years later. In any case, the Liberties have blossomed well in the past, but given us few apples. The MacFree never did blossom very well, though when it did better it was not of use to the Liberty trees. Last couple of years there were a few apples on the MacFree (so there is something else in the area that bees are using to fertilize my trees, obviously.)

Such promise I put in the apple trees this year, and then the Spring was so warm, and the trees started to form buds in March. That is not usual. We didn’t have a freeze in March really, it was regular last freeze around March 15, but nothing major, and temperatures were very warm most of the time, very warm indeed. Last (2005/2006) winter was a warm one, and things were so very mild, but the apple trees still didn’t set blooms until into April in 2006. This past winter (2006/2007) was fairly mild overall, and we didn’t have much “weather” in the way of ice or snow, no major storm at least. We did have rain more often than usual, though not so much overall. In any case, everything has been blooming so nicely this year, and that includes the apple trees, and unfortunately for them it’s not a good thing this year. πŸ™

Dogwoods are blooming right now too. The Cherokee Chief variety we have in the front don’t have a lot of blooms, but where they do is at the top and they are lovely (we need to do some work on those trees, pruning.) We have a white dogwood in the backyard and it’s in full glory of bloom. It’s gorgeous. Driving around the area, Dogwoods are bursting forth in massive color and bloom. It’s a grand year for Dogwoods. Or it was. We’ll see later on. πŸ™

So many other plants are past bloom already and in the process of leafing out, some leafed out in full already (like our Japanese ‘Bloodgood’ Maple tree, our Weeping Willow tree, and our wild Blackberries are in full leaf and actually setting blooms and some are opening already.)

As I write this the heat pump is starting to struggle for the first time this night-time. It’s not super bad, but does sound bad enough, so it’s near 32 or below a tad … but doesn’t “sound” like it’s in the 20’s, while currently accuweather says right now it’s 28, oh I just loaded the page again and now they say “30” but that’s where anyhow? Miles away.

Hubby did put a blanket on my herb garden (which doesn’t have much in it, but does have a super-duper verdent perennial Chives that is just about ready for harvesting — already!) — it’s the whiskey barrel garden. I have lots of new herbs to plant in it, we got them last weekend, but I didn’t plant them due to the weather outlook. So they are in the garage awaiting their time to transplant.

I have lots of seeds to start and since it did snap so cold I’m fine with the fact that I haven’t even started my seeds yet –it is something I do need to do in the next couple of days, though.

Cloth Diapering #2 (baby)

I wrote about diapering baby and my supplies not being known if they were OK or not, basically.

Yesterday DH cleaned out the garage. It was really clogged up due to many different reasons, and it was a known thing that IF any diapers were in there, they were in the corner, which was not accessible until many things were removed from the space, starting at the opening of the garage and working backwards into it.

There were old clothes in boxes, bags, and various containers, and so many had been gotten into (those dratted country mice) –but not everything was attacked. Under one horrid bag of clothing was a basket and when we got closer to it I just “knew” it was some of my diapering things. Finally it was get-at-able and sure enough it was alright, just had to peel that horrid bag off of the top of the basket and there were my diapers, pretty much pristine, in that there was no pee-pee smells, no mousie poop at all. πŸ™‚

The diapers were some newborn Chinese DSQ green prefolded, a few larger ones, and then my dearly loved Mother-Ease One-Size (Popolinos) and some Sandy’s. Also several ME diaper covers.

(I put all that in the washer and ran a huge cycle first, and then took out the covers, and have run the diapers alone on the Sanitary Cycle two times now, and will be checking them over before I put them into the dryer in a few minutes.)

Later we found more diapers, in a bit more rough shape, but I was able to save out several things that are cleanable, not chewed on at all, the higher quality things. Aussie Terry Cloth Nappies, Nappy liners (triangles of a stay-dry fabric to go between baby and any diapers), and some other things.

(I’ll be washing these things today at some point, first a heavy cold washing, then hot and sanitary at least 4 times.)

So what’s in evidence is that I do need some more diapers still, and definitely some new covers. I’m interested in the Stacinator wool covers, they come in different sizes and are a snug style, and can go over even prefolds without pins of any sort. πŸ™‚ I like using prefolds on newborns, and also use them some all the rest of the time of diapering, but prefer snap terry diapers over all, and also those Australian Nappy’s which are really just large square-ish terry towels that you can fold into various configurations and work on most babies as they grow and grow and grow.

I have had Aristocrat Wool Soakers in the past, but know that DH ran them in the washer wrongly and shrunk them, and if I can find them, I’d be at least one is good for a newborn now … just not the larger sizes that I had purchased so long ago.

I love those soakers, and will either get some more of them over time, and/or make my own with old wool sweaters (there are directions for that online.)

I’ll make a resource post for whatever I do use soon.

Garden 2007 #1

We are planning our garden for this 2007 Growing Season. I have 4 Red Pepper (Sweet Bell) plants to install, but still need to get the actual garden space ready.

I have some peat starter kits to start the rest of my garden from seed. I hope to get those going today. I’ll make a list of what I’m doing and then also post updates as things progress.

We were planning on having 4 to 6 4×4 raised garden beds, and DH bought a bunch of landscape timbers from HomeDepot this morning to get started on the project this week … but when he got here, delighted with them I was, at first, but then saw they are pressure treated and that’s not the “old” way, but it’s still not “organic” so … back to HomeDepot they went.

We are now considering using Red Cedar posts that they have, pricer –but a better solution. πŸ™‚

Our process for the garden will be to take off the grassy layer, use the Mantis tiller we have to loosen our clay “soil” πŸ˜‰ and then put some organic garden soil on top with the posts two-high surrounding the raised-ish bed. The posts are 5 ft. high, so that will make the squares we have bigger than we originally had planned, but that’s all part of it, being flexible!

We’ll have about 2 ft. between each of the squares, making first one or two, then more as needed, preferably at least four, but maybe six eventually. We might put down a pea stone surface in the 2 ft. space, with landscape fabric beneath. We have the fabric, but not the pea stone, yet.

I will have green beans on corners climbing bamboo “teepees” … and then the other veggies will go in when they are ready to be transplanted. Some of the seeds I got are “organic” but not all of them are, the others being just plain conventional. I’ll try to recall what I picked out: snow peas, peas, carrots, lettuce, … I’m blanking out now. I had many things in mind and couldn’t find representitives for everything. I’ll see what Whole Foods Market has next time we go, they had a nice selection of Organic seeds last time we were there, but I didn’t get any, unfortunately.

Middle of the Night Stuff

I woke up at 3:30am –being pregnant –this is happening a lot, I sleep a few hours and then … (of course, normal times I, often enough, awake during the night, being an NT, a Night Owl, INTP, with my mind going a mile a minute, but being pregnant for so long now, it’s a bit different.)

Sometimes I just go to the bathroom then try to actually sleep again, or read, or just think. This time my mind stirred before I was even out of bed to go to the bathroom. (I often actually awake sometime after 1am, so glad to see I got a bit more sleep this time!)

I had taken a roast out of the freezer on Saturday, to put in the crockpot that night, with some water, on LOW to have for Sunday dinner (today). I put the roast in the fridge in the AM, and promptly forgot about it.

I was recalling that at 3:30am, along with the fact of knowing that the crock pot wasn’t ready to “just throw in a roast”. I wished it was so, but knew that the dishwasher didn’t get everything out of it last time, and I needed to scrub it a tad to ready it. I had meant to do that beforehand, a few days ago when it was first discovered, actually, but I never did get to it. So here I am now, I’ve gotten that scrubbed out, and the roast is nestled in water on LOW in the crock pot. I’m on the couch roving around the ‘net and now it’s more than an hour ago that I awoke and got out of bed.

I do try to soak my pancake/waffle batter ahead of time, Nourishing Traditions methodology. I meant to do that earlier on Saturday and it totally slipped my mind as well. And so, I busied myself after the roast with getting some Spelt and Yogurt together in a bowl for Sunday morning waffles. It won’t be a 12-24 hour soak, at least it’ll be a few to a few more hours than none though. πŸ™‚

I usually make my pancake/waffle batters with Kamut flour, but I had some spelt ground up, and no Kamut here in the middle of the night, so I used the spelt, which is a-ok, I just usually prefer Kamut for batters, and I wasn’t about to get out my grinder at 3-something AM.

Well it’s a new month once again. Happy April! I have no “April Fool” to use and usually don’t. I do appreciate a clever version from others, but find myself too serious to actually wish to fool anyone else (though maybe I was moreso free to do that when I was much younger.) I despise the versions of “April Fool” which are emotionally hurtful, and THOSE are the type that most people utilize, which is probably why I just do nothing for these last many years.

With the new month comes 2 more Audible.com credits for me — I don’t always use them up first thing, but sometimes I do. I’ve, a couple of times in past,  forgotten about them until it was just a day late and lost my precious credits. Lesson learned, but sometimes it feels down to the wire. So this brings to mind that I will have availability of 2 new audiobooks sometime today, and is there anything I want, or do I need to rack my brain to come up with something. The latter is what I have been like the last few months. I troll the site and look and search and wonder aloud and ask DH for suggestions, and finally just get something else πŸ˜‰

Which reminds me that I have so many audiobooks that I haven’t listened to yet, and wonder at why it’s so hard, I love the idea and don’t use them for me much. I did try to listen to something when we were in FL in February, but I’m so visually oriented it’s hard to “listen” to something atimes, even if you WANT to.

Like even putting music on, headphones or through speakers. I listen, but then miss “intelligently heard” this or that from what I played. Spoken audio is easier for me to listen to through speakers than headphones. Via headphones I drift miles away and continue hearing the audio, but not really. Sometimes I sure can multi-plex my thoughts and listening all together, but not always. I find it pleasant to sit down, shut my eyes with headphones on, and that’s not too useful for audiobooks you want to actually listen to, since I’d then drift to some semblance of nap-nap-ness, that works better with well loved music instead.

I say all this because I’ve been contemplating putting my audiobook player (My little Sansa M230 is devoted to audiobooks only, and I have two others for my two eldest children, who actually DO listen to audiobooks I put on theirs, ah, to be young and technologically advanced … I dreamed of having my own taperecorder from when I was very young, and never got one,  and to listen to a “book” meant to listen to a Vinyl LP of stories. πŸ™‚ Not very mobile. Not something I could do in my room, it was dedicated to the record player in the family area. And we had no literature on LP, just stories from some Christian company, I can recall something about a Raindrop named April, and visually I have memory of those things, vivid images from my childhood, things conjured up in my mind while listening to Vinyl LP stories. πŸ™‚

My mind is the same basically, only clogged up with adult responsibilities that make leisure listening so difficult to attain. It’s not just that, it IS precisely wired into those like me, and my family of P’s, that our audible-ness isn’t our strongest ability, and “in one ear and out the other” is a phrase that means a lot to us, we “Hear” but don’t always “HEAR” … we “See” and do usually “SEE” though. πŸ™‚ To “See and  Hear” at once is to “SEE and HEAR” absolutely. :LOL:

To be young and not bogged down brings about a more leisure ability to put on headphones and listen to literature read, and look at the images in your mind and not drift away as much as adult-me is prone to (with so many other things floating around my head at the same time.) So that’s my thinking on listening to audio in bed, if I bring my audiobook player up there, I’ll listen some, and who knows where I’ll leave off and stop listening, and then have to re-charge the battery, and re-listen to find the spot I have some sort of re-call to and hope that I can stay “actively listening” and gain some time with the audiobook for real. I have long been a book reader, and the idea of audiobooks is great, and I love the accessibility to great classics via audio, but it’s just so much easier to say “I’ll read it” than “I’ll listen to it.” But I don’t have all the books on paper that I have as audio, so I can’t “just read” them. Oh, I could go on and on, but maybe I should just grab that little blue and white device and give it a try. It’s nearly 5:30am now, time sure flies when you are making a blog post about too much, here and there and everywhere. Perhaps a trial of focus is worthy after such. :rolleyes:

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