Accomplishing a Goal


Last night, I was hard at work on one of my summer goals: spend more time in the hammock. Grueling, I know.


I was also hard at work on some embroidery, which I can only briefly mention because it may or may not be for someone who may or may not read this blog, and I want it to remain a secret (if that's possible).

The next two pictures represent part of my field of vision last night while laying in the hammock.


Embroidery floss on hammock


Matea at the door

She can sit there for… what seems like hours, trying to make me feel guilty for being outside without her. I think it’s quite cute (and not at all guilt-inducing – if you’ve ever tried to take outside, you’d understand).

I did take a break to photograph some of the progress on our gardens, just for you. (I tried to get some pictures of birds while laying in my hammock, still and quiet, but it was just a little too late in the evening and though they were quite noisy, they wouldn’t come hang out in my tree. Next time, I guess.)


Recently planted tomato plants

And here’s the shade garden in the front yard that used to be a mess.


Front yard garden

Lots of progress! Not totally in love with it, but it will do for this year, and I’m sure our neighbors are much happier now.

I also got this great shot (well, great for me), which may replace the wallpaper on my desktop.



All the while, my new yogurt maker (a birthday present) was inside, hard at work growing bacteria. It was way harder to get the milk prepped than the little book led me to believe (instead of 1-2 minutes, it was almost 2 hours, which includes the cooling down time during which we ate dinner), but hopefully worth it. I checked it at 9 (halfway point) and it still looked just like milk in consistency, so I was a bit worried. Thankfully, bacteria multiplies exponentially (or something like that), and at 11, there was yogurt! It is now sitting in the fridge, and I haven’t tried it yet since it hadn’t been in there for a full 8 hours when I left for work this morning. Tonight, I’m going to turn the yogurt into “yogurt cheese” aka Greek-style yogurt. And then I will have lots of [hopefully] yummy yogurt. Really, lots! Half a gallon’s worth. It lasts for 3 weeks, though, so it should be alright. (One of the reasons I picked this particular yogurt maker was that it made up a large quantity of yogurt, instead of six individual servings in glass containers, since I knew I wanted to make it Greek-style.) If it turns out good, I’ll have to hop on Amazon and buy more yogurt starter. Maybe I’ll try to find the probiotic one that the little booklet recommends.

6 comments to Accomplishing a Goal

  • Your cat is too sweet. The embroidery is awesome (can’t wait to see what it is!), and I’m very impressed with the yogourt. Looking forward to hearing your review on it!

    • More about the yogurt in today’s post…. Yes, Matea is quite sweet. I’m not sure if she’s pouting, trying to punish me, or just wistful when she sits there, but she’s quite content to stare out the door at me for what seems like hours. She’ll do it outside the bathroom door (or shower door) too, though that’s a bit creepy.

      I am very excited about the embroidery too. I’m almost done, and it should go in the mail this weekend, and I’ll get to show the finished product… sometime after that. Oh, the waiting (to share) is killing me!

  • That is a beautiful cat… and hammock!

    Great pics!

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    Kelly, the description of the yogurt maker also suggests goat’s milk. Are you going to try that too? I’d try it. I’m still wanting to make yogurt, but haven’t done it yet. Bought a thermometer though! That’s progress.

    • A, um, not so much on the goat’s milk right now. I might attempt soy milk at some point, but I think first I should try using whole milk instead of 1% (because then I don’t have to add the powdered milk). Congrats on the thermometer purchase! The one I have came with the yogurt maker, but I’m not terribly impressed with it. It’s a bit finicky. However, it has quite a wide temperature range (far beyond what is required for yogurt making), so it should come in handy if we ever start to care about food safety and meat temperatures. 🙂