I have spent most of the morning uploading course content which takes far longer than it should thanks to the clunky nature of Blackboard Vista.
Preserving food -- I have been drying herbs like crazy since arriving home. Soon I will switch to drying the cherries I just pitted.
State of mind -- The sticker they give you at Anderson Japanese Gardens to show that you have paid the admission fee has the Japanese characters that translate to "In this moment, I am content." So they tell me at least; I don't know Japanese so I'll take there word for it. This statement captures my mood today; this was especially true as I stood at the sink feeling the breeze through the open window, hearing the birds, thinking about my garden, smelling the basil drying and the cherries I was pitting, feeling the texture of the cherries as I held them, knowing I was on top of my teaching and feel generally competent, valued, and likable -- life was good.
Things I want to investigate: things to plant now in Indiana, what is in season and how I can preserve it, uses for feverfew
Places I want to explore: local thrift store and antique shops
Things on my wish list: freezer and bike are still there, food processor, cast iron cookware, fiestaware dishes, salvaged material to try my hand at quilting, pressure canner