Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rainy days

I am a sun lover. The hot rays streaming to earth and warming my face while a balmy wind blows is my idea of heaven. When the sun is out I'm the energizer bunny. I bake, sew, play with my kids, catch up on all my house work, make plans for the week and just in general feel great. Or....bracing myself....rains. For me, it's like the batteries get removed. I just want to sleep all day. I've started learning how to channel this. My Grandpa always said that a rainy day is too nice to be wasted on anything but drinking coffee and reading next to a hot wood stove. So I start the coffee pot right away on days like this and then put the kids in the bath tub. I catch up on some reading even if it's just a magazine. This usually wakes me up enough to be somewhat productive for the rest of the day and at least feed the children. Because we live in a state that is chronically cloudy in the winter and will often spend entire weeks without letting even a shimmer of sunlight through the gray skies I have to reinvent myself every fall. This fall is going to be no different because life goes on despite dark dreary weather especially with a Mito child. Boo still needs the same amount of care on a cloudy day as a sunny one. The positives are the cooler weather which he seems to tolerate better. Of course cold weather means sick season around here too which is reason #635 why I do like winter (cold being #1 and cloudy being #2). In fact in my opinion there are only 2 positives about winter...the snow is beautiful and I LOVE the Holidays! We spend from Thanksgiving to Christmas baking, sewing, partying, singing and just in general loving everyone. Although, the past two years the party attending has been preceeded with "is everyone there going to be healthy?" and Boo and I have inevitably had to be left out of a few because there tends to be someone every now in then that insists on coming even though they are sick. I'm not resentful though, I was probably guilty of the same at one point or another not realizing the impact it might have on someone else. It's all part and particle to having a Mito child. If I could put Boo in a bubble from October 1st to April 15th and have him enjoy it I probably would.

For today though, I'm going to rally and do some sewing while the kids take their naps. Either that or bake some more fresh bread. With a recipe this easy why not!?!

Rainy Day Bread
Mix together in bowl:
6 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
Add 3 cups of water and stir until mixed. It will be very sticky. Set in bowl for two hours or overnight.

Grease hands and shape into 2 long loaves on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Add a pan of water to the oven to give a great crust. Pull out of oven and let cool near completely before slicing to allow crust to turn soft and chewy. Enjoy!

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