We’re home. Time to refresh the larder. A big shopping trip is due but, after the long schlep home, we decided to put it off for a week or so. Logistics. However, we had plenty to do to get the house back in order and so we have been pretty busy.
Our neighbour helped us re-provision somewhat by leaving his prawn traps out before he went back to the city. “You pull ’em. Git yerself a few prawns. Maybe put the traps down a day before I return but I have no set plans.”
So, we went out and pulled the traps. Fifteen pounds!
That is our expected annual haul! One day! (we might have prawns once a month and use a bit extra when we have guests). Fifteen pounds is plenty. We spent the latter part of the day cleaning, bagging and freezing the catch. We are now good til next year.
Just as the government can print money as they need to, Sal can bake. Another bachelor neighbour way further north sorta hinted at a crabs-for-cheesecake trade. Sal will do that. We’ll have fresh crab again this year.
When we go to town to replenish stocks, we’ll take the trailer and fill it it with topsoil, fertilizer, mulch and steer manure. The garden is soon-to-be started (as soon as the snow quits). I can see fresh salads already. Sal sees flowers. We are still working out the flowers-to-food planting ratio. I want NO flowers and all food. She wants flowers and herbs and is happy to buy lettuce and tomatoes at the store. Talks will continue throughout the year. One thing I am sure of: we’ll have plenty of flowers and herbs. Lettuce? Not so sure.
Saw my doctor the other day. She was pleased that I had lost a bit of weight. But not pleased enough. “Maybe you should do a bit more exercise? Go for a nice walk? Do you and Sally walk?”
I showed her the chocolate cookies that Sal had baked for her. “No. I do not walk. Not for no reason, anyway. I walk when I have to go somewhere. And I’m often carrying 20 to 50 pounds when I do. Usually uphill. But no, I do not hike for fun. Hiking for no purpose is not fun for me.”
“Maybe you should try hiking. It’s good for you. Go for a nice long walk, wear headphones, listen to music. It’s lovely.”
“If I walk two hundred feet in any one direction, I will fall into the sea. Plus I’ll have gained and lost another hundred feet in elevation. How ’bout we forgo the walk and I will just carry boulders up the hill when I come?”
“Really? You’ll fall into the sea? What about a nice park or something? Can’t you go to a nice park somewhere and walk around it a few times?”
“No. That would be stupid. Boulder carrying makes more sense and, to be honest, boulder carrying makes no sense at all. I appreciate the advice but I’m not walking around for exercise. Ain’t gonna happen. I will just have to lose weight the way I am doing it now. Slowly.”
“Well, I attended a conference in which they described patients like you so let me apply the lesson they taught me. If you wanted to lose more weight how do you see yourself doing that?”
“Eat less fruit? Carry more boulders?”
“Don’t be silly!”
“Well, I seem to get a lot of exercise when I build crap and I do need a new haul-out deck for the boat repairs…so I guess, I’ll just get on it…..?”
“But, is ‘building crap’ a sustainable exercise regime?”
“Well, I am not very good at it and so I have to rebuild the stuff again and again….so, yes, I think it is a sustainable exercise regime.”
“Good! We have an exercise plan. I am glad we had this little talk. Pass the cookies.”