Monday, May 31, 2010

Random Food Thoughts

Is it too early for me to post random thoughts on this blog? Perhaps it's just the right time since it's so new? Whichever way though that's what I am posting today.

Matthew and I went to the feed mill this afternoon to get various animal foods. They were out of rabbit food so we bought cattle pellets instead. Did you know that rabbits supposedly will eat cattle pellets? We'll see. Then we asked for puppy food. They didn't have any. Last week we asked for sunflower seeds. They didn't have any. Is anyone seeing a trend here? I commented to one of the guys that works there that there has to be something wrong with a feed mill that doesn't have any feed.

I really hate to cook rice. Actually I really hate to cook period but somehow rice is worse. I always have to look up the directions online. I've even bookmarked the page so I can see it easily. I follow the directions and the rice never turns out the way it's supposed to. I miss my Uncle Ben's Instant Rice.

I boiled up some vegetable scraps, chicken skin and various other stuff today to add to my dogs bowls tonight. It smells better than the stock/soup I made last week. I say stock/soup because it wasn't really either of those. Too thick for stock and too lacking in stuff for soup. My soups never turn out right but at least they taste good.

Matthew and I came home from running errands this afternoon and we got a great surprise. There were TWO, count them one, two, cherries on the Surinam cherry tree. What kind of tree produces only two fruits at a time? Sad.

But the day is not a total loss. While it's true the rice is sticky it will be covered in a nice curry chicken with lots of gravy... if I can figure out how to make it.

Cheers :-)
- Rainforest Mommy

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Strange Happening

This morning started out like a regular Sunday morning. Matthew and I woke up, got dressed and went to Church.

Copying me, Matthew genuflected before entering the pew - he's just recently started doing this and it's just the cutest thing. I said the Our Father with him and put him to sit. I said my prayers and sat beside him. We waited a little while then one of the other parishioners went up to the lectern and announced that no priest was there to say the mass.

Our regular priest has been in the U.S. for some time now so the Bishop and two other priests have been rotating and saying mass. Today, we were to have the Bishop but for some reason he didn't arrive and there was no one else available.

So, we had what they called a Communion Service. A gentleman who often helps serve communion read the mass, we had the readings, the gentleman read the gospel and blessed the communion. We sang a few songs throughout, said the final prayers, different people read the announcements and it was over.

Mass hasn't been so short in the seven years I've lived here.

It was simply the weirdest thing.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

Cheers :-)
- Rainforest Mommy

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Welcome to Rainforest Mommy

This is me.
Joanne but most call me Jo. Mother to Matthew. Daughter to Nadine. Sister to Alexander and Patrick. Sister-in-law to Veronica and Tanis. Auntie Jo to many. Friend to many more.
I am Canadian. I live in a Rainforest.
I make signs and create art.
I love to shop.

This is Matthew.
My son. My love. My heart. And my stress.
He is a grandson. A nephew. A cousin.
He is Mayan Indian. He lives in the Rainforest, too.
He plays with trucks and balls.
He loves Doggy.

This is Doggy.
Need I say more?

This blog will be about life here in the rainforest, on our farm, with our many, many animals. For the moment, we have eleven dogs (yes I am insane), two fish, two doves, one rabbit and one cat. We share 32 acres of land with the rest of our family, my mother, brothers, their wives and their children. Or at least we will when my second brother and his family move here this summer.

Other animals on the farm include eight dogs and their 18 puppies, two cats, two turtles, many rabbits, fish and birds, three cows and two horses who will soon be three. It's a regular zoo here and I love almost every second of it!

We farm coconuts mainly but also have mangos, avocados, mahogany and teak. In the next few months we will add peppers to that list and the current plan is to plant potatoes in November.

We grow a lot of other things too but in small quantities, meaning one of this type of tree and one of that type. Matthew's favorite are the multitude of mulberry bushes. My favorite is the surinam cherry tree although Matthew usually gets most of the cherries before I do.

I have lots of ideas and thoughts to get out of my head and I thought this blog would be a good place to do that. Please visit again and leave comments. Matthew and I love comments.

Cheers :-)
- Rainforest Mommy