We have round 2 of Liz' batter bread rising for the oven. Maybe it's my climate, maybe it's wildly over-active yeast...maybe it's because I leave it on the countertop and not the fridge...but man, this sponge just has a life all its own! There's no way I'd try this overnight in the fridge. I'd never sleep. It would have my total attention and concern.
On the counter this baby rises like a champ...and seems to want more flour. Great bread, though, so hey, you just live with it and go on.
Maybe in the fridge it would rise much slower, being cool and all, but it's barely a couple hours in sponge mode and it's topping my bowls -- and this is Texas her you know, EVERYTHING in my house is large scale, including the mixing bowls. Smallest I have is like 10 qts.
But, like I said, YUMMY bread, so you live with it.
And, lest you think all that's happened is baking, we've also gotten 4 large packed loads of laundry to the line (storms scheduled through Monday, upwards of 8in rain at least they say, plus wind shears and hail...joy). And I've loaded up 3 raised beds and planted 9 tomatoes our friends at the feed store gave us. The final bed will probably be herbs. I'm thinking along those lines anyway.
And we've hit the feed store and filled the feed barrels back up.
Oh, and since we borrowed the cattle panel from the grape arbor that dies out last year, we pulled another from a pen in the barn and got it anchored back in place for the grapes. They are vining up great this year. Of course, they'll totally flood out now with this next storm, but maybe they have a good enough start this time.
And to the anonymous friend who said it's not really a big deal having my husband gone, at least he's working and it's hardly something to get upset over, in this family, husband and father being away from home IS a big deal, and very much something we get upset over. We are a family, a word that apparently means something very different between my definition and yours.
We don't believe in husbands doing their own thing and wives doing their own thing, and being apart more than together. That's not how we live, and it's not what we are raising our children to get into either. Families are more important than that.
Perhaps if a few more families got upset when a parent was absent and they worked harder at truly being together more than apart, things would be much better in our world. The generations coming up sure would be better off.