Sharing Four Somethings in May

Welcome to the May edition of Share Four Somethings, hosted by Heather Gerwing. In this monthly series, we discuss things we Loved, Read, Treasured, and something Ahead since our last Four Somethings post.

Something Loved

For Mother’s Day this year, my middle son gave me some bacteria.

Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, to be specific.

Let me explain.

The present was five different types of bacteria cultures used to make yogurt starters.

I was amazed at how easy it was to begin a yogurt starter. I shook the contents of one culture packet into a cup of milk, stirred it, and let it sit on my kitchen counter for 2 days, then put it in the refrigerator.

That’s it.

Once I have the starter, all I must do is put a spoonful or two of it into a cup of milk and repeat the process. The bacteria do the rest.

The culture I began with produced a mild, creamy yogurt – delicious! The next time, I think I will try one of the cultures that produces a more tangy product.

Something Read

 

Few writers understand the concept of writing a compelling story to make a compelling argument better than Fredrik Backman.

Us Against You is the sequel to Beartown, Backman’s previous novel set in a forest town in Sweden. I read Beartown a few months ago and loved it.

The book is about hockey and the town’s hockey team, but you don’t have to be a hockey fan to love it (I’m not).

The book is about community, about personal growth, about friendship, the importance of truth, the struggle for power, and acceptance. Most of all, it is about love.

The book was not a comfortable read for me. It made me examine my views on several topics. It’s not a book to read on the beach.

Here is a quote that I can’t get out of my mind:

“he learns that people will always choose a simple lie over a complicated truth, because the lie has one unbeatable advantage: the truth always has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe.”

Something Treasured

Upon receiving our COVID vaccinations, the first thing Bill and I did was to hightail it out to Colorado to visit our son, daughter-in-law, and five-year-old grandson.

Our grandson was on spring break from school, so while his parents worked, we played.

One morning rainy weather prevented us from venturing outside, so we had fun with “origami“.

We made a box (In the photo, you can see the model holding it while doing a complex ninja move), a paper chain, and some of those paper fortune tellers. On the fortune tellers, rather than writing fortunes inside, we wrote goofy tasks you had to perform when you selected them, like “cross your eyes” or “shout ‘I’m stinky’” out the front door.

Hours of fun!

Something Ahead

2019-era photo

Now that we are fully vaccinated, Bill and I hope to become regulars again at our running club’s fun runs each week.

Every Tuesday night, we meet to run together, then gather afterward for a meal.

It is a highlight of each summer.

The first Saturday of each month, we carpool to a distant location, do a two or three-hour trail run, then adjourn to a nearby restaurant.

It feels…almost normal!

You can find the places I link up here.

 

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