I'm home from work today and I really am ill. No kidding. Yesterday I had a headache all afternoon - and I rarely get them. Took some Tylenol last night which helped. But, this morning, I really didn't want to get up. I did, rather late-ish, and got dressed. But then I looked at Jerry who was waiting for me (we're riding together more and more now, really saves on fuel) and told him to go on without me. I tore my work clothes off and got into my jeans and an old T. So I've not done much today except hang out some laundry, check my tomato plants (they've got a virus - verticillium - and will have to be pulled) and wash a couple of windows that were so bad I couldn't see out of them. I did call my daughter, Jess, who informs that Evan had a 103 temperature last night - maybe Evan, me, and the tomatoes are sharing a virus. At any rate I am feeling a bit better, though stiff in the back and neck.
I'm quite concerned - as are most - about the AIG failure and bailout (our tax dollars at work). I've read a bit about how it concerns us commoners and can't understand a lot of it. It seems so complicated. What I do know is that I've lost about $6000 this last year from my 401K and it is supposed to be in the most conservative stocks. We'll continue to work on paying down debt (credit card will be paid off this next month!) and being more conscientious consumers.
I've been intrigued with idea of making cheese and the supplies for mozzarella and ricotta cheese came in the mail yesterday. I bought a kit from The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company that includes vegetable rennet tablets, citric acid, a dairy thermometer, cheese salt (maybe non-iodized?), and "butter cheesecloth". The recipe booklet promises that it is very easy and I'm eager to try it. The kit makes 30 recipes of mozzarella at 3/4 pound each and for each recipe a gallon of milk is used. We have a small dairy in this area that does not ultra pasteurize their milk so it will be perfect. Now that I have an idea about the things I need for this endeavor I won't need the kit. I'll let you know how this turns out! (When I'm feeling better).