It was a very bittersweet day today-Tabby’s last day of preschool. Bittersweet for me because, while she is certainly ready and excited for kindergarten, it’s the end of a pretty significant phase of my life. For five years in a row I’ve had a child in nursery school and bringing them there and back, making friends, being a part of that community, was a very big part of my life and routine. And, although only two of those years were ones in which the schedule meant I had a few mornings to myself a week, you know I relished them. Sewing, tea with friends, reading, blogging, and so on. Kindergarten is half day in our area, so it won’t be a tremendously big change with regard to that, but it will definitely be different to have both kids in real school, and it certainly makes me wonder what is next for me. We’ve made many good friends through the nursery school and both children enjoyed having wonderful teachers, Tabby especially so this year. She really seemed to have a special connection to her class and teacher and will miss that very much. The whole thing has made me very sentimental and reflective!
In other news today we had our first pickup for the CSA we joined this year. We’ve been part of other CSAs before and are excited to get back to one. We joined the Griggstown Farm. You pick up at the farm, but it’s all boxed up for you. They are also doing YouTube videos every week showing you what is in your box and telling you how to prepare it. That is very useful because, in my experience, you get a lot of weird greens that you don’t know what to do with. That was certainly the case today; we got arugula, radishes, thyme, and lots of gigantic green leaves.
I felt very virtuous, fancy, and healthy when I promptly made a radish sandwich for lunch. Buttered homemade bread (courtesy of my friend Jen, thanks Jen!) with thin slices of radish, some arugula, and a little salt. The bread/salt/butter was a good balance to the very sharp and peppery radish/arugula. Plus, look how pretty it was!
For dinner I used the fresh thyme and more arugula to make lemon-thyme chicken served on a heap of arugula. I’ll be honest-this looks better than it tasted (my chicken was a little tough.) and the kids definitely did not like the arugula. When it comes to the greens in our farm share I suspect it will be eaten only by Paul, me, and Gordon.