I thought that shouldn't be a big deal as doesn't and AgeFleet Command Eldership have replicators like those on the Star Fleet Command star ships from Star Trek? The answer is, "no they don't." So it's cooking the traditional way for me. We have 16 total that will be arriving starting yesterday through the 23rd with another 13 coming on the 27th for two days. This has called for logistics on meal planning and shopping that they don't teach you at AgeFleet leadership training. As a result I've been working extremely hard the last week or two getting thing put into shape.
At the Eldership we are very good at being incredibly frugal, putting all sorts of things in the freezer so they won't go to waste. Unfortunately because we are Elders, 90% of the time we forgot that we've done so. Since I need freezer space to handle everything I'm making, I decided to do a purge. As we have a lot of fruit from our garden, I decided to make some fruit preserves something I've not done before.
My first attempt was raspberry preserves.
Here they are cooking away.
Unfortunately, I let them go a tad to long and ended up with great tasting soft raspberry candy :(
Second attempt was a success.
I've also made a pot roast and the base for seafood gumbo that are now in the freezer and roasted a bunch of almonds.
The report of a snow storm sent me off for my first snow hike of the season!
FIRST DELEGATES ARRIVE!
Early yesterday evening we picked up the first of our groups. Playing the part of the Cloud/Mist/Rain People for this series of episodes is none other than the #3 Clan! They were pretty wiped out from the 17 hours of travel.
WIFE SOLVES THE RED TUNIC VOLUNTEER PROBLEM
You will remember Wife and I were quarreling over the role of red tunic enlisted person (the ones who always get killed when the ship gets boarded or they're down on an away mission). Wife's solution is to make a bunch of red tunics and give them to the delegates as gifts who certainly have no idea of the significance.
Wife on Holodeck 3 working like crazy on red tunics
Wife feels it's never too early to co opt child labor into the sweat shop.
Granddaughter 3.1 (who adores Wife) was easily convinced to take part.
THE ORDER OF THOMAS THE TRAIN
Each grandchild who gets into the 3-4 year old stage gets into Thomas the Train. I love Thomas the Train too. It is sad time for our Captain when each child in their turn decides that they are too old for Thomas. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that 3.1 has enter the Thomas the Train continuum. I decided that there would be some Thomas material waiting for her when she got here and had it out and waiting when she woke up this morning.