Monday, July 21 (continued)
Man, is it ever hot. MaryJane offers me a glass and discusses the
importance of drinking water during exertion. Water from the well
is piped out to the garden and is nice and cold. Refreshing, clean,
cool and good.
Im pretty much on my own in the afternoon. I read a copy
of Illusions by Richard Bach that MaryJane brought to
me in the Plum Pit. Its a light and playful afternoon read.
There is one very important interruption to my hammock time in the
Plum Pit ice cream call! The crew is making homemade chocolate
ice cream and hot brownies in the basement. The young crew is transfixed
and totally focused on the ice cream and brownies. Me too. They
had prepared a sample of MaryJanes brownie mix from a new
batch for quality control. Its not hard to get taste testers
when brownies are the subject, let alone when ice cream is involved.
Tuesday, July 22
Today I got to the shower by 6:05 and went to the bunkhouse by
6:35 to meet MaryJane. I woke up this morning thirsty and with a
lot of sneezing. By 6:30 my head is hurting, but Im not to
be deterred. I grab my berry bucket and sling it over my neck. MaryJane
leads me to the blueberry bushes in the garden and says she needs
For some reason, my head hurts so badly that I quit after only
two cups. But there are plenty for our smoothie and a BakeOver.
MaryJane shows me how to make a smoothie. She says that three ingredients
are key, and we build on top of those: 1) frozen banana, 2) few
scoops of frozen orange juice concentrate, and 3) few scoops of
frozen pineapple concentrate. These go into a huge blender in the
bunkhouse and we add frozen cubes of soaked flax seed, some yogurt,
and about 1½ cups or so of blueberries. I cant believe
the flavor! The rest of my blueberries go into the BakeOver. We
make a half-cup of MaryJanes Buttermilk Biscuit Mix into an
Egg Puff. Fantastic breakfast.
But the headache is severe, and MaryJane tells me to suspend activities
and stay in the Plum Pit with a book. She thinks Im dehydrated
and probably reacting to the altitude and heat, and possibly to
the detoxification already under way by switching to all organic
foods. I drink water copiously, probably up to two gallons over
the course of the day. I read a book she gives me, Youre
Not Sick, Youre Thirsty, which tells me how to recognize
the signs of dehydration. Im a textbook case! But I feel better
by lunch when MaryJane brings a sensational chopped salad.