I have not been sleeping well. It has been ongoing, but I think it is getting worse. I am exhausted but not able to sleep. I don’t get a lot done during the day because I am so tired. And, since I am awake I go online, which I am sure does not help. I start looking at ideas for new projects. I am fermenting vegetables so now I am thinking of planting a vegetable garden in my backyard. But, I have no idea where to begin. So, I surf the web looking for information on that, instead of relaxing,
My psychiatrist prescribed a medicine, trazodone, for sleep. It is not helping too much. I asked if it interacted with supplements, like melatonin, and my dr said it would be okay for me so I am going to take both tonight.
I have projects stacking up, but the fermenting is taking off. My pickles turned out good. I set up a second batch with a different type of cucumber. I know you use pickling cucumbers but I can’t find anything with that name. I have sauerkraut and kimchi that should be done in a week. I just set up beets to make kvass. The kimchi tasted good fresh. That is a short ferment, 8 days.
I see my new therapist for second appointment tomorrow. The insurance said pending and I was worried they would deny it, but it was eventually approved. I don’t really know what to talk about except the lack of sleep.
I have been putting off trying to learn to crochet. I have a kit that has a YouTube video but I don’t get it. I looked at wiki how but it confuses me. I have not put much effort into it. I guess I could bring the Internal Family Systems workbook to therapy. I did not know where to start but maybe she will have suggestions.
My friend ferments pickles and sauerkraut. He gave me the directions so I set some up. It is pretty simple. Sauerkraut is cabbage and salt. I added some carrots and ginger for flavor. Pickles are salt water and some spices. I watched videos on YouTube and joined a Facebook group for beginning fermenters. There is some conflicting information, so I am going with the fermenting group for advice.
Fermented foods are great for your gut. I thought I would just do these 2 foods, but I have been reading more and interested in adding more. I am going to set up kimchi next. I have the spices just need produce. There is a Korean market near here. Then I might try Kombucha. That is a different type of ferment and for parts you are supposed to put in dark, I think I could cover with a cloth. I have cabinets but I worry about leaking or exploding jars.
I have not made coconut milk yogurt in a long time. Recipe here Coconut milk yogurt Chia pudding is so simple but does not have the probiotics. I am planning to get some going soon. I put away the yogurt maker so I will have to pull it out.
My husband does not understand this hobby. I have not spent too much on it. I have 3 2 qt mason jars. I just bought some lids that exchange gas. Right now I just unscrew a little each day, but they are not producing a lot of gas. Just some bubbles.
I tried a pickle today. It has only been 4 days. It was crunchy but pretty bland. I am not sure I bought the right cucumbers. You need pickling cucumbers, I bought a bag that just said small cucumbers. I am going to let them go for a couple of weeks. I tasted the sauerkraut at the beginning and it was really salty. I am not sure if I made a mistake or if it always starts that way. I am letting that go for 3 weeks.