day 287 There was the matter of dinner. I boiled yellow potatoes in one pot, green beans in another. When the green beans cooked to almost fork tender, they were strained and set aside in a salad bowl. I added a touch of cold water so the eggs wouldn’t crack and lowered five eggs into the pot to boil. Chopped lettuce leaves, golden beet and carrot shavings, and kernels from one ear of corn went into the bowl. Ten minutes later the eggs and potatoes were done, each pot was strained before the eggs were cooled in water and the potatoes left off steam on a wood cutting board. Once cooled and peeled, I chopped up some of each, and tossed them in with the rest of the vegetables. The boys ate buttered banana pancakes, one plate topped with strawberry jam, the other with honey. The little one had been sick since yesterday and didn’t have much appetite, except for pancakes and juice, which he tugged on my shorts and pleaded with me to make. Anything to improve his spirits and help him sleep an extra hour or two.