Day nine started with me being excited that I might try a little bread baking today, only to review the recipe and see that I am still a couple days away.
Instead of bread, I made a firm starter, a step necessary in order to give the yeast more chance to multiply.
Today's work was rather simple: adding 2/3 cup of the mother to one cup bread flour and as little water as possible, up to 1/4 cup, in order to make a relatively dry ball of flour. This is to sit in a ziploc sprayed with oil for four hours, or longer until it doubles.
At that point this needs to rest in the refrigerator overnight.
Sleep firm starter. I hope my little one sleeps through the night like you will.