Archive for July, 2010

Time flies when you’re having fun (or not!)

July 12, 2010

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted anything here…it sure seems the older I get, the faster time flies, whether I’m having fun or not.  And, largely, I AM having fun!

We’ve finished with spring shows, and now are simply spinning and knitting, getting ready for fall shows.  It’s a little more relaxing. But the gardens are growing, the grass has slowed down a little, so the sheep need their pasture changed a bit more often, as the grass isn’t as high, the chicks are growing and need to come out of their nursery cage, but aren’t yet old enough to join the mature hens, so I need to clear out the winter chicken pen to house them until they grow a bit more, the mowing is perpetual, and in the middle of all this, there was a four day liturgical festival at our church, which involved John more than me, since he is in the choir, had tons of music to learn, rehearsals every day the last week, all day performances and rehearsals during the festival, choir members staying here, all sorts of fun.

But now that is over, and we are back to normal (?) for a week or two.  Then, “Girls’ Week” when our granddaughter and great niece come for a week to do all sorts of fun things, including learning to knit more than just a scarf! and painting lessons.  And Boston…and who knows what all.

And in the middle of all this, we’ve offered some land to our son and daughter in law for a modest price and they are excited about moving up here within a couple of years…that will be great in many ways and a little scary (I DO like my privacy!) in others.  Mostly, it’s something I am really looking forward to.

The heat of the last week was debilitating to say the least. Thank God I can get up at 5 and get outside stuff done by 8:30 a.m. and we can close up the house and mostly be comfortable, if, late in the afternoon, a little stuffy.  Now that we’re back to temperatures dropping down to 60 at night, hot days are no big deal, for the house is cool at bedtime.  Still, I look forward to August, when it starts to moderate a bit.  I can take about one month of summer and then, I’ve had it with heat!  Good thing we live up here where winter is 7 months!  Or thereabouts…

The squashes are setting fruit.  The raspberries are ripe for picking.  The beans are beginning to blossom.  The lettuce and radishes are being harvested. There’s small tomatoes on the tomato plants.  Life is good. Soon the rounds of harvesting, putting by, the crops starts, and more work for mama!  But I love putting up food to use all year. It makes me feel so healthy!  And independent! And responsible!  I’d better guard against a sort of holier than thou feeling, however.  I have the time to do it, and the knowledge, and the land and the husband to raise the veggies and weed the garden…we each do what we can in this world. We’re able bodied and able minded and able attituded.  (I know, I know, not a word!)  And I’m happy to report that our son has been bitten by the sustainability and organic/natural bug as well.  It’s so good to see our grandchildren eating more and more stuff that’s good for them.  And learning about food and caring for animals.  I am so proud of them!

Time to cook dinner…