Friday, August 23, 2013

It is a busy time

Time has been flying by. As the change of the seasons approaches we are doing all kinds of preparations. I am happy to say that for our first time ever we have been good about staying ahead rather than procrastinating to the point that we never catch up. Over the last week we did a bit of fresh fruit picking at a local farm, 20 lbs. of peaches and 10 lbs. of tomatoes later we had to find something to do with it all. We did our first batch of canned peaches and salsa using recipes that we really liked. I am  just hoping that they last on shelf in the pantry. The seals have formed properly but the peaches have floated a little above the syrup so I am prepared for them to change color or do something. The salsa looks amazing in the jar and we will be taking it out when we have guest over to see if we are biased to the flavor because of all the hard work we put into the finished product, or if we really have learned how to create something wonderful.


 One would think that a kitchen filled with heat and steam that is cranking out pint after pint would be enough but we had some very big plans this week as we also planted our fall garden. We planted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli. The broccoli wound up in our front "flower bed" because we ran out of room in the garden, so we have officially moved up a rung in the crunchy, garden people world. I have to admit I kind of like it. The front used to be wasted space that served the purpose of making things look pretty. Now while the plants will still look pretty they will also allow me to provided my boy with one of his favorite foods.

We are also making the final back to school preparations. The supplies have been bought and uniforms are hanging ready. The children have been kept up to date on all their learning for the summer and they are excited to see what the new year brings. The little guy with be dipping his feet into the world of school a couple days a week while his sister will spend most of her time in the classroom. I really love when they are home in the summer and don't want them to leave but they are pretty free spirited children who love to venture into the world on their own. I also know that the teachers at their schools are much better suited to teaching them than I am. I like to supplement throughout the school year but leave a lot of the guiding up to the teachers. It works for us.

This busy time is going to keep going even though the tasks will change. The main goal will be to keep family time going as we settle into the new routine. How about you? Is your household going through a busy time as well?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Community

The value of community becomes clearer by the day. Living a life that is more simple does mean more time at home working with the family towards a set of common goals. It is easy to lose oneself in the chores that are required by the home, especially now that the garden in getting into high gear and the fall planting is approaching. Some times it does seem as if leaving the home is an inconvenience when there is so much that here needs attending. But while all the work in our home seems important the work outside our home is important also. It is important to be a part of the community, to know those who surround you and all of the things that they may have to offer. For ages we have been very close with those that work in our library now we have been forming relationships with others in our community. We are frequenting small locally owned stores and getting acquainted with the people who own and work there as well as their products. I am starting to form relationships with those that I work with. We have in the past couple weeks held fundraisers and showers for several of my co-workers, this does not mean that we are very involved in each others personal life but for the first time I am getting to see some of them as human beings with lives outside the work place. The over abundance of zucchini that are coming from the garden have made there way to neighbors and friends so that they may feed their families. All of these experiences have given me a feeling of community that I have never felt before. We are building stronger relationships with those around us and we are helping not only ourselves but others as well. Our community is a living, breathing and growing thing. It is a cycle of people that help and support each other and it is great to see so many people involved and I am proud to be taking on a bigger role in my community.