Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
I keep waiting to get back into the groove of this new semester, but so
far I feel I've been barely keeping up. Oh well, next week is the fourth
week of the semester already...so maybe things will be finally settled
down a bit by then. Of course, that is what I thought might be the case
Hungarian wax peppers.
But things are looking up. My desk is now pretty much cleared off for a change. A
cluttered desk makes me feel cluttered inside and like I didn't accomplish all I should have. I have a reputation for
having the cleanest desk in the library and I like that. A clean desk has decidedly not been
the case so far this semester and it'd been contributing to my feeling
Yeah, next week has got to be the one where I start feeling back
on top of things. It will. And I guess even if it doesn't this
madhouse feeling has sure been making my work day absolutely fly by!
been quite busy at home, too. I think when you are fully engaged in living that is to be expected.
We took our tie-dye on the road selling at
three shows in seven days which is the most we've ever done.
Consequently, we've been busy tie-dying. We're just about done putting
up apple products for the year. We still would like a few more jars of apple pie filling, but who knows if we'll find the time before all the apples are gone again. We might be resigned to a few fewer crisps this winter.
We're picking grapes tonight after the
faculty vs. students softball game (I haven't played in years and am
both excited and nervous) and processing them into juice over the
weekend. We recently sampled one of the few remaining jars from last
year as a reminder as to why we needed to get on it and get those grapes
picked and soon!
The weather is cooling off. We even had to close the
windows a few nights. We're hoping and praying the seasons don't
change too quick. We have lots of tomatoes and peppers and things on
the plant that are just not quite ready for frosts to come. We've been stockpiling the skinned, cored tomatoes in the deep freeze until we have enough for a big batch
of tomato sauce/juice to can.
season has started again so Matt will be enjoying spending more time
with his guy friends. They don't see much of each other during the
camping/vending/gardening/canning season so football season gives them
all a reason to congregate at least once a week. Matt isn't a huge fan,
but he does enjoy it and he really enjoys the time with his brother and his
It's Matt's birthday next week. There are yellow leaves on the grass in the backyard. I've had to take out the silken long johns to wear under my skirts on the morning bicycle ride to the library. Where did summer go? Is it really the middle of September already?! Wild.