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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Once in a while, it's nice just to have a chat.
Have you noticed how folks don't just drop by anymore.
I've had friends say,
"We wouldn't just stop in on somebody without calling."
My friends are always welcome.
If I'm in the middle of peeling spuds,
pull up a chair and dig in :-)
Then, let's chat.
Some of the best conversation happens over snapping beans
or bucking hay, or digging a row.
So pull up a chair or tip the bucket over, whichever suits you.
Have a seat.
I'm so sorry it's been so long since my last post.
It's just been that B word (busy).
Our tomatoes went crazy again this year and supplied
not only for our needs, buy my parents, my in-laws, and one of the guys at work.
Hubby discovered he looooves homemade salsa.
So we've made about 17 gallons! (I think?)
We've also been busy at work and trying to deal with all the challenges
this year has presented to small businesses.
Hubby worked 8 weeks straight and finally took this past Sunday off.
We are still slammed, but I think we are beginning to see the light.
I have been trying to stitch a little in the evenings when I can.
We aren't even to Halloween yet and I am thinking about Christmas.
There is an odd feeling about it this year,
both gratitude and sadness.
I am so grateful my dad is recovering and doing a little better each day.
But my grandmother (his mom) is 96 and probably won't be with us much longer.
I'm not sad for her, but for my own selfishness.
She has lived a good 96 years, and it's only really been the past year
that she's had many issues.
And I am comforted in that as much as I love her,
I know God loves her even more.
I also just received news that the man who is like my second father
is now on hospice.
I'm not sharing this to make you all sad.
The opposite really~
We should be grateful for the time we have with our loved ones.
And so I am looking forward to Christmastime.
We cannot stop the circle of life - nor would I want to
as difficult as it might be at times.
But this year, I might try to make a special effort to make
Christmas even more meaningful.
I just placed an order for a little surprise I am planning to make.
As soon as it arrives, I will share in case you would like to do so also.
As we head into the holidays, especially this year,
I'd just like to encourage everyone to remember kindness,
be appreciative for all of our blessings and loved ones,
and be as generous as your circumstances allow.
I've begun adding Christmas items to my etsy shoppe.
Am certainly enjoying having it open again.
Also, do any of you know what's up with line spacing on the new blogger?
I can't find spacing - oy!
Monday, September 28, 2020
Autumn is upon us~
And it is becoming. . . .
(All those little white spots are ladybugs. They looked like faeries.)
We are still having end of summer weather
rather than the beginning of autumn weather.
It's a little cooler but is supposed to be back in the 80's this week.
I am enjoying the season we are in regardless of what we label it.
I'm still canning like a crazy person
though I've cleaned up the kitchen and put some things away.
We had a horrible wind storm that blew the smoke in
from all the fires.
That was Labor Day weekend.
Everything was coated with dust and ash.
I finally got the summer kitchen cleaned (mostly).
One thing about cleaning and canning,
there is usually little interruption or offerings of help
so it gives one time to ponder.
I like to ponder actually~
you know while doing those little mindless things
like washing dishes or stirring a pot.
Recently, I was thinking not only about my own life and happenings,
but the state of our environment and society
and some things that I've read on other blogs as well.
I came back to something I already knew inside.
If there is something I don't like, change it.
Well that's all fine and dandy except for the things that are out of my control.
Oh yea, that list:
Fires set by angry individuals.
The health and well being of loved ones.
Things I disprove of being forced upon us.
Obviously, this list could go on for a while,
but let's just stop there.
That could end up being a very depressing rabbit hole.
First, and many of you probably already realize this,
but I very much appreciate nature so it hurts me when
our Earth is abused so blatantly.
I much prefer to see a vibrant thriving Earth
with kind people enjoying her bounty.
Make it so.
I went out and took care of some areas of our garden that I'd neglected.
It might not be much, but it is what I have control over.
There are no fires in my garden,
and having happy vegetation growing helps clean the air.
And those angry people don't exist in my garden.
And I think folks catch on or we send out vibes,
because I can't wear a mask.
A month or so ago, I was accused of being okay with killing people.
I still wash my hands and respect other people's space and distancing, etc.
I had to go to the store for a couple of things and stopped by the thrift shop
to see if I could find a couple shirts for Mr. LB.
I wait before entering and make sure it's okay that I go in.
I had more people speak to me than I think ever before.
One lady I kept "running into" introduced herself
and asked my name.
She was entirely kind and bid me fun looking.
(Well, we can't just look at men's shirts can we - heehee.)
Another woman in the craft section said she usually did shows
and was really going to miss them this year.
One person told me of a valuable mosaic bistro set she almost sold too cheap.
There were a few others.
When I went to the grocery store,
I ran into a friend I haven't seen in a couple years.
She asked if I was giving hugs - yep!
(Not to strangers of course, but friends you bet.)
The point is - there was tons of kindness going on.
Made is so.
Changing the health or hurting of loved ones - Oy!
It's so difficult to see, hear, . . . feel.
Wanting them to be well.
Make it so.
I mentioned in my last post that my dad had been in the hospital
having two major surgeries in a 3-4 day span.
He actually ended up going back in for 2 more minor surgeries.
After not going to a doctor for 40 years,
he made up for lost time.
He's now getting better - YAY!
I've been having to step into the parenting of my parents roll a little.
That has been a little tricky.
To any of you who take care of your parents - bless you!
From finances to diet, training one's parents while trying to remain respectful
can be a fine line to walk.
I also have a friend who has been struggling with losses.
Her losses are not mine.
I don't know the same people or have the same feelings,
but I do care that she was hurting.
She lives alone and was feeling alone.
I acknowledged how she felt and told her
it is difficult not to be with those we care about at times
when we feel we should be closer, and
that sometimes folks just need a hug.
She said "You nailed it."
I think just identifying that helped her feel a little better (hope).
Made it so.
And that last one,
all I can say is I'm countering it with love and kindness.
Make it so.
It's easy to be grumpy about others trying to force us
to believe certain things.
My solution to that is just find a diversion.
I've been trying not to share my opinion on much of anything.
That might sound a little silly,
but it seems to me that we've become so accustom
to sharing our opinion without it being sought and
without much consideration of how others
might feel or respond, we've become non-communicative.
Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of opinions.
I've just been trying to keep my big mouth shut.
Sometimes I'm more successful than others - am still so human.
I'm trying to remember that it is much more pleasant
to communicate in a positive manner than to force my opinion on others
or have them force theirs on me.
It works both ways, you see.
It does seem to be working.
Made it so.
So all those things that are out of my control,
well, maybe I just need to look at them sideways.
Seems like I'm making some progress.
I will falter (will just go ahead and ask forgiveness right here and now)
as I know I am so far from perfect.
And only One has control,
but if being grumpy or discouraged or depressed wasn't working,
why not do my itty-bitty part in attempting to right the wrongs.
I might only be one person,
but it's one less grump spreading negative.
Guess I would rather be one person spreading joy.
If your autumn isn't absolutely beautiful,
Make it so.
And whatever joy you seek,
Make it so.
Blessings dear friends~