I have been very, very busy! Gardening, taking care of my house, running hither and yon!
Here are some updates
- My house has been emptied of all seedlings and starts! It is open and fresh looking.
- I have been making a big pile of stuff to put into a garage sale.
- My garden is growing well! Peas, several varieties of beans, cabbages, onion, potatoes, cucumbers, garlic, squash etc, grow and grow!
- My herb and flower gardens are doing well, but they have been kind of neglected to due the pace of life at the moment, so once everything is steady in my vegetable garden I will be tackling the herb and flower areas.
- Our lawn mower is broken so our yard is a JUNGLE!
- Alley’s kittens trust people now and they run up to you when they hear you coming.
- Today I purchased hyssop, valerian, basil, cilantro, goldenseal and ginseng. The last two were found growing in West Virginia and Michigan. I didn’t even know the ginseng could grow in our climate I thought it needed more of a tropical climate! Whew, I was so excited! They only sell two a year! What a deal!
- My clothesline is being well used, I love seeing the shirts and sheets flap in the breeze.
- I now think of home as the little house Aaron and I have, not my parents house over in Bay City.
- Soon I will be putting foodstuffs up. I froze some rhubarb sauce a few weeks ago, next is asparagus.
There are so many wishes that are coming true in my little house and half acre. Aaron and I are growing closer and closer still, I have an ever growing confidence in myself.
Over the past few weeks I have come to terms with attributes I have. I take a no-frills, function over fashion attempt to most things, with a few exceptions. Aaron is the same way. We aren’t cheap though, we like good quality items. Good investments. That are well made, do their job, and are built to last. Whether it’s a major appliance, pretty vase, bathroom fan, piece of farm equipment, tools, or lacy doily. We appreciate nice things but our stuff doesn’t necessarily NEED to match. Pillowcases don’t match the quilt or sheets. The towels in the bathroom don’t match the decor. I like color and variety. Our living room furniture clashes very badly, but they are comfy! I don’t like couch overs, I don’t like the way they look so I don’t use them. I like how we are, and I don’t want anyone looking down on me or feeling sorry for me.
I said to Aaron last night, “We probably won’t ever have 100% matching stuff.” He replied, “Nope.”
I don’t see it as a weakness or social downfall, I see it almost as a strength, though it is nice to have nice things, I look at my possessions and realize, one day it all will burn. It sounds defeating but, it’s the truth. Though it should not be an ultimatum to get rid of everything I own or to neglect the possessions God entrusted to us, I feel more like it is a chance to choose between contentment or dissatisfaction.
I’m rambling and I guess what I’m trying to say is, this is the way I am, it’s how I handle things, it’s the way God made me, I will use stuff until it wears right out. I struggled with this on and off; playing events, situations and scenarios over in my head. I don’t mind being this way but I was afraid of what other people say. Whether anyone looks down on my situation or not, we know who we are, we take care of our stuff, our judge is God, and we do not have to live up to everyone’s standards, just God’s… and I don’t need the perfect house, perfect clothing, perfect garden or perfect life to do that.
This is just one subject that I have been thinking and praying about, there are a few more, but those are probably for another post.