I just wanted to stop in and let everyone know what's been going on in my neck of the woods lately.
I've been busy with everything except writing. I find it very distressing, yet fulfilling.
oldest started her first day of 6th grade. My middle child is maybe,
finally, grasping the concept of self control and my youngest is
learning defiance. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have my hands full for
some time to come. However, right now is what I'm focused on.
think fall is the busiest time of the year. School starts, we harvest
all of our garden wares, start canning and generally start preparing for
Summer has always been my favorite season and
not much has changed, except I'm starting to appreciate each season for
what it brings. With fall, the overall feeling of accomplishment that
comes with the season is something I never tire of.
year we didn't get much from the garden. I need to fertilize the patch
of ground we've been using and then get some deer deterrent. Either
that or have venison all year round (stupid garden eating deer). And
yes, deer, I hope you are reading this. We are all omnivores in this
household and we don't mind venison. I'm sure you'd taste like
tomatoes, anyway (stupid garden eating deer).
bragged before, my grapes did wonderfully this year. I put off picking
them until the last possible moment. After returning from dropping my
oldest off for her first day of school I saw at least fifteen Robins
perched on my grape (stupid grape eating Robins). Anyway, it was
raining but there was no way I was going to sacrifice the grapes to the
darned birds. They have plenty of sunflower seeds to eat! So, I
hurriedly went inside and grabbed up my scissors and buckets and went to
is what I managed to salvage after the birds had their way. Much more
than I anticipated, actually. With the chokecherries we picked I ended
up with a lot of jelly. The grapes yielded more juice than I thought.
It's great. However, the grape jelly didn't set up as I'd hoped, but
it's still jelly and once refrigerated it thickens up nicely. And, the
most important part of the jelly - both kinds taste very good.