Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Slow Living August Look Back
Slow living August -
I've been reading 'Slow Living Essentials' for quite some time now and decided to take the plunge and see if I could figure this out! It's such a nice idea to stop and take stock.
Nourish – August has been peak harvest month in the garden. We had two weeks of corn on the cob with our meals, we are still eating tomatoes, the freezer is full of zucchini and summer squash, lettuce, onions, peppers, radishes and cabbage, now we are getting more and more green beans. Love eating food we know is raised healthy. We didn't plant enough this year (experimenting) to get us through the winter, but we will enjoy some things all winter long and that will help.
Prepare – Canning and freezing and my new foray into fermentation (hooray!) the harvest is better than we thought it would be and so we prepare for the cold that will be here before we know it.
Green – We have worked on composting this year more than last year, our kitchen trash has been greatly reduced. We have been doing our own tree trimming this year and will be able to cut back on the electricity we use in the winter from the small heaters since the wood stove is so much more efficient.
Grow – Just putting in the peas and garlic, one for fall the other for next year
Create – Have begun a 'throw' out of monks cloth that I am doing counted cross stitch flowers on. I have also been working on quilted curtains for the kitchen (to start) that will hopefully keep out the cold and heat in their seasons, help the wood stove in the winter and keep the fans adequate in the summer. We nearly caved on buying an air conditioning unit for the bedroom this summer but managed to stay strong
Enhance – This coming Saturday will be the first meeting of the new quilting club that another lady and I have begun in our church. We are calling it 'home arts' club and hope that some of us older ladies can teach our skills to some of the younger ones!
Discover – I have had a surplus of zucchini this year (doesn't everyone?) and have had a lot of fun surfing the inter-webs and trying new recipes, I have new jam, bread and relish recipes in my cupboard and freezer,ready for winter enjoyment!
Enjoy – I have been having a lot of fun with my genealogy work this month as I have found 2 more cousins (2 or 3 times removed) and have been sharing family tree stuff with people who don't start looking for excuses to get away from me. (like my kids!)
This is the road to Grandmas farm. I am thinking of using it as the cover for my genealogy binder for this side of the family. So many memories.