Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Slow Living Monthly 9 Link Up

I am so pleased and grateful that the monthly 9 link up will continue even though Christine is in need of a break. I have enjoyed reading Linda at Greenhaven's blog and am looking forward to her hosting our little party!  Thank you to Linda for stepping up!

At the risk of sounding like an old folk song - My bags are packed and I'm ready to go....  :)  I leave in the am to go to my grandmothers house, my mom and I will take care of her together for a month and then we will see what happens.  The goal is that she gets to stay in her own home till the end. I have my laptop and hope that I will be able to keep up here but if not - you'll know why. 

This month has just seemed crazy busy!  Sorry for the 'no photos stripped down model' (!) I'm running out of time but didn't want to miss out on the first month at the new home!

Nourish - It is summer, we are eating out of the garden!  Neither of us is very hungry in the evenings so we just have a salad, lots of meatless days as well.  When it is hot we just eat light!

Prepare - We finally got a freezer so we will start filling it with corn, Hubby has taken a crash course in canning and freezing, he is a little nervous but will do fine I think.  I have done as many pickles as I think we can eat and now we are freezing tomatoes and corn, I have two more sets of corn planted that are not tasseled yet so hope to still have fresh corn when I get back.

Reduce - Ha! I have reduced the amount of stuff I packed to a reasonable amount!  :)

Green - Can't think of anything green but my feet and the knees of my pants! 

Grow - Garden has been in charge of my days this month, between weeding and picking and preserving it really is a full time job!  Tried broccoli for the first time this year and it will be back, very yummy, would like to try cauliflower as well.  the beets and turnips were awesome this month no matter that I am the only one who cares!

Create - I worked on a different branch of the family tree (genealogy) this month and was able to follow it a very satisfying distance into the past.  Knowing that I might be going to Missouri in August I wanted to have it done to take along to share.

Enhance - I have started helping and older woman friend to get herself organized.  Her husband has Alzheimer's and she is still learning to deal with that and still get the bills paid.  It is a very rewarding partnership so far.

Discover - I have written a couple of posts about our trips around our area to discover the history and cemeteries; these have really been fun and our little impromptu group is just about ready for another, they may even wait til I get home!

Enjoy -I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of our Miss Lily this month, she is growing so fast and has discovered her hands!  This is a huge deal my friends, there are so many avenues open to a person when they discover they have hands

My Aunt and her husband took care of grandma for two months so my mom could have some time at home.  So Great Grandma got to get to know Lily as well!  I will leave you with a photo of Great Grandma and Lily practicing another new skill - the smile!
I can see already that standing up is in our future!

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  1. Hi Kathy, I so glad you found the time to join with us! Posts like this one inspire me so much. Coming towards spring, I'm planning the garden and it sounds like you have your gardening down pat. Last year I began preserving. This year I want to preserve some of my own produce.

    I love that you are helping your grandmother stay in her own home! It happens less and less these days. She's a lucky woman to have family like yours!

  2. How wonderful that your husband did a canning and freezer course!
    Your month sounds very busy indeed - enjoy your time with your grandmother.