Here is our slow living monthly link up for September.
Nourish - The oven can now come back into use! We do not have central heat or air conditioning and I sort of pride myself on not turning the oven on in the summer so as not to heat up the house more than needful. I tend to get real excited about the cooler weather and the fun of having an oven again! Made pull apart bread and homemade cookies already. Have gone back to bread baking in the oven. (In the summer the bread is made in the bread machine as a rule) As the weather cools down the oven is used more and more and helps to heat this part of the house a little extra.
Prepare - Since I knew I would be gone in August, I did most of my canning and pickling in July, fortunately the weather and the harvest cooperated. Hubby became a master at freezing tomatoes while I was gone - we have bags of tomatoes with onions, or garlic or peppers in our new freezer! (I still think he bought the freezer at that moment because he was afraid I would ask him to water bath everything!) I will not complain, a freezer is something I have wanted for a long time, and it doesn't matter why we got it, it's there. Since I got home (September 10th) I have finished off the cucumbers by doing a batch of dill
|Cucumbers and corn on the same stalk!|
Reduce - I recently did a post on my "granny squares of grandmas yarn" which uses up all the old scraps of yarn she had. I have also dug out my old skirts from several years ago when I dressed up for work and church. I like skirts and jumpers etc, and have just gotten out of the habit of wearing them. At our new church more of the women wear skirts and dresses so my project this month is to do alterations on the skirts so that they fit the body I have at almost 60 rather than the one I had at 40! (sigh...I suppose you guessed I am not making them slimmer!?) I am cutting off the tops and adding yokes and elastic waistbands. I haven't tucked a shirt in for years and this will add years more life to these outfits that I spent good money on at the time to get quality goods. Pictures will be forthcoming. (if it works)
Green - I have run out of ideas for this category, we have just done the usual, composting, recycling etc.
Create - All of my creativity recently has been focused on my crochet hooks or my sewing machine! I am in the process of creating a new website that is requiring me to relearn the html that I knew a few years back and then forgot! This is a family history website and will hopefully give me enough space for the whole lot of it!
Discover - During my time in Missouri I joined the Putnam County Genealogical Society and read the entire 2 volume set "A history of Putnam County". It has histories submitted by families in the area and stories about local landmarks from newspaper accounts etc. I have a hard time convincing my kids or husband that this was an 'awesome read' but it's OK, someday people will call me eccentric and they will just be old!!
Enhance - My time with Grandma and Mom was my 'enhance' time this recent period. I feel so blessed to have been able to help get grandma get out and about and take drives and go visiting. Grandma has continued to get weaker and is failing now, she is pretty much bed fast and ready to go home to be with the Lord. I hope I can help now by encouraging my mom and making her laugh now and then, I am so glad that mom is able to make this effort to see that her mom remains at home till the end. (so proud of her...told grandma she was lucky - she gets to be 102 and her 80 year old daughter is still in good enough shape to take care of her!) It probably won't be long now though and that is a good thing.
|Home of a champion!|
|The bridge across the river and hubby|
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