I find myself sitting at the table looking out into the dark, dark night, reflecting on the week that was and the week that will be. Here's a glimpse...
~ gazing at the cherry jam that is resting on the counter, which I made this afternoon. There is a box of canned cherries and dried cherries ready to go downstairs into our empty "open concept" cellar. I hope we're able to fill it back up again.
~ putting the final few things away from our week away at the lake, and feeling the desire to seriously de-clutter in the hope to make our lives simpler. I'm thrilled to hear that my husband is taking a couple of days off to tackle the garage, though I was really hoping our basement could get double-teamed by us.
~ having mixed feelings about our garden. The one at home is doing alright...the popcorn has reached the top of the fence and we've been treated to a few cherry tomatoes. The community garden is looking a little on the sad side...too many weeds here, spotty plants there. At least the beans are doing well. I know both gardens have been neglected this year, but I'm not sure what the solution is at this moment. Working hard to be thankful for what we have been able to grow.
~ taking a peak at a lesson planner (I found it free here). It may be part of the solution for garden neglect. I'm very much looking forward to writing "plan garden", "plant seeds" and "tend garden" into our days, in the hopes that it may happen. Also looking forward to penciling in "project time".
~ admiring my daughter and how she will refuse to stay bored for long. She's turned to art during the lulls in the day - painting yesterday and beading today. Kim John Payne (author of Simplicity Parenting) definitely has it right - something interesting is right around the corner.
~ sending thoughts of light and peace to a friend in pain.
~ wondering what it will be like with two children away for the bulk of the next week. Nicholas is attending a scout camp and Jaelyn is in a Chinese culture day camp. The days will definitely be quieter...
~ looking forward to more preserving...blueberry roll-ups and jam, black forest sauce, perhaps some drunken cherries thrown into the mix (check out Put 'Em Up)
Wishing you a week of gratifying work and play!