“I told myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as if it were Saturday.” ~ Chip Gaines, The Magnolia Story It’s a sunny Saturday and our son is visiting this weekend. We’re blessed.
“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air… Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” ~Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose It […]
“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees What a blessing these last, hot days of August are. I spent too much of the month indoors, due to the smoke, making it seem like summer was passing me […]
“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” ~ Henry Fielding I head out to the deck, where it’s deliciously hot, with a new book Gerry just brought home from the mailbox, and settle in to read while the pressure canner is cooling. […]
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” ~ Lewis Grizzard Weary, I sink into the sofa at the end of the day. “I’m done,” I tell Gerry. Twenty-five pounds of peaches glisten like jewels in jars on the kitchen counter. Ten pints of salsa sit cooling next to them. It’s […]
“Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle We head to the garden right after church while plans for an afternoon of canning dance in my head. I haven’t decided if I’ll tackle the peaches […]
“Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art It is a still Sunday morning and the sun has not yet risen. Sometime during the night Gerry opened the door in our bedroom affording me a perfect view, […]
“Alexandra often said that if her mother were cast upon a desert island, she would thank God for her deliverance, make a garden, and find something to preserve.” ~ Willa Cather, O Pioneers! Seems reasonable to me. Peaches yesterday, vegetable soup today, more peaches tomorrow. The canning kitchen is in full production mode these days; […]