Here and Now

I finally tended to the carrots we harvested from our backyard garden many weeks ago. They’ve been resting on the back deck waiting for me to get a burst of energy and turn my attention to them. This morning I brought them in, washed, and chopped some for soup and others for munching, and the rest I tucked in a reusable bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. It feels good to have them done. It also felt good to putter in my kitchen. Odd as it may seem, chopping carrots helps support my mental health.

I feel as if I should be offering you more than just a glimpse into my day with these posts but, on the other hand, I’m nostalgic for the “old days” of blogging when that’s pretty much what it was all about. We connected back then, in ways that quick updates on divisive social media platforms never managed to duplicate.  I’m getting kinda tired of anti-social media. How ’bout you?

Anyway . . .

Chopped vegetables are sitting on the counter ready for me to toss them in the Instant Pot for soup. Bread dough is rising on the countertop. Murphy is sleeping beside me and Maya is doing the same on the floor in front of me. Chica (the cat) is downstairs somewhere. Gerry is hiking. Laurinda is working. Makiya is at school. All are well and accounted for.

I’m going to publish this post and then pop around and visit some favourite blogs.

And that’s my quiet Wednesday afternoon.



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Enjoy! I like chopping food too. I got the last of my beans pulled…(Southern Ohio here…We have decent growing thru some of October.) I still have cherry tomatoes which grow up against the kitchen side of the house. One full sized tomato is still in the works. It kills me to pick them, but they are not in a frost zone yet, so…

    1. So cool that you still have tomatoes on the vine, Paige!

  2. Well, I learned something today: you can leave carrots on the deck/porch for several weeks and they’ll still be good to eat! (I suppose it depends on where you live.) Your quiet afternoon sounded delightful, Linda, as you puttered in the kitchen all by yourself!

    1. There were a few rubbery ones on the top but the rest were just fine. I think the best thing is to leave them in the ground as long as possible before it freezes but I was impatient to be finished with gardening this year. 🙂

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