We recently returned from a 4-day family conference here in GA...It was very inspiring to meet w/ other individuals from all over the country, and I even met more blog readers, which was a delight, as always!
It was absolutely refreshing to be surrounded w/ young men and women proudly living a Christ-centered lifestyle! The comaraderie of knowing "you're not alone in this" was amazing. On the last day I even had a chance to bring out my guitar and sing before we parted. I look forward to sharing my thoughts/notes soon :)
We're continuing to work on projects around the Cottage--
replacing old doors, painting the trim etc.
Ah, don't you just love this warm weather ?
Getting out into the garden before the "heat of the day" has been challenging. I've been sowing seeds, and preparing beds. The weeding can be so tedious!
Whenever someone walks by and asks what I'm doing, I reply dryly, "Picking grass...blade by blade." lol! I told my dad we should just get into the sod business :)
Don't worry, I've got the solution to all these weeds (heh.) I need more layers of Mulch!
hmm, easier said than done.
"Ode to Organic Gardening..."
Well, I dug a few rows, mixed in wood ash, then planted my seed potato pieces. I planted almost all Red potatoes, and a few Russet. They seem to be doing well :)
My Pole beans and Okra are finally coming up!
I planted them directly outside last week.
After we finished working outside, and it was time for Dinner, we spontaneously decided to eat up at the top of the property, to "catch the Sunset".
Mother grabbed her pot of soup, My dad & brother brought the blankets, My sister and I brought up the drinks, dishes & silverware. And we started running up to the back-- we didn't want to miss it!
It was lovely to eat out-of-doors, as the sun was setting.
The animals (Dog and cats) followed us, and entertained us with their antics! When dinner was finished, we walked around the property before going inside. Ah, nothing beats eating together outside on a warm evening :)
Today my Mother started her Spring/Summer menu planning. During the warmer months, we try to keep meals simple and fresh, and baking is minimal. (Our stove *heats up* our kitchen!) We had wonderful conversation about eating organic/local foods. All year we've used local raw honey on a daily basis, and I believe it's really prevented many potential sick days or serious allergy flare-ups :)
~Floral pathway at the entrance of the Woods...
My dear readers, I'm going to be "running a household" for the next four days. I'll be caring for four children, planning & cooking all the meals, cleaning, wearing aprons and all that good stuff :) This will be a new experience for me, as her youngest is under 3 and I'll be doing all this myself!
I'll try to update every evening. Although the next few days may be challenging, I'm looking forward to it, because THIS is what I hope to be and do one day. There are some areas in homemaking I feel I need to grow in, so this should get interesting. :)
Any tips or advice?