For weeks now, I keep telling myself the second I have a moment, I will sit down and get to work on a post, and then....
The garden needs to be watered.
There are veggies to harvest.
The kiddo wants to color.
My husband is free, so we sit to catch up.
I have a job that puts food on the table, and thus, demands my time :)
There are meals to prepare.
There is laundry to fold.
There is a house to clean.
There is company to entertain from out of town.
And, thus you get my point.
So let's start with the garden. This year, I wanted to collect my hard-earned lessons from the two previous years, and make an attempt to have a bountiful harvest. While it's not always comfortable working beneath the heat of the Texas sun, there is something so satisfying about growing a plant from seed, and having that plant give off a nutritious addition to the day's meals. Thus far, I have harvested the following:
- 45 lbs of yellow summer squash
- 10 lbs of yellow onions
- multiple cuts of spinach, with another crop to come this fall
- a handful of green beans with more this week (yay!)
- 5 lbs of basil
- ornamental pumpkins
The basil was turned into pesto and frozen for dishes to come in the winter. We love to use it on homemade pasta or homemade pizza. Half of the onions were also frozen for beef and chicken stock later this fall. I have never had beans grow to the point of giving off fruit, so those little ones have been treasured! And the ornamental pumpkins were a complete accident, a product of a mix up at the seed company! But we have enjoyed having them around the house. Also, the squash has been eaten, frozen, given away for a cookout, and used to barter.
This fall, I am planning on a garlic bed, spinach, lettuce, and hopefully some cabbage.
As for the kiddo, he is growing like a weed, and turning into quite the independent little boy. He is stubborn and wild, happy and joyful, friendly and kind, and a pistol when he is upset :)
And I absolutely adore him.
He is also my right-hand guy when it comes to watering. He already such a hardworkin' kid, he loves to help out with chores!
My husband's mom had to unexpected leave town for five weeks to take care of her mother (she is fine now :) ) but that meant that my husband was running her farm while tending to home and school. I picked up the slack here, while working for the editing company that I have been with since January. Luckily, I am able to work from home, so the little guy doesn't feel the pinch when mom and dad are exhausted from working, he just happily goes about his day at home, and never has to be shuffled to and fro. In fact, he goes to help daddy some days at the farm....
So while this may not be the most exciting post ever, it is a journal of sorts for our family, a way to remember this time in our lives. I wouldn't change a moment of it, and find the routine to be soothing.