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This Year’s Vegetable Garden

Shall we talk about this summer’s vegetable garden?

photo from Facebook!

(sadly, not from my garden!)

Well, for me there was not one!

It has been years since I have not had a vegetable garden, and what a strange feeling it has been.  I tell ya, I was pretty desperate for some sun-ripened tomatoes about the middle of August, and was ready to beg for someone to have mercy on me!

Bless Maria’s heart!  She gladly shared with her deprived Mom!  Baskets of tomatoes, bags of squash and green beans. So, I was able to enjoy the wonderful, fresh taste of summer after all.

I had toyed with the idea of planting some tomatoes and squash in tubs on the driveway in our temporary home, but it was just not working out.  I would drive by beautiful vegetable gardens on our drives and be envious.

There WILL be vegetable gardens for me next year -tho not real sure how.  Am planning and working on it.  Plan to build some raised beds.  I am curious to see what and how much I can grow in town.  (I am still wondering how I got here!)

So, in the meantime, for this summer, I am gardening vicariously thru Maria’s garden. (She probably wishes I would help instead of just watching!)  She DOES grow a beautiful garden!

Buckets of beautiful green beans, from 1 picking.

 

Maria, busy snapping those buckets of beans…

with her faithful kitty, Smokey.

She canned a total of 96 quarts of green beans.

And ….39 pints of hot pepper jelly, 23 pints of salsa, 6 bags broccoli, 17 bags cauliflower, 47 bags corn, 60 quarts peaches, 42 bags blueberries, and 11 quarts venison.

(It exhausts me just thinking about all that work!)

That should take care of their family this winter!

And, if we get hungry this winter, we know where to go!

So, I am curious….

Did you grow a vegetable garden this year?

How did it do?

 

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A New Home

I shared in a previous post-see here– about the changes in our lives this summer.  A lot has transpired since then.

I have always dreamed about living on a farm, and it looked like that is what would be happening soon.  A 13 acre farm came up for sale right about the time we were looking for another place to live.  It was in the perfect location, located between our daughter, and one of our sons, less than 1/4 mile from each.  It was a lovely little farm property, with a 3 bedroom farmhouse, barn and pond.  There, I would finally be able to have the big garden that I have always wanted, and maybe some livestock to fill the barn.  But, alas, it was not to be.  The negotiations for buying the farm fell through. It will become someone else’s dream mini-farm.

The week after the farm fell through, a house in town, that had been on the market for almost 3 years- the price was dropped drastically, we looked at it, husband put an offer in, it was accepted, and now we are proud home owners of a house in town.  I am still reeling, and feel in shock. I wonder almost daily how I ended up living in town-this was definitely not how I envisioned my life. How did I get here!?

This loss of my dream has been a very bitter pill to swallow, and am still finding myself crying at any odd moment. But, it is time to quit crying and deal with the place I am in now.  The disappointment is getting less each day, and I am adjusting to this in-town life, though I doubt I will ever completely adjust.

I plan to share more about this place, but for comparison, this was my sunset view from way out in Dutch Hill, where we lived for 3 months in the interim-

Dutch Hill is one of the highest points in Clarion County, and we were one of the only houses with this beautiful view overlooking the Allegheny River.  We could see the river from the kitchen windows.  The white mist in the middle of the photo is the mist rising from the river.  It was, and is, a beautiful sight!

Sunset view from our new home.

(This photo was taken from the middle of the road,

where we pull into our carport/garage.)

You are not living in the country anymore, Margie!

There will blog posts to follow to share our remodeling and updating process.  This was a ‘turn-key’ house, and I suppose that it is-it could be lived in just fine as it is, but it is very dated, and we are finding updating to be done on it everywhere we look.  It is rather exciting to be working on our own home.

!Spoiler Alert!- Pulling up old carpet-beautiful hardwood floors!  Pulling down drop ceilings-10 foot ceilings!

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The Solar Eclipse of 2017

Solar Eclipse

The 2 following photos are ones taken of the solar eclipse by Esther this afternoon.

First one,

and second one.

I thought that she got some good shots of this rare celestial event.

The shape of the clouds in the second photo reminds me of a heart.

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This photo was taken from off the computer-

 the eclipse and the shape of the cross.

I don’t know if it authentic or not, but it is a neat picture.

And this quote, to satisfy my romantic side.

Yes, much of the western world did stare in awe today.

But I did not.

I did stare in awe at the beautiful sunset tonight.

My ever faithful sunset watcher,

Merry.

He always joins me as I watch the sunset.

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Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation-

whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life-

of whom shall I be afraid?

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A Sunday Poem-Heart of Love

Heart of Love

Oh heart of Love!

I dimly comprehend

The magnitude-

The breadth, length, depth, and height,

Of love like Thine-

That stoops to me,

And asks of me my love!

My heart is cold-

Oh, teach me how to love

With love like Thine.

Hilda Rovik Lindal

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Ephesians 5:2

Live a life of love,

just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us

as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

 

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Esther’s Roses

Esther’s Beautiful Roses

A couple of years ago, for Mother’s Day, I gave each of my daughters-in-law a miniature rose bush.  Esther has done such a wonderful job of caring for her rose.  It is growing, surviving the winters, and thriving…producing beautiful blooms.

She planted her rose right outside the back porch, by a porch post.

Because of the good care she gives it, it has produced flush after flush of beautiful flowers over the summer months.

You can see what she feeds the rose bush-bananas and peel, and egg shells.

The rose bush is very happy to share in her breakfast and reward her with such lovely flowers!

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Philippians 2:13

God is working in you,

giving you the desire to obey Him

and the power to do what pleases Him.

 

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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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