Tuesday, September 17, 2013
the view through my window...
Oh, there is just so much! So, so much to be thankful for. So much to see. It's all around me. Every. Single. Day.
To miss it is to have not been present, and I realize in many ways the busyness of starting our business has, at times, taken my focus away from what is right before my eyes. I just don't want to miss it...
School is back in session. AnnaLynn has been busy with her sketch pad and pencils and continues to amazes me. Daniel is enjoying learning code online. Both are deep into math and science and piano amongst other subjects. This year, with an 8th and 10th grader in the house, I am more hands off than in previous years. I really do miss the days of cozying up on the sofa together learning how to read, but those days are long past. Now I'm more of a tutor or guidance counselor helping them along the way. And it is good.
I still have a few tomatoes to harvest and turn into spaghetti sauce which is a good thing since our big tomato canning day produced fewer jars than I'd hoped for. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly thankful for what we did get! From 27.5 pounds of tomatoes, we wound up with 7 pints and 14 half pints. I know, you might be wondering why such small jars; most of our recipes call for just one or two cups of sauce, so this was the best way for us.
Our corn patch produced well this year; the final picking has been done and this afternoon is processing time. We'll blanch and freeze what we haven't eaten to enjoy this winter which is always a treat. The kids helped me slice up vanilla beans for another batch of vanilla extract which is now processing in the pantry. Homemade is so, so good and easy peasy to do.
Joy - the smile shared between my son and his daughter over breakfast. Precious. Love this!
A cool and foggy Dole Valley morning; summer is surely fading into fall. The last of summer's flowers which will fade as soon as the first frost hits. A single rose trying to bloom in September.
Looking forward to October when daughter #1 will be home from Germany for a three-week visit. It's been two long years since she left for Europe, so we are counting the days...
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