Tuesday, September 6, 2011

End of summer update: Vacations, upcoming topics, and just...stuff!



We recently returned from one of our yearly trips to Massachusetts, and I've been sort of tired ever since; however, I did bring back a story to share!

First off, there was a mistake in my last garden update post. I mistakenly identified a photo in this post as being collards. In fact, it's another photo of the chard. (That plant is still with us!) The collards are a bit to the right. I must have been in too much of a hurry when taking the photos. How embarrassing! Both the collards and the chard plants are huge! We will have all of the greens we need for a long time to come!

I don't have time for a full-length update right now, but I wanted to share a list of upcoming topics I'll be covering over the weeks ahead:

-Going with the flow. We had a situation occur on our trip home from MA that was very frustrating; however, since there was nothing we could do, we (eventually) calmed down and rolled with it. We did not get hit by Tropical Storm Irene, but we did encounter it and were stuck an extra day on our return trip. In this post, I'll be talking about how I have learned to just roll with the bumps in life. It's been a long learning process for me, and I still struggle with it.

-Rags. That's right. I want to talk about the lowly, dirty, under appreciated rag. People waste far too much paper, and too much virgin forest is lost to the paper goods industry. By using rags, we have cut down on both our trash output and the amount of paper goods we buy.

-Persephone. You might recall in my late summer Garden Update that I made reference to the quartz stone in my garden. I said she has stories, and I'd like to share a couple. I'd also like to use this post as an opportunity to talk about why inanimate objects can take on a life of their own and why it's not silly.

-My boyfriend's ingenuity in helping his mother with her own garden. He found a solution right in the woods on her property and constructed trellis for her. We have gotten word it even held up to Irene!

That's all for now. I hope that you will come back to read these posts I'll be making. We all know I'm slow at updating, but they are coming, I promise!

For now, enjoy what little bit is left of the Summer, and think about how you are preparing for the approaching Winter.