Hello All, I know it's been a while since I was here visiting. Things around here are quite busy and I've had my hands full with taking care of this place, the kids home from school and getting food production and preservation started.
Living in a new place is always interesting as you see what landscaping bloom brings you in the spring. We've sort of decided to live here for a year before we do anything drastic in the change department. This is further necessary as Music Man broke his shoulder in May and is out of commission on anything in the heavy lifting department. And I need him to be healthy, as he's not only a part of my heart, but also the muscle around here. So, we're taking the time to try to heal him up. But it also gives us a chance to not jump into changes that we might regret later...yes, that's what I'm telling myself so that his injury doesn't drive us both nuts.
In the spirit of taking time, I've happily discovered some food in production naturally around our property. We have a nice selection of black raspberry patches here and there and it's provided me with some beautiful, organic and free food for the summer garden. Fabulous! We also have a blueberry bush that is about 10 feet tall growing down by the pond. Now, the berries on it are uber tiny, so I'm not sure they will, in fact, amount to anything, but the excitement I feel about the possibility of all those berries becoming cobbler is palpable. In the meantime, I've planted nine blueberry bushes close to it down by the pond where the ground tends to remain moister then anywhere else on the property. I also frequented our favorite cultivated blueberry farm, Blueberry Bay, on opening day where I picked seven pounds of lovely berries, three of which I froze and three of which went directly into our stomachs. It's a long time between fresh berries around here, so we like to partake copious quantities when they are available.
Soon enough our time will be all about school books, sweaters, sports and scouts, so I'm taking this summer to enjoy my boys and the fact that we don't have to be in any particular place at any particular time. Time to just be and have fun, though plenty of work happens too. I'm a firm believer in the fact that children need unstructured play time, it's necessary to their development and also their stress level.
This child looks pretty stressed out, wouldn't you say?