Planting the Fall Garden… or, If You Want to See God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. ”

It’s funny… planning. I mean, you have to plan. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. But it’s funny how often I plan – so carefully, carefully plan – only to have the situation turn out absolutely nothing like how I envisioned it. And that, my friends, is the current situation for my Fall garden.

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A Fall Garden Expansion

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It’s been busy around here, y’all. Like, take your breath, overwhelmingly busy. For months. Life has had one emergency after another, without a moment to stop my head from spinning, and I am DONE with it. Done. I’m ready for Fall. I’m ready for the plants to head into their rest. For the leaves to change, the grass to die back, for cool temperatures and that perpetual feeling that this is the season to rest. To take it all in. To be a little more introspective. To appreciate a slower pace in life for a little while. Am I alone in that? I have always felt like Fall and Winter are life’s built in reminder to slow down and enjoy little moments. To take a deep breath every now and then and just be grateful that you are alive.

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Dealing with the Garden Bounty… Canning Cherry Peppers

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I’ve been overrun with garden produce, with no time to process it at all. We’ve eaten gallons of tomato soup, and various tomato based sauces. I’ve put peppers and squash and eggplant in *everything*. But I finally had enough time to deal with a couple of quarts worth of hot cherry peppers. They had to be pickled. They just had to. So, I thought I’d share that process with you today. Continue reading “Dealing with the Garden Bounty… Canning Cherry Peppers”

Reducing Plastics in the Home

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So, I read a series of articles about 2 weeks ago the seriously skeeved me out. The start of my trip down a microplastics rabbit hole was this article, this article, and this article. All of them are based on a study by University of Newcastle in Australia and commissioned by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).The synopsis is this: On average, every person on this planet is consuming about 5 grams of microplastic every week. Or, about 2,000 tiny pieces. To put this in perspective, that’s about a teaspoon, or roughly the same weight as a credit card. In a week. In a year, that adds up to over a cup of microplastic, or 52 credit cards. Ew. Not okay, ladies and gents. Not okay.

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