I am having a hard time keeping up with life right now. Looking through my recent pictures, it’s no wonder why. We have been busy. Busier than usual and busier than I prefer. But today we have been home most of the day and after 6 loads of laundry were washed, dried, and put away, I am starting to feel like I’m catching up, for a while anyway. I am also learning once again to just let go. Some things just don’t have to be done or can wait until another day.
Sometimes even good things add up to be too much.
One of my favorite places to take refuge is doing an amazing job of helping me stay in awe of the one who created it all.
The crazy mix of hot and cool temps and plentiful rains are doing wonders out there and in some ways making less work for me but in others, much more work. Rain means no need to water, awesome growing season means lots of picking and weeding.
Strawberries are growing bigger and more plentiful than ever around here. The batch shown here is the smallest picking we have had in a day. We are on a run of about 5-6 days of 2 buckets picked every day. I have even given some strawberries away this year! And we still have plenty in the freezer to get us through the year.
This area on the south side of the house got a total makeover. It seems to be coming along well. A mix of perennials, herbs, and bulbs were moved from around the homestead and a few extra tomato plants found a home there too.
My one lone grapevine is looking healthy and has several clusters that will hopefully turn into some grapes! I do need to do a little work to train the vine to go where I need it to.
I should be able to start harvesting lettuce any day now. With 3 types to choose from we should not have to buy lettuce for some time. Notice the generous amount of weeds growing around the lettuce? Yeah, I’m guessing that bag of compost had some weed seeds in it that didn’t fully decompose. That bed is loaded with those weeds and it’s the only one like it. Weird.
And the garden grows! You can see the strawberry patch is taking over more and more of the garden every year. It looks like it’s time to start sharing some plants. I am also excited to see the purple potatoes coming up in the bottom of the middle picture. They were a gift from a friend and I was afraid I waited too long to get them in but they are thriving so far.
So even though life has been a bit hectic lately, I am so grateful for all of the many blessings that make up our little world.
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.” James 5:7