Oh my have I been busy. I put up some tomatoes yesterday. I put up some corn today. I am baking with fresh eggs and fresh milk and I am totally on cloud 9!!! I went to my Grandparents this weekend and helped clean a bit. I discovered in the trash the most amazing apron I have ever seen. Then to make it even more amazing I also found my Grandmother's pattern for the apron. My mom threw these treasures in the trash!!!! This is one apple that must have fallen in someone else's yard. I will get pictures of the two together soon. I have soaked the apron in some natural oxy clean type stuff to get some of the dust out of it. So in the meantime you can look at my corn, milk and eggs.
I keep forgetting to share that I made a new real life friend!!! I am very excited about it. She has a daughter close in age to my oldest and they got along great. In fact my oldest keeps asking when we are going back. That is always a good sign. We have a lot in common and got along really good. Here is her blog. It is a really cool one too so go and visit!!!
I am gearing up for Christmas sewing. I have added some new fabrics and patterns to my stash for this purpose. I am going to be sewing some aprons for all the females in my family. I also want to sew some knitting bags for the knitters. I got some lovely charm packs from fabric.com to make place mats with my kids for our Christmas season. Today I was very organized thanks to A Virtuous Woman so I was able to get the patterns cut out. I am getting really excited. Hopefully I can make a bit of progress before the tomatoes come off and need to be put up. I also got a really cute nighty night pattern from Favorite Things that I need to sew up before my youngest DD's birthday next month. I am very excited about this because it will be the second birthday that I actually got the sewing done before the birthday. That's all for now enjoy my pics.:-)
I have decided to take today off. What that means is I am only going to do laundry, clean bathrooms, cook meals and run errands. I think in my free time I will finish up some knitting and sew myself a new skirt. I got some wonderful new patterns from Serendipity Studio. I got the Bella and Emily skirts. I also got some Christmas fabric so I might get sewing on some Christmas aprons. Ahhhh the possibilities are endless.
My Grandma and Grandpa M. taught me most of what I know about simplicity. I went and visited with them this weekend in their new home. We had to put them in an Assisted Living/Nursing facility because they are both suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. They have adjusted really well. We are so blessed that it is really really nice. They are happy to just be together and we are happy that they are safe. They were staying with my parents but my Grandmother was starting to wander at night and no one was getting any rest. I was at onetime a CNA in a nursing home and I had swore I would never allow my relatives to live in a nursing home. Life has it way of making you eat your words though. We are in no position to take care of them with our small house and 4 kids. I also realize that I am not super woman. I am excited about the opportunity to help those who are in there with my Grandparents. I see now that there is a huge chance for service there and I look forward to it. I miss working with the elderly. I am amazed that I am at peace with all of this and just enjoy being able to chat with them once a week. They used to live farther away and we were not able to get to see them as often as we would have liked. The cute thing is they do not remember our visits so are always so happy to see us. In the next few weeks we will be making the trip to clean out their house and I hope that we celebrate the memories and do not get overwhelmed by what we are doing.
Checkout this post at Angry Chicken, one of my favorite blogs. I have been working on making my own homemade lotion and now I am going to use some of those ingredients to make my own deodorant. I am too excited. So my sis and I totally need to start our own line of bath products. She can make the soap and I will do the deodorant and lotions. How fun would that be. I have always dreamed of having my own stall at the Farmer's Market. I hope to get to this sometime next week. Hopefully I will have a picture to add so that this blog will be a bit more interesting.
One of my favorite things to do is read Little House on The Prairie books or watch the T.V. series. I am so inspired by the way they lived and the simplicity of their life. It was so uncomplicated. When I was a child I would get so lost in my head pretending that I was Laura Ingalls. Now that I am an adult I still pretend but now I pretend to be Caroline Ingalls. I find myself out in my garden with a bug problem or dealing with tomato blight asking myself "What would Caroline do?" That leads to an entire day of me just pretending that I am her and it inspires me to bake homemade bread or tend to the mending. I guess you could say that she is my hero. I do still like to be Laura and wear my hair in braids and go fishing. I am passing on that love to my kids too. We are planning a pioneer day where we try to live like pioneers would. I plan on cheating and waiting for cooler weather etc. I do need to get some sort of oil lamp to use at night too. We have also talked about making our own beeswax candles to use. I am blind at night though and need a lot of light to see. I would love to have a wood cook stove. We will probably look over a fire during our travel back in time. It will be nice though because it will give me a good excuse to turn off the t.v. for a while. I do hate that noise from that thing. I guess that means I will have to do without a computer for a while hmmmm I wonder if I can do it..
I think I am seeing flannel nightgowns in my future...