Thursday, September 29, 2011

What legacy will I leave behind

My reason for staying home
This past week and a half feels like we were sucked into a black hole of sorts. September is just about over and I cannot account for the time lapse. I guess that is normal when you are in mourning though.
It is funny where your thoughts go during a time like this. You begin to think more about your own life and the legacy you will leave behind. Will it be a good one or riddled with all of those what if's?
I keep thinking of the role I am playing in my families life. It is almost thirteen years ago now that I made the decision to stay home and raise my children. At the time someone told me that due to my decision I  would never make anything of myself and I was going to become a nobody.
That thought was the pea under my mattress that kept me up at night. I wondered how such an evil thought could even exist.I decided to take that pea and plant it, but instead of nurturing it with all of those negative feelings I gave it love.
 I have created a loving home where my children can always feel safe. I am teaching them to be loving and giving even in the face of adversary. I want them to know that they are a part of this planet and are not entitled to anything but should give thanks in all they receive. I want them to grow into loving adults who will know how to give back. I want them to know how to be loving wives and a husband by seeing how my Husband and I treat each other. There is so much more that has grown out of that pea that words cannot express. I hope my children will see this as my legacy to them.

Friday, September 23, 2011

On My Mind.....

 My Mother-in-law passed away this week. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for my husband. She was only 66 but she has been in pain from severe arthritis for the last several years. She went in the arms of her daughter. When it comes my time I can think of no better way to go than in the arms of a loved one.
Now visit Rhonda at Down to Earth to see what is on her mind: http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On My Mind.....Garage sale find


I am taking part in "On My mind" with Rhonda over at Down to Earth. She has an amazing blog so when you are done here go ahead and click on the link at the end to visit her.
I took Vincent for a walk to the Post Office today and on the way home we came across a garage sale. I found this fabulous polyester fabric dating back to the late 70's.  There is almost two yards of it and I got it for $.50. At first I was thinking that I would turn it into a bed for the dogs seeing that doodlebug destroyed yet another one. The thing is is that when I went to pay the woman told me how painful it is to part with all the fabric she put out.Now I know there is no way I could turn this into a dog bed/chew toy. 
Come spring time we plan on giving Gianna and Tia our bedroom and giving Vincent Gianna's so we will be doing some redecorating. I had already planned on finding a yellow and gray bed-set for Tia so now I'm thinking how perfect this will be. I am going to turn it into a duvet cover for her existing comforter. I already have a bunch of dark gray fabric that matches perfect with this. I have never done a quilt of any kind so this will be another one of those teach myself projects.
Now visit Rhonda at Down to Earth to see what is on her mind: http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2011/09/on-my-mind_15.html#links

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Homemade Grape Jam

About two weeks ago my next door neighbor informed my daughters that her grapevine was filled with grapes that they could pick. It isn't a big vine by any means but they were able to pick just enough grapes for me to make a batch of grape jam. This was my first time making jam of any kind and I have to say although it was time consuming it was easy. There is something so organic and beautiful to making things from scratch.
 Here is what you will need:
    • 2 quarts grapes
    • 6 cups sugar
    • 3 pint or 6 half-pint canning jars
    • new lids and bands
Cook grapes in enough water to cover for about 20 minutes. When the grapes are soft press through a seive or food mill to remove the seeds.

Combine pulp and sugar in large sauce pot. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly to gelling point*. As the mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and skim any foam that has formed. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

*To test jam for jelling point place a small amount of the hot jam on a chilled plate; set plate in freezer until jam is cooled to room temperature. Gently run your finger through the jam, if it separates then slowly returns to its original form, it is ready to process.

Friday, September 9, 2011

September is here

Here September is again, it seems to come a little quicker each year. The kids are back to school and the nights are getting chilly. It is even starting to get dark out before 8pm. These are the days that you have to start wearing layers because it is cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. I do like the change in the weather, Fall is coming!
It is time to start to put the garden to rest, but first I need to get the garlic in. The perennials need to be cut back and the hostas need to be divided .Soon we will be able to go to the farms for the pumpkins and apples. The leaves will soon start to change and the lawnmower can be stored for the winter.  I love the smell of the leaves that are on the ground and the sound of them crunching when you step on them. These are the simple pleasures of life, we need to take the time to slow down and relish in them because they are also fleeting moments.