Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Garden Neglect and Regret

Does your garden look like this...

I started this garden with only the best intentions, as every year. Pour over seed catalogs in February. Start my organic seeds in the dining room in March. Marvel over how healthy the are in April. Plant outside at the end of May. Weed, mulch and water diligently June and July. Then August... what happened? Weeds over six feet high! Visually discouraging but also completely misleading. I ventured out to the garden preparing to be devastated but instead I found a bounty!

Tomatoes nestled in their tangled vines. Beets creeping out of the ground.

Sweet potatoes beneath their withering green tops.

Kale thriving.

And pumpkins, my goodness, the squash!

Getting excited about canning this season and cooking up some great fall recipes. I need to be reminded every fall that its OK the garden is a mess. All the work earlier in the season will pay off yet!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Cup of Tea

Life is not simple.

And some days it is nothing short of hectic.

Its those days where a little simplicity goes a long way. Like you I have a cupboard of mismatched mugs... three of this kind, two of those, oh and the Christmas mugs (my least favorite.) One afternoon while thrifting with the kids I splurged and bought 8 matching little cream mugs. Wow! That simple act of well, simplifying, has impacted each and every tea time since. There is something so serene drinking out of a beautiful mug that makes other things easier or at least not so big.

Yes, after this I can handle all of this...

Don't let all their cuteness mislead you. I have found solace in many cups of tea being their mom. ITS COMPLETELY WORTH IT, by the way!
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