brokenBread……

life as it is seen from my heart and soul


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Spring ahead.

Time springs ahead, but the season is not keeping up. We have a winter watch with snow beginning tomorrow and through Wednesday. We don’t have what the east coast might get, but still, my forsythia was blooming but will get killed. I am afraid to check the lilacs, or the rhubarb, and all the little bulbs that broke open won’t survive either. No planting here this week, the ground is still too cold.
The moon is gorgeous here tonight, cold brisk clear and has a hazing around it. I love the moon. I would kind of like to get a blizzard ~ one that closes EVERYTHING so I get to stay home and sew and bake and crochet and clean and read and write. But… we shall see. Stay safe this week!!! Lent is  here and Jesus is Lord!!! Blessings.

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mid July

looked at the calendar this morning…. there is 4 weeks to the start of school full time. I have too much to do and not enough time, always that way. Tons of rain here, but no flooding yet, more is coming this week. I have the tomatoes tied up, the food sprinkled in the soil and foliage sprayed with leaf food. The geraniums have been trimmed of yellow leaves, musty flower heads and dead stems. I have most of the peaches canned into jam, but will be canning the rest today in light syrup.  And my beans are looking amazing, so I will be canning beans like crazy in a few weeks, probably just in time for hotter weather!!!  Lettuces look good even though they got in late.
and life. Life in Jesus. life as a Christian.  one day at a time, seeing what others say and do. Love. how does one love NO MATTER WHAT? Love, the command that Christ gave to each of us. Love.


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Heat wave again!!

Canned all day!  But when I went out to get tomatoes tonight I noticed our lilac tree has a large branch that appears completely dead from the drought.  Our smaller one is also drying up – leaves are curled, brown, and sad.  I fear for the farmers and store prices and food for everyone.
One week of school down and I may not survive this year.  What has happened to parents holding their children accountable for their actions?  Already I have several juniors making fun of another student in the lab.  I cannot believe they think they  have the right to treat others that way and want to go into  health care.
Grad school begins on Tuesday.  OMG, so many assignments, alot of reading, kind of scared.  so I am trying to stay up with everything else.
And there are other things… but some of it will stay in my heart.


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Summer??

summer is here… as of June 20th… but it has been here longer than that.  Temps here in Ohio have been in the 90’s and some of the garden and flowers are ahead of schedule.  Other things got frosted in late May and had to be replanted.  The older I am the more I detest the hot, humid, and hazy Ohio weather.  We do not have air conditioning and my husband likes the hot weather.  We are opposites in this area and he really doesn’t get it. and because of my age I sweat like crazy and get really grouchy.  ugghhhh.

June is the month I try to do very little school related work.  So far it has worked. I have the garden looking good and mulched.  I will continue to mulch as best I can. and the soaker hoses are out as well.  I have also been working on cleaning out rooms and spaces. I did not make a list this year and am working within each room as I get it done. Also got the pantry downstairs straightened and ready for new canned food.

I will be visiting new Juniors the month of July as well as doing a 3 day workshop on the SMART board.  I also have to go over the new text books I will be using for the college articulation classes I teach (anatomy/physiology, medical terminology, and a state class for nurse aides).
Grad school begins August 27th with orientation on the 13th.  I am excited to begin the last part.. 2 years to go!!  I am just praying for a job teaching college.. God has brought me this far so I know He has the best in mind for me.


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welcome Fall!!!

hard to believe, but the FURNACE came on last night!!!!!
AND i turned the heater up on the water bed too!!!!
the cardinals are eating away at the black sunflower seeds.
the butterflies are all gone, the yellow finches have eaten the heads of the purple coneflowers.
potatoes need to be dug up and canned.
sky is grey, clouds are moving, breeze is blowing.
the canner has been working overtime today ~ 14 jars of apple pie filling and now 5 quarts of chicken processing.
getting ready to study.  and watch the trees blow from my windows.
what will you be doing?  enjoy whatever it is.


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laboring…

not the child laboring.. the kitchen laboring… just took jars of peach pie filling out of the canner.  will do one more batch of peach and then have apples to do…. pie filling and applesauce.  AND I have veggies to make vegetable soup base as well.  That gets pressured canned not steamer canned.
I love / hate this time of year.  I love summer coming to an end.
I love picking tomatoes by 5 gallon bucket fulls and then canning them into something.
I love the rain.
I love digging the potatoes.
BUT ~
school has begun, teaching has begun, and I never have enough time.
Oh well.   that is life… my life.. i wouldn’t change a thing no matter how much i complain.
thank you Lord.