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Dignz
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Posted: Dec-01-11 at 10:35pm | IP Logged  

Can you believe it?  Almost time for another New Year already! 

I am still having a bit of a challenge with the fact that we are no longer in the "1900's", as our grandkids are so fond to remind us!    We can reminisce about something from what just seems a very few short years ago, but to our grandkids ... well ... this is their quip to me:  "Gran'ma!  That was in the 1900's!  That was so long ago!"      It can be kind of disorienting sometimes and can often feel like I have been caught in some sort of Sci-Fi flick!  Maybe even a Twilight Zone!   

A bit of an update:  our first cherry tomatoes are ripening!  Jim discovered the first red one this past weekend.  He took a bite and I took a bite.  Wow!  Soooo good!  The flavor!  Yuhhhhhmmy!     Our granddaughter went outside with me today after school and counted the tomatoes.  We have 70 tomatoes on two plants.  She is all excited, and she doesn't even like tomatoes!    All the other tomato plants are in different stages of growth.  It is kind of exciting. 

We have a couple of small round (as opposed to oblong) watermelons trying to survive my 'rookie' gardening.    Our potato plants are so pretty, but today I discovered that they are beginning to be overtaken with aphids, so I have to deal with that in the next couple of days.  The beets and carrots are pretty much just sitting there in their little spots doing nothing.  Kind of stagnated.  I think they might like a steadier cooler weather than south Florida can provide.  I have a few squash that seem to be doing well so far.    I think they are Carnival Squash.  They are really pretty plants.  They are beginning to 'flower' now.  We will see how they do.  I started them from seed from an Organic Carnival Squash that I got from our Produce Club. (These particular squashes did not come from our compost pile seedlings like the previous squashes did that I tried to care for.  I learned a lesson from that.  )  Carnival Squash are reahhhhhlly pretty and colorful!    They are wonderful baked and then served with butter, salt and maple syrup!  yuhhhhm!

I am pretty much still waiting for our next compost to be ready so we can mix up some more soil!  I can't believe how much soil we need!  We just can't seem to produce enough or fast enough!    If we had to actually buy the soil we need, well ... we just wouldn't have any.  Most people already HAVE soil in their yards!    We don't.  We have sick and bug infested sand.  So don't take your soil for granted.  It is a wonderful thing!     I am pretty excited that we now have a wonderful large 4 bay compost box.  Jim wants to do a couple of more little things to it, but it is still ready to use.  We already have 3 bays going through their compost cycle now. 

Jim built a new garden box this past weekend for some deeper rooting, larger and taller growing plants.  It is our favorite box right now.  It came out really nice!     He tweaked his plans that he used on the original first 2 boxes.  I am slowly working on adding the soil and transplanting some squash and taller tomatoes in there.  He is going to build another one and I will use it for melons and some pole beans.  I am more concerned about where in the world are we going to plant all the other tomato plants that I have sprouting and growing at different stages out there!?    I certainly do not want to lose all those plants.  We eat a LOT of tomatoes!  And as I mentioned in other posts, it would be great to have extras!   

So, building boxes could certainly keep Jim busy outside for a while, and getting soil in them and planting them up will keep me busy outside as well.  Enjoying that wonderful fresh tasty food along the way will be the BEST part of all of it! 

I am finding myself falling asleep at the computer.  Brain is completely zombiefied.  I guess I will say nighty-night for now. 

Sure would love to read some updates from the rest of you. 


Edited by Dignz on Dec-01-11 at 10:41pm


      

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mary
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  I always LOVE reading updates from you, Digs....so heartwarming, so comfortable, really so full of exuberance (I know you don't always 'feel' that way;)

   I can catch the joy of everything pertaining to your gardening.  My favorite vegetable of all is the tomato...and ever since I was a young one.  I've always loved them!  Yours DO sound mouthwatering, and I know for you, it's a long awaited 'dream' come true to be gardening in your own back yard!   Your squash sounds delicious in-so-far as you make them!  Yum!  My favorite of the squash is the Spaghetti Squash (we call it 'winter' squash up here).  Those, I love with butter!  

   Well...I probably won't share a loooong update today...more in days to come:), but we had our first snowfall a few days ago, and so we feel the brrrrrrrrr heading out to start our cars.  We won't compain though, we've had 'little' snowfall in Minnesota so far, and that makes winter much easier for Dave.:)  Who knows?   10 degrees this morning, but 'who knows?' it may warm up again tomorrow (although I heard we might get a few more inches tomorrow;)

    I took my granddaughter, Brianna (9 years old), out shopping today.  We had a doughnut at a bakery, and took her too a few other stores while we 'waited' for another shop that sells American Girl clothes to 'reopen' after lunch .  Brianna can 'out' shop her Nana ANYDAY.  Came home and took a lonng nap:)

     It IS that busy time of year, and Dave and I will be shopping for our kids and grandkids over the next few weeks.  Maybe I'll get some baking done.  Our tree is still in the box....I'll probably put it up next week:)

     Well....going to get some rest tonight before I'm off to work in the morning:) 


      

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Posted: Dec-06-11 at 11:32pm | IP Logged  

It's great to hear from you Sherri and you too Mary.
I always love how you drop a note in here once in a
while. I have been enjoying the couple of posts Mary
has been putting up too.

Love to you both,

Adam

      

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Posted: Dec-07-11 at 11:19am | IP Logged  

I love the spaghetti squash, too!    Thanx for the post, McLady!  I LOVE it!    Always great to hear from you! 

Adam, I just listened yesterday to the last Shovel-Audio that you and Jim did.  It is AWESOME!  I want to listen to it again to make more detailed comments, but I soooo enjoyed all you shared.  Such a compassionate, experiential and understanding heart you and Jim have to share!  It was VERY encouraging!  And so relational!  If that makes any sense?  What I mean is that I could so relate with it all!  I don't know many children/siblings of GOD who could NOT relate with it. 

December is zooming by far too quickly for me, but it seems that all days are doing that more and more for me.    I find it very frustrating since  I have grown so much slower and have need to accomplish so much more than I do in a day!    

Tonight our grandson has a Christmas school concert that he is playing in.  We will be going to that, and I know we are going to enjoy watching and listening to him!    I hope we do not forget the camera! 

I am a little befuddled today as I have misplaced my latest book that I have been learning sooo much from and enjoying a LOT titled:  CITY CHICKS  I can not find it anywhere so far.  I can't imagine where I lost it!  I am hoping it is in the car and that I will find it when we go to the concert tonight! 

Gotta go .... sending hugs!   


Edited by Dignz on Dec-07-11 at 11:21am


      

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Posted: Dec-07-11 at 1:29pm | IP Logged  

The camera is on my desk, and the batteries are being charged as I write this. I don't think I'll forget.

      

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Posted: Dec-07-11 at 7:22pm | IP Logged  


  Adam!


      

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Greetings from a currently windy South Florida.    We have sadly, NOT been having a very cool season this year - thus far!    I have noticed over the years, that it generally tends to be colder up north in the Fall/Winter season when we are having warmer Fall/Winter down here, and when we actually have 'cold' come this far down here, then it seems to be warmer up north.    How has your weather been so far? 

McLady, to you especially - I am so happy and relieved to read elsewhere on the Shack that you are having a lighter go of it so far this holiday season!        I hope it will see you through the whole Season!    But ... if not, you can certainly ENJOY it while it lasts!          

Me?  I tend to suffer from a horrible disease    called 'PROCRASTINATION'!      Too late to make my homemade ornaments this year.  Too late to make any gifts.  etc. etc.    I have managed to clean some windows that have needed it for a couple of years now!    I moved a couch to make room for this year's tree.  And that is about it.    I have a list of a few things I want to pick up at the craft store to make a few little hanging things for the windows and the ceiling, and that is going to be about it.  Our middle daughter and our granddaughter LOVE Christmas and all the decorations!  The music, the food, the movies!  And I confess, YES, I do, too!    If I didn't suffer so much from my pathetic procrastination, I might find myself doing a lot more, but ... i simply haven't made it happen yet. 

It doesn't take much to 'drain' me, so the biggest energy-drainer for me will be the Christmas meal.  There isn't much that I can do too far in advance since I do everything 'fresh', so it just has to be the way it is.  We LOVE the meal, so it is worth all the time and energy-drain.    I don't do a lot of 'baking' any more.  I pretty much cut that out years ago.  Our daughters, especially our middle one, usually like to take care of that department, and that is really wonderfully fine by me.    If I am 'up-to-it' I just might attempt to make another pie.  A BIG 'MIGHT'.  I won't hold it over my head, but if I can swing it, I would LIKE to. 

Ya really never know what a day or moment will bring in your life, so I hope that whatever may or may not come our/your way this Christmas, I hope our/your hearts and minds will be at rest knowing that your true 'rest' IS Christ Himself, in the midst of all the UN-rest that seeks to prove to us other-wise.  UN-rest's attempts to prove to us other-wise can tend to have the opposite effect on us sometimes, can't it?    You would think that all that Unrest would 'get it' by now, but ... it can only be true to its 'nature'.  It's nature is its drive.  Our Nature and therefore our 'drive' is the very Life of GOD within, so we are truly safe and at rest in HIM alone.    There is no other, and none other!  Be at Peace knowing that you are ONE with HIM, your true 'rest' IS what you have in HIM, and that you have been miraculously united in HIS Spirit that has made it so, thanx be to Jesus Christ! 

  Happy Holy-days!  


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    Yesterday, it was 40 degrees and raining out, if you can believe it;)  I opened the door to put Missy out for her 'daily', and breeze was so gentle and mild it felt like Spring.  McDave and I (and I'm sure anyone over 50 here) loved it!  The 5 inches of snow melted...so NO shoveling for him:)  Last night it froze, so today it's little colder at 32 degrees, and a 'bit' windy. 

     I'm pretty sure for myself, that the Christmas season is somewhat lighter this year because we're not carrying the burden of having our own family Christmas and putting on dinner for McGuire's that fly in from Japan, his father, and another brother that comes down from Mpls.  Steve and Hiroko have been home for a year, so this year they're going to help with the dinner that we'll bring to Dave's dad's house, along with our kids and grandkids.  Huge difference in 'stress level' from last year!

      I've always been a person who likes to get into Christmas some (I'm sure I inherited that from my mom -she used to bake and put out pretty decorations, make a big meal, and set the table really nice), but I'm more simple than that.  My artificial, white, Christmas tree, is decorated very simply with country ornaments, and I have a few simple decorations around.  More 'homey' than anything.  Christmas trees are pretty high-priced, so we stopped buying them years ago.

       I want to make Spritz Cookies...If, ONLY, that one kind...and Sherri, talk about procrastinating!  Yesterday, I finished peeling and slicing 5lbs. of apples that I bought in the Fall (and I have another 5 lbs. left) that I don't want to throw out.

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Ya really never know what a day or moment will bring in your life, so I hope that whatever may or may not come our/your way this Christmas, I hope our/your hearts and minds will be at rest knowing that your true 'rest' IS Christ Himself, in the midst of all the UN-rest that seeks to prove to us other-wise.  UN-rest's attempts to prove to us other-wise can tend to have the opposite effect on us sometimes, can't it?    You would think that all that Unrest would 'get it' by now, but ... it can only be true to its 'nature'.  It's nature is its drive.  Our Nature and therefore our 'drive' is the very Life of GOD within, so we are truly safe and at rest in HIM alone.    There is no other, and none other!  Be at Peace knowing that you are ONE with HIM, your true 'rest' IS what you have in HIM, and that you have been miraculously united in HIS Spirit that has made it so, thanx be to Jesus Christ! 

    I really thank you for this, and it is received!


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What an excellent and uplifting thread this is turning into! Thank you all for sharing your hearts. :)

Jim


      

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