Wow – so many changes in the several month-long “pause” I found myself taking from this blog! Changes in employment, technology, gardens, my location (travel, not permanent relocation) so that I’m not sure where to start …
Last January I gave notice of resignation from the high school teaching position I have held for the past 13 years; my husband and I want to be available to go on mission and disaster relief trips when we feel the call and, while he is self-employed and flexible, my job often prevented those trips. We have already taken one such trip, combining a week of deployment with Samaritan’s Purse in disaster relief at Moore, OK with a pleasure visit to our daughters’ families in the Kansas City area and returning a few days ago. Working with Samaritan’s Purse was an incredible experience; they are such a compassionate, well-run organization and we look forward to working with them again. I can’t begin to tell you the impact the destruction in Moore and the resilience of the people of Moore had on me. Seeing God working through so many people (both residents and volunteers) was awe-inspiring.
Late last winter my laptop, which had been misbehaving for quite some time, finally decided to die…sort of. It didn’t completely die and, not wanting to shell out the money for a new one, I kept trying to fix it (and friends kept trying to fix it…) but barely limped along until the end of the school year when I gave up on resuscitating it. I bought a new Asus laptop and am so happy with it! All those computer problems in the midst of the final trimester of the school year (and my final trimester altogether) were the main reason for the blogging hiatus. I was just too overwhelmed to blog.
In the midst of all that, I planted my garden, starting many plants inside my moveable greenhouse. I wish I had pictures of the early garden but, alas, I never took any. By the time we were ready for our trip to the Midwest I had snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, kale (3 kinds), spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, pak choi, and strawberries all going strong. It was setting up to be my best gardening year ever and I had already harvested some pak choi, broccoli, and spinach when it was time to head off for almost 3 weeks. There is nothing like fresh broccoli eaten on the day it is picked! Thankfully God provided just the right amount of rain during that time and the irrigation system I put in was never needed. Good water and lots of heat meant all my plants grew like weeds, and the weeds grew like weeds! I came back to an overgrown garden with many of the cold weather plants already bolting. I totally missed out on spinach and much of the broccoli (thankfully my son’s family benefited from the broccoli abundance while I was gone).
Today I was able to get out and do some substantial harvesting and a little weeding. Here is a picture of the bounty I harvested today – pak choi, broccoli, cauliflower, dinosaur kale, curly kale, Russian kale, and snow peas. Oh! We also had two strawberries, but we ate them. I had picked off most of the flowers so the plants would grow strong and thick for next year, so we will only have a handful of berries. Hmmm….now what will I have for dinner?
I’ve all sorts of blog post ideas rattling around in my head thanks to some recent research news. Watch for discussions on dark chocolate, microbiota in the gut, lacto-fermenting vegetables, and the food industry…just to name a few things I’m thinking about.
See you soon!
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