Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Fun & Harvest Time

Beautiful Sunflower in our garden!

This summer has been busy with birthday parties, family reunions, church conventions, weddings, vacations, and work...

I have been working for a florist every Saturday since June 7th and will be starting to work a couple more days a week and possibly more starting Sept. 6th. I have already taken one Saturday off for our annual trip to the Eagle Cap Wilderness and will be taking another Saturday off this month for our annual trip to visit America's National Parks. Right now I am not making enough money to even pay for my gas a month but with little side jobs I am making it... I am hoping that in September I will make enough to relax a little. I am enjoying it for the most part, but it is hard to remember all the flowers! Roses, Lilies and Carnations are the most popular it seems and the easiest to remember, but horsetail, mums, geraniums and Bells of Ireland seem to slip my mind often. There are soo many that I don't know yet and will need to know in September! I usually check all the flowers at stores to see if I remember their names and I have learned a few...I am hopeful that it will get easier eventually.

Independence Day was celebrated at my sister's house on July 4th. We had such fun putting the desserts together, watching fireworks, eating(!), visiting, playing games and singing around the campfire.

The next weekend was busy with my church having conventions, my family having a reunion and getting ready for my cousins wedding. Plus I worked that Saturday, but I made it to three days of services and both days of the reunion. Every night during conventions the church held youth gatherings. Three of my nieces, one nephew, my sister Marissa and I all went. We didn't really do much but I enjoyed it. There was about 400-600 young people there.

The next weekend we went to the Eagle Caps and stayed for three nights. One night was at the trailhead but we hiked out the next day and spent the next two nights at China Cap. Two nieces and five nephews accompanied my Dad, Sue, Marissa and I and we had an awesome time!

My eighteenth birthday was on July 30th, four of my siblings came down that evening for dessert and to help me celebrate. I got mostly books as gifts...shocked? They must know me, as everything I got I would have bought for myself. My sister Marissa got me Stepping Heavenward by: Elizabeth Prentiss a book I have read more than once, but absolutely love. Every time I read it I feel as if my eyes have been opened. I may be strange but it seems to hold a lot of meaning to me. Another gift I got was an unabridged copy of Peter Pan by: J. M. Barrie... "All children, except one, grow up." The very first line in that book gets me every time I read it... At eighteen I am now considered "grown up", but I still feel a lot like the five year old girl I used to be and more often than not wish I still was. Reading  Peter Pan  brought me back to five, playing with my niece Felicity in the backyard of her "yellow house" looking at the sky wondering just where Neverland was and dreaming of going there... "Second to the right, and straight on till morning." We would say as we searched the night skies for the star which we never found... Oh to be little again....sigh...

I have canned seven quarts of green beans, dried one quart of zucchini and made up a batch of refrigerator pickles from the produce of our garden. Today I picked a wheel barrel of apples and am hoping to can applesauce if I have time. We usually have about ten or more zucchini a day and haven't yet picked very many cucumbers so we have lots. Our green beans still are loaded as I didn't have time to pick them all yesterday...I don't know if there is enough though to can any today, so I am hoping to freeze some. I have sage to dry today and am hoping to dry some zucchini if I have time.... if I don't make applesauce I will dry the apples instead... I have never made applesauce before but I want to have some for backing this year.

Well that is my busy summer with the promise of a even busier fall.... I am excited though because I LOVE canning and preserving our garden harvest! I dream of someday doing it for my own home... Who knows what the future holds...we live day by day and I am enjoying the blessing God has given me....

God's Peace,
Marita Evelyn
*I tried to post some pics, but they won't upload...I will try again later :)