Winter solstice

Winter solstice

Friday, May 20, 2011

Reverence for Tradition

       I found this line while reading yesterday and it really jumped out at me because that sums up how Tim and I feel. A reverence for tradition, yes, this is why we do things the way we do. So many times I have had someone say, "Why would you do this or why would you make that, when you can just go to the store and buy it..." Now I have an answer. We love tradition. Whether it is the act of churning butter or quilting or forging something out of metal on a coal fired forge, tradition, that's the reason. If we don't carry on these traditions, they will be lost forever. When my girls were young, it was very important to me that they learn the simple acts of sewing, gardening, baking bread. So many young ladies do not know how to do these things today. Tim hopes to teach our grandsons how to forge and how to hunt. After all these years, now I have a simple answer to sum it all up....
      We are back to our lush green woods now, here in West Virginia. We have had so much rain but I am not complaining, it should be a great hay year. The potatoes, onions, lettuce, cabbage, fennel and kale are all in and thriving. The tomatoes are 2 feet tall in the greenhouse but they will go out on Memorial Day weekend. I will have to plant them deep because they got so tall this year. I saw our first lightening bugs a couple nights ago. The iris and rhododendrons are in full bloom. The wrens are nesting in their box and the mockingbird is singing ALL night long now, so he must have a nest close by. With him singing and the toads whirring and the frogs croaking, our nights are not very quiet! The bluebirds are building in their box by the garden. A box turtle stopped by for a visit the other day. The bees have swarmed twice now.  Our baby chicks now look like small chickens and the kittens are starting to play with each other. The raspberries and blackberries are all budded and should be bloomimg soon. Can't you just taste that blackberry cobbler with homemade goat milk ice cream? I sure can! I hope you are loving spring in your neck of the woods, I know I am.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Catching Up

So much has happened since I wrote last.... The chicks arrived on Good Friday. Emilee was spending a couple of days with us, so I woke her as soon as I got the phone call from the post office. She bounded out of bed and hurried and got dressed. I had made a vow to myself to have one of the grandchildren with me to get the chicks this year because the last time I got them I was so sad. I was reminded of two little girls who used to go with me to the post office, arguing over who would be the one to hold that precious peeping box. There I was, going all by myself so I told myself, I would never do that again. It worked out that Emilee was here and I wish you could have seen her face. We knocked on the back door at our post office and in a few minutes you could hear the peeping getting closer and closer to the door. I thought she was going to bust, she was so excited. She giggled the whole way home. We got the chicks settled in on Friday and then on Saturday, the long awaited kittens arrived. Three beautiful babies, according to Em, the most beautiful kittens ever. Then we celebrated Easter and had a wonderful day. On Wednesday April 27th, my brother, Danny and his wife, Barbara and my sister, Linda arrived. Danny and Barbara stayed for 5 days and we had a wonderful time together (not long enough) but they needed to get back to work. Fortunately, Linda will be staying longer. We also celebrated my Mom's 89th birthday and Emilee's 7th birthday on April 30th. Again, we had a wonderful day together..... I'm trying to catch you up on all the happenings... The greenhouse is in full swing, the lilacs are in full bloom, the grass is growing like crazy, the chicks are outgrowing the brooder, the kittens eyes opened yesterday, the dogwoods are opening, the morels are thick this year.... are you caught up yet ? I hope so, because I have to go. I have a carrot cake in the oven and the timer is going off. Enjoy this wonderful spring...