Alfred and the children made it in from Jacksonville yesterday afternoon, along with Joel, who gets to stay the entire summer with us before beginning college in the fall. I can't begin to tell you what a blessing that is!
I was able to go grocery shopping today. This is not one of my favorite things to do, but I shall never complain again after having to depend on charity last week. I'm thankful it was available to us, but I much prefer buying my own foods!
After reading, A Year on Ladybug Farm, I seriously want to grow more of my own foods and learn how to preserve them. Though we live in the suburbs, our home is situated on nearly an acre of property. We already have a pear tree and a couple of satsuma trees, but I'd like to grow a variety of berries, more vegetables, and perhaps even plant a few more fruit trees in the future.
I do much of the yardwork myself now. Of course, there are some things I need help with. But I find such satisfaction in being in the great outdoors working in my garden and yard. I love seeing progress made and I have dreams of future projects permeating my thoughts. Of course, projects will be done a little at a time, as finances allow....but it costs nothing to dream. In the meantime, I will learn all I can about gardening and preserving foods.