Monday, April 27, 2015

Catching Up.......


Dearest Readers,

I have been long away from this lovely spot and thought it high time to sit awhile and visit with you....

We have been tending to our home, garden, critters and most importantly, to our family and friends since the last posting.  Our lives have been a mixture of busyness and serenity with a challenge or two thrown in just to keep it interesting.  Somewhere along that dusty path, I lost my footing and for one reason or another I have not been terribly inspired to write here on my little blog.  Well, that time seems to have passed and I have brushed away the cobwebs and will endeavor to begin this journey again.  I hope you will come along.....


Our greenhouse has been a tremendous source of joy and astonishment, as we are amazed at the variety of plants that not only survive, but thrive.  We have had limes, one orange (we savored it) and beautiful Meyer lemons!  I froze the juice and used the peels to make lemon extract for my Christmas gifts for this year.  Right now we are coaxing little seedlets to make their way into the world so that we may plant them in the garden.  We also have hanging baskets with various herbs, strawberries, cucumbers and zucchinis.  Our tomato finally wore itself out, but we had quite a few this fall and early winter.  I will plant a different variety in the greenhouse for this upcoming winter because it is ever so satisfying to go out and gather a fresh salad while the wind and snow swirl around you!


I have had many enjoyable moments reading during this long winter....here are a few new favorites:

  



I so look forward to planting my garden and getting things ready for canning, drying, freezing and enjoying right from our garden basket!  

Well, I must go and tend the fire...it is a cold, gloomy day...but it will be in the 70's by mid-week...lovely.  I will visit again, and share with you this journey we call homesteading....

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

P.S.  I am NOT an Amazon affiliate and do not receive any financial reward from them for the links above.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Not a Creature was Stirring.....



Dearest Readers,

We are all tucked inside our cozy home, enjoying each other's company, on this most precious day.  I have all my "littles" (who are not really littles) under my roof, in my care, and that is truly the most wonderful gift that I could receive.

We are expecting quite a bit of snow...up to 10 inches....by tomorrow morning, so we will have a very white Christmas indeed.  As our children live across town I am trying to convince them to either spend the night here with us, or take their leave early....a Mother worries.

We exchanged our gifts and I received such thoughtful things....  Treasures from the heart are the dearest gifts and mean so much to me.  I am so thankful that my family values the little things. Sigh....(in a good way)....

I am hopeful that I might actually post in the coming year....I have been beyond neglectful here on my little blog.  I have so many things that I enjoy and think that I will share, but the moments pass all too quickly. I will endeavor to try harder...stopping and taking the time to share the delights and diversions of my little corner of this world.

I truly hope that your Christmastide is peaceful, gentle, hopeful, kind and mostly that you are surrounded by those that you love.  I hope that your prayers have been answered and that you know that He listens and loves you.

May the Good Lord Bless you and Keep you,
Shan





Saturday, October 18, 2014

He Listens.....


Dearest Readers,

I found this little drawing from my childhood.  I must have drawn this same scene 1000 times or more.  I think that this one was probably from my Jr. High years, as it was amongst those papers when I came across it.  It is nothing special from an artistic standpoint, but it is ever so special from a spiritual standpoint....

You see, I had a rather difficult childhood, sometimes full of ugliness and uncertainty, sometimes sprinkled with happy days and bits of sunshine.  But I had hope....hope that one day I would live on a farm, a happy farm, with a husband....a kind and loving husband, children...wonderful children, and chickens...don't forget the chickens.  I don't know why, as we were not very religious, but I had a deep sense about prayer, about a loving God and his desire to listen to our hearts.

Years passed, and I drew this scene again and again, keeping it on my young heart.....

Times changed and we left the unhappiness behind and came home to our beloved Colorado.  I was asleep in our old station wagon as we entered Boulder, the beautiful Flatirons marking the entrance, when my sweet Grandmother (who had helped us with the move) hollered towards the backseat and said, "Wake-up...we are home!"  I remember thinking how blessed we were to have those strong mountains, just like hands, keeping us safe forever and ever.

I still kept drawing my little homestead....over and over...adding little bits and bobs after I watched my favorite show..."Little House on the Prairie".  I just knew He was listening....

Then years later, my Beloved and I, and our wonderful children were given the chance to live on a little homestead tucked against the foothills! We have an old farmouse, an outhouse (just like in the picture) a garden, a clothesline, chickens (of course) and lots of happiness.  Just like in my little picture....sigh....grateful, grateful to my loving God.

So if you are reading this and there is something dear to your heart, pray about it, draw it, breathe it, ASK HIM....He is listening....have hope.  Have Faith.....

Kindredly,
Shan