Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Family News

Greetings! I pray that all are doing well.

We are doing good. The weather can't seem to decide if it is going to be hot or cool. Oh it makes me long for autumn's cool days! I am looking forward to that first time I go out and find frost on the ground.

I am starting my autumn cleaning - you know that deep cleaning you do at least twice a year in autumn & spring? Ugh! It wears me out but the end result is always worth it. I am starting in the front of the house and going to work my way towards the back. I figure that if I work on it early this time, I will have more time for sewing this autumn.

One task I have to do sometime soon is refinish the dining table. It needs a good sanding, staining, and then a matte clear coat finish put on it. I plan to work on it on a day when the little ones are visiting their grandparents. Once done, the table will look good for a long time to come.
I want to be able to stop using a table cloth all the time.

Tomorrow we take Micah to the doctor for a check-up. He had an ear infection and this is the follow-up visit. He is such a blessing. Abigail just adores him and is often found playing with him. He really seems to enjoy her too.

Joe is still building more raised beds for the garden. May turn into an all autumn/winter project. He is building them from pallets now that the shipping crates are not available. I am looking forward to being able to use them in early spring. It will be interesting to see how large of a harvest we can get from the raised beds.

I was not able to can as much as I wanted so I am going to start taking advantage fo sales and stocking up on canned goods and other things like flour, sugar, etc. to build up the pantry even more. My goal is to eventually have at least 6 months of food supply in the pantry at all times. LOL I just realized - we don't have a pantry large enough to house that on shelves. I think I may have another challenge ahead figuring out how to store that much supplies!


Robin said...

Our weather here is having a hard time deciding if it should be autumn or remain summer, we have had nights in the 50's. This week has been warmer,but we have had a great summer. Also, I don't believe anyone ever gets to can as much as they want to, so don't feel bad.

LizBeth said...

Dear Paula, when you figure out how to store that much, let us all know. I have the same problem. . . . .Yes, the first frost will be wonderful. The cooler weather has been great.

Carrie said...

That is a great goal...I am trying to work towards that as well. We are storing a little extra in our garage right now, but we need more room as well.
Our weather has been like that too...much cooler these days...funny how I am always ready for the next season at the end of the season we are in...

elle-maree said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. I too was not able to can this year but I want to stock up for 6 months at a time. I've been looking through coupons and things trying to get buy food at a discount.
Blessings to you and your family

Tami said...

Have you tried garlic oil for ear infections? You can get gel caps, like vitamin E, poke a hole in the cap and squeeze a couple of drops into the ear twice a day,then have the child lay down for a few minutes-sometimes easier said than done! Or you can warm minced garlic in olive oil then strain out the garlic and use the oil. It is nice to warm it before you put it into the ear. I am interested in your quilt square swap, can you tell me more about it?~Tami

Tracy said...

Dearest Paula, we gardened this year in raised beds and had a great deal of success. Blessing dear friend, Tracylea

Darlene said...

You put it under the beds, behind the couch, you make bookcases and night stands out of them (like the brick and plank ones we made in the 80's, only use boxed canned goods instead of bricks. Make a coffee table the same way. Stack boxes and place a top of some sort over it.

Make "self-rotating" shelving. Google where to put food storage for some websites with ideas.