Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday's Musings

Back from today's appointments. Grim got his stitches out and had a therapy session. Now we are home and laundry is in the washer doing its thing.... LOL! Off of my lists yesterday I got the bread made, some laundry done and all of the summer to winter clothes switched out. Out of the clothes I managed to get rid of two more garbage bags full. I didn't realize how many clothes I had..... I just did this back in the spring and got rid of several bags then also. I really did think about going out to the garden yesterday, but it was gray and gloomy. So the garden lives another day. I know I'm being lazy about it. And once it is done, its done, not like dishes or laundry. Maybe today!?!

I also put up a list on the sidebar to help with remembering what it is that I'm suppose to be doing. I get side tracked quite often. So if it where I will look like a million times a day, then I might actually get something done. And that also goes to helping me clean up my desk area. Got lots of starts just none really finished. Soon!?!

Who would have thought that today is already the 19th.... Where has the month gone or really where has this year gone. I keep blinking and the days are gone. I think that one of the reasons that I strive for sustainability is that I want more down time. I know that sounds funny. Because sustainability is hard, time consuming work. Here is the case in point:
  • I spend an hour making laundry soap, it will last 2 to 3 months. Yes, it took an hour to make, but it saves me from going to the store twice a month for more laundry detergent.
  • I spend the day baking bread and goodies for the freezer. We then have a months worth of bakery products. Yep, a day gone, but it saves me from having to run to the convenience store at 10 o'clock at night because we don't have bread for lunches in the morning.
  • I spend a couple of weeks a year gardening and canning. But I have food on hand for the winter that saves my sanity on what to cook for dinner.
So yes, what I do is hard, time consuming work but it allows me more family/me time. It saves money that can be spent on leisure pursuits. As an added bonus I now have time to learn things that I never thought I would have time to do, such as knitting, sewing, making bread. I love these things.

Even though it is the 31 days of Halloween.... and pumpkins are very much in the spotlight right now.... There are other October harvests hiding in the background that need to be taken notice of:
  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Pears (late season)
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Quince
  • Shallots
  • Star fruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Winter squash
Gotta Run,


Mother's Moon's Message said...

I so agree there are so many more vegatables and fruit that get little attention as they should... squash is by far one of my favorites as well as pears and apples...Fall is always a wonderful time to partake of some wonderful harvest goodies

Whirliegig said...

I'm loving your harvest list!

the wild magnolia said...

Good job:soap making; baking bread; gardening & canning or freezing.

Bravo! Thanks for the list of other fall bounty goodies.

Mother's Moon's Message said...

left a little something for you over at my blog... a well deserved award.