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good problems to have

As I hitched up my pants again, I thought that the fact that all my pants are getting too big is a good thing, right? And that made me start thinking of good problems to have.

Like pants that are too big because you are being successful at losing weight (I've lost 29 pounds!).

Having to preserve food because your garden is so productive.

Having to clean my house because I have a wonderful family who lives in it (and makes it dirty!).

Yesterday Meredith posted about having too much produce from her CSA share. Also a good problem, I think.

Do you have any good problems?

Mother Nature's Fury

We had a heck of a thunderstorm roll through this weekend. It came with hail over 1/2" in diameter and buckets of rain and lots of wind, as well. It made us decide that we'll pay someone to put gutters up on the addition before we pay anyone else to do anything else.

strawberries on ice
aw hail!

handful of hail scooped from behind the house  read more »

new post

I finished a post that I started quite a while ago so it filed with it's starting date...it's here.

poor neglected blog

My poor neglected blog! It competes with my children and my kitchen and my sewing machine and usually comes in last place.

Today I made 32 pints of blackberry jam. Seven batches in a row! It took a really long time and wiped me out for the rest of the day. I tasted some and it's fabulous! Last summer I picked all those blackberries and stuck them in the freezer and this week they were evicted to make room for the beef that came home from the butcher. We slaughtered the cattle that were living on the pasture a couple weeks ago. (I left the camera inside on purpose that day...)

In the morning the carpet installers come and install carpet in the upstairs of the addition! We can't wait!

sleep deprivation does some crazy stuff

and also creates incomplete blog entries! I totally forgot to show off my cute handiwork from yesterday in my last post. I don't post my kids' names online, so you'll have to use your imagination (don't post them in the comments if you know their names or I'll won't approve your comment :-p) but I made these cute monogram shirts for a couple of the kids. First, for the baby because he is in desperate need of summer clothes and undershirts. And last night I realized that I needed gifts for the girl who turns six tomorrow, so I pulled out the cutting mat and fabric and a ready-to-wear dyeable blank that I had on hand at 10:30 pm and whipped out a gift for her.  read more »


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