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Hello! I took a little break, but I’m ready to get back to posting again. In the meantime, I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to the past six weeks. I can’t believe its been six weeks! That’s definitely a no-no when it comes to blogging. However, blogging is a hobby, and lately, I haven’t had any spare time to work on any of my hobbies. My husband has been working 12 to 14 hours a day most days (8 hours at the normal pay-the-bills job and then after that he works on his book that is being published) and it leaves me with no energy or motivation at the end of the day. Such is life, though, and we’re glad he has these opportunities.

What I’ve Been Doing

  • I’ve been working on keeping my house in order. I am not a good housekeeper, which is funny considering my lineage. My mom is an awesome house keeper, as is my grandma, my mother-in-law, etc. It just isn’t my thing. I’ll do projects and creative stuff–gardening, sewing, cooking — any day, but give me chores that never quite seem to get done, and I’ll go play on the internet or take a nap and try not to think about the mess around me. Over the years, I’ve slowly “upped my game” and I’m finally getting to the point where I’m starting to feel I’ve got a handle on things. I feel like I finally turned a corner over the past couple months, though, especially after reading  “31 Days to Clean“. I’ll go ahead and admit now that I didn’t do the specific cleaning tasks. I did, however, feel like the author, Sarah Mae, and myself must have  very similar personalities. This book was speaking to me. (I especially liked chapters 9, 10, 17, 18, and 25.) I realized some of the reason I wasn’t keeping up the house was just laziness and I needed to repent and ask the Lord to help me. I also needed some grace–I would get frustrated when I tried and it didn’t work that I’d just give up. I needed a reminder that not all is lost and “tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.” (Ok, that exact wording wasn’t Sarah Mae. That was Miss Stacey from the Anne of Green Gables movie.)   My husband had tried to tell me this stuff, but sometimes I just need to hear it differently or hear it from someone else. Now, I know I may get comments about how it doesn’t matter how my house looks, and that’s true. However, my husband really appreciates it when the house is picked up and I don’t want my kiddos growing up in a place that always looks horrible. Its a way to serve my family and it is my job.
  • I’ve been picking produce from my garden! Zucchini, squash, watermelon, lots of tomatoes, basil, green beans, cantaloupe. Yum! I’m going to do another post about that this week. Ya’ll have been with me from the very beginning and I’d like to update you a little more.

    Basil, zucchini, little pumpkins, tomatoes, and cantaloupe

  • watermelon, zucchini, and more tomatoes

  • I’ve been battling fungus, snakes, bugs, and the area-wide drought in my garden.
  • I’ve been preserving produce. I froze 10 pounds of blueberries that I bought, made tomato sauce and froze it, pureed zucchini and froze it, and made a LOT of pesto. I’m also going to do a post about that soon.
  • I bought fabric to make this quilt for my friend Emily’s new baby girl that is due in November. I hope to get started on that this week.
  • I’ve been researching homeschool curriculum. I finally decided to go ahead and start homeschooling with my daughter next month. I bought the curriculum and am excited to get started. We’re going to do kindergarten over a period of a year and a half or so–just doing school two or three mornings a week. I think she’ll like it! If not, I can always quit for a while and then try again sometime next year.
  • I signed up to be an Usborne consultant! I love Usborne books and there is no consultant anywhere near us, so I signed up to be the local consultant. This works well with the homeschooling because there are quite a few books I wanted to use (especially the science books) and now I’ll get a discount. My Usborne site is here. If you are in the US and would like to purchase any books, I’d be grateful if you’d use my link. I’m going to post it over in the side bar sometime this week for easy finding. If you are in the southwest Georgia area and would like to host a book party, let me know!
  • I had a yard sale! A group of my friends and myself all got together on Saturday and held a yard sale. It was HOT and muggy, but we got rid of a bunch of stuff and made a little bit of money. I can’t say I ever want to host a yard sale in this area ever again, but I am glad we got rid of lots of stuff that was cluttering up my house.
  • I tried to potty train my son, but it didn’t work. He kind of got the hang of things after I quit, though, and it looks like if we stay on the same trajectory as we are now, he will eventually potty train himself.
  • I listened to some audiobooks while I was cleaning, including Seabiscuit and The Poisonwood Bible.
  • We have played in the water a lot–rain, fountains, swimming pools. Its the only way you can stay outside for any length of time and still be remotely comfortable. Ahhh,  summer in the South. You know its hot when I actually get up early and get all the errands and outside chores done before 10:30am. I can hardly believe it myself.

    Playing in the rain! (Do you like my make-shift gate for the front porch? Its not pretty, but it works!)

That’s enough for six weeks, I think!

I have lots to write about, so check back here often, or sign up for my RSS feed or email notifications over in the right hand side bar. I’m looking forward to interacting with you all again!

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  1. Nana Phyllis permalink
    07/11/2011 4:15 am

    I love seeing all the produce from your garden. I know you will enjoy it now and in the future. I struggle with house cleaning also. I’d rather do anything else, but find once I get started it goes more quickly and easily than I think. I’d rather cook all day than clean a room!! I do like it picked up, though.

    Can’t wait to see the finished quilt for baby girl Malone! It is fun being here with the grandchildren, but we miss having you to visit also!!

    My last yard sale, years ago, was my LAST yard sale. Decided we’d just donate anything we don’t want. It takes up more time than I want to give it.

    • 07/11/2011 10:50 am

      oh katie, you have been BUSY! i was reeling just reading what you’ve been up to! no wonder you haven’t been blogging…but i am glad you’re back!

      gardening has been very successful for you! i just posted two zucchini recipes (you may have them already) on my fb page!

      hmm…you read a great book on house cleaning…maybe i’ll check it out and read ANOTHER book about this! seems like i’d rather read about it, than do it! :)

      yard sales are a TON of work! we had a VERY successful one, but…i felt like if someone from the show HOARDERS came over the 2 weeks before, they’d have a blast with me! what a relief when it was over! we have been going to goodwill EVERY week since Jan 1, with a donation…think we’d be done by now, but…..not! it is amazing how much ‘stuff’ there is to get rid of eh! you are doing a great job!

      the quilt idea…is FABulous! love the colors, and how it is put together…you are inspiring! maybe i’ll try to quilt again (instead of cleaning…of course!)…

      love you lots…and miss you! glad you are back on line! :) love grace

  2. Pamela permalink
    07/11/2011 9:45 am

    Yay!!! Kate’s back!

  3. 07/11/2011 7:11 pm

    I think I need to read that book too. I’m definitely guilty of ignoring the housework–especially if it’s a big task like organizing and decluttering a room. I’d much rather do something fun and creative in what little spare time I have!

    I hope you keep writing about your homeschooling adventures. I’m very interested in homeschooling, although we haven’t made any concrete decisions yet. Either way, we will definitely be doing some structured preschool activities at home.

    By the way, I have been making the German chocolate energy bars. Calvin and I love them!

  4. 07/12/2011 7:29 pm

    Back in the saddle. All is now right in the world. Love you!

  5. Becky B permalink
    07/12/2011 10:21 pm

    I’m excited to hear about the natural deodorant challenge results :) I’m sweating like crazy doing Recreation Staff activities daily and eating no where close to as pure as I used too that I’m afraid my diet wouldn’t support my switch at this time (I use it on occassion but not lately). I’m excited to hear about the feedback you received! <3

  6. Mamabellum permalink
    08/04/2011 10:24 am

    Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite books! Had to read it in college for an honors class and have reread it several times.

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