When God blesses the harvest, there is enough for the thief as well as the gardener.
We started planting our garden this weekend. Hurray! In our neck of the woods we will still have frost for another month, but we got in our carrots, onions, parsnips, lettuce, peas and radishes. I quick peek at the asparagus bed is encouraging, as the little green and purple tips are beginning to emerge. You can't help but be hopeful when you plant a garden. I guess last year was a terrible year for those who wallow in the dirt, but my little plot of land thrived. I'll tell you my secret, I always ask the Lord to bless my garden as I plant so that I may be able to feed anyone in need as well as my own family. We've never had a bad crop yet, and we've been gardening for almost three decades. Of course you need to be knowledgeable also. You can't start a garden in the shade, sand, or a low spot that gets flooded and expect great results. You'd be surprised on how many people I know that do, though. Seems that they are more interested in landscaping their yard than the productivity of their garden.
We had tornado warnings yesterday, so it was time to get out the oil lamps and make sure they are filled, because you can bet that we will lose our electricity at least once this summer. It's a good time to go over the safety procedures with your children, in case there's a tornado and you're not at home. One time my husband and I had just dropped of our son Erik at the grocery store store where he worked and were headed home when we heard the tornado sirens. We had to make an agonizing decision whether to go back and get him, or go home where to our other teenagers. Since we were halfway from either place, we just continued on and prayed. Fortunately everyone was safe, although the village, Frankenmuth, where Erik worked was hit. Never want to go through anything like that again!
Been staying up late to read Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. I'll be honest and say this book will not be for everyone. It has graphic violence and sexual (and somewhat unnecessary) content but that was the reality of the times and the character's life, very disturbing. In a nutshell, it is the story of Anna Schlemmer and what she did to survive in Nazi Germany during the war, basically from the point of view of her daughter, who tends to feel disdain for her "Nazi" mother. In the end, the daughter, Trudie, realizes that whatever shameful things her mother has done, it was so that she, the daughter, could survive. It's a good study about the ambiguous gray area between right and wrong. I've been curious ever since I watched a show on the History channel about the fall of the Reich as to how the regular German people felt about the war during that time, and this book helped explain it. Like I said it is not for everyone, if you read it plan on having some sleepless nights! The new book I'm reading is something I picked up at the dollar store, A corny, cliched romance book set in a lighthouse. I call these books junk food for the mind. But they are fun to read too.
Lastly, I'm knitting the birch bark mittens that were in the Pieceworks magazine about a year ago. Each year I knit my husband a pair of Norwegian style mittens for Christmas. This year I'm way ahead of schedule. Most years you will find me putting the finishing touches on them on Christmas eve!