Hello dear friends! First, I would like to thank all those that have served and are serving our country and to all their families. Your sacrifice is never forgotten here!
Well! Spring has finally arrived in all its rosy and violet glory! One day the trees were bare and stark, the next the lanes are canopied in soft yellow-green fronds. As long as I live, I will always be in awe of nature and of spring. The lilacs have begun to bloom, just as they have every spring, cold or not. How do they know that it is May?
Memorial Day weekend is also the official opening weekend of the tourist season around here. Oh my! So many people, so much traffic and noise! Jamie set out for a walk, but came back after waiting fifteen minutes to cross the street. Only last week, you could have shot a cannon down Main Street and not hit a soul. So we retreated to our orchard for peace and quiet. We have procrastinated in digging a fire pit for eons, but decided this weekend would be it. It only took about 15 minutes! Why did we put it off so long?
Two nearby villages, Caseville and Harbor Beach, held their village-wide garage sales this weekend, also. We found a few things, not much that was remarkable, just practical. Ever since they put shows like American Pickers on TV, people have an unrealistic idea of the value of their junk! But it was fun just to drive around and soak in all the beautiful scenery. We turned down one country lane and I spotted my dream home! It was an old farmhouse, silvered and sun bleached. The old tin roof was falling in. But I could envision taking all that old wood and perfectly rusted tin roofing, and building my dream home. After the furnace incident and dealing with zoning laws, I really have a desire to chuck it all and go live in a cabin off -the-grid. It would just be one big harvest room with a big wood cook stove for heat. And it would be far away from everything, especially building inspectors and tax assessors! And no big flower gardens, just big banks of orange day lilies and of course a lilac bush or two. Ah well, one can dream can't they?
I said I wouldn't but I did (!) can asparagus.
Thrifty Things We Did This Week
Got free compost from the village for our garden. (They mulch and compost all the leaves in the fall and the villagers can take it for free.)
Canned eight pints asparagus.
Bought more canning jars at the garage sales.
Ate out of the pantry.
Hung the laundry out on the line.
Planted corn, potatoes and pumpkins that we had saved the seeds from last year.
Vacationed at home.
Picked lilacs for floral arrangements.
Gathered things for a garage sale.
Harvested asparagus and yes, rhubarb from the garden (hopefully next week, we'll have lettuce.)
Killed the weeds growing by spraying vinegar with dish soap.