Hello dear friends! Sorry that I'm a day late. Just didn't want to post on 9-11 because I would have felt obligated to say something about the day. This week I had jury duty and convicted a man to life in prison, I did not take any pleasure in doing it, it didn't seem like justice prevailed. Quite the opposite actually, I felt that in a way I had helped lead a man to his downfall. Oh, he was definitely guilty by the guidelines of the court, but I felt he didn't have the mental capacities to understand the consequences of his actions. So to make a long story short, I've been going about with a heavy heart the past few days and just didn't want to focus upon any more doom and gloom.
When the world gets too burdensome for me, I always find solace and peace in my home. It was such a joy to go out into the garden and pick herbs, the strays keeping me company. For some reason, Ran and I have become a refuge for ailing cats. They just show up on our doorsteps. First it was a couple of kittens with a bad respiratory infection and something wrong with their eyes. We washed out their eyes with an antibacterial and put silver in their water and they got better. Next came a kitten with a large wound on its face. Really nasty with maggots burrowing into it. My dear Ran dug out the maggots and we treated the wound with various concoctions until it got better. The sore healed and now the sweet little kitten looks normal again. I really didn't have much hope for that one. A result of saving their lives, the kittens have become the most loyal and loving animals ever. Never in all my life have I seen such affectionate cats. When I go for a walk, the little black one we call Binks, keeps vigil on the sidewalk in front of our house, when I'm within his sight, he comes running at break-neck speed, to have me swoop him up in my arms. The little one with the face wound we call Jolly, always puts her little paws on our face and stares into our eyes when we hold her. Perhaps they were sent to me, not for me to mend, but to mend my broken heart. It has been a very rough year for me emotionally. Most days I go about feeling like I'm made of the most brittle glass.
MORE THINGS MADE FROM FREE PALLETS
Well, enough boring you with personal things! While I'm writing about cats, I thought I'd show you the cute little shelter Ran made from free pallet wood and cedar from the Christmas day find.
They are so heavy with fruit this year without a prop, they would be uprooted.
Aren't they beautiful? We've picked over two bushels so far.
Cat shelters aren't the only thing Ran has been building. He built the countertop in our kitchen from maple.
THRIFTY THINGS WE DID THIS WEEK
Harvested peaches, peppers, and tomatoes from the garden.
Ran froze about a gallon of peaches while I was on jury duty.
Made a gallon of peach juice, that has yet to be canned.
Painted the kitchen walls with paint we had on hand and some that we bought for a dollar at a garage sale.
Dried more peppers.
That's about it for this week. It wasn't a very frugal week, as we were so busy. It takes time to be frugal! The weather has been lovely here this week, hope you are experiencing the same. Always remember to find something beautiful in each day!