Monday, June 28, 2010

Harvest Time

Can you spot the humongous cucumber in this picture?? That was the fruit of our very first harvest and it was delicious, if I do say so myself. We enjoyed a home-grown lettuce and cucumber salad along with grass-fed beef burgers and asparagus from the Farmer's Market. We felt almost like locavores! Now we just continue to wait patiently to see how our beans, peppers, squash, zucchini and tomatoes do.......

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Monday Musings

1. Annual Conference has come and gone. It was good to be together with my friends from New England. It was also good to be part of the Vermont contingent as they were welcomed into the new New England Conference. I had a unique view from both perspectives ~ Vermonters and New Englanders. It will be interesting to see how Vermonters and New Englanders shape and influence each other in the years to come to create a truly 'new' thing.

2. We've produced our first harvest-able vegetable! While watering the 'babies' last night Gary noticed a nice big, healthy cucumber hanging on the vine. I'm so proud I almost don't want to pick it! I've decided to take a picture before enjoying it on my salad.

3. Bady and I continue to train with our club and on our own. It is really amazing how much we have learned. He is the fast learner on our team, but I'm holding my own. I can't beleive how far we've come. If we've done this well in just a few months, Schutzhund USA better watch out! Seriously, it would be fun to participate in a trial at some point ~ and we probably will ~ but the true benefit is how we've grown together as a team and the fruit that can be seen from it in our daily life.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Four on the Fourteenth

Here are four random reflections on this Monday afternoon:

1. Yesterday we hosted an Open House at our parsonage for church friends and neighbors. I'm not a 'natural' hostess, but with much planning (and a little stressing out) it turned out to be great fun! We had lots of people, plenty of food and a great, sunny day. The boys were even good. They kept quiet down in the basement while we 'partied' upstairs.

2. I went on my first bike ride on my new bike! I found that biking uses muscles that I apparently hadn't used in quite a while. Phew!

3. Last weekend I visited my Dad. He is doing well, although my definition of 'well' keeps changing. I am so proud of him. He continues to find ways to do the things he enjoys and he's quite adept at using his new electric wheelchair. And perhaps we all have a better sense of what is truly important. Life now involves several assistive devices and lots of rest, but he continues to show determination. I'm glad for the summer weather that seems to have lifted his spirits. Even so, ALS sucks.

4. Annual Conference is this week. I am ready to make my yearly pilgrimage to Wenham, MA for the gathering of New England United Methodist clergy and laity. It will be great to see old friends and, hopefully, make some new ones. Vermont will officially be joining the New England Conference, so we are a changing, transforming Conference!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Garden Party

The whole family got involved in planting our very first vegetable garden. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, broccoli, beans, lettuce, peppers and a few herbs. Since we don't have a real good place for a bed, we planted in containers.

This is something I have always wanted to do, but never felt like I had the time or the skill. This year I decided to make the time and concluded that I would never have the skill if I didn't try. I figure this is one way I can honor God's creation by participating in the cycle of life and growth. Instead of taking from the environment I can, in some small way, give back. I can't wait until harvest time!