Why does Summer have to be so busy?
I like the long, warm days full of activity. I like being able to spend so much time outside without worry of frostbite. I like Summer Reading, gardening, yard work, preparing for the church craft sessions I host, all the craft shows, fairs and festivals. Canning food to “put up” for winter. Family reunions, vacations, and — hopefully — camping trips. I love all these things.
I just wish they didn’t happen all at once. It sure would be nice if I could scoot some of those wonderful things over a couple seasons and sprinkle them over Winter.
As it is, when I think about all the things I want to do — not to mention the year-round things that need to be done constantly — I start to feel a little panicky. Quite a bit panicky, in fact, until I tell myself to calm down and take one day at a time. Since I don’t see God adding more hours to the day anytime soon, I have to prioritize my goals, take a deep breath and do my best.
This means the furniture probably won’t get dusted — but I will vacuum! The kitchen table won’t always be cleared off, but I will serve some great food on it. I might not get all the weeds in the garden picked, but I am determined not to let the harvest go to waste this year.
Last night, Mom and I each picked two rows of green beans, with Violet regularly exclaiming, “I found a bean! I found a bean!” I have to smile thinking about her enthusiasm for bean-picking. Of course she has more enthusiasm than us adults — she doesn’t have to bend over as far to pick them! My knees and back were grumbling — then yelling — at me throughout the process. My reward, though, is a Pampers box half-full of green beans, along with several jalapenos and a few sweet peppers.
Today I will snap, wash, blanch and freeze the beans. I am so not in the mood for canning right now; it is supposed to hit 100 degrees again today.
I found a recipe online for baked jalapeno poppers. Maybe I can get Mom and Violet to try one? Too bad Dave isn’t here; he likes spicy more than I do.
One thing I do know: today’s top priority is getting that produce taken care of. Everything else comes second. Except Violet, of course. She is always #1.