One of Those Piece Meal Days and Letting Go

Today was another catch up day having been out-of-town for three days last week.

VERT table set sling chairs

Our newly cleaned and sealed three season porch river rock floor.

I continued watering our dry garden beds and shrubbery and vacuumed the hard floor and the rugs. I also vacuumed the three-season’s porch after Gene and I finished the current round of inventorying household items and hauling them over to the studio building storage. For now that job is finished. Whew!

Handle shoes

Sautéed Garden Fresh Vegetables with Italian Bread Crumbs

My cooking efforts today centered on making chunky stove top applesauce from our apple trees, a garden vegetable stir fry (recipe below) that I served with a cold chicken salad made from the chicken breasts we grilled yesterday.

Summer squash close up

A close up view!

Gene continued working on digging the grass and weeds out of the gravel driveway – that is a huge, hot job. I know as I did it alone by myself for the past 15 years. because we do not ever use chemicals on our property we dig up the driveway weeds by hand. Crazy I know, but certainly ecological!

My energy level is still low this week from my head cold. The dripping and sneezing has stopped but my low energy remains. So I vowed to myself that I would spend some time today just sitting on the porch, reading, and bird watching and enjoying this breezy and sunny day. All too often I find that all we do is work from morning to-night and that is a real shame. I realize I am missing out on a lot of the beauty of this wonderful property and I am feeling bad about that.

HORS porch centered on food

We are ready to sit down to a nice home cooked meal on our clean porch.

I realized today that I love to pick flowers, weeds and grasses and create beautiful bouquets to decorate my home. But I have not done that once this summer. That is making me sad too.

Chicken sald with silverware USE

Chicken salad with all the fixins.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about the letting go of unnecessary personal belongings and the freedom it brings. I have always collected vintage wares; so I had a lot of crocks, trivets, and pottery and nick knacks around my home. I have enjoyed the thrill of the chase, the find and then figuring out where to put my great find.

But I am changing. I no longer spend the gas driving around to sales. I no longer relish the time spent cleaning, dusting and moving things around. In fact, I am heading towards a cleaner more spartan look.

And because I am aging, I’ve come to realize that I do not want to leave the burden of sorting and distributing to my children or to my husband when I pass. They will have enough to deal with between a memorial and the selling of the homestead, vehicles, clothing and so on. This is a gift I can give to them now. I’ve decided to let go of more “things” which can free up more time and energy to be outdoors and enjoy the natural world. Too often I have found myself telling Gene, “You go ahead and run Sassy,” I have to stay home and vacuum the floor. No more!

Sautéed Garden Fresh Vegetables with Italian Bread Crumbs

  1. Put olive oil in pan.
  2. Slice up fresh yellow squash, red and green peppers, onions, kale, Swiss chard and green beans.
  3. Lightly sauté these vegetables in olive oil until tender using a low heat.
  4. Lightly grind black pepper over the vegetable.
  5. Add Italian bread crumbs on top for the last 10 minutes or so of cooking.
  6. Serve!

Note: This is the kind of dish that it doesn’t matter what vegetables you choose. Use what you have from your garden or in your fridge. I find this dish delicious and hardy no matter what goes into it.

Small House homesteader, Donna


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