It’s a beautiful day. There’s a feeling of fall in the air in Mid-Missouri! I love fall: the beautiful foliage, the crispness of the air, the ending days of harvest. There’s only one thing wrong with fall — winter is not far behind! So I approach fall with very mixed emotions.

Before I write more, I must apologize to my followers for being away from blogging so long. My laptop died and it took a while to replace it, partly because I was so busy with harvesting food from my garden.

My little garden has really done its duty. My grocery bills have been much lower because I planned my meals around what I was harvesting. And I have been able to preserve the overabundance for future meals. All these foods are without pesticides and chemicals!

As you may know from previous posts, my garden and yard is my happy place. When I am working out there I feel like I am playing, plus it’s great exercise for an senior lady. From walking behind my self-propelled mower, to putting the lawn clippings down as mulch in my garden, to watering and pulling weeds, to checking ripeness and harvesting the produce, it’s all an interesting experiment. The experiment continues as I preserve the produce for winter food. I feel happy, content, and close to Mother Nature as the experience was meant to be. I have frozen, canned, and/or dehydrated strawberries, peaches, peas, corn, onions, green beans, tomatoes, and will be adding sweet potatoes, carrots, and brussels sprouts to the pantry before frost. Not bad for a 50 ft. x 100 ft., partially shaded garden space. Lest you think that’s all I do, I am also active in my church, in a quilting group and in a Helping Hands group for volunteer activity, plus I hang my laundry on a line to dry to be kind to the Earth. My garden is still my happy place!

It is my goal to stay active as long as I can. Age is just a number! I am slower than I used to be but I believe if I stop being active I will loose the ability to be so. I just work slower but smarter!

While I am enjoying visiting with you again, I have tomatoes and beans waiting in the kitchen for attention, so I must get busy on them.

Where ever you are, whatever your situation, I hope you have, or create, a happy place with a positive vibe for yourself. Until next time, blessings to you all!

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