And... we have added three more to the Enlow clan. I might "impulse buy" asparagus plants... but Ryan impulse bought a couple extra ducks. We were going to get one. ONE. To eat the bugs in the garden since our lovely hens, Maude & Myrtle, can't distinguish vegetable plants from the weeds and bugs we would like them to nibble on. We're new at this poultry thing. So we now have three little ducks under the lights in the basement, waiting to get a little bit bigger and for the weather to get a little bit warmer. Ryan asked me if I thought a turkey would be a bit much. Yes. Yes I do. We may live on a big lot in a country town, but we still live downtown in that country town. I think three ducks and two chickens is pushing it. We're planning to try our hand at using the ducks for meat. I'm not sure if either of us can bring ourselves to do what's necessary... see? I can't even bring myself to say it. I don't know about this.
I'm getting all set up to can this year. I've been saying that I wanted to do it for a few years now, but every year it just doesn't happen. I decided that its now or never. Ace wants to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every lunch. If you feed her something else she just asked for a "belly sam-witch" over and over again. So, like the
I feel like every time I mention that something isn't a good thing to eat (like the high-fructose corn syrup) I need to qualify it with, I'm not a fanatic, I'm just taking baby steps. I probably wouldn't be able to carry on a conversation about organic food or the whole local food movement, etc. I'm just taking baby steps that I feel satisfy my balance of price and health. When I can finally give up pop, since I know its bad for me and want to eventually kick it, THEN you will know I ain't foolin' around no mo'.
We are also in at the CSA farm I was telling you about. Nervous and excited. Started trying to collect as many recipes as I can for the vegetables we don't normally eat. I really wish I could know how much we were getting of each thing. I think its pretty cool that this CSA also gives out fruit. The other four that I looked at didn't. I think its great that we weren't accepted to the one I thought would be the best fit... only to find this one; closer, cheaper, seems like more variety.
I was hanging our clothes out on the line today and couldn't help but think that my life is exactly what I'd like it to be. I love our house (our bookshelves are almost done and I'm in LOVE with them and the hot man who made them!). I love my husband. I love our girls. I love that I stay home. I love that I can tinker around the house doing things like hanging clothes and starting a mini-farm (just kidding). I love that I can make dinner. I love that Ryan loves his job. I love that money is tight because its means we are less tempted to get caught up in materialism (not that its impossible to, and not that we don't get all wanty-want). I love that we have a garden. I love that I feel that I am living my wildest dream come true. Then the cynic in me hopes this isn't going to crash all around me because its all too good to be true. ::slap, slap:: I will be thankful for what I have. I will be content with where I am. Whether its easy to be content or hard to be content, God is still my faithful, loving Creator and Father whose highest goal is to bring glory to Himself. I need to remember that I love my life because God has blessed me, not because of who I am or what I've done, but because of who He is.