The way I see it, blogs have always been personal websites, but so many have morphed into a platform to sell and promote other things. Rare is the blog the remains a personal journal. I do not despair of any of them; life moves on, blogs mutate. I have also changed, and various aspects of my lifestyle have certainly mutated. I liked where I was, but I like where I am. I am much the same as I ever was, but I am gratefully older and wiser.
When I first started writing here, it was to inspire daily writing for the English class I was taking at the local university. At the time, I barely knew what a blog was. Upon review, I still don't know what a blog is! As for now, this blog will remain full of personal reflection about my daily life, my activities and thoughts, ideas, failures and successes, and likely a fair bit of nonsense!
Here is a sampling of what I do:
I still cook from scratch, still baking bread daily. Bread is life, I do not argue with such wisdom!
I continue to fuss over my gardens (now in the plural). Of course, my gardens are mostly put to bed for the winter, but I had to include some lovely photos of my successes. Broccoli was new for me this year, and worked well. The above peach tree finally died. We battled Peach Borers for 3 years, but the poor little tree couldn't take it anymore. We have planted another peach tree, and hope to plant yet another in the spring. We have four heirloom apple trees on order which will arrive mid-March. I'm obsessed with apples, and am thrilled to finally start my mini-orchard on my .40 acre lot. :)
I stay up to date and educated about herbalism and plant medicine, growing much of what I use. I'm a big believer in healing oneself at home if at all possible. Why run to the market for Bismuth when you could make a strong cup of ginger tea or reach for the ginger tincture you made last month? I have successfully managed my own menopause symptoms with my herbal knowledge.
And there are still chickens, currently a dozen. We have recently built a new fence for the chicken paddock, and have plans to change the coop design. Chickens, oddly enough, have changed a great deal of how I see the world of food.
I took up quilting a year ago. Here is my latest sitting on my favorite chair.
Although I am a happy home-body, I do get out on occasion. I'm a big supporter of the opera and symphony. I saw Madame Butterfly a few weeks ago.
And I read, and read, and read. This is a photo of a few of my gardening and cooking books, but I read so much more. Lately, I cannot get enough non-fiction, my mind craves truth. My nightstand holds a stack of theology books, my coffee table has a stack of gardening books. Since I happen to find God in gardening, I suppose I could count those as theological, too! I just finished reading If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis, which I honestly loved. I'm also reading Backyard Farming on an Acre. I also have several poetry books a friend gave me to read, and I like to read a few pages each day, along with a bible study guide and my daily philosophy readings. I know, it's quite an eclectic grouping!
Ok, this post was long-ish, but it feels good to share some examples of my life as it is now.
Have a great day!