Sunday, January 17, 2010

Nothing Like Two Days Away

...to make you appreciate home!  I left work Friday and drove straight to San Antonio to spend two days with my kids.  It was my daughter's birthday and they just found out they are expecting their first child in September, so the plan was to have a weekend to celebrate.   But my daughter is having quite a time with morning sickness, so I mostly just kept her company.  I assured her it's all part of the package and will be worth it in the end.  When she's a little further along and feeling better, I'll go back for some intense shopping trips. 

I loved being able to spend time with the kids, but I missed being home with Yeoldfurt too.  He was getting over a cold when I left last week and it seems to have settled in his chest now.  I'm off work tomorrow (MLK Day) so I can take care of him all day.  I'm off Wednesday too (John Gault Day) so he'll get plenty tired of being doted on this week! 

With so much time off this week, I'm hoping to start organizing some of my spring projects too.  It's too early to start seeds for the garden but I could start my lemon tree seeds this week since I will keep them in pots for the first year or two.  The variety I have is a Ponderosa lemon which bears a huge (grapefruit-sized) fruit.  It's not as tart as some of the smaller lemons but has good flavor and should do well here.  By growing them in pots until they are two or three years old, I will be able to protect them in cold weather until they are mature enough to withstand our mild Texas winters. 

I have decided to start an indoor pantry for our food stores as well.  Right now, we keep normal amounts on hand in the kitchen and our stores are out in the shop.  Sometimes it isn't convenient to trek down to the shop though so I want to have an indoor pantry as well.  The formal dining room in this house serves as my office and includes a good-sized walk-in closet with four deep shelves on all three walls.  There are already some prepping items in the closet ...my pressure canner, canning jars, the Foodsaver and a dozen or so empty two-liter bottles that will be used to store dry goods or drinking water.  But it also has my craft and sewing projects, several crates of who-knows-what, some board games and miscellaneous office supplies.  The crates of who-knows-what will be the first to be purged.  The rest of it can surely be organized to better utilize the space.  My goal is to use one wall of the shelves for food stores, one wall for equipment and fit everything else on the remaining wall. 

We have several projects on the agenda outside too.  We will be planting our peach trees next month and I've been looking into some berry bushes  as well.  Dewberries and blackberries do well in this area.  They like full sun and we have some long stretches of chain link fence along the driveway that might be a good place to start them. 

I love this time of year.  It's not springtime yet, by any means.  But spring comes early in Texas and there is much preparation that can and should be done in these last weeks of  winter.  Maybe I'm just giddy about the prospect of a new grandchild, but I feel more optimistic in general than I have in a long time.  I am grateful for my family and my friends and grateful for my husband and the life we share together.  It feels good to be smile again. 

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8 Comments:

Blogger Felinae said...

That sounds like a good plan for the room HB. Oh and the berry bushes sound good too!

Congratulations on the exciting news, a new Grandbaby, how wonderful.

I'm glad you're smiling again, it makes me feel good to know you are doing so. :)

Hugs~n~Love
~Felinae~

January 17, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger AKA Angrywhiteman said...

Glad you got a joy boost.

Feed Old Furt full of chicken soup seasoned with lots of garlic.

Documentation.............MOM ;-)

January 18, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

AKA...

I agree with MOM (and you) but Furt has requested meatloaf tonight. First time he's had a spark of interest in what he ate in days, so I'm catering to him. Sure can hide a lot of garlic in meatloaf though ...hmmm.

Chicken soup is on hand just in case!

January 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Fel...

I left you a return comment when I was at my daughter's this weekend, but just noticed it's not there! When you can't count on your own blog to post your comments...ugh!

Berry bushes might not happen this year. Depends on how soon Furt finds a job and how long it takes us to catch up from this long dryspell. But a girl can dream, huh?

Grandparenting is still a long way off for you and Catman, but trust me when I say it's one of life's richest blessings. My daughter is taking a risk having this child because she has to stop her tumor medication while she's pregnant... so this will probably be the only grandchild from her. But one is enough and I am trusting the Lord to take care of them both.

January 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want a lemon tree !! FK

January 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Email me your physical address, Fatkat, and I will send you three seeds. Sorry I can't send you more at this time. I am down to six seeds ...having shared with another already. I will send you half of what I have though.

These seeds are from a Ponderosa Lemon which is ginormous compared to the common grocery store variety. One mature lemon of this variety can make a quart of lemonade all by itself!

: )

January 18, 2010 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Mamma Bear said...

Congratulations on the new grandbaby! I have a sign that reads "Grandchildren....If I had known they were so great I would have had them first!"

I am getting "antsy" to start my seeds as well. I am so looking forward to spring! Hope Yeoldfurt is better soon!

January 19, 2010 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Thanks, Mamma Bear! The new grandbaby is a long overdue bright spot in our lives.

Yeoldfurt is a little better each day.

Hope you enjoy your new Breadman!

January 19, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

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