Thursday, July 14, 2016

Reality and Everyday Work

Did I ever tell you about the time I badly sprained my foot tripping over a hay bale while being chased by a juvenile rooster? Ridiculous. That whole incident started out with the romantic notion that I ought to go tromping barefoot through the lush grasses on the way to the chicken barn to gather eggs in the hem of my skirt whilst happy hens cluck about. Except I forgot about stuff like chicken poo and unruly roos. And so it often goes here, the picture in my head is not typically the reality of my day-to-day. But isn't it necessary, to romanticize farming a bit, lest it might never be attempted? It is for me, at least, and truth be told, it's the same with parenting. If I think too much about the utter gravity of it all...well, maybe it's best not to. All that to say, hello! And here's what I've been up to.
 

We celebrated summer birthdays and I've found my kitchen groove again as the food coming in from the garden is steadily picking up now. (I always seem to lose the happy cooking vibes just before spring comes, but somehow they always return, thank goodness!) I have quite a backlog of recipes I want to share, soon hopefully. 



The kids and I fill our days with animals chores and garden work as early as possible in the morning. When we come back inside, they play and I cook and bake and clean. Sometimes they join me, sometimes they are just happily submerged in their imaginary worlds. I've also been working on a new baby layette, so for a few minutes at the very end of the day, I sit and knit in the quiet.  



These ordinary things are just my everyday work, but oftentimes, it's good to remind ourselves that the work we do in our homes, raising our children, tending our gardens...is of utmost importance in our world today. Even if it's the only thing we can do, it's enough.

14 comments:

  1. The daily task and the common round are where we find the truths abut ourselves and the meanings to life which keep our hope alive.

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  2. I am so much further down the Pike than you, but the message is still the same. I harvested one zucchini and some blueberries today while helping my 16 year old to come to terms with driving a car, my 14 year old to learn how to write code, and my 10 year old having emotion over the cranky pony she rode today. I love my animals and what they add to my life. I am grateful to be the one who is home to do it all.

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  3. Oh my goodness you have me laughing here over your rooster story!
    Did I miss that you are expecting a new baby?!

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    1. Oh I just casually threw that in there, didn't I? Yes, we're expecting a baby girl in October!!

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    2. Oh how exciting!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

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    3. Oh how exciting!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

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  4. Your beautiful photos and delightful words are always welcome to see! Ah, yes, farm life is so romantic--other than the hard work and poop and stuff! Ha! You're funny. This also requires that I tell you I am nursing a bum foot on account of a clumsy two month old donkey who tripped and stepped squarely on my bare foot. Bare feet and farm yards. Maybe we've proven they don't always mix as well as one might think! :) At least you've got a good story. That's something. I've been telling this donkey story to everyone, "I went to a Neil Young themed costume party and got stepped on by a baby donkey." You can't make stuff like that up. Same with your opening paragraph! I need to get back into bread making. Its been kicking around in my head a while now, but I've just not made the time. I am going to change that. Your scrumptious looking baguettes have decided things. Congrats on the new baby and huzzah on the summer birthdays! Thinking of you and your growing family makes me happy.

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  5. Just beautiful! And congratulations on another blessing!


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  6. Such beautiful photos, Jaime. A new baby, how exciting. Congratulations. I adore your knits. Take care. xx

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  7. A baby? How exciting!! Your knits are beautiful. It is a crazy world these days, and I've been trying to do the same, focus on what I do here in my home for my family and friends, and the occasional stranger. It's the best work there is.

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  8. I do agree that it is necessary to romanticize farming a bit - some days that is all we have to grasp onto! Your photographs (and that bread!) are lovely as ever. And your little knitted garments? They are precious!

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  9. I love quiet everyday tasks, your day sounds sweet, and the layette is darling!

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  10. I love quiet everyday tasks, your day sounds sweet, and the layette is darling!

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