Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wild onions and a much better way, a challenge and a freebie

Steve and I have been very busy settling into our new life here in New York.  Our home is midway in renovations, we are making friends, reconnecting with family and becoming a part of our new church community.  This spring seems like a spring in Canan Land. W have wanted to live in NY since we got married, it was always a goal.  We are missing Steves dad and somehow we are missing his mom more now too.
There are so many things in life I see as a way mark, and as a legacy, Actually,  I think our examples to our offspring are very important, and one of the reasons why we still work hard for our kids. We work hard at showing them a better way: A better way in our faith, our marriage, our finances, and our health.

Starting a garden is going to be a big thing here. We'd also like to have chickens and maybe bees.   this little bit of farming has been something we have been talking about for years and will have to wait until next spring to really start.  In an effort not to become totally overwhelmed with "new" in our lives we decided to make taking care of the house renovations the first priority.  We know almost nothing about gardening, chickens, and bees so this year  We are learning in an effort to make it happen next year.  We have found Local sources for honey, maple syrup, and vegetables - we live in farm country!!  Everything we need is available and abundant.  4 years ago I taught myself how to can, something I had always wanted to do.  I have all the equipment and enjoy using it very much, I have started to build my pantry here and we are enjoying the benefits of organic whole food cooking.

I may plant a few things this year, I have containers set up for squashes, melons and sweet potatoes.  and I have a patch of wild scallions that are flourishing.  

So far I have gleaned about 15lbs of these onions!


I am chopping the roots for Sauteeing,
I have about 5 lbs in my freezer right now.


The tops are chopped and then dehydrated,


and then when I am done drying they will be vacuum sealed. These will go into all kinds of food through out the year.



I won't have a garden this year but I will continue to do everything I can to keep and improve our health.  




A few months ago I had a little Ephiny, I was up early to take care of my Father in law. It was a cold snowy day and I was thinking about the passage in Pslams 90:17,  about God blessing the works of our hands. 
This thought has changed the way I think which has changed the way I act.  It went something like this " how are the works of your hands improving the overall quality of your life"  Maybe because we were also house hunting and car shopping and going through so many changes settling our pasts and planning our future while working so hard in our present.

I now look at what I am doing or spending on (whatever it is) as how will this improve the quality of our life and bless my husband and my family.    This gave me eyes to see how and why I was spending, what I should change and what I/we should work for.  Not only spending but just about everything I was doing.  It gave me eyes to see a better way. I can't explain it - how this flash of insight came but I can tell you it has changed our life in a wonderfully gentle way.  

We have retirement not too far down the road and our desire is to be debt free, healthy and on the go - well isn't that everyone's goal? 
This thought "how are the works of your hands improving the overall quality of your life" has changed everything.   The byproduct actions of that thought have increased our happiness and level of contentment. it has become a new lodestone for our compass.  It has brought us a measure of freedom.
 So if you have read this long post I challenge you with this same thought " How is what you are doing improving your life and your families "?
Is it time to pause and evaluate how you spend your time, your money your talents?  Do it!  you will be really glad you did!!



"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."
Ps 90:17


Here is this beautiful verse I digitized for you!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you truely consider teh works of your hands!
Ginny M

1 comment:

  1. Hmm - this is certainly a challenge Ginny - thank you for it!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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