It’s all in the way you look at it.

I recently came across an Instagram post that talked about how full their day was and not busy.  They went on to explain how they are trying to look at their busy lives in a new manner.  Their lives are full of things they love to do and people they love to be around.  What a wonderful way to look at it.  I’m trying to keep this mindset as well and practice it.

My weekend has been full.  Full of gardening, helping family, cooking, preserving, taking care of my husband, crocheting, sewing, laundry, dishes, etc.  Have I been up and in the kitchen since 6 am?  Yep, and I love it!  I’m so thankful that I’m able to do all of these things.

We had a nice little thunderstorm this morning that gave us about a 1/2 inch of rain.  It’s hard to see it here, but it was coming down pretty steady.


While it was storming, I was in the kitchen preserving yesterday’s harvest and prepping food for the coming week.

I made 10 jars of marinara from the tomatoes I picked.  We love having homemade pizza and I’ve been out of sauce for some time now.  I’ll be making more in the week’s to come to get us stocked up for the year.

I washed, snapped and blanched a batch of pole beans that we picked yesterday.  They are in the freezer ready to eat over the winter.


I cut up a fresh cantaloupe to munch on the next few days.  The cantaloupe has been wonderful!  I must say, the food from your own garden tastes so much better!


I ended up with a nice bag of scraps for the compost pile.


And the dishes, can’t forget the dishes.  The dishwasher is full and running and I washed up the ones that wouldn’t fit.


I’ve been making some handlers for cast iron skillets this week.  I finished them up last night and have been working on some more bags.  I need to give my Etsy site some attention and get these things posted.


Then there was the packing…I have to travel for work this week.  I’m heading to Denver.  We didn’t put two and two together when we planned this trip so I’m flying out on the day of the Total Solar Eclipse.  I’m leaving a place of totality and going to a place of about 90%.  I’m concerned about getting to the airport in the morning.  One of the news sites had KCI listed as one of the top 12 places in the US to view the eclipse.  Yikes!  They are calling for overcast skies with rain off and on all day.  I’m hoping that will keep some of the crowds away.


I hate flying and I hate leaving my husband even more.  Fortunately my youngest daughter is going with me.  We’re going to do some sightseeing Monday and then she can hang out at the pool Tuesday and Wednesday while I’m in meetings.  Instead of focusing on how much I don’t want to go, I’m going to focus on how much fun it will be to spend time with my daughter.

Well, have a good week and enjoy the eclipse if you’re in the path to see it.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram @newgardenhomestead to see all the latest going on.




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