It is summer and August which means hot and lets start canning. I am waiting for my tomatoes to turn red. I have plenty of green ones but not one that is even turning a yellow or orange let alone red. I bought a new pressure canner when we were moving. It has been staring at me.
I also bought an outdoor two burner stove that runs on a propane tank.
So the two items together means I NEED TO CAN. I bought 3 dozen ears of sweet corn. I was able to get 7 pints and 1 quart. It was fun and brought back the joy of why I do this fun and productive hobby.
This is the time I enjoy. Canning, ripening of tomatoes, and the county fair. Next weekend is fair time and I am bring a bunch of my canned items. I can’t wait and I can’t wait to see if maybe someday I can get a grand champion.
For now I just enjoy the dance of life. Just like this corn. Doing the dance.
This past week was my birthday. I love my birthday, who doesn’t. My birthday often goes by without much fuss at all. There have been many years there is no birthday cake but I really felt the love this year. I was able to stretch out my birthday for a few days so that is always a special thing also.
This past weekend we travelled up to Hinckley MN to the Casino. We had a Spoors’ reunion. That would be my paternal grandfather’s family. Grandpa was an only child so the reunion is cousins of his. We have a great time together, laugh and eat. Kids playing in the pool together. It is a time to see people we see once a year, but we really need to make time to get together more than that. Won a little at the casino so that is always a great part of going up there. My mom made a German Chocolate cake just in honor of me. I felt the love, thanks momma.
On our way home we knew that the next week would be busy. Chad was back to work after a 3 week break. Greta was off to her grandparents for the week. Henry was finishing up summer school. We stopped at Olive Garden and had my birthday meal with the 4 of us. It was good and fun to go to a place that is a step up with the kids. They loved the attention of the waitress. Henry loved his big meatball. Greta loved the chicken gnocchi soup. We did some shopping and Chad surprised me by telling me he was buying me a ring. We picked out a beautiful diamond and black onyx ring. I love the little bit of bling on my finger. I also like that we picked it out together. It was a great weekend together and celebrating my birthday with family.
Monday I met with my mother in law and we had lunch with the kids. I love that I am close with my family and my in laws. I don’t understand when I hear jokes about your in laws. I love mine and enjoy being with them. A fun lunch together, again celebrating my birthday.
The 19th was finally here. I woke up to texts from family, a call from Greta, and messages on facebook. I felt the love. Henry and I worked around home for the day. Trying to get the garage a little more organized. Found some old pictures to display. It was a quiet day and it was perfect. That night Chad, Henry and I went to the Mexican resturant and I got my fajitas. It was a perfect ending to a great day.
This is my last year in the 30’s. I really don’t dread hitting that 40 mark. I sometime think what have a done in my life, not much. I wonder if I am doing what I want to do in life. Again a big unknown. I may have a couple things coming up in the future. Still unknown and uncertain but on the horizon. I can just pray, work hard and pay it forward. Those are the things I am trying to focus on right now.
Next year I might need to make a big deal about my birthday. Maybe a party will need to be in order, I doubt it but you never know. I just want this year to count. I want to make a difference and make my mark on the world. 12 months till 40 time to make some waves.
Today is the last day on the road. It has been a good trip but I was very excited to get back to my house. We packed up the van, for the last time. Chad was very excited about this fact.
We travelled north and soon crossed back into Minnesota. Our destination was Harmony. We were going to visit the Amish. We went to three farms in all. We could have visited many more but I think we all had that inner drive to get home, and the van was full! The first farm had a little of everything but the biggest thing was furniture. Oh wow I fell in love with the jewelry boxes. They were beautiful. Henry got a wooden tractor. Greta got an Amish doll. I found a collapsible basket that thought would look great on my table. We also bought some hot pepper butter. No idea what is all in it but sure sounded interesting.
Our second farm we bought some homemade noodles and sauerkraut. I did snap a couple pictures at this farm.
The 3rd farm just my mother in law bought a basket. Chad struck up a conversation with this young man. I am guessing early 20’s for his age. He was a welder also and does custom hay baling. I know Chad wished he would have asked him more questions.
We made our way to Rochester for our last lunch on the trip. When we left we saw a storm was blowing in and we hoped we would miss it.
A few drops and we were sparred. We finally made it back to the farm. We were tired and sore but unpacked that van so quickly. Bags were tossed in our van and we were off towards home.
It was a great week away. It is a great bonding week for the kids and their grandparents. I want to publicly thank them for letting us travel with them. We are a great team together, I believe. We saw lots, enjoyed a lot and laughed a lot. Till next year
The Lundquist Family