Living A Simple Life-Part 23- Simple Day at Home

Simple Thurs

Today was baking and laundry day.
I love it when I don’t have to be anywhere, and I can just be at home, immersing myself in projects.  Leaving the house seems to take up so much time, leaving me scrambling when I return home.  
It was so nice to be home today wearing my apron, adding a dash of this and a sprinkle of that, smelling the deep lavender of my homemade laundry detergent, tasting homegrown tomatoes right off the vine, feeling the warmth of clean diapers fresh off the line, and snuggling in a quilt straight from the dryer.  
This evening I will be sorting through jars in preparation for canning/freezing tomorrow.  I am hoping to pick up some fresh tomatoes and peaches from a local farm, along with some more raw honey.  (I need to call about their produce availability in the morning!)  A friend will be joining me (and it will be nice to have an extra pair of hands with all the proceedings, especially with a busy toddler).  
When Gen and I were outside picking tomatoes this morning, I noticed a couple new little sprouts in our recently-seeded lettuce planters (for fall/winter harvest).  I’m hoping they continue to grow!  I don’t know if the pumpkin plants (from very old seed) will bear fruit, but their glorious tangerine flowers have been worth it anyway.  It is such a joy to see their sweet vine tendrils curling from our balcony when carrying groceries up the stairs.  
It felt like Christmas yesterday, when I sorted through the bag of books I brought home from the library.  I have an ongoing list of books as “requested holds” on my account online with our local library systems, typically carrying a perpetual average of 30-40 books requested for our family.  I never know what may be waiting for me when I arrive at the library!  It is so nice to just pick up a stack of new favorites, without spending time searching the stacks.  (Gen and I can explore the children’s area instead!)  
In yesterday’s bag of books, there was a well-loved Curious George volume for Gen, books on gardening and home-building for Calvin, and an assortment of inspiration in homeschooling, sewing, and cooking for me.  (No, we really don’t have time for TV.)  Now that fall is starting to arrive, I am eager to phase back into some sewing projects soon.  I have found a wealth of inspiration online lately, also (see my “Creative Inspiration” links on the right).  
This past month, I have enjoyed delving back into classic literature by reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with my walking/book group.  I had not read it before, so it has been a special pleasure to “discover” a new story, full of irony and virtue.  
Well, the candles are lit and the bath water is running… the perfect end to a simple day.  

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

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