Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
However, with six bags of books already taken to Goodwill, two bags dropped off at our community library, and two more topically relevant books bagged up for a friend who has just been ordained, at least the shelf space is opening up.
There are boxes waiting for another trip to Goodwill. There are two closets that will be ruthlessly (finally!) cleared out today or tomorrow and the clothes will all be donated to a charity slated to be in my neighborhood Friday. We have a young couple planning to come pick up an old couch that will be new-to-them and as far as short term goals, that battle is won.
This process has changed my seeing. I am now eyeing a closet that historically stored arts and crafts supplies (along with tennis balls, a vacuum cleaner, ironing board, iron, winter coats, a small file cabinet) and knowing this editing process can't stop until everything in there has been taken out, sorted, and at the very least reorganized, if not relocated. Not to mention the laundry room. Etcetera, etcetera.
It is all quite gratifying, if a little exhausting.
Realistically I will not get every clearing out project accomplished before the end of the calendar year. But that doesn't matter. I am happy to celebrate the spaces we have made, content to know the other projects will still be there whenever the impulse to lighten our material load next grabs me.
Meanwhile, back at the blog, all this sorting and stacking and bagging and boxing is not leaving much time, much less energy, for posting. Fear not however, while I am lugging and hauling I am also busily planning. I have a series of ideas cooking up to be shared with you right here, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Pioneer Woman to pick up the full recipe for these amazingly delicious Apple Dumplings. The recipe calls for an ingredient that may surprise you but gives you results that won't disappoint on any front.
Next up, Lisa at Homesick Texan has a recipe for Bread and Butter Jalapeño pickles buried deep in this post about what constitutes Texas Potato Salad that is a great way to use up a jalapeño pepper bounty if you've got them growing in your garden.
These pickle versions of late summer fireworks are a snap to make even if you have to stop at the store to buy your own peppers. I've had them plain and in potato salad both and now can't wait to try them rough chopped atop brats to munch on while we celebrate the start of UT football season in a few weeks.
Speaking of football, for those of you still in the mix, Happy First Week of School! I may not be packing lunches or waving kids off to the bus any longer but I remember what that was like as if it was only yesterday.
I'm getting ahead of myself. Right this minute, I've got the car to load up. I'll be back with more fun before too long. Bye for now!