October will begin tomorrow, I originally was going to attempt to do a full-blown baking challenge for the month. Because of caregiving situations a 30 day baking challenge would be difficult to keep up with and I am not a food blogger.
I’ve decided to share my favorites and recipes tried from other bloggers as often as time allows during October. Please leave comments with food bloggers I may want to check out or maybe a recipe I should share.
As midnight approaches; while sitting on the deck. Wind blowing through her hair and lighting in the sky, frogs and crickets competing for their chance to make sounds. She thinks about her time off the grid as refreshing. Catching up on books and movies while lounging in bed.
Although watering the garden is a daily pastime she took each morning as a chance to watch nature. The birds flying in and out near by trees . Woodpecker far off in the distance. Squirrels snatching the bird seed her husband throughs out. Nature is there every day if she’s just still.
She’s very excited to have her sewing room close to being done. Downsizing twice in five years put a damper on this passion she taught herself many moons ago.
Writing haunted her every mood. Ideas poured in and out of her mind. Every book or movie caused inspiration. The internet is a part of life no doubt but you can learn four things if you take time away.
1. Be still…..Nature is full of wonder if you’re still and quiet.
2. Respark a passion…..sewing and even drawing or writing can be brought back to life when you can focus.
3. Caregivers need time also…..if you take care ❤ of someone 24/7 and never think of yourself life gets annoyingly overwhelmed.
4. Internet will be there no doubt…..this lesson is harder on some more than others. I apologize if you are one this offends but God didn’t create humans to sit in front of a device all the time. Get out and move. Enjoy life it is full of Adventures.
Is Hospitality a thing of the past? I imagine if you are in your midlife years you have wondered this question once or twice. I can not give precise answers just an opinion based on the younger generations I deal with day to day and year to year.
Based on most of them My honest opinion is that they are loosing that part of what other generations haveconsidered Hospitality. I ask again is hospitality a thing of the past?
Do you remember coming to Grandma’s for Christmas and snatching some Christmas Fudge off dessert tables? Do you remember Sunday Family Dinners with Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the cob and of course biscuits? That is hospitality to someone in my generation.
Today’s younger generation’s say there is no time for home cooking and house cleaning. Life is to fast pace and full of gadgets. A reminder this is just one person’s opinion but as a Mom and A Grandma…I enjoy my visits better if I feel welcomed and the place is full of warmth and hospitality.
So do you think Hospitality is a thing of the Past?
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That is what this Blog is ALL about. Adventure in the Midlife Stages. These adventures include learning to live in a Community after raising the kids in a very seclude rural area. Learning to be self-sufficient while helping my husband with his disability. Also remodeling our cozy condo and MY culinary arts adventure and Fishing. Blogging through Midlife is the Plan.
As the caregiver listens to the small young man trying to convince his grandpa to put up a Christmas Tree before Thanksgiving, her mind wonders to a short ten years earlier.
She has only loved two men in her lifetime, the first was her father a man that loved the holidays and passing on the spirit that came with Christmas. The tree was always up by Thanksgiving and not taking down before New Year’s Day. Christmas movies were a way to spend the evenings and even as an adult you just want to crawl under the Christmas tree to see what his creative mind found far your gifts. Growing up underneath the tree was never full but you could see the love.
The other was the man she married although a good man he was not into the holidays and actually loved the phrase uh hum bug. Sparking holiday spirit out of this man took some work. Especially when Christmas movies were turned on, it took the excitement of a child’s voice from the other room to cause him to peak at a movie but he loved stealing as many Christmas cookies as she could bake until he’s tummy ached.
Ten years earlier though the first man she loved went to heaven, while she watch them place him in a hole, other people called his last resting place; she dug dip into the hole of her heart. Buried Christmas and smiles and life as she knew it down deep. She managed to keep that hole shut for five years. Then her son announced he would be a Father. Her daughter said “MOM, this means you have a new life to teach the Christmas Spirit!” Although the hole in her heart has been opened, she wonders what the next hole will chase away. Will it Chase away holiday spirit again or people? Time will tell all.
Here we are the middle of July. August will arrive in no Time. Fall is a favorite season for me. Time to get ready to bunker down while the Clock ticks by the passing of winter. Each neighbor doing their own things and wondering when they will see each other again.
Preparing for the holiday season to arrive. Lots of baking and homemade gifts being prepared, keeping a watchful eye and ear open to hear about all the deer hunters and their journey through the deer season. The Clock has shown how much time has pasted since the season before.