The Simple Life
Northern Michigan is at the height of spring color, right now.
Tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinth, forsythia as well as, apple,
cherry, pear, and crab tree blooms, are bombarding our senses. The
smells are just as delicious. Soon the lilacs will bloom the
usual sign that it is safe to plant tender vegetables outdoors.
Nurseries entice us to buy all manner of new and old varieties of
plants, pots, tools, and supplies to have beautiful yards but it
still comes back to lots of hard work but fun and good exercise,
too. (Just think of all that money you will save on a gym
This year I will be expanding my garden by planting flower
seeds, annuals and perennials and then transplanting them around the
yard, and also making some wildflower gardens. You just can't have
too many flowers! I mostly go with pastels, I don't have many red,
but prefer pinks, lavenders and blues. I think it helps my garden
feel "cool" on hot summer days. Also, the types of flowers I enjoy,
old fashioned single hollyhocks, delphinium, petunias, pansies,
roses are cottage garden types of flowers.
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Janet Luhrs clears up the idea of simplicity for us with her
quote, "Simplicity is not just one thing, one path. There is not an
easy recipe for simplicity. There is not a perfect way to live
simply. There is not a certain amount of money that you need to live
on in order to be a bona fide graduate of simplicity school. You
don't flunk if you own a car; you don't earn honors if you plant a
garden. Simplicity is not so much the outward trappings of your
life; it is the 'inner you' making decisions."
Why do we make life so complicated when it can be so simple?
Every moment is a decision to find simplicity know anyone who
wanted a complicated life? Universities don't teach courses on
Complicated Life 101. But sometimes we find ourselves there. We may
be in debt, out of a job, or just as bac, in a job we don't like.
Somehow we all find ourselves living crazy lives from time to time.
Sometimes it is temporary. A friend's husband has a chronic illness
that strikes out at very inopportune times. These `flat tires' on
the road of life tell us to slow down and smell the flowers. Don't
put off what we may not be able to do another day. Live in the
moment. Pray all the time. Sing. Hold a hand. Stay grounded.
Make someone's world a better place right now. Give lots of
hugs. Hold a kitten. Enjoy the sunshine don't forget the
sunscreen. Let go of the things you don't really need, but hold on
tight to that which you do - God, family, friends and peace. All
the rest will fall into place. I promise!
*** Spring Rhubarb Crisp***
My Rhubarb is growing like gangbusters with all the recent rain.
Tonight I am making a simple recipe of Rhubarb Crisp, to taste that
first taste of spring, fresh out of the garden. Other simple
rhubarb recipes might include substituting rhubarb for chocolate
chips for rhubarb cookies. Or, try adding rhubarb to the chocolate
chip cookie dough for a chocolaty fruity cookie. (Okay, maybe the
cookie idea is a bit over the top!) Or, substitute chopped rhubarb
for the fruit in a muffin or other dessert even pancakes (well,
Stir together in baking dish or bowl that is greased:
4 cups rinsed and chopped rhubarb
1 t cinnamon
3 T flour
1 c brown sugar
3 T butter or margerine.
1/3 c brown sugar
1/4 c Margarine or butter
1/3 c flour
Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, until golden brown and bubbly at
350`. Note: if rhubarb is not available, you can substitute peaches,
apples, pears, or your favorite fruit.
*** In the Garden***
Right now in our Northern Spring area, there are all kinds of work
to be done in the garden. Where to start?
Make a list according to your needs such as:
Don't put off the weeds. They may not be too noticeable yet, but
underground they might be huge! Crab grass roots can be growing more
than two feet long, with only a small tuft of grass sticking up. If
grass is trying to move into your flowerbed, try Grass B Gon, from
Ortho. It will kill most grass without killing your plants. Read
the label first, of course. For other plants you might have to get
down on the ol' hands and knees to pull a few. If you try spot
spraying, use an old lamp shade to funnel the spray directly on the
plant you want to kill, rather on your precious plants! It also
gives the neighbors something to talk about!
Keeping it Simple,
PS, last week I had a question from a reader way up in Alberta
Canada :) who needed info about indoor gardening. One reader,
Teresa, shared with us:
Although we grew-up in the south, my dad and mom always had veggies
and flowers growing from seed indoors to get a jump on the season
(and to save money). Before my dad built momma a small green house,
he used to take a hanging flourescent fixture and fit it with
a "grow bulb". He cleared out a space in the garage and hung the
light about 18" above a table where he put the peat trays. The heat
kept things warm enough to start seeds in January and he would raise
the light as they grew. This was also a great way to winter over
things like ferns, begonia's, etc.
Teresa from Montgomery, Alabama
Thanks for sharing with us, Teresa!
You'all have a great week! If you think about it, please pray for
my grandmother, Dorothy, 91, who will likely pass away in the next
few hours. She will soon be with her Lord, and having a great
reunion in heaven! She taught Bible studies for much of her life
and was a great grandmother to me.
See you all next week!