I usually keep the ‘personal side’ more out of my blog. But these thoughts have been on my mind as I’ve had somewhat of a bloggers-block last year.

Sometimes the blog goes quiet because I’m busy and don’t have time to edit photos and post. I’m still being creative and gardening but those things are keeping me too busy.
Currant Sweet Rolls from early July
currant rolls
A new dress (Washi Dress) in August
Sometimes the blog goes quiet because I feel like I don’t have anything new to say about the garden. After four seasons of gardening on one place, I’m not changing much and don’t want to show the same photos over and over.
Spring Peas
Sometimes life is challenging and full of waiting, I’m dealing with illness, the garden is full of weeds and I don’t want to share. Sometimes the squash bugs eat all your pumpkin plants in early June and the whole row is full of grass until September.
The pumpkinless row
squash row

Sometimes it’s August and there is still half of the outside of the house to paint and you haven’t picked up a brush since the year before.
We decided to re-side this part rather than scrape and replace boards.
Sometimes the tomatoes ripen and you have a great crop of potatoes and you’re afraid to eat them, and your home-grown produce wastes away.
Part of the Potato Harvest
Sometimes you’re making pie for your Grandma as she approaches death’s door.
This past year held all those reasons for the blog being quieter than before. As the seed catalogs begin to arrive, I’m looking forward to a fresh start in the garden(and likely lots of crab grass to pull). It looks like tomatoes and potatoes are not my problem after all, but rather I need to avoid wheat and gluten containing foods. As I navigate ingredient lists at the grocery store and as I clean the gluten from my kitchen, I’m looking forward more than ever to the fresh food we can grow and enjoy.

For now, there is much to be thankful for. Difficult seasons do not last forever. I have family, love, community and faith. This season will continue to shape my courage, patience, persistence and empathy. A new year is coming. Hardy winter greens are planted in hope of spring harvests.
early November garden
garden november
And there is always kale.

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3 Responses to Sometimes…

  1. Emily, I am so sorry it was a crappy year. That is a great picture of you and your grandmother. Some of my blogging friends have shared their recipes in a collection of 80 slow cooker gluten free recipes:

    Hopefully you will discover a few that will help you with the transition. Luckily with gardening you have a chance to begin again each spring.

  2. Marcia says:

    Emily – you said it so beautifully. Prayers for you everyday that this will be a much better year and that hopes and wishes come true.

    p.s. on my third try with captcha code!

  3. miss m says:

    I keep the blog for detailed stuff and use G+ for day to day. Blogging was never my forte anyway but it allowed me to stay in touch with other vegetable growers while I was learning the ropes. It’s amazing the number of ppl who suffer from gluten sensitivity. I should cut it out of my diet and see if it helps my FM. Wishing you a great season, in 2014!

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