“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let’s be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingles Wilder
Angie ended her Friday morning yoga class with this quote and I have been carrying it all weekend. We spent most of yesterday afternoon canning tomato sauce from tomatoes purchased from a local farm stand. We made 5 quarts and it took all afternoon. We passed the time reading Stephen King books – The Outsider and Misery. We have done several canning sessions this Summer. I made enough strawberry jam to last the year and our own tomato plants, although bountiful, seem to rot when they ripen. It is not quite the blight but it is pretty close. Not wanting to waste all those “green lovelies” we chose to make green tomato salsa. It is delicious and has some heat. Our daughter dubbed it “Satan says hello salsa”. Perfect.
Like reading books or making acoustic music, canning and gardening are old fashioned. We make space for these activities in our lives because they provide a value and experience that are “hard to beat”. Going for a walk, sitting by a river, watching the bees, seeing the sun rise; I try to make the most of these moments because I know soon enough I’ll be hoping in a car and racing off (or firing up a computer to…..).
So although I am thankful to anyone who bothers to read these ramblings, I hope you may think of these words by Laura Ingles Wilder and take a moment to pause and enjoy some old fashioned things.
Thanks for reading,
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