This morning I am sitting here in Starbuck’s having a coffee, and checking the internet, email and other things, as there is no internet service where I live, so I have to go to the internet, rather than it coming to me.
Today is the typical almost fall day, still warm, 68 degrees, pouring down rain, people starting to wear jackets as I see them coming and going from the shop. The sky has that fall winter grey cast to it, (looks colder than it actually is). I have been watching since the sun came up the flocks of geese crossing the grey skies. Where is summer? Gone I am afraid!!
However, I have thought on days gone by, well really years gone by; this is the time of year starting when I would be actively working on apples (they have a long season) from Summer Rambo’s to very late Autumn. I would have been canning applesauce, sliced apples, and making several turns of roaster oven apple butter, as well as getting ingredients ready and assembled for the cooking and canning of Mincemeat!! (How I will miss making that) !
There is always plenty to do in the fall of the year, as well as the cooking & canning of soups and stews for the winter months, people always said that is just too much work, however when you grow up doing these things, it is work, but it is just part of life, not like an extra chore, it is just part of living.
There is a big difference between “Just Existing” & “Living Life” , you don’t do all these things as a special project with everything else you do in life, they all are done hand in hand, all part of living. For me when I think of people just existing in life, it would be the people that watch tv, on the internet 24/7, playing games all day. Living on TV dinners. I don’t know, I see all sorts of people in life and there are some reasons that limit what so many people can do. However I do know some people, that really exist in life waiting to die,, no interests, no hobbies, no goals in life, while it is good to have these things, you still need to put with them the act of living, cooking, eating. something to get up for and live for, daily goals as your grow old.
I do have one person in mind, when I say all of this, she is a local person, she just plays solitaire all day long, watches tv, and lives on prepared foods from the store. no cooking (a part of daily life for most people) I feel sorry for this person, and believe me I NEVER WANT TO BE HER. There is no passion for life, no thirst for knowledge, no hobbies, no art, you just exist waiting to die. ………………DEAR GOD TAKE ME FROM THIS WORLD SHOULD I SHOW SIGNS OF BECOMING LIKE THIS! , I don’t want to be here any longer.
Surely there are always things to read about, learn from, sights to see even if right out in your own back yard. If I did not have this blog, to release frustrations on, write about interests, life goals or the knowledge of things from my past to help me into the future, I would go totally insane.
It is wonderful to learn from the past, and the present just don’t forget how to take what you have learned with you into the future. Learning and the acquisition of Knowledge is a life long experience, that should not end, however I have seen where it does for some which is so so sad!
Do Not Just Exist in Life,
Live Life on a Daily Basis!
No I have not been a world traveler, no I have scaled high peaks or sailed on the ocean, driven across country, but you don’t have to do any of those things, you just have to live life right where you are, make the most of life just right where you are. Living Life is the Goal, not just Existing Waiting to Die, what kind of life is that?
God put us all here for one life, what a shame to waist a moment of it.
Summer Giving Way to Autumn Days!
Note: This picture if not from now, found it on the internet and was just to beautiful to pass up! However it is a look into days to come!
Last week here in Virginia, we had hot and humid weather, yesterday morning the temps about 55, highs in the 70’s and this morning was a nice but stern reminder that summer is giving way to Autumn days, as the temperature was 45 degrees.
While I personally dread being cold all the time, having to bundle up just to go to the mailbox, it is something we need to put up with in this part of the country, and as I am reminded by friends in other parts of the country and world, Virginias winters would seem like a tropical paradise compared to theirs!!
I have been watching the posts being read in the blog, and seeing the trend happening with the changing of the seasons. People are starting to search for recipes for baking, Lemon Pound Cake w/ Clear Lemon Glaze, one that is prevalent year round as Lemon is always bright and happy, great in summer cool and refreshing yet in winter reminds us of warmer days and times.
I can also tell minds are going towards the coming holiday season as many people have been searching for Old Fashioned “REAL” Pound Cake, Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake, Ice Water Cake, Apple & Spice Simmering Potpourri, Crunchy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, really the list just goes on, with the numbers of people already feeling the baking season coming.
In the past several days many searches for making apple butter in a roaster oven, for me this was always the best and simplest way to make homemade apple butter to can, no stirring, and cooks down beautifully. Oh how I miss canning and cooking, baking and dehydrating, all parts of daily living for me, I sincerely hope these days return to me soon.
I have thought quite a bit lately how I will miss going to the Old Order Orchard to pick up several bushels of apples to can, make applesauce and apple butter, it leave a real void in my life not incorporating all this into my daily routine. I think that is what I miss most where I am living now, it is virtually impossible to have a routine, I tend to be a very routine oriented person, you don’t wait until you wake up to plan your days, you plan them ahead, cooking, canning, baking for the week, making time during the day usually early morning or late evening to write posts to the blog, usually 4 am or 9pm after all things are done, weaving baskets, cleaning, everything worked into each day, all part of living, of course I really miss having plants, vines and garden flowers, right now life seems pretty dreadful. However constantly praying for a change and back to the routine of living , not just existing in life.
When you live to just exist in life you don’t grow, you sort of live to die. but when you live life, with a routine and purpose, you grow, and flourish, for me in all areas, the art of of living as well as the art of life, all this gives me new ideas in ALL areas of my life. especially in Art: weaving, painting, drawing. I feel all these thing work together and help you to grow in every area. I absolutely hate just existing.
On February 25, 2012, Word Press (WP), started posting in the statistics page of their blogs, the countries from which people were referred from, which has been really nice, because up to that point, I and all the other WP bloggers were left to just assume that the majority of readers of their blogs came from the countries in which they lived or blogged.
It has been truly amazing to see from just how many countries, what I write and post reaches, far and wide it looks like. I thought perhaps readers might like to see how far my little blog reaches around the world.
On my screen, which I don’t think I can duplicate in this post is a world map, with the viewing countries highlighted. However in this post it will most likely appear as a list of countries with their flags (hopefully) and the number of views. to the right.
I just think it is so interesting each day to see from where all around the world that people are viewing what I write, sometimes they will comment, some will “LIKE” a post.
Top Views by Country for all days ending 2012-09-08 (Summarized)
United States 8,954
United Kingdom 384
New Zealand 221
South Africa 30
Sri Lanka 18
Republic of Korea 15
United Arab Emirates 12
Russian Federation 9
Saudi Arabia 7
Hong Kong 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 6
Czech Republic 5
Trinidad and Tobago 4
Puerto Rico 3
Costa Rica 2
El Salvador 2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2
Palestinian Territory, Occupied 1
Virgin Islands 1
Viet Nam 1
British Virgin Islands 1
Antigua and Barbuda 1
Brunei Darussalam 1
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 1