I have definitely had a restful week, despite getting things done. We have had a lot of rain so several of my days were spent knitting, spinning, or crocheting. I either put on worship music or listened to the bible on my phone. I was amazed at what I got done and still felt rested. I finally finished the pair of socks I started this spring. Nothing to write home about but they fit and are comfy. I am working on some special gifts I won’t share until they are given. I am also making a hat for Mr. Duane with some of the first wool I spun on my new wheel.

Between storms I have picked raspberries, blueberries, pea pods, kohlrabi, cucumbers, lettuce, green beans, spinach and my first zucchini of the season. We are eating good this week.

My big project this week has been to dig the onions and garlic. What I planted did well, however with all the rain lately some of the onions and garlic got bad spots. There was still a lot of good left on most of these, however they needed to be processed quickly to keep from loosing them. I took what was left of last years garlic and pealed it all and pureed it in my ninja with some water. I then froze the puree in my little jello jelly bean trays. Each jelly bean space is 1 teaspoon. I used these little bulbs of ultra garlic in a couple dishes already and they are so good and easy to use. I counted each one as a clove of garlic.

Earlier this week Duane brought the car home with a flat tire so Wednesday evening we had to divide and conquer. He had a dentist appointment and our appointment at Costco for the repair was at the same time. I took the car to Costco and then Duane called in our supper at El dorado (a little Mexican restaurant in Columbia City). We ended up with enough food for our lunches the next day and supper that night. I love when that happens.

Wednesday and Thursday our lawn got mowed and we actually had enough sun to get some weeds sprayed and BT put on my cruciferous plants. I think I am going to have to take the screen covers off of the cabbage soon. They are outgrowing their protective cover. The broccoli is heading up with beautiful heads in the middle of each plant, however they are not ready to pick yet. I had to trim the sweet potato vines to keep them in their barrels and actually got some of the strawberries weeded and some transplanted.

The whole week I had a wonderful sense of Jesus being with me as I worked in a more leisurely manner. When I look back at my week it feels like I got quite a bit done.

My recipe this week is cucumber salad. Although my tomatoes are not producing yet I did buy one to make this with. It was not as good as when you have a ripe still warm off the vine tomato to put in but has me watching my tomato vines. I got them in late this year and am not sure how many I will get but it will be a glorious day when I get that first ripe tomato off the vine.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

  • 3 tomatoes cut in ½ to ¾ inch chunks
  • 3 cucumbers sliced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • ½ cup balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt or less to your tast and diet
  • 1 cup water

Put your prepared vegetables in a large plastic container with a good seal on it. Add the other ingredients, put the lid on and roll and shake the container to combine ingredients. If you can wait let marinate at least a couple hours. I never make it that long before I snitch a little bowl. These are great to take to a pitch in dinner or to use a little at a time. The vinegar extends the shelf life of the vegetables. I had some of these on a bean burger the other day instead of dill pickles and they added a wonderful crunch to the sandwich and blended well with my homemade catsup.

The Lord spoke to me in a parable of sorts this week. Please pray with me that my niece is able to get her precious Ivy dog home safe and sound.

 Friday I began to think of my niece who has lost so much. First her mother, her grandfather and then her husband passed away. She has experienced way more than a young adult should have to experience these past 4 years. The other day her dog ran away and though sighted is still not back home safe and sound. This pet was her deceased husband’s beloved pet also. My niece is putting out feeding stations and trying to respond to sightings and get close enough to her beloved pet to establish again that she is safe and the home where her dog can again have a spoiled life. No one knows what has scared her frightened pet or how to calm her enough to help her return home.

The Lord began to speak to my heart about how when someone is lost it may not be evident what happened to them that keeps them running from what is safe. That sometimes all we see are their behaviors. We see them grasping at a life that could ultimately kill them. A life filled with danger that has somehow become their norm and safer to them than the very thing that could save them and give them an abundant life.

Sometimes in life we don’t know how to respond to these scared and hurting people. At times we are them.  Read John 8:1-11. Christ seemed to always know precisely how to respond. There are situations where we judge not knowing the whole story. We can become a speeding car with our harsh judgments and unkind words. Our own fear and a sense of self righteousness can become a loud voice that will push others further from their Father in heaven. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we will know how to respond correctly to those that appear dangerous to us, hurtful towards us or are a nuisance in our lives.

 I know more than once I have been the scared and hurting person on the run, I have also been the one that sent others running.  I am asking my Father in heaven to please use me as a feeding station to make others understand that Christ is a safe place, to help them find a place that they are safe and loved as they walk out their healing. I am also asking Him to help me run to him instead of away from him when I get scared and don’t feel safe. He is a good and patient Father and I am so thankful for all the wonderful feeding station people he put in my life. Especially my loving husband Mr. Duane. God is good and we are blessed here on the Wade Homestead.