Yellow pantry (last year?)
It's getting to be that time of year when the gotta-do list becomes longer and longer. I remind myself again that it doesn't take a lot of time to accomplish anything... just consistency.
I'd been putting off cleaning out the kitchen cabinets that hold food "stuff" and the yellow pantry. Just the thought of those messes (which came about by not being careful when putting things away this winter) made me tired. So... this morning I decided to tackle the spaces by bringing empty brown grocery bags to the kitchen and begin putting things in them that I didn't want in the kitchen.
It took about ten minutes to completely organize the kitchen cabinets once I took away the items that didn't belong there. The yellow pantry took just a little longer only because I had to think more... which always takes more time. Still, considering how long I'd put those chores off, it wasn't all that long.
By using my "little at a time" way of working, I organized the shelves today and will put away the other "stuff" on shelves in the garage where I keep my "pantry"... tomorrow or Friday... but not today... without guilt. I kept opening the shelves to look at how beautiful they looked. :)
I'm dividing and conquering the garden by going out this evening to weed and hoe the raised bed while tomorrow I will plant. Yes, I was going to plant a couple days ago but it didn't happen. The baby plants are in a vintage white enamel pan getting watered and waiting for their time in the sun (literally). We're to dip in the 30s this weekend at night so I'm thinking the tomato plants will stay in the pan until next week.
It is really early to plant anything but the cool weather veggies here but we went from winter to summer. We usually plant around Mother's Day unless the long range forecast shows no freezes.... then it is more like May 1st.
I am enjoying re-reading With love, Edith: The L'Abri family letters (by Edith Schaeffer). If I include those years I just perused part of the book then this is my fifth or sixth reading. Of course, I have read it through from beginning to end before as I'm doing now. These were the real letters Edith at first wrote to her mother and family and then as time went on they went to everyone who helped support them at L'Abri.
There was a time when we were going through a very difficult season, not knowing what the immediate future held (which required making a move back "home" without a job). I remembered reading a few times when the Schaeffer's went through the same thing and God always provided... which built my faith (and He did with us, too).
Because these letters were written to her mother, they were very personal... sharing how she was concerned about a child's fever as well as what they were doing for the ministry. At the beginning of this book, they have just arrived in Europe (Holland) and will later be going to Switzerland.
With everything there is to do, I may just get this book and her second book of letters read by the end of April. That's okay, it isn't a race. :)