These last few years I haven’t written much. Life has taken a turn towards a few transitions: Care giving for a dementia patient, moving, selling our place (read – giving up the vineyard) and moving into a different USDA hardiness zone.
Another change is that I am posting my adventures in our “new-to-us” cottage garden here in Nampa, Idaho on my @janeygrapeseed Instagram account. I’m still working on this, trying to get all the appropriate links put together correctly. Please be patient with me. It might be glitchy for a bit.
One of the reasons I chose a moniker close to Johnny Appleseed is that that man traveled planting fruit that would benefit each community he sojourned in. I like to think that particular part of what I do remains the same; I’m still laboring in the garden for the benefit of my family and community. I still share the produce and the plants. I still tend edible crops.
One encouragement to me comes from a vineyard mentor. He stipulated that care for the vines has a lot of similarities to all plants … scientifically speaking. Even though those science items are facts, I still battle with what I know versus what I know I can implement.
For example, I know sunrise is important and plants go through amazing changes during this time of day. While I would LOVE to be out in the garden meeting plant needs at sunrise, I usually find myself setting up face washing and bathroom cleaning buckets for dad’s care. This is just where I am in life. They both need care at the same time. I could choose to be upset but the better choice is to embrace doing what I can for both , as I can, with the help of the LORD who made them both.
Writing happens at a much slower pace but I sincerely hope you’ll join me.
With Love and Joy,
AKA Christine J. Webster