Summertime

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A lazy July day, summertime at the farm ….

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Enjoying a roll by the grapevines, new grapes are growing well ….

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Sleeping in the sun on the split rail fence, a nice breeze all around ….

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The sunflower has not yet blossomed ….

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The Rose of Sharon is in full bloom ….

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The thistle is done blooming, only it’s prickly leaves are left, creating a unique sight ….

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Talk about creating, it was a good day to make Strawberry Freezer Jam. I have an old-fashioned recipe, would you like it too?  It’s super simple and delicious!

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OLD-FASHIONED FREEZER JAM

3 1/2 cups crushed berries and 1 package Pectin

Slowly stir Pectin in with berries and let set for 30-minutes.

Then add 1 cup light corn syrup and 4 1/2 cups sugar to berries and stir continuously to dissolve sugar.

Put in jars and let sit for a few hours then freeze.

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During the warm and mosquito filled nights, I’ve been inside enjoying movies. Last night I watched Jupiter Ascending. I love a good love story and I wasn’t disappointed. Many modern topics were addressed including genetic engineering and exploiting human beings. The theme of the movie was about certain elite humans looking out for their own health, happiness, and longevity by harvesting (killing) other humans to meet the needs of the elite ones. The heroine of the movie was appalled at that practice, interceded for humans, and even offered to sacrifice her own life so others would live.

Isn’t that an interesting parallel to what is happening in the news lately? Where fetuses (helpless human beings) are being used for their body parts by those in power (elite living). I hope a “Jupiter” comes to their rescue and stops this harvest of human beings.

In the winter I tend to hibernate but in the summer there is so much time to consider a variety of life’s nuances – the simple things and the more complex ones.  It’s summertime, lovely, lazy, buggy summertime.

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