BLESSING & BRAINSTORMING

The goats go to church!  Curious dogs

And curious kids

Blessings

A longtime friend of ours who goes to Church of the Ascension in the quaint town of Sierra Madre invited us and the goats to come to her church on Sunday. Goats at church?  Happens that the teenagers were raising funds for Heifer International and were going to celebrate their raising funds to purchase 8 goats during the Blessing of the Animals.  One of the parishioners commented, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have goats?”  Happens that my longtime knitting mentor, who’s like a second grandma to us, said, “I know someone who has goats!”

The congregation really loved having the goats there. It was certainly a treat for everyone, including the goats. Keep up the great work there! Congrats on your raising enough for 8 goats from Heifer International.

Brainstorming

Later on that day, we had a dinner meeting the the folks at C.I.C.L.E. to hash over a ‘Harvest’ themed collaborative event that will be happening in November.  Over homemade pizza with homegrown toppings and homegrown green beans we hashed out details of the event.

Afterwards we got into deep discussion over the economic situation and what the future will hold for us during these hard times.

We even spilled the beans on an upcoming project of ours that’s a been a longtime coming.   One senses an uncertainty and urgency in people’s tone these days. So much work that needs to be done and no time to waste!

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Comments(14)

  1. Susy says:

    So much work that needs to be done and no time to waste!

    Is right, I’ve been working sun-up to sun-down to preserve food for Mr Chiots and I for the winter, we’ve added 240sq ft of garden space and a bunch of blueberry bushes and fruit trees to our gardens this year hoping to make us a little less dependent on the global food chain. We found local sources for dairy, wheat, and meat.

    It is a lot of work, but it keeps the mind & the body young & healthy I think. No need for mindless entertainment anymore! I’d rather spend an evening canning a month’s worth of beans than watching some terrible show anyways.

  2. Susy says:

    So much work that needs to be done and no time to waste!

    Is right, I’ve been working sun-up to sun-down to preserve food for Mr Chiots and I for the winter, we’ve added 240sq ft of garden space and a bunch of blueberry bushes and fruit trees to our gardens this year hoping to make us a little less dependent on the global food chain. We found local sources for dairy, wheat, and meat.

    It is a lot of work, but it keeps the mind & the body young & healthy I think. No need for mindless entertainment anymore! I’d rather spend an evening canning a month’s worth of beans than watching some terrible show anyways.

  3. Andrea says:

    So much work that needs to be done and no time to waste!

    Ditto ditto ditto.

    Our gardening/canning has slowed down a bit for the season, but I find that I’m a nervous wreck if I don’t have *something* to work on. So aprons and Halloween costumes it is!

    We too have expanded our empire…adding fruit trees and bushes, a small strawberry patch and last night, a flock of chickens. Yay!

  4. Andrea says:

    So much work that needs to be done and no time to waste!

    Ditto ditto ditto.

    Our gardening/canning has slowed down a bit for the season, but I find that I’m a nervous wreck if I don’t have *something* to work on. So aprons and Halloween costumes it is!

    We too have expanded our empire…adding fruit trees and bushes, a small strawberry patch and last night, a flock of chickens. Yay!

  5. KK says:

    Work and more work, just trying to keep up with all the figs, tomatoes, and peppers still coming out of our summer garden. I’ve about run out of freezer space, and will do more canning this week of tomato sauces, and I think I’ll try pickling some peppers….With all the financial melt-downs occurring globally, I still feel very vulnerable and inadequate…can we really survive on the food-stuffs I’m preserving now? If the trucks that bring in all the far-away milks and meats and flours stop coming, can we really feed ourselves adequately? These are the anxieties….And yet, I still have to do it because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve committed myself to this, and I hate to see food waste…By the way Mr. President and Treasury Sec. and Fed, Reserve Chairman: The Depression has already arrived.

  6. KK says:

    Work and more work, just trying to keep up with all the figs, tomatoes, and peppers still coming out of our summer garden. I’ve about run out of freezer space, and will do more canning this week of tomato sauces, and I think I’ll try pickling some peppers….With all the financial melt-downs occurring globally, I still feel very vulnerable and inadequate…can we really survive on the food-stuffs I’m preserving now? If the trucks that bring in all the far-away milks and meats and flours stop coming, can we really feed ourselves adequately? These are the anxieties….And yet, I still have to do it because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve committed myself to this, and I hate to see food waste…By the way Mr. President and Treasury Sec. and Fed, Reserve Chairman: The Depression has already arrived.

  7. Laurie says:

    I’m feeling nervous too, but that just makes me work harder! Really, there’s nothing like taking action to make you feel more secure in hard times. We brought in our hops (6 gallon freezer bags packed full), harvested sweet potatoes, canned apple sauce, apple jelly, whole kernel corn, salsa verde, salsa amarillo, red pepper sauce, and eggplant dip as well as dried lots of herbs and peppers, all over the past week. I also finished knitting my first pair of socks. Once the garden finishes, we’ll start winterizing the house. Autumn is such a busy time!

  8. Laurie says:

    I’m feeling nervous too, but that just makes me work harder! Really, there’s nothing like taking action to make you feel more secure in hard times. We brought in our hops (6 gallon freezer bags packed full), harvested sweet potatoes, canned apple sauce, apple jelly, whole kernel corn, salsa verde, salsa amarillo, red pepper sauce, and eggplant dip as well as dried lots of herbs and peppers, all over the past week. I also finished knitting my first pair of socks. Once the garden finishes, we’ll start winterizing the house. Autumn is such a busy time!

  9. Glynis says:

    That is just fantastic that the congregation let the animals IN the church!
    We are having our Blessing of the Animals a week late, and I can only hope that some of our parishioners and neighborhood friends bring their goats, chickens and llama! Yep, we have neighborhood llamas!

    In light of harder times, my neighbors announced their goal to also remove their front yard lawn and create a vegetable garden. Harder times yes, but exciting times too!

  10. Glynis says:

    That is just fantastic that the congregation let the animals IN the church!
    We are having our Blessing of the Animals a week late, and I can only hope that some of our parishioners and neighborhood friends bring their goats, chickens and llama! Yep, we have neighborhood llamas!

    In light of harder times, my neighbors announced their goal to also remove their front yard lawn and create a vegetable garden. Harder times yes, but exciting times too!

  11. gerry medland says:

    It is during these times that I am so thankful to remember my Creator and give daily thanks for the gift of life given to me.That we are ‘living in critcal times,hard to deal with’ there is no doubt,not just on an economic front,it seems that the ‘core values’ of life are eroded daily,however,it is a prime responsibility of all who recognise that we have so much ability within,to address these times and dig as deep as is neccesary ‘within’ to meet these challenging times,always remembering the original mandate back in the first garden,’to carry out a responsible stewardship’of all that we have placed in our care!
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers,
    blessings to all,
    gerry m x
    UK

  12. gerry medland says:

    It is during these times that I am so thankful to remember my Creator and give daily thanks for the gift of life given to me.That we are ‘living in critcal times,hard to deal with’ there is no doubt,not just on an economic front,it seems that the ‘core values’ of life are eroded daily,however,it is a prime responsibility of all who recognise that we have so much ability within,to address these times and dig as deep as is neccesary ‘within’ to meet these challenging times,always remembering the original mandate back in the first garden,’to carry out a responsible stewardship’of all that we have placed in our care!
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers,
    blessings to all,
    gerry m x
    UK

  13. redclay says:

    The Dervaes family has mentioned many times that the Victory Gardens of WWII were not only productive (in food production) but also helpful mentally as an opportunity to feel more in control during uncertain times. The same things are true today.

    My neighbor saw me out breaking some new ground in my back yard and told me about his thoughts of planting out his whole side-yard. I had been planning this expansion for a long time but it seems more opportune given the circumstances.

  14. redclay says:

    The Dervaes family has mentioned many times that the Victory Gardens of WWII were not only productive (in food production) but also helpful mentally as an opportunity to feel more in control during uncertain times. The same things are true today.

    My neighbor saw me out breaking some new ground in my back yard and told me about his thoughts of planting out his whole side-yard. I had been planning this expansion for a long time but it seems more opportune given the circumstances.

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