Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. -Found on a headstone in Ireland

Tuesday marks one year since Joe’s dad has died.  It seems unreal to think that we have lived a year of our lives without John.  I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a day in this past year that I haven’t thought of him.  Most of the thoughts make me smile first, which if you knew him fits perfectly.  Often after the smile disappears though, there is a deep sadness because he is gone.  It doesn’t stay for long, but it is there.  Right now, that sadness is staying a little longer.

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Salem Harvest! A great organization doing great things!

We are lucky to live in a such a beautiful state with so many wonderful opportunities for finding fresh, local produce.  Taelin and I have picked strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries this summer and after eating our fill, have frozen the rest to use throughout the year.  Fall will soon be here soon enough and apple trees will be drooping with their juicy fruit which means apple cider doughnuts and pie…and homemade applesauce.  But I will admit that every year since living here, I have noticed when driving past orchards on the way to pick up pumpkins that there were hundreds of apples just rotting away and thought about what a waste it was.
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