I woke early this morning and decided to take advantage of the facts that (a) the air felt cool and the sun hadn’t hit our front yard yet and (b) no one had to be anywhere early, so there was no rush to shower and get gone — I headed out front to get the potted plants watered and the birdbaths topped off, and I decided to wet down the carrots so I could get them pulled up.
Several weeks ago my hubby pulled about the same amount from the back yard garden — we ended up with lots of carrots in our spring garden! Sadly, since the time we originally planted them, I’ve figured out, through an elimination diet and food challenge, that some of the intense pain I’ve been experiencing the past year-and-a-half to two years has been related to my body not handling oxalates in food properly. (More info about oxalates can be found HERE.) Carrots contain more oxalates than my body can tolerate in one food for the time being, so they’re out of my diet until . . . well, I guess until I can eat them even in a small amount without causing my body pain. Ironically, most of the things we planted this spring ended up being things that are higher in oxalate, so our fall garden will focus on low-oxalate foods. In the meantime, there are lots of dehydrated and lots of blanched veggies in our freezer to contribute to some yummy stews, soups, and side dishes for the rest of my family! It’s so very nice to not need to go into the produce department at the grocery store. I hope we’re able to keep this up nearly year-round, if not completely year-round.
I found the perfect little round mirror to fill the empty spot above our telephone table.
It was 50% off at Hobby Lobby, so I paid a whopping $10 for it! It’s hard to see in the photo, but it’s faux-distressed to give the appearance of an undercoat of red . . . which ties it in nicely with the plant’s pot and the fabric covering the telephone table.
I like that the black frame of the mirror ties it to the rest of the framed things on that wall. I’d looked at a couple different rectangle-shaped things to hang or prop there, but I kept being drawn back to the round mirror . . . and now that it’s hanging there, I’m pleased I opted for it because I think it’s more visually-interesting than if I’d put yet another rectangle-shaped something on the wall.
There are several places in our house that I find my eye drawn to throughout the day, and this is one of them. I’m still on the hunt for something interesting-to-the-eye to fill some of the empty space beneath that table, but there’s no rush to get that done — I prefer to add a little, live with it a while, add a little more or shift things around, live with it a little while, and so on. I like for it to never be totally complete!