When You Do Things …

… things get done!


{Little “Lazer” – as he is nicknamed – is getting so big and just enjoying this lovely summer of ours.}


I read that statement somewhere last night and thought – aha! Amen and amen! So boldly practical and so true!

I also recall hearing lovely advice from a mother of nine a few years ago – when I had four children or so. I asked her how she handles everything, gets everything done.


Her reply …

“If you see something that needs to be done, just do it.”


If a drawer is messy and needs cleaning, make time to clean it.
Pick up the stray toy before you step on it.
Keep floors clean.
Weedy pathways don’t weed themselves, nor do garden beds.
Help or instruct your child to clean under the bed when you find out they have been stuffing their (clean) laundry there for the past week.
Put laundry away as soon as it is cleaned.
Prep or make dinner in the morning.
Get stuff done.


Now as a mom of soon-to-be-eight, I think that is wonderful advice!

Just do things. Everyday.

Granted, there are times when you can’t just stop life and clean out the junk drawer or throw aside your schedule to tackle the untidy basement. And there are days your children desperately need you to put aside that to-do list and focus on their needs at hand. But many times, these projects can be accomplished together – mother and child or as a family.
If something needs doing, and it bugs you enough, you’ll get it done.

When you do things, things get done.

There are some pesky projects on my to-do list before baby arrives. Projects that are not as enjoyable as, let’s say, canning. 🙂 {Yes, canning is enjoyable!}

It always seems to be the same list before a baby shows up – tidy up the pantry, clean up the Provision Room, organize the two closets we have in our house (I am so glad we don’t have more for the simple reason of organizing them constantly!) two bedrooms that need fresh painting, and yes, Lord willing, tidying up the basement … oh, and let’s not forget homeschool planning and cleaning up the school room with new markers, paints, glue sticks, etc. {but who am I kidding? That part is fun indeed!}. There’s more to do but I am keeping my goals low as I don’t have much time left before baby arrives.

The garden is starting to pick up a bit now so there is the canning and produce to preserve, as well. August will certainly fly by.

{See this lovely stove picture below? My father in law spotted it for sale locally for a great deal and told my husband about it. Abby promptly purchased the used propane stove which was an answer to prayers! As you know, I cook with wood only so it can be quite, well, HOT, for the summer months of cooking. This propane stove answered my prayers! Abby set it up just outside my kitchen door on our back patio (my summer kitchen) and I can cook and bake and can away all while being outside. What a treat!}

This morning, before the girls came for breakfast, I was able to hang out the laundry and clean out one kitchen cupboard that has generally been very untidy and unorganized for quite a while. Later, I was able to clean out all my dresser drawers, fill a bag with clothes for the thrift store and tidy up my closet.

The girls and I also picked two bushels of green and yellows beans this morning before the rain fell and we worked together on our peach canning.


Peaches, of course, take priority as they ripen ever so quickly.

And this was a quieter day. It was good to listen to the rain fall, the stillness of the animals before the storm, to just sit and wipe down the many amber jars of peaches that are ready for the Provision Room for another year.

It’s challenging, indeed, to stay on top of everything – gardening, cleaning, organizing, home school preparations, meal cooking and canning, parenting… There are definitely some projects that fall to the wayside and areas of the house that really need a good clean up. I will get to them – as I get to them. I’m doing things, things are getting done and that is good, I think. Progress.

If we do one or two things per day on our list, it won’t take long to cross most of the projects out.

On to canning peaches … I have heard from some of you you have started your peaches. I am grateful for the girls’ help. Sometimes it is faster and quieter to do it myself, but I do want them to learn how to can and put up and help out in the kitchen. Thankfully, we do all our work in our outdoor summer kitchen – we listen to stories on CD while we work and that helps with the children’s willing attitude.


We made peach jam, canned peach slices and made peach pie filling.

{And may I tell you a secret? We do not peel our peaches. It saves a lot of time and energy. My mom does not either. When you can them, the skin just slides off anyways… so if you are not fussy … you can save a big step in the canning process …}


Here is the recipe for the peach pie filling – it is from Canning Granny:

16-20  approximate cups of sliced peaches

4-6 cups of sugar (I always just taste and see how sweet the filling is – canning recipes call for a lot of sugar – you be the judge in this one)

1 Tbsp. Nutmeg (Optional)

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (Optional)

5-6 cups Water

 2 cups Lemon Juice

3 cups ClearJel

If desired, blanch and peel peaches. Quarter and remove pits from peaches.
Combine water, spices, sugar and ClearJel in a large, heavy pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.

Add lemon juice and then fold in peaches and bring up to simmer.

Simmer for 5- 10 minutes until peaches begin to soften and then can immediately.

Can using hot pack method with 1″ of headspace. Processing with a water bath boiling for 30 minutes for quart jars.





What would you like to get done this week?

August 12, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Chipmunk I gave up canning peaches a few years ago because it was so difficult and time consuming to get the peels off. I believe I’ll try it your way!
Your comment to just do a couple of things on the list daily, and to accomplish things as you see them is so encouraging. Since I’ve retired a year ago, my goal has been to get to the place of “keep up, don’t have to catch up.” There is 12 – 15 years of catching up to do, so it’s been a challenge.
Your new stove is an awesome blessing!

August 9, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Jen Heemskerk Again, love all of the canning!! I was wondering if you could send me info on the place you took your children a few years ago with the Aboriginal longhouses? My daughter has shown some interest in Aboriginal teachings/culture. My email is jenheemskerk@gmail.com

August 9, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Gigi Hi Stacy, thank you for your encouragement. I hope your canning is going well!
I have not posted a home tour – it is challenging to do with so many people living in our home. 🙂 Not sure it is as wonderful as some would imagine. Maybe it would be a good winter project …

August 9, 2017 - 6:39 pm

Stacy Hello!!! Love your posts. We are new to canning this year. I love finding inspiration even among the children to care for. Have you ever posted a home tour? I love your style.

August 9, 2017 - 5:37 pm

Gigi Oh, what a shame! The website says they do not ship to Canada. 🙁

August 9, 2017 - 5:31 pm

Gigi Thank you! I have looked at those magazines online but was not sure if they were printed format or ebooks. I will check it again! Thank you for the reminder and great suggestion!

August 9, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Audrey Gleason Gigi, I keep meaning to post this but my abundance of little ones has kept my mind elsewhere lately. I wanted to recommend The Girlhood Home Companion by Remembrance Press for you and your girls. It’s such a lovely magazine and they have several books I’m sure you would enjoy. Growing up, I spent many hours pouring over these. Your girls remind me so much of myself from years gone by!
Audrey Gleason

August 9, 2017 - 11:08 am

Gigi Bobbie, you’re so sweet. Glad the recipe will help you out! 🙂
Homeschooling is a whole different story. We do official school from 9-noon from fall to spring. I tried to do summer school (it would be a blessing to spread things out!) but it is too challenging with all our outside projects on the go. CM is our way to school, as well. We use Teaching Textbooks for Math and an online French program but that’s it for online/computer work {for now}. I suppose I should post more about homeschooling – it is such a large subject to cover!

August 9, 2017 - 11:01 am

Our Home of Many Blessings We are so similar it’s like were the same person!! I want to know more about your homeschooling time!When during the day do you fit this in and how long.Do you break it up during the day?Are you guys doing work online or textbooks?We are Charlotte Mason homeschoolers for sure!Just curious during your day when you fit that in.Do you take a summer break time at all also?Thanks so much for the peach recipe!! If been waiting to find something like this.Please don’t ever stop posting!!I love them!

August 8, 2017 - 10:41 pm

Gigi Danessa, it is busy, yes, but we do not go out and about often. I limit my errands and my outings that require me to leave the home – so that leaves my entire day at home. If I have to do an errand, I try to do it before the children need me (ie. grocery shopping at 7 a.m. and back by 8 a.m.). That makes a huge difference. I aim to get up at 5 a.m. – in the winter months, it was earlier but I am sure with a baby coming, I will enjoy snuggling him/her in the cozy mornings and not rush to get out of bed too quickly. I think 5 a.m. is a good time for moms of children – it gives enough time to read the Bible, pray, have a cup of tea/coffee and start the laundry before everyone else is up and needing your attention. 🙂 I try to take a break in the afternoon during nap time, before husband arrives home, so I am not depleted and exhausted. It is my time for tea/reading/blogging and putting my feet up for a bit!
Hope that helps!

August 8, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Danessa Just curious, you seem to get so much done, and must be so busy with 7 kids, what time do you get up in the morning and start in? And by the way, I LOVE your post on canning:)