When is it clutter and when is it abundance? It's abundance when you have a bounty of apricots all over your kitchen. Today I thought I would share a lighter side of clutter - a side I'm experiencing while attracting more abundance in my life as well as striving to clear clutter.
As I'm writing this, I'm waiting for my dear husband to arrive back from the local hardware store to bring me much needed supplies for dealing with these delectable delights. In fact, this hardware store was originally known for all things needed to run an orchard in what is now known as Silicon Valley.
You see, we have a "mini orchard". Eight trees - some of which provide abundantly while others need coaxing and nurturing. Last year both the plum and apricot trees produced abundantly. This year the plums were scarce, but there are copious amounts of apricots.
The timing for ripening fruit is always challenging - at least for me - to be able to handle all that comes in such a short period of time. Hence the need for canning and preserving supplies. I've been drying the crop for about two weeks, but now I can't fit them all into my dryer in a timely enough manner so I don't have rotting fruit everyplace.
Most years we give these bountiful fruits to friends, neighbors, co-workers and the mailman since the fruit has always ripened in such a way to be distributed easily throughout the season. Not the case this year. This year we have so much I can't find enough people to give it away. Even the local food bank isn't benefitting as it is closed on weekends.
Now I am faced with having it rot or "putting up." I haven't done any canning, freezing or making jams for years. There are several reasons for this. One, I belong to an association that usually meets over the 4th of July weekend, which strangely enough seems to be when many fruits hit their peak so I haven't been physically around or able to do anything about it.
Another reason, in the past we haven't had a kitchen. Remember, we've been doing a green remodel for almost 8 years - 5 years of which we were existing with minimal kitchen facilities. Before that, either one or both of us were experiencing health issues and survival was the focus, not fruit. And before that, we didn't have "the orchard!"
So here I am trying to figure out what to do with all these apricots, when I discover some misbeliefs and new information in my relationship with my husband. Now remember, this is my second husband, but we have been together for 20 years.
He's never had homemade canned apricots, he didn't know I knew how to can anything and he likes apricot jam. For some reason I didn't think he liked anything but strawberry or pear jam. The pear jam is the reason we have a pear tree in our orchard. The jam needs to be made with BIG CHUCKS of pears.
Yesterday I froze 6 quarts of apricots and dried 3 racks. Dried apricots are a favorite of the grandsons. They are going to be really pleased all winter long as I have four large containers so far. They know they can snack on dried fruit and know where it's located. Even the now 3-year-old, when he was 18-months-of-age, discovered where the munchie morsels of dried fruits are stored and how to get to them.
So when is it Feng Shui clutter and when is it Feng Shui abundance? It's Feng Shui abundance when the fruits of mother nature and the fruits of our labor combine to make good Feng Shui chi - as well as good pies, cakes and cookies from homemade canned, jammed and dried apricots. Bon appetite!