I feel an immense sense of achievement when I can say that to myself, I'm on track. I'm on track for December. On track for Christmas, on track for school holidays, on track for the garden.
Of course, I could be slightly more on track, if that's such a thing, (are you either on or off? Is there a midway point?) I could have more Christmas shopping done, sent off dozens of hand made cards, organised a school holiday vacation, heck I could have even put up a Christmas tree. Luckily there's still time to organise some of that.
However let's focus on what I have done shall we? And that is made a start on making gifts, made an advent calendar and filled it with treats, and planted a modest summer garden of cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis and beans that's well underway. But most importantly, I've been there for my tired busy children who have a hectic schedule as the school year draws to a close. That is as on track as I need to be.
As for making gifts, I'm going through a cordial stage at the moment, vinegary ones to be precise. While a pantry full of jam might languish on the shelf for a season or two, when it comes to homemade cordials, I can barely keep up with the demand. I like to sip a cordial of an evening maybe with a splash of gin, and while we all drink gallons of water, there is something quite refreshing after a hard slog in the garden to sip a homemade cordial in the shade.
Right now, we're on a shrub craze, an old fashioned cordial made with equal parts fruit, sugar and vinegar. There's loads of recipes around on the web, but I'm loving the one from the Do Preserve book, made of Strawberry and Mint, which are both flourishing in the garden right now.
So I can add that to my on track list, and feel smug about my shrub, made from homegrown strawberries and mint from the garden.
How about you? Are you on track?