Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I turn into a lunatic when it gets too hot.  I don’t know about you, but I always find August dreadful.  It is dreadful.  The only good thing about August is the nice contrast that it gives Fall.  It’s almost worth being so vapid and deflated after autumn begins to whittle thru the mugginess and then breaks out in vibrant colors and restorative cuffs of cool sharp breathable air.  I’m looking forward to that.


Look what I made:


Picture by Ryann


Peach Jam.  I don’t know what it is with our peach and plum trees… for the last three years they wouldn’t give us a thing, but now, all of a sudden they’re making piles and piles.  The peach trees still need help; they have some sort of blight.  The fruit doesn’t look good on the outside, but the inside is excellent, and my family has declared this peach jam their all time favorite.  For a spiritual application to the real life fruit anecdote, see James chapter 2


Ok, in other news, uh, I don’t think I have any news.  This last week has been a real dragger.  Although I did finish Wives and Daughters – I liked it.  And now I’m reading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot.  I am not quite smart enough to read George Eliot, but I’m getting thru it, and now that the plot is in full twirl, I’m really enjoying it quite a bit.  Moonstone came in the mail yesterday.  I’m supposed to get Moonshine, tomorrow.  J/K …but I bet I could make moonshine now that I’m an almost real life homestead farmgirl.  And then I could sell the moonshine to support my book habit.


In randomness… I almost wish I had a tv so I could watch the Olympics.  Gymnastics is the best.


Here Charley, this picture is for you.  Geoff had all the kids on the zip line again last night.  It still scares me when James goes – especially when he does stuff like this:




August 8th, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 24 Comments

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  1. Kim W said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Soooo…you ARE on your way up I-75 coming straight to my house w/that jam…right? Right? Hey! (knocking on ‘puter screen!)…RIGHT?!?!

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<

  2. chickadee said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Stop wishing my summer away! after fall comes winter. winter can wait.

  3. Angela said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Wow, that looks fun! I’m with you, I hate it when its really hot, miserable! I guess thats why I love spring and fall-no extremes!


  4. jenig said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Kim, if you come down HERE i’ll give you as much as you want! : P

  5. Crystal said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Ah, I too am suffering through an intesnse summer melt-down. I think the heat index today is close to 110. This has been a great way to stress to the babies what a HUGE blessing a/c is. I think they take it for granted, as I probably do most of the time. I’ve considered turning it off one day so they can see the difference, but it’s dangerously hot here. Stay cool, and feel free to ship some jelly if you need to get some off of your hands!

  6. Charley said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Aw, Alaska’s perfect – 68 during the day. 🙂 Nice looking jam there – since we’re still waiting for our plum, you can just throw some peach in with our shipment.

    James is a lil stud. It looks like he’s eating a leaf – mini-baboon style. You should let your computer have 30 minutes and email us some bigger versions of the pictures. Thanks for sharing!! We love you guys!

  7. Jess said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Awww.. I miss that kookie kid. how bouts you throw James in with that shipment too? And I’ve been pumped about watching the olympics all week. I can’t wait for the opening ceremony tonight. Gymnastics is my favorite event too- along with baseball. Wish you could come over and watch it with me.

    love you, my groovy sista

    ps your jam sure looks perty.

    pps no moonshine for you. you’re loopy enough as it is.


  8. Deedeeuk said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    We do have a TV and we never turn it on in the daytime -AT ALL! However… we watched the ENTIRE opening ceremony of the Olympics live from China. It was really cool and we learned quite alot about China from the program.

    Then we did a REALLY homeschooly thing……we got out the map of the world and found every one of the 204 countries as they were anounced in the parade of athletes!!!! Seriously! I think we just covered geography for the whole year in just five hours! LOL!

    PS – Do NOT let you kiddos show my boys that trick with the zipline harness or else I’m not bringing them to your house in January!!!!! :o)

  9. Tami said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    You better watch out, Jen. You will have some revenuer’s out there to shut down the moonshine. 😉

    Your peach jam looks yummy! And I am NOT going to show my boys that pic of King James. No, sireeeeeee! They will want to DO IT, too. LOLOLOL

    Enjoy the rest of the summer! Fall will be here before you know it!!!


  10. Heather said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    It seems your year has been full of all kinds of blessings chica..including your fruit trees! If you DO head up I-75 to Kim’s…must drop a jar off for me too (wink)!! Now if she does happen to head down there to Tennessee, I’ll give her the money for a jar or two!! ha ha ha!
    Your boy looks like he’s having a blast!! Ziplines are awesome!

  11. Emily said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    your sweet sister visited my blog. And by her comment…how in the world can you stand having her so far away from you? She’s a peach.

    (get my pun? She’s a peach…peach jam….)
    okay, I’m a dork.

  12. jenig said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    hahahaha, i like it emily — you’re right, she’s tres’ peachy!

  13. Debbie Corley said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Your jam looks yummy!

  14. Gayle W. said,

    on August 9th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Oh man, I am so coming to your house to ride that zip line. Just so you know. 😉

    Oh, and I think you can watch the Olympics on the internet from the NBC website if you really want to.

  15. Marsha said,

    on August 9th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I am so proud of you my farmy friend! (and I mean that in a nice way instead of the bad way, which would be smells like a farm friend).

    The peach jam looks YUMMY. I *heart* peach jam! I meant to make blueberry jam earlier this summer but then got lazy and just froze them all in baggies instead. Ah well, there’s always next year to make jam, plant a garden, learn to play the fiddle…

    Charley is cool. Tell him and Jess to come put a zip line up for me too. I’ll even let them be the first to ride it.

  16. Michelle said,

    on August 9th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    ROFL at that photo of James!
    My kids are all viewing it saying,
    “COOL! I want to do that!!!”

    That jam looks spectacular, too!


  17. Kim W said,

    on August 9th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    You are SUCH a goof-ball! lol Ty was standing by me when I read your comment on my blog. When he saw the “Fledder” he said, “You are NEVER going to live that down!” lol I guess he’s right! I told him he should have been there.

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<

  18. Spunky said,

    on August 9th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Fall seemd like it was here today. The weather was a glorious mid ’70’s with a breeze for most of the day. And to just to make the most of it, I spent the day in the park, drinking Starbucks with Steve and Kristin. The rest of the kiddos were at grandma’s. Sorry you’re sweating, but when we’re knee deep in snow and you’re planting your petunias you’ll be glad once again that you live in Tennessee.

    P.S. Peach jam is Steve’s favorite. If you have too much and Kim W. doesn’t snatch the mail truck on the way to Detroit, you can send a few jars my way.

  19. Kim W said,

    on August 9th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Whoops! I mean…FLEDDER!

  20. Jill said,

    on August 10th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Okay, I must know. What state are you from? I’m a Yankee transplant living in AR and I can totally relate to your sense of humor. Not that Southern folks aren’t funny, there’s just something about a Yank.


  21. Melissa said,

    on August 10th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I’m not smart enough for George Eliot either. At least, I don’t want to put forth the effort. I read Silas Marner and… the name of the other one just slipped my mind. I just skimmed through to follow the plot on what interested me and skipped the political parts. Enjoy Moonstone!

    Note to Ryan: I like how you composed the picture of the jam –the angle rather than straight on.

  22. Brandi said,

    on August 10th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Mmmm…your peach jam looks delectable!


  23. stacy buice said,

    on August 11th, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Love reading about your fam.. let’s keep in touch.
    you know we live close now.. we should get together!!
    🙂 Take Care

  24. Stacey said,

    on August 11th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Hi Jen,

    My girls and I just got back from a wonderful Christian camp/conference center near Mountain City. I told the owners I’d tell you about it, since you know so many people. The camp is called Cherokee Cove, and the owners are Stu and Sam Stephens. They have a heart for the family and God’s order in it. Here’s the link in case you’re interested in checking them out:

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