Oh, my aching back

One more long day working on the harvest.  We started at 6 picking grapes.  We needed to finish them up today as the soil is so dry now the grapes are falling to the ground or else some critter is getting into the grapes and making a mess!  Either way they needed to be picked.  We got four big boxes full and then we sat down and picked them off the stems, washed and weighed them.  We worked until noon and had them about half done and had 24 pounds of just grapes ready to cook.  After dinner we mashed and cooked the grapes for 15 minutes and put them in the fruit press.  We had to do it in two lots as they would not all fit into the press at one time.  We got seven quarts of juice – then I had to add 3 quarts of sugar.  I used just a little less than the last time because there were more purple grapes this time which makes the juice sweeter-  and I saved out one cup to make drinks for us, it is so good and one cup of juice makes a quart of drink.  Then we canned and processed 7 quarts of the sweetened juice concentrate and had almost 2 quarts left to make jelly with tomorrow.  We also got more graped picked and cleans and have 14 pounds already to work up tomorrow after I pick and clean the last that are in the box.  Tomorrow I will pick and clean while Norman goes for his walk and after breakfast we go to McMinnville to the farmer’s market and Walmart where we will get a few more jelly jars.  After dinner we will mash, cook and can the last of the grapes and should have 8 or 9 quarts.  We will not process these until we see how many we need for jelly.  We will hot pack them so they will seal and thus keep for as many days as I need before making jelly, then I will process the remainder for long term storage.  We went down to the garden to see if we need to do tomatoes again and yes by Thursday we need to do more speghetti sauce and some cucumber/onion relish and I found two more very large zuchinni, how I missed those I will never know but I will grate those and freeze them for use in bread and pancakes this winter.  Now it is time to have supper and sit and rest for the evening.  Have a great night.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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