Another hot day, glad we had lots to do inside.  I started at 6 am and got the last of the grapes cleaned, washed and weighed.  Today we had 18 pounds to do  That made 61 pounds in all from our grape vines this year, plus the few I took to help make the raspberries jell.  Right after breakfast we went into McMinnville, we stopped at the farmer’s market and got a mellon for breakfasts, then went to Lowes to get the wood to make the cross bars for the new grape arbors, then went to Walmart, did a little shopping and got the half jelly jars for Christmas presents and one more case of jelly jars.  We got home about 10:30, had a coffee break and went to work slicing cucumbers and onions for cucumber pickle relish.  I salted and iced the sliced cucumbers and we had some speghetti for dinner.  It was the last batch I made and it is good but quite different.  I put in some lemon juice to help keep the tomatoes red and it worked but I think I got just a little too much lemon as you can taste it and when you put in a spice or herb you should not be able to taste it.  Oh, well still good.  After dinner I mixed up the brine for the relish and put the grapes on to cook.  I rinsed the cucumbers and onions, added the brine and cooked for 15 minutes then we canned those and got 7 pints.  By then the grapes were pressed and ready to measure the juice and add sugar.  I got 5 and 1/2 quarts of juice this time.  We jared that up and processed it in the water bath and finally at 3:30 we were done.  Tomorrow we have to can tomatoes again and Friday I will take some of the grape juice and make jelly.  Each jar of grape juice will make a gallon of juice or 8 jars of grape jelly so we have enough juice to go around the world so no problem making all the jelly the family can use.   Have a great day.

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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