A Day of Rest, HA HA

Yesterday I picked green beans again and got quite a nice batch.  We canned 4 quarts and save out some for dinners the next couple of days.  Our canner holds 7 quarts so we scraped the last of the small potatoes and canned 4 more quarts of those.  There were quite a few more than we had room for in the canner and have put those into the refrigerator to have for dinners for the next week.  To can potatoes you have to scrape them and blanch them by boiling them for ten minutes before putting them into the jars so that means the potatoes I save out are half cooked which gives me a leg up on dinners next week.  Then in the afternoon I canned four quarts of bread and butter pickles so it turned out to be a busy day which was fine because I knew today was Sunday and we agreed to take it easy today.  Well I found I really need to pick the blueberries.  It took a lot longer than I thought, I got 6 quarts and then it was time for breakfast.  After breakfast I picked the raspberries and got a pint.  Then I wrote my letters and got dinner.  After dinner I juiced the raspberries and now have a quart of juice and then I cleaned and froze the blueberries.   I have a one gallon bag full and another half full and the berries are just starting to get ripe so I will get a lot more.  I will be lucky to get another cup of raspberries and then I will make jelly from all the juice.  I then stole a few minutes to get a little stitching in and finally decided to rest about 3:30.  Joe called and we had a nice visit and the day was done.  I did call Hawhes in Dunlap and they said they should have canning tomatoes by tomorrow so if they do we will go down and get four boxes ( 100 pounds) and get the first batch of spaghetti sauce canned.  We usually can about 125 quarts and would like to do the same this year so want t get as early a start as we can.  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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