Quick Report!

Just a quick up date on progress here on the farm.  The day started at 5 a.m. with Norman taking his walk and me chopping onions and garlic for the spaghetti sauce.  Breakfast at 7 and right to work on 50 pounds of tomatoes.  I went to the garden just before breakfast and got a basket of pepper, three different kinds for the salsa.  Norman blanched the tomatoes and I started peeling them and cutting them up, then he joined me until we had all 50 pounds either on the stove cooking to in the pot for the salsa.  By 10:30 we were ready for break while the spaghetti sauce cooked a little more.  Then it was time to get the first load in the pressure canner before dinner.  Guess what we had for dinner today!!  Spaghetti of course and it was good.  I love the Mariana spaghetti sauce; so that is all I make now.  After dinner we finished processing 17 quarts of spaghetti sauce, four quarts of tomato juice and 7 pints of salsa.   While I timed the salsa which was a water bath, Norman  went down to the garden to change the Mint-X bags.  They seem to be working and as long as they do we will change them every 5 days.  Tomorrow we will pick a couple ears of corn. I think they are ready and so far no raccoons and that is great since we live on Raccoon Trail so we have to figure it is the mint-X bags .   Tomorrow I have to pick the green beans and can those, pick the aid blackberries, juice those and add it to the almost a quart of juice that I have and make jelly.  Then if there is time I will take a quart of grape juice from last year and make some grape jelly.  We have three quarts of juice left and because the grapes are not as plentiful this year we will use these last three quarts to make jelly for this year instead of having it for breakfast as we have done all spring.  Now we can use the tomato juice for breakfast.    Pancakes are fir supper and I need to get started with those so 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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