A Forced Rest

Things never go the way you plan.  We had planned to get our tomatoes on Sunday so we could start canning first thing Monday morning but they didn’t have any canning tomatoes on Sunday.  So today we started in the garden.  There were some tomatoes ready so we decided to make salsa and go for tomatoes after dinner when the new shipment usually comes in.  We made and canned 9 1/2 pints of salsa and made 5 pints of pickled vegetables  and then called about getting the tomatoes and no luck, they did not get any today.  I have no idea why not, maybe it was because of the storm that was headed this way  I sure hope so I don’t want it to be a down turn in the crop I still need three hundred more pounds of tomatoes.    The pickles I did make today came about when I read you can pickle any vegetable not just cucumbers so I tried a variety of ones I thought looked like good pickling  vegetables.  I used leeks, green beans, Swiss chard stems, and peppers.  These are things I have quite a bit of and with this canning I will know which ones taste the best.  I’ll keep you posted after they have a chance to age some.  While I was in the garden this morning I took time to weed the Swiss Chard and the new yellow squash plants.  Norman stayed down there until break to weed the new corn and beans and that is where he is now.  I am afraid he will be there the rest of the week as the weeds have taken over the garden.  They seem to grow faster this time of the year and I can’t seem to get ahead of them.   The beans in the kitchen garden are all blossomed and starting to grow little beans.  They are doing great and I think if they continue as well as they are growing now we will have all the beans we can handle and won’t need the beans and corn in the big garden anyways.  All in all it has has been a great  season.

I did do some sewing this morning and hope to cut out another school dress for Gina this afternoon.  So I had best get to work.  Have a good 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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3 Responses to A Forced Rest

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I think I would run away if I had to process 300 more pounds of tomatoes!! You brave woman!!

    • I got 100 pounds of tomatoes today and we will have them all made into sauce and canned in two days. Then there is just two more weeks and we will be done with tomatoes. We put down another crock full of sauerkraut and this batch we will try an can when it is ready. the first batch we put in jars and keep it in the refrigerator until we use it all. The kids took liked it so if the canning works next year we will do lots more for everyone.

  2. Johne381 says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that Thanks for lunch! kgdkgdgagfbe

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