What a Surprise!!

Slept well last night and we were both awake just before 5 so as usual we laid in bed and talked about what we needed to do today.  We agreed we needed to look at the grapes as it seemed as if the few we had left were getting ripe.  Norman went for his walk and I went to the studio and sewed on the girls new dresses and right after breakfast we went to look at the grapes.  Wow!! When we got into them we found they were loaded and most all ripe.  I like to have about a quarter of them green to make jelly as the green ones have more pectin and give the jelly a nice tang.  So we each got a basket and pruning shears and went to work.  We filled three baskets and then set to picking the good grapes off and putting them into the large water bath canner.  There were some that had the black mold disease and those we discarded along with  the stems, keeping only the good grapes.  I didn’t get 25% green ones but pretty close and there are a few bunches still on the vines which I will get an other day.  We got the canner full to the top of good grapes, then we washed them, mashed them and put them on to cook for ten minutes once it got up to the boil.  Norman got the press out and I helped get the jars ready.  And we loaded the press.  We could only put in half of the hot grapes but got some nice juice from that half.  This is really concentrated juice as I did not put in any water to cook the grapes so when I go to make jelly I will not be able to cook it very long at all before it jells so I will need my jars hot and ready before I start to cook it.  I saved out 3 1/2 quarts to make jelly and will now can in pint jars the juice for breakfasts.  I need to add a little sugar but not much as the grapes were so ripe it juice is quite a bit sweeter than usual, when we open a pint jar of this juice we have to add water to it at a ratio of 1 juice to 4 water.  When we got that first half squeezed down as far as we could without squeezing it out the sides, we left it to drain while we had dinner and now Norman is taking his ten minute nap before we go back down and press the other half.  I can’t do that or I would never get up again.  I can’t nap in the day time, sometimes if I have worked hard I do fall asleep when we stop at 3 for a movie but then I just can’t wake up and be worth a darn.  10 to 15 minutes for Norman refreshes him he is ready to go for the afternoon.  I will not make the jelly today, maybe tomorrow, I’ll keep the juice cold and have it when ever I am ready to make the jelly. The clock just rang so time to empty the press and do another pressing.  I’ll let you know how many jars we got later and show you s couple of the kids outfits.  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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