Today we used the last 50 pounds of tomatoes and made 15 1/2 quarts of marinara spaghetti sauce. This makes 400 pounds of tomatoes we have canned this year and I think that is enough so everyone will get some sauce. We even had one jar for dinner today. You would think that after all the tomatoes we have worked up we would never want to look at another tomato but that isn’t the case. We make a wonderful sauce and we still love the spaghetti. A quart jar makes two meals for us so we will have the other half jar next week. When we finished the last load which was 1 quart of sauce, one pint of sauce and 4 quarts of tomato juice, we went out to check the beans and found there are quite a few here in the kitchen garden and then Norman found the beans in the big garden really need to be picked. I didn’t think we would get any beans down there as some thing has been eating them but it turned out they were eating the green leaves on the top of the plants and they were all blooming so the beans kept growing and are now large enough to harvest so tomorrow we will pick and can all the beans we can find. I guess we will run out of jar to can in before we run out of things to can. It has to come to an end some time doesn’t it?
Now it will be the task of cleaning up the gardens and get them ready for their winter’s rest. My flower gardens all need weeding and the raspberries need pruning. We looked into moving the clothes line so that we would let the raspberries expand out to that space. That would be great for the raspberries but we can’t really find any place to move the lines to. SOOO I guess I will have to cut the raspberries back and get them out of the clothes line. That is only the beginning of the clean up but we have over two months to do the job so it should not be too bad and any work we do now we won’t have to do as much when we get back home in March. 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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