Canning Again

No matter how many times we decide we are done canning for the year, low and behold we are back at it again.  It has to stop soon as we only have one case of empty jars left.  Earlier last week we picked a bunch of the banana peppers and sliced them, deseeded them and made 4 and a half quarts of banana pickles.  We haven’t tasted them yet as they need to sit for about a week before they get their full flavor .  Today I made two dozen country biscuits  while Norman picked the green beans again.  Then we bottled up 4 and a half quarts of sauerkraut.  This we will leave raw so we have to keep it in the refrigerator because the jars don’t seal unless they are hot but if they are hot they lose some of their goodness so we will eat this before we start another batch.  After dinner I cooked the green beans, I will keep in the refrigerator a weeks worth of beans and freeze the rest which makes about 7 or 8 meals.  The beans keep going, we thought we would be pulling the plants this week but the weather has been perfect for the beans so I guess we will get another picking before we have to pull them.

I have been working on my family tree so don’t have much to show for my work.  however I do have my chart almost done “Norman Petts to Adam and Eve”  There are around 150 generations and I have some 33 left to put on the chart and get the family stories for any generations I could find.  It is fun but now I am looking forward to tracing the Thayer line back as far as I can go.  The first 30 generations are easy, beyond that it gets tricky finding which wife to follow to get into the royal families.  If you don’t get there you come to nothing but dead ends.  Have 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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2 Responses to Canning Again

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol,
    Do you ever use the Geni site for information? I have found some things for my families but there are many mistakes, especially in dates. There are a few changes in the Carver family that I intend to tell you about when I get them done. I have been having a very bad spell of arthritis and haven’t been able to work at it.
    Our beans are all gone but John picked about a cup of peas yesterday. They must be an everlasting kind. We cut up six squash to freeze today. I call it “chiselling” for our food! They were solid. We have more but the coons found the corn.
    Rosemary

    • Hi Rosemary, Sorry you have not been well. I guess arthritis runs in the family. I have had trouble with it for almost 50 years but about ten years ago I met a woman who was 90 and she was the first person in Florida to get polo. She was wheel chair bound and had arthritis, she didn’t like taking the pain pills her doctor had given her so he suggested she eat cherries and she claimed it helped enough that she didn’t have to take the pain pills any more. So I said “What the heck, let’s try it!” I now eat 12 dried cherries every morning and I sleep with a cake of ivory soap on my hip because my hips were still hurting. Between the two I have not had trouble with my arthritis. It does take a while to start working but it worth trying.
      Let me know if you ever find a way to keep the coons away from your corn. We tried several things but none of worked so we just had to share sou corn with them. I look forward to the correction on the Carver tree. I will change them when you have the time to get them to me. I have never used the Geni site, I had never heard of it, I use Ancestry.com.
      Carol

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