More Canning

It has been a busy week canning.  The gardens look pretty empty but when I go out to pick what there is ready I find my baskets full.  I got ripe tomatoes for salsa and processed a batch of that, then I got some green tomatoes and made some green tomatoes relish and did some more dill spears.  I put together Thursdays green beans and todays and we got 7 quarts of green beans done.  Now I have 20 quarts and 27 pints on the shelf.  The few beans that survived in where the corn was is giving me some beans each day I pick and the first two rows are going around for the second or third time.  Remember the deer got in and ate the tops off all those plants, well they have grown new tops and are in full bloom now so I am getting quite a few beans from there.  I also got some from the kitchen garden as those are starting to develop now.  I will get more and more each day from those and now the beans in the old potato bed are in bloom so next week I’ll be picking from there too.  So with a month more to go here I may just get my hundred jars of beans.

I called down to Dunlap where I get my tomatoes to can and found they are running ten dollars a 25 pound box.  I had hoped for eight dollars as they were last year but they can’t keep as many on hand as they did last year because of the awful heat wave so I guess we will have to just bite the bullet and order six boxes so I can get some spaghetti sauce done before we leave here.

I think the humming bird babies are all out of the nests now because we have five or six around each feeder all day.  They go through about a quart and a half of sugar water every day now.  I love to watch them.  They must be all the same family as there are 5 or 6 sitting on the perch of the feeder all eating at the same time and they don’t do that when they first get here.  Time to take a nap, I had an early start this morning and just finished so I am tired.  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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