Finished the Tomatoes

Started at 5:30 today and finally got to sit down and put my feet up at 3 p.m.  While Norman was out for his walk I cut up the onions, garlic and celery and measure the herbs.  Right after breakfast we went to work on the other three boxes of tomatoes and so far have canned and processed 21 quarts.  There is still 3 or 4 more quarts to do as well as four quarts of tomato juice and those will be processed as soon as the canner cools enough to open it.  Another long day but very rewarding.  In past years my back really hurt doing this job but this year I have my shoes that Shanti sent me and with those on I have had almost no back trouble – So, Thanks again Shanti!!  While this load was being timed by Norman I went to the kitchen garden and got almost a gallon bag full of green beans.  The row is short and the germinations was not that great but the plants that did come up are producing well.  Now I won’t have to pick those tomorrow morning.  When Norman goes out for his walk I will go down to the lower garden and pick the beans there and after breakfast we will can all I get.  Either Sunday or Monday the grapes will be ready to pick.  There needs to be about 20 to 25% green ones to make good jelly so I watch them closely and it looks like they are almost there.  I need to check the cucumbers also and if there are some on the vines I will make a few more jars of Dill Pickles.  Next week one day I need to get some green tomatoes from the lower garden and make one more batch of green tomato relish.  I never make enough of that.   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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