Late Christmas Presents

I never got my canning done in time for Christmas but now am done!  Sunday Tom and Roxanne are coming here for lunch and then taking us to the Play at the local Play House to see the play “Wrong Window”.  That was our Christmas present from them.  We have always given them a case of our home made spaghetti sauce but with the move here in Aug we didn’t get that done before we moved but now we have them done.  We finished four cases of quarts tomato sauce for the kids and 36 pints for us plus this week we got a bushel of green beans canned.  Becca likes the green beans and so do we.  Monday I went to the Easy street farmer’s market and ordered a bushel of green beans and Tuesday and Wednesday we got them all cut and canned.  We put them up in pints and got 41 pints.  I love that market, their prices are so good and they go out of their way to get you what you need at a good price.  I always get my grapefruit there 10 for one dollar and I always get my blueberries there also.  The blueberries have been any where from $3.00 a pint, then down to 2 pints for $5.00 and last week they were $2.00 a pint.  Monday when I ordered my beans I got 4 pints of the blueberries for $10 and froze half of them.  Tuesday they had a new shipment in and they were .99 cents a pint so I got 6 more pints to freeze and save a pint for Patty.  She was thrilled and said she would like some more and so did I so Thursday I went back and they still had some ( I can’t see why they were not all snatched up) so I got 14 more pints.  I saved out two pints for us for our oatmeal this week and 2 pints for Patty and all the rest are frozen for when the season is over.  Norman takes blueberries every  day for his eyes.  They really work and have saved his eye sight, even the doctors agree they are better than the pills.  I take them also and now Patty does too.  I also have the dried blueberries each day just to make sure I can have blueberries every day all year round.  My blueberries that I am growing on my patio, are coming along great and I should have quite a few when these from Chile are done.  Everyone should plant some blueberry bushes.  Now I need to get cooking for the week end.  Patty and Becca will be here for dinner on Saturday and Tom and Roxanne on Sunday.  We will have sandwiches.  Everyone will make their own so I need to cook and slice roast beef, corned beef and ham.  I have the sauerkraut and cheese.  I have gluten free bread here for Patty and me but today I need to bake a rye bread and a whole wheat bread for the sandwiches.  It will be a fun week end,  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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2 Responses to Late Christmas Presents

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    The last time I looked grapefruit here were $1.50 each. I didn’t buy any! We couldn’t get any cases of oranges and grapefruit in December here and we do miss them.

    • Boy, I wish I could send you some of our grapefruit and oranges. I looked into shipping some but those that are inspected to be shipped out of the state don’t sell for this little and the shipping is awful, half dozen oranges sent in the US cost $25 can you imagine what it would cost to send to Canada!! It would be easier to ship you to Florida for a visit.

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