Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I thought for today's blog I would share some photos of all the hard work I do in my spare time. OK, so it takes up ALL the time that I am not at my day job earning money, or running around with the children... I have to note that hubby has been very helpful in this endeavor so I can't take all the credit here.

Sitting back and looking at these photos makes me think - wow we really do a lot of work to enjoy this tasteful food. We plant, tend, harvest and process it all ourselves.

These are by no means "professional" photos but I do my best. So now sit back and enjoy.

First, we have some pickle relish. I love all the colors in one jar.

Here we have a new jar of peaches canned in a honey sauce. Since everyone is yelling about sugar these days and how honey is more natural, I thought I would try a batch or so and see how they turned out. I have yet to taste them but they sure look pretty.

Here we have some canned tomatoes and onions. It is a nice bright red that contrasts well to the previous jars.

These are dill pickle slices. I usually do dill refrigerator pickles but we have so many cucumbers this year I had to branch out and can some of them as I ran out of refrigerator space. So picture about 20 jars in my garage refrigerator in addition to all the jars I have in the basement.
This is peach sauce. It is just like applesauce only you use peaches instead of apples. Can I say Y-U-M in a jar? I have to ration out a large quart jar for dinner so everyone gets a taste. I am sure you could use this in baking also but ours never gets that far. It is a great way to use a lot of peaches at one time which our trees deliver.

This is another one of my pride and joys. This is seedless blackberry jam. I planted some blackberry sticks a few years ago and they have gone wild! They produced a lot of berries this year so with one batch I made this jam.  Isn't the color beautiful?

This last shot is of pickled beets. I know a lot of people do not like beets but I happen to love them, especially pickled. Some years they don't grow well and other years the rabbits eat them so to get enough to can was great. Plus this year we tried beet greens just to eat fresh. They were pretty good and I may do that again next year.

I don't think I could choose which canned product is my favorite. I pretty much love it all or I wouldn't do it.  The next two shots are more an overall view on my basement shelves of the bountiful harvest.  We still have apples to do this year so I will have to squeeze them in somewhere!!!

Boy this makes me a bit hungry looking at everything...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Off to college!

Well, we got the oldest off to college. He was SO excited to go. Then occasionally he would throw in some nervousness and freak out and then back to excited. It was like riding a roller coaster the last week before he left.

I let him determine all his packing supplies on what he wanted to bring. I did the usual you might want to think about bringing this or that which I am sure he was grateful for. My friends at work were placing bets on when I would start to cry. I told them I would be fine and they just looked at me and smiled.

We had to get an early start to be there when the dorms opened at 9 am! We made it on time and a lot of folks were all ready there unloading kids. By the time we registered and got keys his room mate had his stuff in the room all ready.  They were nice folks and between us all we figured out the most space saving way to arrange the room. Here are some photos.

Just a shot of his desk area. The sink and closet are on the other side of this wall. They have to have a common toilet/shower area but they are very close to those facilities.
Here we are facing the other way, showing their sleeping quarters. The window faces the south so they can get some breeze flowing through but no air conditioning!

Here is hubby with son. They get along very well and it makes my heart happy for the kids to have such a good role model for them!

Here is me with my firstborn baby! This was shortly before we parted ways. Notice I am still smiling!!! So proud.
We left in mid-afternoon. Son had some more orientations and we needed to get back as the youngest had a football practice we needed to get him too.  I gave him one final big hug and (I hate it when my friends are right) it hit me like a freight train. I stopped it up the best I could until we were out the door and my son was off the other way. Then I let the tears flow freely down my cheeks. Boy the sun was sure hard on my eyes this particular afternoon!!!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012


I swear - I have BLOGS sitting in draft status but I can't get them finished. I do not want to do a dis-service to myself, my writing, or my favorite you readers but I just do not have enough hours in the day to get them done.

First, I have my full time 40 hour + job.
1/2 hour commute each way
Vegetable garden
Fruit trees

It is just very busy right now. You will not be disappointed when I get you some good blogs.

I promise!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fighting my inner child

I don't wanna work.
I just want to bang on my drum all day...

So the song goes.

Some days it is so hard to concentrate on my job that I need to be doing and am getting paid for.

My brain wonders off to things I'd rather be doing.
My brain wonders off to things I know I shouldn't be doing!
My brain wonders off the job I should be doing.
My brain just wonders...

Yes - today is one of those days and you can see what is winning...sigh.

I think today I could be talked into skipping, playing on a swing set, or jumping into a swimming pool. My brain is doing 1000 things and none of them are productive but then again I think we all need these days to be creative and feel better. It's just that this should happen AFTER I am done with my daytime job.