Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm Just A Slow Learner, I Guess

As the weather turns, as our neighbours are hitting the fields on their combines, and as I'm getting my cozy-nesting-mama on... I found myself headfirst in the freezer.

We have two smaller chest freezers. One that we brought with us and one that came with the house. They were both full.

I mean FULL.

I wasn't sure what they were full of, exactly, but there wasn't a lot of room to add anything.

When I decided to investigate and maybe do some cleaning/downsizing/sorting I was surprised by what I found to be taking up all my freezer space.

Suffice it to say, two weeks on, the freezer is nicely organized, three-quarters less full and I'm out of canning jars.

The (dare I say it?) two year old contents of the larger garage freezer is now 9 pints of Nanking cherry syrup, 3 pints of chokecherry syrup, 4 pints of applesauce, 8 pints of Saskatoon berry pie filling and a batch of Nanking cherry jelly.

And I have concluded that even if fruit is carefully prepared, flash-frozen, cored & chopped and nicely stored in 2-3 cup bags... it will not get used once it's frozen.

So. It's taken me a long time to get the memo, but I think it has finally sunk in.

The freezer is useable and the pantry is lovely and full.

One more project, besides slowly adding to my stock of dill pickles, and I will pretty much be done the preserving. Tomorrow I think I'll reopen the 6 quarts of salsa I made and redo it. It's just too sweet and oniony. It reminds me of a delicious relish that Grandma Gustafson served with the roast beef for Sunday dinner at Bible College, so I will re-can maybe two quarts to use for relish, and then throw the rest back into a pot, add more peppers, tomatoes and vinegar, and see if I can't get it tasting more like salsa.

The fun never ends around here!

Sing Along!

Stews, soups and chillies, and lovely hot showers
Death to mosquitoes, no more weeding flowers
Cool, crisp and crunchy, yes better than spring!
Autumn is one of my favourite things!

Cozy wool sweaters and bright, crackling fires
Pumpkin Spice Lattes or sipping hot ciders
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
Autumn is one of my favourite things!

When the snow bites, when the wind stings, it's not right or wrong,
But though I'm rememb'ring my favourite things, still winter just seems too long.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Away With Us

Looks like we're packed without incident. No fights over the number of bags required to get all the goodies and knitted blankets and presents to Wisconsin and the Littles.

First thing, before bright and early, we're off to the airport for our flight to Minneapolis and our six days away.

I'm very excited, I must say.

Got all my pre-flight projects finished, including the second big fluffy blanket I was knitting for the second little girl and a last minute tunic/dress sewn for the big one.

I'm quite ready to leave, and I'm more than quite ready for bed.

It's going to be a good week.

It's going to be a short night.

So to that end, I'll bid you farewell and Godspeed.

See you in a week or so!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WELCOME DRAGONFLIES!

EAT HEARTY LITTLE BUDDIES

GOODBYE MOSQUITOES...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Haiku For The Summer Solstice

anticipation

see? summer is here, and now

dark begins to grow


Friday, June 13, 2014

10:45 On A Dreary Friday Night

With week-old mosquito bites itching on my back, and the wall clock ticking its inexorable way to Saturday, I sit in the sun room watching the clouds gather over The Field.

I've heard that there is a full moon tonight, this Friday the thirteenth. A fairly rare occurrence by all accounts. I don't think it will be visible here... nope. Had to go and check. The moon is hiding its face. The part of me that doesn't want to weed the garden tomorrow is hoping that those clouds are full of rain so I can avoid that chore with a clear conscience.

I'm having a hard time "getting into" June. I mean, it's half over, so I'm into it, but I'm not "into" it, if you know what I mean. It took so long for spring to come that even now I only half believe that winter is really over, and if I start counting how long we have before autumn can be expected, well, it's just downright depressing.

Summer in The Field.

It IS summer in The Field, isn't it? Felt like we had summer a couple of weeks back, but now it has moved on to a kind of indeterminate season of cool nights and gray, threatening days with the odd burst of sunshine, heat and birdsong.

Ah, well. If this IS summer, I'd best start enjoying it, because it will well and truly be gone far too soon. Maybe if I envision the next inevitable long, cold, snowy winter for a few minutes it will give me the motivation I need to get out there and seize the season.

Maybe.

Let's give it until July, shall we? If things haven't shaped up by then we can look into a tropical vacation or a hot tub.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One More For The Snowy Road

BIRDS BUILDING IGLOOS
YOU EXPECT TO HAVE FLOWERS?!
SPRING IN CANADA