Just finished up 36 half pints of Apricot Jam and 13 Apricot/Pineapple. This leaves me with Raspberries, Dutch Apple Pie, and Carrot Cake Jam to do. Yep that means more sugar and more jars to buy. But for tonight I’m done–Good Night.
Good Afternoon on this sun shiny day. Well Jay use the steamer/juicer yesterday on 10 pounds of tart cherries. He got nearly five quarts of juice. Later that day I turned it into 35 half pints of Tart Cherry jelly. We got them labeled and they are down on a shelf in the food room.
Today this is my project (besides the Sunday chores).
I have the kitchen set up, the jars washing, and I’ll start chopping apricots shortly. I hope to get Apricot Jam finished by this evening.
I never did get the correct parts for the cart so I will have to send them back. I wiil be out a big hunk of change for the shipping but I have to chalk that up to a learning experience. I did get a prescription for a new one and picked it up last Friday.
Another week of rehab for Jay, and a couple of doctor appointments but hopefuly things will go well. I started early to think about Thanksgiving and planning on having a fairly large crowd for diiner. Have you started your plans yet?
The good first.
My check up on the left shoulder with Dr. Hemming was all good. The next appointment is in three months to do a recheck on both my shoulders. The doctor’s assistant said I was amazingly strong for my age (yep I know that).
Last Sunday Jay watched over the juicer/steamer which had blackberries in it. We got nine quarts of juice from 10 pounds of berries. On Monday I turned that into 40 half pints of Blackberry jelly. Now it is put on the labels and run them to the food room.
Last monday Bud came in and worked on the ramp again.
I decided that the cement would assure that the dirt at the end of the wood would not move. Now we will wait for it to dry –then we can walk on it.
I take the truck in this afternoon to get the tires checked and an oil change seeing the lights came up on the dash.
Yesterday I went to Self Serve Lumber in Millington and picked up another six cases of jelly jars with four cases still on order.
Hopefully Cindy will be up today for a card game.
Now the bad news.
The front wheel came off and my neighbor, Adam, tried to put it back on on Sunday. Jay used it Monday and last night it came off again. I tried puuting it on this morning to no avail. So we jerry rig his walker for today and I got on line and ordered the parts needed to fix it. Now with one day shipping it cost almost as much as a new one but he needs it now. Adam said he would put the new parts on for me.
The other thing is the side yard.
When Mike came and cut almost all the yard he didn’t get to part of the side yard. I was going to do it but between doctot’s appointments, rehab, and the rain it never got done. Oh well I’ll get it!
Well I got to go to the dealership now so I’ll talk at you another time. Take care.
Yesterday my youngest son and his wife came to visit. He always looks at the computers and corrects failures for us. But this time was a little different. He checked out something on Jay’s computer and explains how to correct Jay’s problem.
Next came me. I had lost the copy option on my scanner and had been using the photo copy option. I had checked the computer desk upstairs for a copy of the program to no avail but he found it on Jay’s desk and reinstalled it for me. Problem one solved!
Problem two was my plan to use this as I canned.
I had the CD player but wasn’t able to hear anything when I turned it on. I had planned to find the instructions in my file cabinet but never got around to it. Les picked it up and promptly sound the problem (volume) and adjusted it for me. Problem two solved.
Les and Anne joined us for lunch (Chicken Enchiladas & Apple Pie for dessert) then Les helped me take the air conditioner out of the kitchen window and take it to the basement. Problem three solved.
After an attempt to watch a movie with Les as the other two napped I fell asleep so he woke me and said they would be on their way.
As they were leaving I asked him where I could find a clock to carry in my truck because I couldn’t make the JVC work to locate that one. Again he came through and located the clock anf showed me how to find it. Problem four solved. Thank you sweet son very much.
Today I have the Sunday chores to do and I’m waiting for Jay to use the steamer/juicer on the blackberries so I can make jelly out of the juice tomorrow.
I hope your weekend is going well I know mine is.
….for ever in bue jeans! Yes I used to live in them! When I was off work from Michigan Bell. When I worked for the Oakland Press delivering newspapers. Then all of a sudden it was stretch slacks and one pair of jeans got hung in the back of my closet. That was for more than 15 years. I looked at them once in a while thinking I should give them away or throw them out but a little voice said no so I didn’t.
More than ample room even in the butt. I can sit in comfort but I have to roll the cuffs up. I feel like 20 years fell off my life even if I know that is nor true!
Yesterday at the gas station I ran into the biggest bull sh***** I have spoke to in a long time. He was driving a 1928 Ford pick up. I had to tell him how beautiful she was and he replied, “You are beautiful too”. I smiled and said thank you but I’m almost as old as the truck. I will be 79 in February. He replied that I looked like I was In my early 6os. I thank him again and started in to the station. As he got in his truck he said, ” Now don’t pick anyone up on your way home” and he drove off. It is funny how things like this make you feel a little better about yourself even if you can’t believe every thing.
Well on Monday I used up all of my pectin and a lot of my sugar making 34 half pints of Peach Melba Jam. The labels went on the jars yesterday and I will take them down to the food room today.
Brandy and I are going for a ride this morning to pick up cash to pay Bud for the ramp at the back door so I’ll close for now.
Good Morning and I do mean morning. Did you ever wake up and feel like you had slept a month but found it was just three hours since you went to bed? That is me this morning! So here I am!
Over the weekend I was a bit under the weather. Consquently I accomplished nothing except the usual weekend chores. But yesterday I tried to make up for it. First I unpacked my new toy.
Maybe you remember I burned up my old one chopping cabbage for Hot Dog relish. This machine is stronger and has more capacity then the old one and made the job of chopping the fruit for Pear Harlequin Jam a snap yesterday. I ended up with 26 half pints and am just waiting for the labels so I can take them down to the food room.
Jay took time yesterday to work on an idea he had for labeling jars that will not be leaving the house as give aways.
After this dries he will mark the jars and lids with the name of the contents (in this case grape juice) for storage. When the juice is used up he can erase that information and reuse the jars for something else.
Other things going on –I’m on page 316 of 478 in Patrica Cornwell’s novel Blow Fly. Fascinating–as are all her novels and difficult to put down.
I also am on game # 49102 of Free Cell with 24 not solved. My high score on Solitaire is 4449 and on Spider Solitaire is 1200. Now I know games are time wasters but I still play them. It is a challenge without being too important!
Today is Jay’s second day in phyical therapy so I’ll be taking him in this afternoon.
I hope you had a good weekend and that this week brings a few happy things in your day.
Boy time sure flies when you are having fun or keeping appointments. For me it was the second one! On Monday September 30th it was pick up Jay and take him to the lung doctor. Tuesday the first I had PT in the morning and took Jay in the afternoon for his evaluation to start Physical Therapy with the same clinic. I also had my teeth cleaned that day. Wednesday I canned. Thursday I had Pt in the morning, took Jay to Dr. Williams office where they checked his feet and ordered diabetic shoes for him. At 1:00 pm he had his first Pt session. Then it was into Dr. Hukill’s office to check on Jay’s blood. This morning was my last PT session (hooray). This afternoon I have one tooth to be fixed because the filling fell out.
Now what else happened this last week.
Three of Jay’s sisters came to visit Tuesday afternoon.
The other sister is in behind Jay’s picture because she hides from the camera.
They brought a macaroni salad, meatballs in sauce, and homemade bread. They also brought this.
I had bought these with ginger bread cookies to go on the table.
Now moving to Wednesday again. This was the day I canned 19 half pints of Concord Grape Jelly and 18 half pints of Cardamom Grape Jelly to add to what I had already. made.
I also did a bit of shopping during that week.
Here is the latest picture of the Fire Bush!
The trees around here are putting on their pretty Fall frocks and I want to get a few pictures of them to show you!
I’m still sitting here with my eyes whirling around from all the activities the last few days but I’ll get to relax this evening –I hope. Have a great weekend!
Six quarts of juice went into making 37 half pints of jelly. I now have 17 half pints of Cardamom Grape Jelly and 20 half pints of Spice Jelly. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll manage to make plain grape jelly and maybe a bit more Cardamom. But for tonight I’m done. Good night.
Where to start. It is Friday and the weekend is ahead. What to do? Obviously using the grape juice is #1. I have to decide on spice and plain jelly ingredients. Also with Jay’s help I must determine how to turn part of it into Grape juice to drink.
What I have done so far is finish the novel City Of Ashes that Michael loaned me so I must decide on my next read.
I took Jay to our doctor’s office and it was decided that he will sign up for rehab where I go. Hopefully they can get him strong enough to walk unaided again. He starts Tuesday. This will make it difficult for him to go anywhere doing the week because he will have appointments every day to keep but we know it has to be done.
Yesterday I remembered the exercise bike in the basement and figured it would help both of us so I figured out how to get it up here.
By using rubber bungee cords I fastened the bike to a flat bed dolly. I then attached that to the back of the pick up and drove it slowly up to the kitchen door ramp. There I pushed the dolly in through the kitchen into the dining room where I removed the cords and eased the bike to the floor. I did it with very little strain. You can do a lot of things if you just stop and think!
Today after I came in from rehab I took time to clean up this mess a little.
This is the ditch on the west side of the driveway where I hadn’t cleared the weeds yet.
I’m not able to walk into the ditch because of the stones in it but I got most of it on the edge.
Looking around i saw some of the changes in the trees and bushes. The leaves on my Fire Bush (picture which won’t insert for some reason) are almost all turned. I’ll attempt that shot in the next post.
But I still got flowers
They are trying their best to please but Fall is starting to take it’s toll. I decided not to put in Mums this year. I can’t manage the shovel yet.
Well it is time to stick my head into the canning books and find those Grape Jelly receipts. Have a great weekend–get out for a bit and enjoy!
I brought Jay home yesterday afternoon. He is much better mentally, improved physically except he still has trouble walking. There is suppose to be a therapist coming to the house to help him get his strength back.
I had good news yesterday–I will be done with rehab on 10-4. That will help a lot as far as helping Jay is concerned.
As I was out today I noticed the trees are starting to turn. I guess it won’t be long before we lose the leaves and Old Winter moves in!
Well that is about it for today so I’ll say keep smiling and I’ll be back!