I have a few other favorite milestones that aren't quite as sentimental but get me excited nonetheless...
~ the late fall day when I put my canner away.
~ the first day warm enough to warrant opening the windows wide.
~ the day that first egg begins to crack under it's broody mama.
~ our first cutting of asparagus.
~ our first bowl full of strawberries.
~ the first ripe tomato.
Just to name a few. There is one more that really tickles my fancy. Why? I'm not really sure. It's the day I can consolidate all our frozen produce into one freezer from two. Go figure. Maybe I get all giddy because it's less electricity used. Maybe it's because I have this secret fear that after all that hard work putting up produce, we won't eat it all. One freezer is a great indication that we're moving (or eating) in the right direction. Maybe it's because I have to handle each bag and container, thus getting a really good picture of what we'll soon run out of and what we need to eat more of.
For example, we put up way too much rhubarb this past year. And chopped peaches. We can start eating applesauce more often- we have plenty of that. We're almost out of green beans and broccoli. We have plenty of chopped bell peppers, roasted tomatoes and corn. We're getting low on strawberries and only have about 6 more quarts of frozen blueberries (out of 40).
In an attempt to share my excitement with you (you really don't have to act excited if you're not), I'm going to share some photos with you. First off, this is what our freezers looked like late fall 2009.
Here is what they look like now.
Drum roll, please...
Can you hear the Hallelujah chorus?
Hm. I guess it's just me.Pin It