it feels as if your heart is beating in your feet.
it is difficult to see straight or think straight.
there are lists of ingredients strewn all over the counters and you mutter numbers under your breath most of the day.
your kitchen looks as if a bomb went off in a produce stand.
you're not sure if the popping noises in your head are your jars sealing or your brain coming apart.
your arms are sticky up to your elbows and your hand towel is constantly wet from the gazillion times you've had to rinse your hands to pick up your baby, answer the telephone or brush the hair out of your eyes.
your fingers burn from chopping jalapenos.
fruit flies have moved in and are reluctant to leave.
you use paper plates at dinner time (something you abhor).
your finger nails are a reddish-peachy color and ragged.
your lower back aches like you're 8 months pregnant.
your other chores...what other chores?
your shirt looks as if you should start wearing a bib again.
it's repulsive to think of what to feed your family for dinner so you order out pizza.
you collapse into bed every night (after a cold shower) and see chopped peaches and onions when you close your eyes.
when you've canned or helped can 52 pints of tomato sauce, 60 quarts of peaches, 30 pints of peach salsa (recipe coming Monday), 13 jelly jars of peach jam and 24 pints of regular salsa in a 4 day period.
The remedy is this. I promise it will make all things better. As will a good night's sleep and a few days AWAY from that blasted hot canner.
Fresh Summer Salsa (adapted slightly from Simply In Season)
6 medium fresh tomatoes (any variety), chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine in a bowl. Let stand 30 minutes and serve. Pin It