Monday, August 15, 2011

Lessons Learned

Yep.  Two posts today.  Please don't get sick of me.

1)  Remember that homemade fruit fly trap I told you about just a few days ago?  Well, thanks to commenters Jennifer Jo and Christy, I tried Margo's fruit fly trap and it works even better.  Go on, check it out.  It's even easier to make than the plastic container one and you'll love meeting Margo.  She's darling.  I don't know how I missed learning about this trap last year.  I probably had my head in the canner.

2)  Remember last year when I decided to can nectarines for the first time?  Well, we were so pleased with the results (they didn't brown on us and we enjoyed them into the spring) that we decided not to can ANY peaches this year.  Because, you know, you don't have to peel the nectarines.  No, siree.  So, we canned 70 quarts on Saturday.  That's how much we love them.

 3) There is a direct correlation between the state of my house and how much I'm canning.  This is not a new lesson, but somehow it surprises me every year.  I look around and think, "How in the world have things gotten so messy?  What is wrong with me?"  And then I remember what I've been doing for the past week. Du-uh.

4) Remember the Florida Weave technique of staking tomato plants?  We love that, too.  It makes the tomatoes easy to see and therefore easy to pick.  And, boy, have I been picking my heart out.  We'll use the Florida Weave again next year.

5) Remember how I like to can a lot?  Well, in the past week I've learned that I am getting old.  The stamina and gusto with which I used to can has left the building.  I don't hate canning or anything.  And I certainly still love the results and the food, but man, oh day.  It makes me tired.  Like, bone dead, falling asleep on the couch at 9 pm tired (and I'm usually a bit of a night owl).  Thank goodness for Sundays.  And rainy days (an excuse not to go out and pick).  And for copious amounts of frozen pesto and roasted tomatoes from last year (so I don't have to make and freeze any this year).

 tomato sauce

Well, now I'm just plumb tired of learning lessons, so I'm going to go now.

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  1. Yay for all the canning! And it's okay about the state of your house. Isn't canning more important?:)


  2. Nectarines are so delicious - I am sure you will enjoy their sweetness and the "fruit" of your labor for many months to come!

    Your vegetables look wonderful, too. What bounty and blessing :0)

    The house will be clean in the Winter...that's how it is around here anyway; too much to do and fun to be had in the Summer to worry about cleaning!

  3. I forgot to say this is what my house looks like at the present time because we turned 1 room into a sterile room for Jerry. He is not having to many side effects yet from the chemo drug-sudadent- [or something like that ] but I LEARNED HOW CAREFUL WE HAVE TO BE. DID YOU KNOW WHEN THE BABIES GET VACCINES [ I don't know if you go that route] but anyway, the live stuff they receive in there vaccine can be shed in the baby's cells and can be transferred to Jerry. scary stuff

  4. You're adorable and you made me smile.


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