Stocking update 10-12-16

The date is a little behind above, but that is when I finished the bottom third of DD’s Christmas stocking, except for embellishments and outlining. Here is where I was the last time I reported:


October 6

After approximately 4 hours of stitching last night I was able to show this for progress:


October 12

It will look even better when I get the outlining and floor half-crosses done, but now I have rolled it up to the top third and hope to get to that soon. I am still aiming for a finish before Christmas, but only time will tell. The outlining takes a long while so not sure with all the other Christmas crafting if it will get done in time. I hope it will be done before Christmas though. Then I can put DS’s on the scroll frame and see how quickly I can finish it.

Thank you to each one of you for all of the encouragement as I have worked on this. I must say that between your encouragement and seeing all the finishes on Flosstube, I’ve been inspired to get busy and get this done!

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Still canning tomatoes

It seems that the tomatoes just don’t stop. Here are the pictures from this last Tuesday when I processed and canned the tomatoes from my friend: 20161011_105408

This is the set up for juicing the tomatoes. My Victorio is over 25 years old but still works like a charm. I love having to only cut out bad spots and remove stems before quartering tomatoes and juicing them. Some of the tomatoes were also ripened ones from our own garden and when I processed them, ours were as thick as applesauce. The ones from my friend weren’t quite as thick but mixed together they made a nice sauce. 20161011_113536

This is a view of the 12-quart stock pot that was mostly full. I did have to add a cup of apple cider vinegar as there were some non-acidic tomatoes in the batch from my friend. Still this cooked up and was ladeled hot into 9 quart jars that were put through a 40-minute waterbath. 20161011_182246

These will be so good for spaghetti sauce, etc. this winter. I knew I wasn’t done because I still have two styrofoam coolers partly filled with ripening Roma and Beefsteak tomatoes: 20161011_182304

Not the pretties of pictures, but as they ripen, I hope to pull them out and eventually make more juice to can.

As you all know, it seems like the tomatoes will never be finished. My friend called yesterday, to ask if I could bring her a casserole (I had told her to call me if she needed any help) as she is still having awful headaches and can’t stay up on her feet very long. Her husband had also just had a stress test on his heart and failed it. I quickly pulled together the ingredients for a carrot/peanut butter/rice asserole and amended it to leave out the milk as she cannot do any milk products. After taking DD to work, I swung back by the house and picked up the cooling casserole and a plastic dish that held her tomatoes earlier. When I arrived at her house, she had 2 1/2 gallons of Heirloom Italian Roma tomatoes picked and in a bucket for me to bring home and juice. After an afternoon of visiting I headed home with some new to me Romas to see how they would work up. Some of those in the above picture had also ripened enough to add to hers, so after juicing, I ended up with another stockpot which amounted to 7 quarts of juice. This time I didn’t add vinegar because all of the tomatoes were of the acidic variety. 20161013_104426

I was trying desparately to get these to boiling and into jars so they could be boiling in a waterbath for 40 minutes and out before I took DD to work. Thankfully we were successful in that endeavor. And yes, here are the cooling quarts. 20161013_122544

All of the jars are marked on the lids and now on the shelf. A total of 16 quarts so far and I know there will be some more from the two coolers. My friend said there might be another round of picked ones, so we will see. If so, I will most likely juice them up and can them. My jars are rapidly filling up and I don’t want to fill the new ones or my pints. The new ones are for applesauce when we glean and the pints are for apple butter. Plus, I will have to buy 4 dozen more quart jars for the applesauce. We are truly blessed!

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Our hard-working son

Yesterday our son had the opportunity to help a friend strip the shingles off their roof for a tidy cash sum. They started at 9 in the morning and finished up at 5 p.m. Originally they were only going to work until 3 p.m. but said friend generously offered extra cash for two more hours and since DS is trying to earn cash to buy Christmas presents and replace his desktop computer, he jumped on the opportunity. After a hard day of work, when DH picked him up to come home, this is the picture he was able to catch of DS right before going in the front door: mike-after-stripping-tims-roof-100916

Yes, he gave permission to share this picture. It took 30 minutes in a hot shower, two Tylenol and supper, as well as a brief doze before he was starting to feel human again. Today he is still a bit sore, but tonight he receives his payment so it is all worth it! I’m so proud of him for being willing to commit to and complete a job that meant working with his hands and getting dirty. I knew he had it in him!

And just to let you know, I am a very prejudiced mom, but he cleans up and looks almost as handsome as his dad. I so love my husband and kids!

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