Hi everyone! The temperatures took a decidedly much lower dip last night and when I woke up this morning it was 24° F. We had not turned the heater on and it was about 67°F in the house. Everyone was snuggled down under quilts not wanting to face the day. Thankfully it did warm up to about 48° F which wasn’t too bad. We will most likely drop lower tonight as the sky is clear and we are already down to 36° F.
Since the rose hip jelly was finished last week, 8 quarts of tomato juice were canned on Wednesday and 10 3/4 quarts of salsa verde from tomatillos was canned on Thursday (See photos above as WordPress refused to put it where I wanted.). I decided to can the salsa verde in quarts because I didn’t want to spend the money for two dozen pint jars. I have quart jars that need to be filled so they were filled with what I had. With the drop in temperatures I should be able to pick the last of the rose hips on Monday and can another batch of jelly. That may require that I break down and purchase one dozen pint jars as I only have 1 dozen empty right now and the last batch made over 18 pints. Still it will be a good harvest.
We are very glad that we cleared out the veggies and covered the strawberries for winter. It was just in time. Now we just need to winterize the chicken coop and run as well as order the window to put in DS’s room since his now has a gap that refuses to shut. In the meantime we will cover his window with plastic inside so his room doesn’t get too cold and our heating bill go up too much.
Lastly, I can now say that I am caught up on the Christmas ornaments. While they are not FFO’d, they are all stitched and I am ready to start tomorrow evening or Monday on the one for October 15. It is wonderful to be back on schedule. This last ornament gave me “fits” and I have to say it is a pleasure to call it done. Usually I don’t mind symmetrical ornaments or projects but this one was just not intuitive at all. Here is where I started the third color, not realizing that I would need to take out the bottom “purple/lavender” cross and move it as it was not in the right spot:
This is “Poinsettia” by Ink Circles from the 2008 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue in the colors listed. I believe it is on 18-count white Aida. And here is the finished stitching as of just a short while ago:
The colors are not totally true as they are more pinkish red instead of the tan and brown that it is showing up as. My one disappointment is that most Poinsettias that I have seen are shades of red, but this one is definitely not.
Tomorrow I will hopefully get a few stitches into the new one for October 15 when I get home from work. It all depends on how tired I am and the length of the paper that I need to proofread for DS. He has settled into college for the most part and is getting his work done in a timely manner. We are paying attention to teachers so that hopefully when I go back to college next August to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Accounting, that I won’t get some of the “difficult” teachers who seem to prefer lots of busywork.
For now I am off to bed as morning comes early and I have a 12 hour shift ahead of me tomorrow. Thank you for coming back and checking out what is happening in our corner of the world. It is my hope that I will be able to get regular updates posted here for the forseeable future. Of course, we are still busily planning another smaller Pathfinder event for March 2018 that will probably stall me from time to time, but my hope is to keep it more regular.