It’s been somewhat relaxing here lately – everything seems to be falling into place. Last week we announced to our families that my husband accepted a new job – A true blessing that I am forever thankful for. To give you all an idea of just how awesome this is, his commute – one way – has gone from 1 hour to 8 minutes. WHOA! Instead of driving on the interstate or highway, he takes two country back-roads. And this is only one of the perks along with better insurance. Again, a true blessing i am forever thankful for.
Yesterday we picked more tomatoes from the garden – I think I’m up to 24 now, which is just enough to start some stewed tomatoes. I even managed to pick some rhubarb! What? Does anyone else think that’s strange picking rhubarb in August? I do but I will not complain! Got me about 10 more cups out of it all.
I walked out this morning to let the chickens/duck out and still no eggs. They are 20 weeks today so I continue to wait. Seems like forever! They are really taking their sweet time. I have noticed that they’ve been getting in the nesting box so I take that as a good sign. But as I was out there, I realized that our animals are all confused and I’ll explain. I have a duck who thinks she’s a chicken and chickens that think they’re cats. Every morning I let them out and they will run (literally) to our back door to look for cat food. I caught them in it once and had to move it. But now our cat – he thinks he’s a dog, and our dog… well I’m not sure she knows exactly what she is, haha.
Matt finished up cleaning/sealing our outdoor wood furnace this weekend. It’s now good to go come wintertime. Last year was our first year with it and it was awesome. We do get a little tickled of the thought of having to heat our home… outside our home. I mowed the yard, we all at ate pizza, took the boys to the creek… it was a good day.
Last night I got the itch again – the “gotta can everything in sight” itch. I blame my Aunt and Uncle. They live about a mile down the road and one of the best neighbors you could ask for. Seems like we at least drop by and visit once a week almost. Just blab on the porch watching hummingbirds while the boys go nuts in a container full of cars and tractors. Well when we were over the other day, they sent us home with a bucket of sweet potatoes, and one of the those huge Kohls bags full of corn. And that was what I canned. About 6lbs of sweet potatoes, and 66 ears of corn. Turned out to be 7 pints taters, and 17 pints corn.
I think I better rearrange my pantry! But before I go, I have to show you what Matt found in the woods the other day…