Sunday, September 20, 2009

CANNING and FOOTBALL



Eric and I went to a football game. Neither of us had done this since the kids were very small. I think the last football game for Eric was with Nathan before he was 5 years old. We had a great time , spending the whole day eating , it was Ag day, sitting in the cold and rain watching the game. However that field was a long way off for my eyes. I had to keep asking "what happened"?
This of course was my favorite part of the game, HALF TIME with the band! Nothing says Fall to me like a marching band. Life is good !

We returned home to can 2 cases of pears

2 cases of peaches.
And these are the results of our labor.

The following day I put up 2 cases of tomatoes for sauces and winter soups.
I am not sure what it is about doing things that my ancestors use to do that has a calming effect on me. Is it because we have to slow down ( canning must be done carefully so as not to poison anyone later). Or is it simply a way to identify with them, to understand a small part of what their lives were like. Do I have similar thoughts running through my head that they had when they were canning? Like" why is canning always in the hottest month of the year"?, or" I hope people enjoy eating these fruits as much as I enjoy canning them", "where did I put all those jars I bought last year" and "where am I going to store all these full jars "? Not to mention my prize of lining up all the beautiful jars and say "this is what I did today"!

A small request to anyone who reads this blog, please leave me a comment! i know you are out there!!

4 comments:

Becky said...

I read your blog regularly. Can't wait until you "put up" jam! Want to share?

Caitrin said...

Can't wait to get home in time to learn how to do this next summer. And then let's make cheese.

Philigry said...

oh, i love to can. i have not done it in so long!

Dr. Jen said...

Well your daughter finally told me about your blog, so here I am checking it out. I am waiting to use up all of my old yarn before starting the sweater that you so generously left the money for. Thank you a bunch! I am excited about starting a big project that will keep me warm.

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