canning

Oh, I love this time of year.  A time to can whatever is available.   I was so excited when some neighbor friends called me and said that they had some extra tomatoes, and did I want them.  Yes, I did and thank you very much Mark and Denise.

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I decided to try some tomato juice.  Yum, yum.  First I called my friend Mary Webb and picked her brain on how she does tomato juice.  She even said that Rolland loves fresh tomato juice, so  tried that too.  Yes, it was good, but I actually liked the cooked one better.

How could one farming season change my life-musings 10 years later

Today November 5th, 2014 was much like the day I started on this journey on May 20th, 2004.

Today was beautiful, high of 57, sunny and the PERFECT day for harvesting, and that is what Christopher and Ethan are doing.  Just such a perfect day.

May 20th was also just such a perfect day, a warm sunny spring day, PERFECT for planting, and that was what Bob and the boys were doing.  Except that morning, Bob was in such pain and needed to go to the emergency room.  So, I took him, but before I left I talked to a friend of mine and she said "don't let them treat you like a dumb housewife".  I took offence to that, but would remember those words.  Yes, they said they couldn't find anything, and an yes they wanted to send us home.  Nope, this girl wasn't going to take that.  I said "I am NOT taking him home, he is sick, I have brought him to a good hospital, FIND  OUT  WHAT IS WRONG with him.  A storm started to rage outside just as I fought the storm inside that hospital that day.  They sent in the head of the ER, "NOPE, I am not taking him home.  They sent in the head of the hospital, NOPE, I am not taking him home.  People started calling me saying how bad the storm was. When I went and looked, the sky was actually green, with heavy rain.    I plugged my ears, I had kids that I had left home, and one at the middle school.   I was mainly a stay at home mom, I drove a school bus, and homeschooled two kids.  Oh, what was happening to me.

They had quit dropping off kids left on the school bus,  but they would let Christopher off because we had a farm driveway that went around to the house, kind of like a horseshoe.  They could drop him off right at our door.  I was so grateful when he got home.

By the end of the day they did ANOTHER cat scan, and informed me that "THEY" (who ever that is) had missed a shadow.  GREAT.  It was a long day, BUT at least we were getting somewhere, they had found something.

More on my journey later........

As for today, we could not be where we are if it weren't for all my friends, and a few relatives.  They know who they are, they have loved us, supported us, cried with us, and laughed with us.  True angels of God. 

I do have to say I was so scared, but God has been so good to us.  I am on an amazing journey, orchestrated by God.  I am blessed by all of you who have given me the opportunity to experience the awe and wonder of seeing my dreams come true.  My true second chapter...