It’s only July

2 Jul

I’m having my first cup of coffee at 7:00 a.m.  I got up a little while ago and turned all the window units off just to hear the quiet.  The darn things have been going full blast for weeks now keeping the tomatoes cool, and this week a house full of company.  Since Sunday I have put up 38 pints and 12 quarts of tomatoes.  That may not seem like a lot but I did it all around breakfast, lunch and dinner with a house full of company.  Saturday morning I got up and finally rotated all the chickens around.  The main flock went into the new coop/run, then I cleaned out and hosed down our original coop to make room for the meat birds that hatched in April, separating the hens from the roosters and put the hens in with the main flock.  We still have a few things to do to the inside of the coop but for now they have a roosting pole and several nest boxes so the fru fru part can wait until after the 4th of July.

That done I cleaned myself up from chicken chores and went to check the garden:Those are 5 gallons buckets!  Bring the haul into the house, and sort through what is on the table needing to be canned,


Put a pot of water on to boil.  Wash all the tomatoes.  Did I mention that daughter #1 (Je), daughter #2 (Ja), daughter #4 (Er), and grandchildren #1 (jo), #2 (re) and #3 (ro) are all here visiting while the menfolk go a fishin? Did I also mention that none of them know how to can?  Blanched, cored and peeled all the tomatoes and thought hey what the heck let’s make some salsa.  Got that going about the time the guys got back from fishing, which puts us with Kenny home, along with son-in-law #1 (Jo), son-in-law #2 (Re) and boyfriend #4 (Ky).  So that would be 7 adults and 3 toddlers in the house with only 1 canner.  Are we having fun yet? LOL, I really am laughing cause it is a tad chaotic in here with everyone trying to visit, kids running all over the place and tomatoes everywhere you look.  I am now 8 pints of salsa down with a million tomatoes to go.  I did what anybody else would do, I broke out the Tupperware and shoved those tomatoes in the fridge.

Sunday morning I got up and decided to make some chili sauce with some of the tomatoes in the fridge.  This is a recipe that has been in the family forever and has been called chili sauce forever, although I am not sure why.  It is a condiment served to go over peas.  Any kind of peas, cream peas, field peas, black-eyed peas, it goes over peas.  One year I labeled it “pea sauce” and the man had a cow, insisting it was “chili sauce”.  But why I say, you don’t put on chili?  I do not understand this, I just make the stuff and can it like a good country wife.  While that is simmering on the stove it’s time to say good-bye to all our kiddos and the house goes from full to empty in a flash.  Chili sauce takes 6-8 hours to simmer so I go out to check the pumpkin patch since I have not been out there in a week.  This is what I see:I don’t know what this is, but it’s everywhere!  I mean like unbelievably everywhere!  I see a new tractor implement in the very, very near future, but for now I will have to cut this away from the plants that are in danger of being swallowed up by this whatever it is.  By rough estimate there are at least 30 some odd pumpkin plants being overtaken.  Today I will be picking tomatoes, picking figs (yep) and trying to tackle this job.  I must be crazy because I actually am going to enjoy my day.

If anyone knows what type of vine this is let me know, you’ll save me a trip to the extension office.  Hope everyone has a blessed day!

One Response to “It’s only July”

  1. Liz July 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I am loving your blog! Every day I look for a new entry! You are one busy woman! Do you sell the tomatoes at the farmer’s market? Send me some! Love ya!

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