Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday 8/6/2012

Good morning!!

After a super busy weekend, Monday looks to be more of the same!!

All in all I canned 14qts of corn and 44 qts of green beans this weekend.

Today I have peppers and probably a few tomatoes to work up, I plan on stuffing some of the peppers and then cutting the rest up and freezing to use later in sauces and on pizza and such. The tomatoes I will probably can whole for chili and soups.

I have laundry going, the dishwasher going and the kids have a friend over for the day. I have the house work to keep me busy as well. I need to take my grandfather to the dr this afternoon. Its going to be a busy busy day.

This evening we plan to pick over our garden to see what is ready!! Then I'll have that to work up. I love canning time!! I sure get tired and sore, but I never get tired of looking at the pretty full jars on the shelf!!!

Oh and I almost forgot to tell about our great fortune. My mom was at Walmart on Saturday and she called to ask me if I needed anything, I told her if she had the extra money till she got here I could use some more jars. So she picked me up some and as she was leaving and walking across the parking lot, an older lady approached her and commented on the jars in her cart. Mom told her that she was picking the jars up for me and that I was home canning beans. The lady proceeded to tell my mom that she had some jars that she had taken to the flea market and couldn't sell and if I wanted them all I had to do was call her and come pick them up. Mom took the lady's name and number and gave it to me when she got here to drop off the jars she had picked up for me. I called the lady on Sunday and she told me she had a dozen or so and that if I wanted them they were mine. I thanked her and got directions to her house. When dh went out to get his hair cut he went by to get the jars. He brought home 32 jars!!! What a blessing!!! The lady told him she was happy to pass them on to us, and even happier to know that folks are our age are still canning. She said its sad that it seems its a lost art. I can't tell you how happy I was to get those jars. I've already washed them up and they are ready to be filled!!!

Well I better get to it or I'll never make a dent in my to-do list!!
Have a wonderful day!!!!


  1. I'm so impressed by how much you get done in a single day! Where do you find the energy!! I also love how positive and motivated you stay, day after's something I've never seen in the 'stay at home mom' blogs that I've read, and is such an inspiration! You've really inspired me to look forward to finding the sense of accomplishment in getting things done, instead of dreading them.

    And the love you have for your family, so heartwarming. After reading (all of) your postings, I realize I might have lost sight of why I was staying home in the first care for the people I love.

    Like I said, all of the blogs that I've read have been focusing on how to make all of the cooking and cleaning easier because they aren't our favorite thing to do - and I get that. But after reading your blog, I feel a different approach taking over...just do what needs to be done because that is how you show your family you love them - find pride in that.

    I guess what I'm really trying to say is a heart felt thank you for inspiring me to be a better mom and wife. = )


    1. Renee,
      How sweet, Thank you!!
      I am completely flattered but by no means do I have it all together so to speak!! I have my plentiful share of bad days and things that just don't go they way I want, or days the kids are having an off day,not behaving or acting out, or its been a "terrible twos" strikes again kind of day. But I take the good with the bad and realize that tomorrow is another day.It all can't be perfect and I am ok with that. If I don't get the laundry put away today, it will be there tomorrow and the end of the world isn't dependant on me being a good housekeeper. LOL God Help us if it did, lol. Check your white gloves at the door please,:) I always said I wanted one of those little signs that says if you've come for a visit...Welcome, if you've come to see the house..Make an appointment, lol
      My kids are my life, I love being with them and most days things are just hunky dory but there are days that like I said, its all chaos and drama. But life goes on, we learn and we move on.

      And as far as how I get it all done, well I don't most days, whatever doesn't get done just gets added to tomorrows to do list and that's that. The days I post that are extremely busy and I DID get alot done, well those are the days I get dinner, put the kids in bed and then collapse, lol . I also have a great hubby who has told me many times he doesn't know how I do it with 3 kids all day long with everything else I have going on but its made him more understanding and accepting of all that goes on in a household on any given day. He pitches in where he can and we work as a team to make it work.

      Most of all I am blessed. And I count my riches in those blessings. I may not live in a mansion but my kids are healthy, fed and clothed and they have roof over their heads. We might not have a lot and it might not be all that nice and fancy but its ours and we're lucky to have it.

      I get frustrated and sometimes downright depressed by this or that going on in our life, but then I make a point to be happy and find the good in the little things and to find the good in every situation even the bad ones.

      And just like the song from Sugarland..."girl remember what your knees are for"...I spend my fair share of time praying and calling on God to be with me and lead me and guide me to do what's right. But I'm no saint and I fall short plenty.

      I'm like everyone else, I am just your average mom trying to do the right thing,and raise my kids to be good people. Thanks for all your compliments and for visiting my blog. I never thought when I started blogging it would inspire anyone but I am flattered!! Thank you so much!!!

  2. What a blessing for you. My husband and I were just talking this weekend that I shouldn't have to buy any jars. We don't have to can near as much now that the kids are leaving.

    You do keep busy. I know what you mean about canning. It is nice to see the root cellar full. It sure helps save on the grocery money.

    Have a wonderful day with your family.


    1. Cheryl, I am not ready to even think about them leaving yet!! I don't know if I'll be able to handle that!! LOL Luckily I have a few years before its an issue. My oldest will only be 11 this year!!

      And you are as busy as I am probably much busier, I read your blog often and know how busy your days get!!!

      Have a great evening!!!

      My boys are full time eaters I think that eating machine hormone has kicked in so I definately have

  3. Such a blessing to get the jars!! I know you were happy. Jars are so expensive. We had some gave to us back in the winter by a lady from our church. Enjoy your day and God bless.

    1. Hi Donna!! How nice of your church friend to bless you with jars!! They are pricey but well worth the investment, I think!!
      Have a great evening!!!