Hurricane Irene cut most of us a break today.  I am one of the lucky ones, my friends and family came through the storm unscathed.  Not everyone was so lucky but it was much less of an event than was predicted.  Thank goodness.

We can look forward to brighter days ahead.

The Bearded One and I spent our first night in the camper.  It worked well.  It will be great for travel.

Granted, it is not luxurious (due to space constraints) but it has all the comforts of a basic home plus some.  We have to ‘rotate’ when moving about the unit (standing to the side or sitting to allow the other to pass) but we were used to that from our first couple of trailers when we had two kids living with us in the space.

The great part is that it will allow us to travel freely for some time in the future, a freedom we thought we had lost.  A very good thing.

Because we have appointments beginning early tomorrow morning and because we wanted to be in cell range in case Irene got out of hand, we returned home fairly early this morning.

I put in another session on the stone work project.

When the project started...


Today, after moving 2800 pounds of stone...


I want to get another, slightly smaller load of stone to finish the project.  Think of it as an exercise program with side benefits….

Then, it was time to can tomatoes.  About 30 pounds of tomatoes.

The tomatoes...


Skinned and cut...


This is just the latest batch but I will have enough tomatoes to last the year by the time I am done.  It takes about 2 lbs of tomatoes to make a pint of canned tomatoes.  Shocking if you are paying per pound!  But if you are harvesting from plants grown from seed….great!  And if you know it is heirloom tomatoes, with no pesticides or herbicides, AND you know exactly what ingredients (a bit of salt and some vinegar) went into the jar.  Priceless.

About Retired woman

retired, dealing with parents recent deaths, wondering what lies ahead with the health of my spouse, overall enjoying each day, love cooking, gardening, travel, Grandsons, family, small town life
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2 Responses to Whew!

  1. The stonework is looking great! Rumor has it that it is supposed to “only” be 94 on Thursday and perhaps even rain. What the hell is that?

    • Retired woman says:

      Your summer temperatures have been mind boggling. Whenever I think it is too hot here, I think of you to put it in perspective. We are also going through a very dry period but nothing like yours!

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