Today was day 1 of my staycation. I didn't get quite everything on my list accomplished. I slept in this morning, not getting up til 8. So I didn't get an early start outside and it got hot quickly today. I did manage to get the peppers weeded in the garden. I also got the goth garden weeded and edged with the push mower. I was impressed- the push mower hasn't been started in over a year but it started on the first pull of the cord. I got too hot to do much else outside though. Don't worry. I did take a break mid morning. The boys and I watched the final launch of the space shuttle.
I made jam this afternoon. I was just shy of enough black raspberries so I added a few blueberries from the freezer- the last of last year's storage.
Yummy jam! But, in response to Erin's challenge. Here is my mess!
I also had another preservation project this afternoon:
I'm trying dehydrating strawberries, at K11's request. A local store had a great deal on strawberries so while I was out getting more sugar (I didn't have 7 cups to make jam!) I picked up some. I've dried lots of things but not strawberries.
And another first:
I did try to do a little more work outside before dinner. It was really steamy outside- still mid 80s. I was going to mulch the goth garden. While I was out there a robin was scolding me most viciously. Then I noticed that a baby robin was hiding in the grass nearby. So, I decided to knock off until they got it safely away. There is always tomorrow to mulch.