You got my letter! Thanks for the 1.3 inches of peaceful rain today! And thanks for throwing in a little lightning and thunder early this morning. It made for great sleeping knowing that there wasn't wind. And the shower later this afternoon... BONUS! And neither time did the rain interfere with my getting to and from work. And that was important, especially today when everything was thrown into a tizzy by a visit from the President.
Yup, The POTUS and the VP and their ladies descended on our fair town this afternoon, snarling the entire day's traffic in the process. All the buses were re-routed all day which meant I got a lovely walk in both before and after work- and it had stopped raining each time.
And speaking of work, it has been hectic this week. Today was finally more manageable and I was able to get my required annual 'fire extinguisher training' in this afternoon. (oh the things we do)
I've been canning tomatoes again this evening. 7 quarts of sauce are in the canner at the moment. That brings the year's totals up to:
Sauce: 31 quarts, 1 pint and a half, 5 pints
Enchilada sauce: 20 pints!
Diced tomatoes: 18 pints
I may make some salsa next. I'm not sure. V has never been fond of my salsa and our local store produces such tasty salsa that it's hard to pass up. We'll see. I may make some yet.
It is Friday and time for a quick IDC update before my sauce is ready to come out.
Plant something- Not a thing!
Harvest something- tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, melons, cucumbers, basil, eggplant, eggs. There is a little broccoli out there that I'll harvest tomorrow.
Preserve something- Tomatoes! Sauce, enchilada sauce and diced. Froze peppers.
Waste not- Not much other than the usuals
Want not- Nope- very few purchases or acquisitions this week.
Eat the food- where to begin. I LOVE this time of year!
Build community food systems- took a goodie box to Jim. And while not officially this week, I'm going to be taking several quiches to our church's annual pie sale fundraiser. They have been such a hit in the past. Many people don't want sweet pie at 9 in the morning but quiche goes well. I'll be using ingredients from the garden and lots of our eggs.
Skill up- nope. I've been too busy!
I've also been musing on the question "Are we better off than we were 4 years ago?" while processing tomatoes this evening. I may or may not do a post. We'll see. I try to not get too political here (although I do have very strong opinions!) I turn on the TV to listen to the local news and weather in the mornings while I'm getting ready for work. Let's just say, living in a 'battleground state', I heard Mitt Romney assuring me that I was NOT better off- in fact I must be miserable- at least 4 times before breakfast. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THIS ELECTION IS OVER!!!