Friday, September 7, 2012

Thank you Mother Nature

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!!!


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    1. Agreed! If they would just be honest... that would be a great start.

  2. IMO, both are stinking liars, as are 99.9% of any politician. What kind of psycho wants to be in politics to run everyone's lives? I can honestly say the only election stuff I see is the pics on the front page of my homepage news, I don't click on it as it would just make me crazy. And am I better off now than 4 years ago? Yes and No. But it has NOTHING to do with some jerkoff in the White House or in Congress. Although I have to admit policies up "there" do affect (effect?? I never know which to use) us in the long run, I believe it is up to US to make sure we are better off. Even if we don't have more money or even if gas/food prices go up, we can still prepare and think ahead and make ourselves better off.
    Wow, that was quite the rant. I should stop before I really get my blood pressure going!
    Glad you got some rain! We got over 2 inches yesterday, it was SOOOOO wonderful!

    1. Hey, CR, you hit the nail on the head. It's up to each and every one of us to make ourselves better off. Unfortunately, there are way too many people out there who hardly know what self-responsibility is. Sad, sad, sad.

    2. CR- I so agree with you! It is up to us to make a difference in our lives.
      And Mama Pea- I agree that there are some people who struggle with self responsibility but in my line of work I also see people working mulitiple minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet and still not accomplishing it. I do think that there needs to be a change to give these people a fighting chance at making it out of poverty. A young single mother (or father for that matter) hasn't got a chance in the world unless she has family or some other way to help her with child care. Have you priced the cost of decent child care lately? One of my coworkers with 4 year old twins pays $18,000 a year in child care. That is easily more than many people make in a year. Even with only one child that is $750/month and it's more for an infant or younger child. Something has to change but I'm not sure that either candidate has the right answers. Can't I vote none of the above??

  3. Whoo-ee! So glad you got some nice rain! (As opposed to not-nice rain . . . well, you know what I mean.) It's been half-heartedly dripping on and off all day here but not enough to amount to a hill of beans. We could use a steady downpour for about 12 hours.

    The thing that makes me sad and turns me off of all this political campaigning is that you cannot believe one single thing any politician says while running for office. Everything changes once they are elected.

  4. Hear, hear...election year=anxious year. Seems everyone is on edge before a big election (and I agree with Mama Pea).

    I need to update a idc. You've been busy!


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