PICKLES AND CONSERVE

Tuesday

Linda

Ever have those days where you feel like nothing gets done?  Like your wading through a quagmire, trying to reach dry land, but the mud just keeps sucking you down.  It’s been that way for me since Sunday.

Right now my house is mess, I have boxes of things that came from the apartment and I don’t know what to do with it.  I don’t like things in disorder.  It stresses me out, even if I tell myself not to sweat the small stuff.  And in reality it is small compared to a lot of other things that can happen.

Sunday I made a plan to go to town and buy the things I need to make squash conserve and bread & butter pickled zucchini.  I have never made either one before, but it looked like a good way to use up some of the harvest.  So with my list and a smile on my face I headed down Rt. 50 toward town.  I figured I could get a head start on the week.  Maybe can up the pickles when I got home and can up the conserve on Monday.  I’m good at time management, I should be able to put away a few boxes and clean up the house in between canning.  By Wednesday I should be able to enjoy a clean house and admire my gleaming jars packed with tasty treats harvested from my own garden.  Uh oh, traffic ahead.

Apparently a large truck that was too tall tried to squeeze through an underpass. Traffic was backed up for miles on Rt 50.  I was trapped.  There was no turn off in sight.  I had to sit and wait until we reached an exit.  Two hours.  I got off on the exit and headed straight home.  So Monday I tried again.  I made it to town just fine but it took me all day to run the errands.  I did make progress though.  I was able to make six pints of bread & butter zucchini pickles.

Squash Conserve and Bread & Butter Pickled Zucchini

Today I had to meet Ronald at 8:00 this morning to go back to town and pick up some supplies to finish the root cellar.  It took us until after noon to get everything and unload it here at Pot Hole Farm.  Not too bad.  Still time to get something done.  Then the census man came to the door.  Then it was one thing or another to interrupt my plans, but I did prevail and was able to can up some squash conserve.  At least that is something, and it sure looks pretty sitting on my counter. Hopefully it it tastes as good as it looks.

The boxes are still sitting there glaring at me, the laundry basket is overflowing, the floor needs vacuuming and I can write my name in the dust on the furniture, but no matter.  It will be waiting for me tomorrow.  Oh, the block layers will be here at 9:00 A.M.  I will be busy taking pictures and watching the root cellar go up.  That’s ok. When it’s finished it will be a big accomplishment.  The other stuff….not so much.

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4 Responses to PICKLES AND CONSERVE

  1. Judi says:

    As a chronic control cleaner, I have learned tis better to focus on what you have been able to accomplish than what’s left to do! Those jars sure do look pretty and as far as the dust is concerned pretend its waiting for its friends to come and you can get them all at one time!LOL Hang in there and enjoy!!! No stress allowed at Pot Hole Farm!!!!

  2. Clarissa says:

    Not to add to all your problems but you forgot to mention a certain lil pup that felt the need to destroy your living room rug. Hope you are able to get some stuff done soon. Its like you told me, take things one at a time and breathe. It all comes out in the wash =)

  3. Linda says:

    Yea, guess I need to take my own advice. I know it will all get done in time. By the way, I bought a replacement rug yesterday. Hopefully it doesn’t taste as good as the old one.

  4. James Bates says:

    if you feel the need to mail some Zucchini to someone….please think of me. Love zucchini!

    PS you are not alone…Went to a Access Control Systems class last week, 3 days of class. Had to go to get my Alabama State Lic#. the last two days I been stuck working on our office Access Control. We had paid a tech to install it, but he could not get it to work. I have been trying to figure out his wiring (one of those jobs where he knew but no one else would). Almost finish, have 3/4 of it working. But had 1 New install CCTV, 1 New Access Control System to install, 1 burlary alarm install, and 2 CTTV upgrades (add more cameras and equip). Plus trying to keep up with daily trouble calls on our existing CCTV network, plus camera reveiws because some drunk broke something in front of a camera. But it wasn’t reported until 3 days later, (so no telling when it actually happened) (it only takes 3 seconds to break something, but I have to look thru hours and days just to find that 3 seconds, which of course takes TIME!!!! AGGHHHHHHHHH

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