Some of you may have read awhile back that I TRIPLED the size of my garden!! Phew am I exhausted and ready for vacation:).
Its been a good year. The garden has done pretty well. I was having trouble with my zucchini plants this year with blossom rot, but with some lime and calcium my plants overcame that obstacle and have produced MORE THAN enough zucchini.
After the lettuce was finished I planted another two rows of beets so that this fall I can do some canning there. I hope to can around 10 quarts of beets.
My green beans did great (compared to last year) and I had them in abundance so I tried my hand at canning green beans as well which is new to me this year.
Here is the run down of what I have done this summer in "putting up" produce for the winter.
Green Beans: 8 quarts
Dill Pickles: 21 quarts and 4 pints
Salsa: 33 pints
Rhubarb Jam: 11 pints
Applesauce: 17.5 quarts
Blueberries: 24 lbs picked
Sweet Corn: 9 quarts
I also take the abundance of zucchini's that I have and make bread and freeze those. So I have done 18 loaves of zucchini bread.
My regular tomatoes are NOT ready yet. Only the roma tomatoes which is what I make salsa with. So once those regular tomatoes are ready I hope to do my usual 30 quarts of juice. We shall see if I can get that many tomatoes this year. My tomato plants don't look the greatest. With all the high winds and rain we had in June each of my tomato plants blew over at least 3 times causing them to be uprooted. Each time I added more "steaks" into the ground to hold down the cages and I replanted the plants. So we shall see.
I anxiously await VACATION!!!!!
Monday, July 13, 2015
I have always wanted to do some kind of mud run. A couple years ago Nick did a Mud Run with a group of guys and I tagged along to take pictures. Man.....did it look fun!!
SOOOO.....I took it upon myself to search for a local mud run near us. My friend from Tennessee had recommended doing a warrior dash. I have never heard of them before and so I searched their website and low and behold.....they were going to be in Crawfordsville, IN.
So I asked my dear hubby if he would like to join me in the mud. He said "yes" and I quickly signed us up.
|Nice and Clean....Ready to hit the mud!!|
Along the 5K route they had staff taking pictures at the 12 obstacles that are within the race. We stopped to pose for this one but neither of us remember doing this pose at all??
|All done, dirty as ever.....but wow we had a blast and look forward to next year.|
Anyone want to join us????
Posted by Sandra at 1:40 PM
Friday, July 3, 2015
We came home from St. Louis to find a basement with an inch of water throughout the entire basement. While we were gone many inches of rain fell. Our sump pump outside that empties the tiles around our house underground stopped working. We didn't realize this until after working 5 hours on extracting water that the water was still coming in through the ground/wall base. Once we got the pump working the water stopped coming in and we finally made progress on removing the water. My dad, grandpa, dad's hired man, nick, and I worked from 8am-1pm using shop vac's to remove most of the water. We then called in a company to finish the job.
It is now been nearly three weeks since our flooded front yard and we officially have a drive way back. Our yard still isn't completely mowable yet, but we are getting there.
The following are just several pictures from our basement area.
PS: I am counting my blessings it was only an inch of water and ONLY water.....and not sewer like some around here had.
Posted by Sandra at 3:24 PM
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Nick was to preach at St. Louis church on the 12th so we decided to make a long weekend getaway. We sure did enjoy our time away. Lots of things to do in St. Louis so we stayed busy.
One day we went to the City Museum. We are SOOOO glad we left an entire day for this event. There is so much to see and so much to do. My boys were a bit skeptical by the name and even the outside of the building looks run down and awful. But when we got to the front entrance of the place my boys eyes lite up and they were so excited. So much climbing around and sliding down, and getting lost:).
Even Ellie did this stuff. She was more brave than I was. Yes, I did crawl through all that stuff but ONLY once! The boys all did it several times.
Nick, Elijah and Caden going through the tallest wire tunnel.
Did I mention lots of slides?? This was one of the many. A note to self and anyone wanting to go here....wear gym short material. These slides and jean material do NOT mix.
The next day was packed full. We went to the Gateway Arch.
Inside the Arch!!
|We then went to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a "free" tour. It wasn't anything to spectacular, but you do get a "free" beer taste at the end:) Kids get a "free" soda.|
Besides the arch and the brewery we also went to the FREE St. Louis zoo!! Sure had fun here. Kids enjoyed the animals and got a good amount of walking in:). (ok, so kids didn't like all the walking, but still they enjoyed the zoo).
It had a small petting zoo for goats only. Ellie was terrified of them.
...................stay tuned for what we arrived home to.......
Posted by Sandra at 10:32 PM
Usually it is Indiana Beach each summer for Nick's work picnic, but this year Tate & Lyle chose to have their picnic at Fair Oaks instead. It was nice to go here again, but all my kids think Indiana Beach has way more to offer and hope next year they return to Indiana Beach.
Posted by Sandra at 9:30 PM
Caden chose to have a "friends slumber party" for his birthday this year. He invited some of his best friends from church. Actually its his entire Sunday School class at church.
Posted by Sandra at 9:18 PM