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Okay, Pam, here goes: 

Mom and I have canned over 20 quarts of apple pie filling, 9 pints of green beans (didn't have too many), 38 pints of salsa, 15 half-pints of apple sauce, 17 pints of hamburger dill pickles, and 11 half-pints of apple butter, along with some jelly.  

Right off the bat, I burned the bejeepers out of my hand after spilling the pie filling goop as I was ladling it into jars.  Lesson learned.  It didn't really hurt all that much, but certainly blistered up good the next day.  I tried to get "injured reserve" status on various chores and stuff, but the boss-man (DH) wasn't buying it.  It's been about a week, so it is looking much better.  

It was my first time making applesauce/apple butter.  A word to the wise - make sure you have a good food mill.  I sure thought I needed a better one after I finished up.  I used an old cone-type colander and wooden dowel.  It did the job, but was a LOT of work!  I will check out better options before attempting that again.  

On Tuesday, I was not in the kitchen, but was on a horse helping DH and my dad gather bulls from the pastures.  Had some cattle to move as well.  Rode in the rain.  We left the barn in sunshine, so none of us had slickers.  I kidded the boss about not checking the radar before we left.  Outside of being wet & chilly, it was still a nice day for a ride.  

Little Merrick is 9 months old and is trying to find his legs.  He pulls himself up and walks around the furniture.  He can sit up from a crawling position, but really doesn't crawl up on his hands and knees.  He gets around by army crawling, but would rather be trying to walk.   

I've told Mom I'll paint her bathroom as soon as she gets the paint.  She's been wanting it done for some time.  I used to dislike painting, and granted, rolling on paint is not my favorite thing, but I actually like cutting in the paint doing trim work.   Her bathroom isn't too big, and it won't take long.  

I'm still trying to find my quilting motivation, but since I have a niece graduating this year, I'll find it.  Deadlines do help sometimes.  

Hope everyone is quilting away - or at least enjoying these last days of summer.  

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Comment by Jodi Cramer on August 30, 2014 at 2:33pm

Years ago I made all my applesauce, apple butter with one of those old food mills you describer. Which I still have by the way. You are right about it being a lot of hard work.

Comment by Joanna liguz on August 29, 2014 at 1:32pm

Nice that you have been busy...! Your winters will be sweet,,,Hope your burn gets better!

Comment by Irene Gallway on August 29, 2014 at 7:10am

I got tired just reading about all the work you have been doing.  But when the cold winds of Winter start belting your house you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Comment by Barbara Graham on August 28, 2014 at 7:27pm

Ouch! That burn hurt to read about it. I got my DIL (at her request) a nice food mill that separates the seeds from the apples. According to #2 son (her husband), it saved them both hours during applesauce season. My apples are very small and the birds mess them up--I let the deer clean them off the ground. Can't believe Merrick is 9 months like my granddaughter, she doesn't want to crawl, prefers to keep her knees off the floor.

Comment by Donna Sykes on August 28, 2014 at 7:01pm

What a busy, busy bee you have been PQ! You and your family will enjoy the fruits of your labor this winter for sure. Glad the burn is  healing nicely. Sounds like Merrick is going to be getting into everything very soon - once he takes off walking. Enjoy your painting project.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 28, 2014 at 6:35pm

Whoa!  What a busy time for you...it is no wonder you haven't had any quilting motivation.  You're too busy thinking about everything and everyone else.  Sorry to hear about that nasty burn, glad it sounds like it is healing up ok.  All that canning is going to taste extra good this winter.

Comment by Janet/MO on August 28, 2014 at 6:31pm

Wow, PQ, you are one of the busiest people I know.  Merrick must be just cute as can be.  I hope your hand heals completely soon.  Sounds like your "boss" is a slave driver.  LOL 

Comment by Pam/NY on August 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

Wow...you have been busy! That's a lot of canning. Ouch on the burn...I've been close to doing that many times. There's no injured reserve for moms!!!! We get 24 hrs. max and it's all forgotten! Merrick is growing up too fast! Put a book on his head and slow him down. I wish I had someone who would paint for me, especially the cutting. Too painstaking...I agree with a good deadline...stress can be good!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 28, 2014 at 4:48pm

I'm reading the full post here, PQ, and the font is just fine. Sounds like you are pretty busy these days! I can't believe that Merrick is 9 months already -- how time flies! I feel for him, one of my DDs was so frustrated until she could pull herself upright. Forget sitting, she just wanted to stand and then go.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 28, 2014 at 4:24pm

Does anyone know why my posts (at least on my computer) go from large to small fonts and then back again?  It aggravates me.  It never shows up that way until I post it to the main page.

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