At our house it means that we need to get some things done!
Canning tomatoes is a labor intensive fete! I had picked several gallon bags of tomatoes and just washed and froze them whole. Remember I mentioned that we ended up with those pear looking grape tomatoes instead of Romas which we wanted. I also purchased a box of tomatoes. With the heat and humidity the past few days as fast as I was blanching the tomatoes they were actually rotting. The ones I froze, because I didn't blanch them I would cut off the end and squeeze and they would pop right out! Oh yeah!
Anyway I cooked them down, then put them through the Victorio!
So for a time reference this was a whole day for me just getting that part accomplished.
Sunday was the oldest grandson's birthday party! He turned 7! I cannot believe how much he has grown and how quickly. Nope no pictures, too much commotion with all the people who attended. On the way home the MIL spotted a stand that was selling White Half Runner Beans so we stopped and bought a bushel for her. Now those beans you have to actually "string" which is snap the end and pull the string at the seam down one side, then snap off the other end and pull the string off the other side. By the time we drove home I had probably manged to string about 1/5 th of the bushel to help her.
Monday was sauce day...start the sauce cooking, throw in onions, garlic, basil, oregano, pepper, and some parsley and cook the tomatoes down until they are a nice thick sauce which takes about 8 hours. Then you can !
While I was doing this....DH was mowing, and digging holes.
The girls have a big waterer. Too big for me to carry far. Plus when the cold weather hits no more water from the spigots on the side of the house. I wanted water closer to the gardens and had been asking about what they call hydrants. For those who don't know a hydrant is a water line that does not leave water in the line, but drains it out which prevents it from freezing. You install them much like you do faucets outside and away from the house but there is rock and gravel at the bottom of the hole about 2-3 feet further down that when the hydrant is shut off it drains out of the pipe into that rock and gravel. We decided if we ran the line with the lines that feed the boiler we should not have problems with it freezing so DH was digging holes trying to find where the lines ran out to the boiler and intersect them. Once he found those he started stringing the line from the basement out to where the new hydrant would be. The original lines for the boiler were run in a corrugated pipe and there was enough room to run the new line through that pipe too! So at least no trench digging! But then DH needed help.
So Labor Day weekend was for us just that a weekend full of labor, but we spent some time with family and we got things accomplished which is always a great day!