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Friday Already!

Friday, May 10, 2013

This week seems to have flown by. I am still dealing with back pain but I can tell it is slowly getting better. I isn't hurting constantly now just if I am on my feet for too long or sitting for too long. I put up some low sugar strawberry jam yesterday. I sat while I trimmed and mashed the fruit and just stood when canning it. Normally I would stand for the whole process and my back would hurt by the end even when I am not having problems. I need to learn to do things in a way to be kinder to my poor back.

Washington has been the hot spot of the country for the last several days. We are breaking all sorts of records. Some parts of the state have had triple digits. We have only gotten up into the 90's but that is plenty warm. a cool front is supposed to move in tonight and we are supposed to be back to more normal temperatures by Monday.

Monday we have reservations at a ranch about an hour from here to hunt for Ellensburg Blue. It is a gemstone/agate found in only two places in the world. A section of Kittitas County Washington and Israel. We are both ready to get back out doing something fun. I just hope my back cooperates! I borrowed this photo from the internet.

I haven't seem much of DH this week. He has been busy at his DS putting in a Koi pond. I worry about him over doing it in the heat wave we are having. He works all morning there and then comes home & has lunch and then goes to his real job.

Today I have a lot of asparagus to can. I have a recipe for pickled asparagus that I have used for years. I give a lot of my canned foods for gifts at Christmas. I haven't canned pickled asparagus for about 5 years and have been getting requests for it from family members. Another job I have to learn to sit as much as possible.
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    Take it easy on your back. I haven't canned since I left Ohio in 83. I've made jam once or twice but that's it. Your right, it is hard on the back. I like how you try to take care of your back. That's a good sign that you're listening to your body.
    My chiropractor will see me after I drive up to Ohio and back in a few weeks. It always plays havoc on my back even with stretch stops.

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    1742 days ago
    When my back plays up for long I make an appointment with my acupuncturist. It helps me a lot sometimes. After my back surgery healed badly I had a numb left leg, My acupuncturist MD put the tiny needles in and I had control of my leg after 7 years. He is great.
    I used to do canning and making jam but these days with no kids or family close by it seems to be counterproductive so I use my seal-a-meal and freeze things. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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    1743 days ago
    You are so industrious, even when you are hurting! What an inspiration you are!
    I can imagine that your family really appreciates all your hard work when they are the receivers of your special gifts.
    Enjoy your special outing!
    1745 days ago
    I am glad your back is slowly healing and that you have a fun rock hound hunt next week. I have never canned asparagus. Is it as mushy as when you freeze it? That is why I usually just give away what we don't eat fresh as we don't care for it frozen.

    Enjoy your weekend,
    1745 days ago
    That stone is beautiful. It looks like the planet earth. I hope you are wildly successful in your efforts. I also hope your back cooperates fully.

    Canning corned beef today!!


    1745 days ago
    Now THAT's not something you hear every day..."Friday ALREADY!"

    Both your canning projects and your rock hounding sound like a whole lot of fun! The most I do to put food by is freeze, but the whole canning process has always interested me. Very cool. My niece and I share a love of rocks - she recently gave me a shiva stone which is really unusual. I've never heard of the Ellensburg Blue Agate, but I'll look into it.

    Hope your weekend is good, Martha. Have fun!
    :) Gail

    1746 days ago
    It has been YEARS since I canned anything. I used to be domestic. We had an apple tree and a quince bush, and I made delicious, and not too sweet, quince-apple jelly. I haven't had any since. My apple tree was blown over in a storm, and I wasn't too sorry about that happening. Canning apples was a lot of work, and it often took up the entire Labor Day weekend.

    Have you seen a chiropractor about your back? They can help a lot.

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1746 days ago
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