Thursday, March 10, 2016

You know how sometimes you get busy...

with one thing and other things are neglected?  Well, that's what has happened here in my little apartment.  I've been working on turning all those bags of cranberries in my freezer into juice and canning them.  And while in the middle of that, I ran out of quart canning jars.  I had some dry foods like rice and cornmeal and instant mashed potatoes stored in quart jars, so it became necessary to empty all that into freezer bags.  Now I have enough quart jars for a while, but I also have several boxes of rice and cornmeal and instant mashed potatoes in freezer bags that need a place to live, so it is necessary to rearrange my shelf full of dehydrated foods in order to make room to put away the stuff in bags.  It's a vicious circle, I tell you.

And then there is my kitchen.  I'm really not quite sure how so much cranberry pulp and cranberry juice wound up on my floor and on other surfaces, but there it is.  And my stove top has gone from slightly dirty to downright disgusting.  Something needs to be done about all of it.

So I am taking Thursday and Friday to see if I can't get things back in order.  I'm not as young as I once was, so it takes me longer to accomplish what I need to do, but it will be done.  I just can't stand a mess.

And I have decided that because I am usually busy with homemaker kinds of things during the week, I am taking the weekend to do something fun.  I haven't done anything crafty for a long time and I watched a couple of videos while waiting for the cranberries to cook down.  They were about an easy method of making scrapbook-type photo albums, which is something I want to try.  I have the supplies on hand so I think I will get them out and play.

I'll be back on Monday with more in the Canning series.  In the meantime, I wonder where I put my mop...


  1. It's good to take a breather once in a while.

  2. Gorges...time to get things back into some sort of order and then take time to relax a bit. At least, that's the plan. :)

  3. Your post made me think of friends who often say to me "aren't you bored not working?" I,too, fill my days. I tell them that I'm working, I just don't get a paycheck any more.
    Have a restful weekend. SJ in Vancouver BC

  4. SJ...I got those comments from friends, too, who told me I would be bored. It has been nearly 8 years now and so far I can't recall even one boring day. I suppose if I were one of those folks who are content to sit on the couch with a cookie in one hand and the remote in the other, I might be bored. But I have a sneaking suspicion that won't happen for either of us. :)

  5. put out the word.
    a friend of ours broke up housekeeping and gave me all her canning jars.

  6. Oh Wow, Deb...Lucky you! Jars around here are scarce as hens teeth except for new ones. Now all you need to do is fill them all up. :)

  7. I wonder if we are not sisters, separated at birth. I spend a lot of my time moving things from one place to another. Enjoy your "time off". Julia in Texas

  8. Julia...Could be! I suppose if I lived in a house big enough to have designated storage spaces I might not have the need to rethink how I store some of my preps. But as it is, with my little apartment, what seemed like a good solution like using the canning jars for dry goods storage turns out not so good a few months later. Sigh.

    I made a big dent yesterday in getting my apartment back in some sort of order. Just a few things to deal with today and it will be time to get out the scrapbook paper and glue and scissors and have some fun creating. I think we need to do that sort of thing now and then. It is good for the soul. :)