That’s it – I’m done laboring with the canning. 42 pints of “pickles” should take care of my Christmas list, I think. I put all the canning equipment away and cleaned my kitchen – oh, what a good feeling!
I also finished my book this morning after I made the last batch of pickles. “The Lilac Girls” was an excellent WWII story based on real people and terrible cruelty inflicted in the women’s concentration camp at Ravensbrook, Germany. It was difficult to read about such cruelty and worse to know it actually happened. I need a lighter book for my next read.
We have some cool nights coming so I need to start bringing in the most fragile succulents and cacti. I call this 5-1/2′ cactus the 4-H cactus because in 1980 when I was a 4-H leader, one of the kids brought me a small cactus in a paper cup. This is that cactus!! It has some real dead parts and unattractive sections that happened last winter when it didn’t get enough light. Instead of hauling this huge plant, I think I will cut off the pretty sections and repot them. I will then throw away the original base plant and start again. It’s just so big and hard to move that it’s time to cut it down. Here it is outside this summer.
Hope you’re all enjoying the last unofficial day of summer – I’m ready to sew instead of making pickles!