Yesterday's to-list was all completed. Every day now is different. Warning: this is a get-your-cup-of-coffee (or tea) and sit a while post. It may be my longest yet. I brought more tomatoes in yesterday too.
Waking up before the sunrise, the barn cat's food and water is checked on my to the kitchen, and then the house cats. If I don't they will be under my feet when I try to make my morning coffee. I let a few dogs to let out too.
Coffee made. A must for my early rise......
I'm up before the sunrise, to chop 24 pounds of tomatoes for sauce making again. I make sure everyone has what they need for school. Oldest still at home, is taking a college class two days a week during her senior year in high school.
Then it's breakfast for myself, and devotions on the porch. I'll be honest and say I can't remember what breakfast was yesterday. Sad, but true. I think exhaustion does that.
While this cooked down to soften I got other work done. Boring stuff, but sharing. . . .
I ran out of homemade vanilla extract, and opened another pint jar I had in my closet. I am low on it, so I do need to order more vanilla beans soon. Although I could make it in time for Christmas (again), I really want more than 4 months to let it sit. Got any ideas for homemade Christmas gifts (from the kitchen)?
I went out to water all the flower pots outside, then all my plants inside (with my rain water I collect). It's been a bit dry outside.
I came back in and stirred the pot, and walked the last dog. I used to walk all three together, but I have to use a leash now, and Alias is very strong for his age. Sadie too.
I came back in and stir the pot, and walked out to let the chickens out. I treated them to a cooling pan of ice chips and sliced cucumbers.
I came back in and stirred the pot (gotta do this often to keep it from sticking), and fill water buckets to water the goats and chickens.
I made a batch of homemade teriyaki sauce. Mmmm. While making it, Daughter texted for GA. She's hurtin' for some company and has 4 days off this coming weekend. Unfortunately we cannot go. So bummed about that.
I made a few calls to Son's Marine recruiter about his MOS designator. He's due to graduate Marine Combat training next Tuesday. I did get a letter from him yesterday. He sounds exhausted, but in good spirits. Having been down there, I know what the heat and humidity is like.
I then walked 2 miles. Don't throw tomatoes at me, but I finished reading a book. You know those things with words in them? Anyone forget what they look like this summer? I had been reading one on the treadmill (okay, so I was walking slow, you got me), and finally finished it.
I boil sealed my jars of sauce, and started dinner. I dug up a few carrots for chicken teriyaki over non-gmo/organic brown rice. Hubby helped me when he arrived home from work.
Put the chickens back in their coop for the night, and did a walk-by at the garden. By the way, Mama Pea, if you have made it through to the end of this post, could you do a tutorial on growing, harvesting and preserving shell peas? I want to grow them next year. I assume they need a fence?
After dinner I got everything off the clothesline, picked anything from the garden, walked all the dogs again, and came inside.
I did get some more crochet time in, but will share later. I can barely keep my eyes open this morning. Looks like it's a two-coffee pot day.