Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Working on Wednesday

When I woke this morning, I couldn't remember what day it was or even where I was. Do you ever do that? I haven't in a long time. On Monday, when I went out to take care of my chickens. I noticed that I had ripe berries. I thought there couldn't be any more that a cup or so.

I ended up picking this many. I had enough for one batch of jam. So instead of cleaning house like normal. I made colossal mess in my kitchen and it was fun. Even though, I had to really mop and clean up afterwords. I kept thinking one of the nicest smells in the world is ripe dusty berries on a spring morning. The sound of the birds. Except I was being scolded by the mockingbirds and the bluejays . They were not happy with me picking their berries. Even a couple of parrots flew in and scolded because they wanted the sunflowers and I was too close. Nothing like picking berries shouts to me that summer is on its way.

I made 10 jars and when I went to the store to get more sugar and lids. ( I used all of what I had.)
They had the nicest strawberries and blueberries. So I bought some and today I am going to make jam out of those. Maybe some triple berry too, after I pick boysenberries this morning.

We have a storm dropping down to us from the Gulf of Alaska. I do love weather. I am enjoying every single bit. The weather man said though, that when California gets storms this time of year, they cause the mid west to explode with tornadoes, thunder and lighting and all of that. My sister, got 12 inches of rain from the last storm. The parks have waterfalls and rushing rivers. I always feel bad about that.

I need to resume with my hook and needle soon. I haven't picked them up in so long. I am starting to get that antsy feeling when I haven't sewed much.

Well off to rustle up canning jars and get them in the dishwasher before I got outside to take care of chickens and pick berries. I love mornings in May.

Happy Wednesday!

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey



Nellie said...

Oh, how wonderful! Homemade jam! Yes, it does lead to more cleaning afterwards, but it is very worth it! xo Nellie

Gail said...

Nothing quite as wonderful as preserving your own food.

I hope you get rain but not too much.

TexWisGirl said...

you are jamming! :) we have had some serious storms roll through and more expected for the rest of this week.

Christine said...

Lovely jam and the fun making it! Good for you, Kim!
Love the flowers! Have a great day!

Kessie said...

Ten jars? That must have been a ton of berries! I got six and a half jars out of mine, but then, I'd also strained the juice out because nobody around here likes seeds.

I feel bad about having beautiful stormy weather, too. Our monsoons head east and turn into tornadoes, too.

Simple Home said...

That is a lot of berries!! This weather has been funny this Spring, hasn't it? Hot for a couple of days, cold and rainy for a couple of days. Our local mountains even got snow this past week. I bet your house smells heavenly! Have a blessed day my friend :)

Kerin said...

I love that you were able to make so many jars of jam, and more to come!! I know your family will love all that homemade goodness.
Yes.. we have been having the spring storms, as well.
I hope everyone is safe, and well with all the weather changes.
Have fun today.


Catherine said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. xo Catherine

Julia said...

Never mind the scolding birds and tell them to go somewhere else or plant their own. Your crop looks good.

Making jam used to be a great interest of mine. Now I just buy a jar now and then when we need it. I remember making over 100 jars of strawberry jam and give lots of it away to my family. I loved counting jars, hehe...We would pick all we could put in the car at a U-Pick and then, I started growing my own and selling some.

I so want to bind and whip my grandfather rug but there seem to be little time left for that now. It's a busy time of year.


Pom Pom said...

Yum! Jam! Do you eat it on toast?

Debbie said...

I know that antsy feeling well, I just laid my needles down to do a little blogging!! Oh how I would love to come to your house and make jam with you......the berries are beautiful!!

Alica said...

I think I'd be tired if I lived where you do...canning already?!! :) Sounds delicious! And that header picture of yours...the yellow's absolutely stunning!

camp and cottage living said...

Nothing sweeter than your own real jam on a slab of homemade bread! You are Berry blessed, Kim.

Lowcarb team member said...

Love the colour of the flowers ..

You can't beat fresh picked fruits. I love eating berries with double cream (think you call it heavy cream)

Our flowers are blooming well here in the UK - I love the month of May.

All the best Jan

Three Sheep Studio said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time in the kitchen. I love following the weather.
Your idea of triple jam is perfect ;)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Yum! Homemade berry jam! I love it! Hope you get some weather ... without ti coming to the Midwest perhaps? Ha!

Sue said...

This was such a happy post for me, Kim, as you know I love making jam! Sad for me this year we lost most of our strawberries due to extreme cold! I plan to go to a nearby strawberry farm soon!.
I also love making triple berry jam!
I also get scolded by the birds when I am picking produce, but I just love those sounds,~smile~
Hope you get some nice rains, and yes those tornadoes really scare me! We just had a tropical depression come through last week, it was very windy and lots of rain, with a few tornadoes around!
Have a great day,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers and berries!

GretchenJoanna said...

What a happy day for you - all that jam! We got the loveliest storm yesterday....When I read "thundershowers" I envisioned a few drops of rain, but when it arrived it was a good soaking. So grateful.