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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Friday the 21st

    Just got home from visiting friends in Central Louisiana. They no longer
    can or preserve so we brought home the following: 1 case 4 ounce jars; 1
    case pint jars; 1 case quart jars. Don't really need the quart jars as I
    have plenty but jars are jars in my opinion.

    It is nice to have good friends.

    George

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    Carol S Guest

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    Sorry your friends don't can any more but glad they gave their jars to
    you.....you have until next season to decide what you want to put in
    them!!...Carol


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    George Shirley Guest

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    On 10/22/2011 7:32 AM, Carol S wrote:
    > Sorry your friends don't can any more but glad they gave their jars to
    > you.....you have until next season to decide what you want to put in
    > them!!...Carol
    >

    Usually we have a fall canning season here in SW Louisiana but we've
    been in drought conditions for two years and therefore no fruit ripened,
    most of the garden died, etc. In the last two years we lost a pear tree,
    a lemon tree, and most of a multi-trunked fig tree. All the Japanese
    persimmons fell off early, the peach tree delivered two peaches total
    and the quince tree gave us two quince that were undersized and hard as
    a rock.

    Usually by this time of the year I have thirty or forty vacuum bags of
    chopped sweet chiles in the freezer. I actually had to by bell peppers
    the other day for the first time in the 21 years we've lived in this
    house. Please send rain if you have any to spare.

    Our friends are only a few months older than we are but the wife has had
    problems since being in a car wreck several years ago. She was one of
    these folks that drive with her thumbs inside the steering wheel. She
    was struck from the side by a driver running a red light, tore all the
    ligaments up in both hands, had to have a right shoulder replacement due
    to the wreck and is generally going downhill. The husband is doing his
    best to look after her with the help of a home health care worker but
    she isn't getting better and he can't be away from the house more than
    an hour. They're good people and are trying to stay on the 68 acre
    property they own and maintain their independence. I'm counseling move
    to town where you don't have so many things to care for and sell the
    property and invest the money in something reliable. Probably not going
    to happen as they love the woods but moving is what I would do.

    Miz Anne, my wife of nearly 51 years, and I are sprucing up our home to
    get it ready to sell. Once on the market we will find a smaller home
    closer to our children, grand children, and great grand children. Right
    now it's a three-hour drive for any of us to visit. I want about an hour
    between us so they can't drop their kids off when they go out. <G>
    Of course we will continue to garden and put up our own food no matter
    where we live, it's ingrained in our extended family culture. I don't
    know about anyone else but I get a rush of endorphins just from growing
    and preserving our food.

    George

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    Carol S Guest

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    George....I pray you get rain for next years crops......I get a warm
    fuzzy feeling when I can anything....even just a few jars of
    something.....Carol


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    George Shirley Guest

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    On 10/23/2011 8:41 AM, Carol S wrote:
    > George....I pray you get rain for next years crops......I get a warm
    > fuzzy feeling when I can anything....even just a few jars of
    > something.....Carol
    >

    It's a sense of accomplishment for us, something we grew or were given
    access to by people who don't use what they have. Then the joy of
    canning it properly and sharing with family and friends.

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    Beti Guest

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    On Oct 23, 7:12*am, George Shirley <gmshir...@suddenlink.net> wrote:
    > On 10/23/2011 8:41 AM, Carol S wrote:> George....I pray you get rain for next years crops......I get a warm
    > > fuzzy feeling when I can anything....even just a few jars of
    > > something.....Carol

    >
    > It's a sense of accomplishment for us, something we grew or were given
    > access to by people who don't use what they have. Then the joy of
    > canning it properly and sharing with family and friends.


    George, if I could send you rain from Oregon I would. It's just the
    opposite here - way too cool and too much rain. If we combined our
    two geographies, we'd have a gardening paradise!

    We live in a rural area on 10.5 acres and love it. We are 44 and 50
    and I think more and more frequently about independence and how we can
    maintain it as much as possible. Moving back to an urban area does
    not appeal. I'm hoping I inherited my parents' good health - they are
    84 and still in pretty decent health and quite active. I know for
    sure I inherited their desire for independence and gardening/self-
    sufficiency habits.

    I certainly can't move now. I'm just now getting a respectable garden
    in place. And my husband plowed up a pasture for cover crops. And we
    are planting a pumpkin and corn patch next year. And the chickens
    love to roam all over the pastures. And, and, and....

    Best wishes to your friends. I know they have hard decisions to
    make.

    Beti

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    George Shirley Guest

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    On 10/25/2011 12:18 PM, Beti wrote:
    > On Oct 23, 7:12 am, George Shirley<gmshir...@suddenlink.net> wrote:
    >> On 10/23/2011 8:41 AM, Carol S wrote:> George....I pray you get rain for next years crops......I get a warm
    >>> fuzzy feeling when I can anything....even just a few jars of
    >>> something.....Carol

    >>
    >> It's a sense of accomplishment for us, something we grew or were given
    >> access to by people who don't use what they have. Then the joy of
    >> canning it properly and sharing with family and friends.

    >
    > George, if I could send you rain from Oregon I would. It's just the
    > opposite here - way too cool and too much rain. If we combined our
    > two geographies, we'd have a gardening paradise!
    >
    > We live in a rural area on 10.5 acres and love it. We are 44 and 50
    > and I think more and more frequently about independence and how we can
    > maintain it as much as possible. Moving back to an urban area does
    > not appeal. I'm hoping I inherited my parents' good health - they are
    > 84 and still in pretty decent health and quite active. I know for
    > sure I inherited their desire for independence and gardening/self-
    > sufficiency habits.
    >
    > I certainly can't move now. I'm just now getting a respectable garden
    > in place. And my husband plowed up a pasture for cover crops. And we
    > are planting a pumpkin and corn patch next year. And the chickens
    > love to roam all over the pastures. And, and, and....
    >
    > Best wishes to your friends. I know they have hard decisions to
    > make.
    >
    > Beti


    Been there done that, when we were in our twenties and thirties. Had ten
    acres, pigs, goats, a cow, rabbits, and chickens. 50X90 vegetable garden
    and grew our own fodder for the critters, anywhere from three to five
    acres of field corn. Had a three-quarter acre pond full of fish and also
    provided water for the critters.

    We moved away in 1976 for a much better job opportunity for me. Never
    looked back. We do backyard gardening now that we're approaching our
    mid-seventies and enjoy that plus the home food preserving. Rather live
    in a small city with good medical facilities after strokes and heart
    attacks debilitated me. You have to be happy with what pleases you so
    I'm happy for you and your husband and happy for us too. Stay with what
    makes you happy, that's the life we should all strive for.

    Now I've got to go sponge mop the walls of the dining room after I spent
    the morning hand sanding the wallpaper glue off the sheetrock.

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