Life sure is different without internet in your house. I like it that way though, and have no desire to change it. But, that in itself is a lot of the reason that I haven’t updated my blog recently. Jonathan and I have been busy doing all sorts of things and I’m going to make an attempt to tell you about at least a few of the things we have been up to recently.
First I’ll go ahead and give you a breif report on our backpacking trip and show you a few of the best pictures. We decided to go to Idaho this year and we took the whole family with us for a total of 17 people, including 2 babies. It was a lot of fun! The mothers and babies did awesome…but I don’t think I would do it myself.
We camped our first night at a lake which was a long 7 miles from the car. We found it to be infested with mosquitos but we made the most of it. The next day we did a day hike to another lake and then some of us went on over the next pass to a group of 4 lakes in a row. Here’s a couple pictures from our day.
Day 3 we headed on to yet another lake. We spent a couple days there and had lots of fun. Part of our group went on a day hike, part of us stayed at camp, and part of us moved on to the next lake ahead of the group. Jonathan and I stayed at camp that day. Here’s a couple pictures from our time at this lake.
Day 5 we hiked to yet another lake where we caught up with the rest of our group again. However, we had still left the tired day hikers at the previous lake so had to wait yet another day for them to catch up so we could all be back together again. While we were separated from Dad, Jonathan got to enjoy being the cook.
Next, Day 7 I guess it would be, we headed to an off trail lake. We spent two nights there and then headed back out. We spent one night at one of the lakes we’d already been to and then hiked that remaining 12 miles to the car. It was quite the trip, especially for the little people. That’s why you’ll see pictures of Jonathan & I carrying the little girls, Savannah & Rachel.
After we got home from backpacking, we found our garden with ripe greenbeans, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, and more. I became quite busy processing all the food from the garden. We bought some Yakima peaches too and some pears that I made into Pear Butter which, btw, is extremely yummy. I canned and dried 3 boxes of peaches. One box of pears made 2 batches of canned pear butter as well as some dried pears. I also dried some prune plums.
This is how many green beans it took to do one batch of canned green beans. I used a pressure canner for the first time. It took me 5 hours from start to finish to figure out how everything worked and get through the process. The 2nd time I did it was much faster but still a lot of work. I was very thankful to be able to call Jonathan’s mom who had experience and have her help through the process. She’s a real blessing, I call her frequently with little questions about cooking, canning, sewing, cleaning, sickness and whatever else. Somehow she just seems to have all the answers! I’m very thankful to have a mother-in-law like her.
I was talking to Michelle one day and she informed me that she had tons of tomatoes in her garden and couldn’t use them fast enough. My tomatoes were pretty slow getting ripe and I was afraid I wouldn’t get enough for Salsa before the end of the year. So, Jonathan and I planned a visit to David’s house for the very next day. I loaded up all my pint jars, thinking I probably couldn’t fill them all but I wanted to be prepared. When we got there, the kids helped us make quick work out of 36 lbs of tomatoes! I couldn’t believe it! Within 45 minutes we had completely filled Michelle’s biggest pot with chopped tomatoes! Must be nice to have all those helpers around all the time! By the time we were done, I had filled every last one of my pint jars with salsa and had to put the leftovers in a few of Michelle’s jars! I was very pleased to be able to have so much salsa. Thanks guys for the tomatoes and for all your help! It was fun.
A couple weeks ago Jonathan and I bought a woodstove. I’m so glad we’ll be able to heat with wood this winter. I get so tired of paying electric bills and it makes me want to shut the heat off all the time and just bundle up or tough out the cold. This winter I don’t need to worry about being cold. Thanks to a friend of Jonathan’s, we have plenty of firewood for the winter. God has been so good to us with all these blessings and the way he provides for us. Here’s a couple pictures of us getting the firewood.
And then for our most recent project. We just finished putting a new roof on our trailer. Jonathan and I tore the old roof off, Dad helped lay the new tar paper down and then David’s family and Dad came out and helped us lay the new shingles. It was a lot of work but fun because we were able to do it together. Below you’ll find the pictures of the project. I tried to get just the roof pictures to show up, but, all the backpacking pictures are showing up again too. Oh well. Enjoy the pictures.