It's an understatement to say that I'm not sure what day it is. I seem to have lost all normal reference. The Universe is shoveling on the chaos but we seem to be holding our own. Lots of back and forth, trips north, trips to the train station, trips to doctor appointments - with some frantic canning squeezed in between. It may be chaotic, but my Italian prune plums don't give a damn. Neither do the boatload of ripening tomatoes.
I've managed to can my yearly quota of salsa - I tried a different recipe this year and I LOVE it! Since I am usually challenged (snort) by recipes that call for 40# of produce, the resulting 55 quarts of canned goods languishing on my shelves for years - I decided to buy a book by Food in Jars that deals with small quantities and has really unique and wonderful-sounding recipes. I'm thinking this little book is worth its weight in gold.
New to me this year - Cantaloupe Jam, Spiced Plum Jam and Basic Salsa. Yum, yum, yum. I ended up making a triple batch of the salsa because I liked it so much.
Only the pickled green tomatoes/tomatillos and canned, chopped tomatillos remain to be processed. I will dehydrate everything else. The drought of the past couple months has taken it's toll on my garden and pretty much everything is toast. Even my kale, which is usually pretty sturdy stuff.
I have been running the portable air conditioner for the dogs during the worst of the heat. I took pity on the Pepperoni and toted him along as a Therapy Dog yesterday. He adores his Auntie Connie and thrives on mind-numbing petting sessions. Perfect therapy for Dad. I took my mother to a doctor appointment and he languished in their air conditioned house, being fed treats and getting all kinds of attention. Poor laddie. :")
We're getting into the sticky bits of the merger at work - all IT platforms and systems will be changed. Right in time for a reporting period - one of my more hysterical moments of the year. What is it they say? What doesn't kill you will make you strong? I may emerge from all of this as Hercules little sister.