Monday, August 2, 2010

Canning, Freezing, & More Rain

We are getting another rain shower this morning.  If I look on the bright side it gives me some time to sew, as I can't work in the garden it's to wet and the mosquitoes are terrible right now.  This past week I have been doing some canning and freezing.  Freezing: green and yellow beans, yellow summer squash, zucchini, peppers, canning: dill pickles, sweet pickles, pickled beets.  I don't get a lot at a time from the garden but it is starting to add up in the freezer and the canning shelves. It will be a blessing this winter.

Right now I have a gallon jar of sweet pickles that are on day 8 in their process.  We love these pickles so usually put up at least two gallons of them.  I like the fact that after they are done you just store them in the gallon jar in the basement or somewhere cool, no processing them.  They have a lot of sugar in them 8 to 10 cups.

The rain has stopped and the sun was peaking out for a bit YEH!!!!!!

 Adapted from an email story

My friend was delighted when a wealthy business friend invited her and her husband to dinner at an elegant restaurant one evening.  Nearing the restaurant, her friend suddenly stopped and picked up a grubby penny from the sidewalk. He held it up and smiled, then slipped it into his pocket, as if he had found great treasure. How absurd!
    What did this man want with a dirty old penny:
    Throughout the evening, the thought nagged her. Casually, she mentioned that her brother had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found was of value.  Again, her friend smiled, drew the coin from his pocket and handed it to her.
     "Look," he said.  "Read what it says."
     "United States of America."
     "No, not that.  Read further."
     "One cent?"
     "No, turn it over."
     "In God we trust?"
     "Yes! If I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin.  That inscription is embossed on every United States coin, yet we seldom notice it.  When God drops a message right in front of me, reminding me to trust in Him, who am I to pass it by?  I cherish that coin as a reminder from God."
" The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust....." Psalm 18:2a

What a great reminder that the Lord is in control of our lives even when hard times come.  I think that I will look at a penny in a new way after reading this. 

Have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I love the penny story!
My beets will be ready to harvest soon, and am looking forward to pickling some. We love pickled stuff here!