What I did on my Summer Vacation

By | September 7, 2015

Well, the end of my vacation has arrived. It started with surgery for my loved one, and ended with some finished objects for me.

First up – Canapalooza 2015

Some of you know I do a big canning effort every fall. I heard that zombies strike mostly in winter, so it’s good to be prepared.

I went through my canning stash and realized that I had enough jam, pickles, peaches and beets to last another year. So this year I concentrated on tomatoes.




Angus was a big “help”. His favourite part was when the tomatoes escaped and he was able to roll them around.





I started with a bushel of San Marzano tomatoes and various veggies. I pulled some rather sad hamburger from my freezer, and with the magic wand (ok Cheffie’s assistance), I spiced it up to make a lot of spaghetti sauce (5 quarts).

Next came my World Famous Salsa. Admittedly I have a small world, but everyone in it knows about it…and even asks for it for Christmas presents šŸ™‚


Then some smooshed tomatoes and juice and I was done!


All this was done in a kitchen that is not big enough for two people to work. Oh and one burner on my stove didn’t work, so pot juggling became the method du jour.


I think I’m ready for the zombies….


Once all that was done, it was time to turn my hand to needlework. I had promised Nina atĀ Creative YarnsĀ a piece for her booth at theĀ KW Knitter’s Fair.

This will be in the boothĀ – you really should cop a feel if you’re there. Angus and Cooper were big fans as you can see. I did have to lock them out while it was drying. It was furry enough – no extra cat hair needed. Then there was the whole episode where Cooper decided to try to eat the blocking pins….sigh


After that, I picked up my long neglected hook and startedĀ working on a cowlĀ for me. The colour isn’t true in this photo (when is it ever?). It’s a much deeper red and the black undertones are just gorgeous.

My Helper

I need to go back to work just to get a rest!

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