Where Did the Summer Go?

I’m seriously trying to figure out how it got to be the day before October. Summer flew by way too quickly, and I feel like I didn’t get nearly enough done. I guess that’s what happens when you work a lot. I did take a lot of sub hours from June through September. In fact, at one point I was regularly working six days a week. But I was going on the principle that I needed to grab the chance to work when it was offered because I don’t know when the opportunities will come again. As things stand now, October looks to be a much more reasonable month in terms of work hours. So maybe I’ll actually be able to find time to catch up on my To Do List.

What free time I did have this summer was spent mostly working in the garden rather than writing about the garden or quilting. We were actually a bit disappointed with our tomato plants this year. They were very late to ripen this year. We didn’t start to get reliable quantities of tomatoes until September. But as you can see from this picture, they were just saving it up for the very end of the season.

The plants had started to look quite sad, though they still had plenty of tomatoes on them. We decided it was time to call an end to the season and pull up the plants. There were a total of 8 plants: 4 assorted cherry tomatoes and 4 plum tomatoes. The picture above does not include the large box of green plum tomatoes that we also harvested. There just wasn’t room in the picture!

It’s a good thing I’m not working as much this week. I will be busy prepping the excess of tomatoes for freezing. Here’s a picture of a batch of stewed tomatoes I made earlier in the summer when we still had some yellow tomatoes. I soften a little bit of onion, add the chopped tomatoes, and stew them for a short while. Then I put the partially cooked tomatoes into freezer bags and pop them into the freezer in the garage. Just think how a meal made with these tomatoes will brighten up a dreary winter day in February! The plum tomatoes this year are making amazing tomato sauce, too. I’ve still not ventured into canning or pickling. But since we finally found a decent-sized upright freezer this summer, space for frozen vegetables is no longer problem. And with the upright, things are much less likely to get lost only to be rediscovered after many months, completely freezer-burned and unappealing.

Now it’s time for me to go scrape the corn off some ears of corn I boiled earlier. That will also go into a bag and into the freezer. It makes amazing creamed corn, something else I can look forward to having brighten up a mid-winter meal.



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I'm the Children's Services Coordinator for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Central Virginia.
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