First, the big news. It rained. Real rain. A good, soaking, pounding-on-the-roof rain. What a giant relief it was! Just a story about how dry it really was: Over the weekend, hubby dug a post hole and was almost two feet down and the soil was still bone dry. We were getting very concerned. This is what the corn looked like across the road from us yesterday:
Speaking of yesterday…we had been watching the radar all day long in hopes of some rain. Forecast said we had an 80% chance. Well, throughout the day, that percentage decreased and decreased. Until about 6pm. We saw the big one. There was no way this one was going to miss us. So we headed outside to watch it approach. It was awesome! Seeing those black and gray clouds roll in. It was so defined, you could actually see the line that divided sunshine into darkness (If you look closely, you can see the birds flying away from the storm).
Then we could hear it. The rain. We heard it as it approached, and we waited until the very last minute before we ran into the house. We then sat in our favorite porch chairs and watched as the sky dumped buckets of water on top of us. I’m pretty sure I heard my cucumbers giggling in the garden.
The storm was a great diversion from my canning marathon. In the last three days, I have preserved in some fashion: 8 quarts of blueberries, one quart of blackberries, 15 pounds of peaches, 8 quarts of plums, 5 pounds of potatoes, 2 pints of hot peppers and half a dozen large cloves of garlic. These are some of the gold plums:
I also harvested another 20 onions, which are currently curing on the porch. I canned for two days while at the farm, and still came home with this crazy amount of fresh produce:
Needless to say, I spent the majority of today canning and preserving as well. I do have to say though, that I’m down to about 15 pounds of potatoes and half a dozen extra large zucchini. That’s after tonight’s dinner in which a cheesy zucchini casserole was the star. I’m tired. Real tired. But the kind of tired after you get a huge task accomplished. The good tired. I better rest up though, now that we got rain my garden is going to go nuts!