night sky

Camping in the cold

Last weekend we went out to Phyllis Lake for another weekend of camping. Abby, as usual, had to come with us as we can’t leave her home alone with her diabetes. Luckily she enjoys camping.

cat going camping











Friday was beautiful and we had a nice fire with some fishing. We didn’t have a lot of wood with us but discovered some huge logs from a tree that had been chopped down. So hubby got to work chopping, however, our axe didn’t like that wood and the handle snapped in half.

broken axe camping
Broken axe











Then Saturday came, another beautiful day with fishing and sun.

lake camping









It started raining later in the day though so no fire and we were confined indoors for the evening. We fired up the generator as our batteries were running low and while it was going decided to watch a movie. Sunday it was bloody freezing as we were packing up to go. Felt like winter as it was only 6 degrees and the wind was so cold. Brrrrrrrr.

Friday night was pretty fun as I had my camera out and was attempting some sky pictures during the evening. I went down to the lake as well and got some interesting long exposure shots. I’ll post them once I edit them off my camera. I did try some time lapse photos on Saturday (my first time doing that) and it was really fun! It takes a lot of time and shots to create a short movie, holy! This one took about 30 minutes to create but I thought it was pretty cool:

Phyllis Lake


Canning tomatoes and making salsa in a weekend!

Canning Tomatoes

This past weekend was a busy, working weekend. My sister came and we spent the whole time canning tomatoes! What a time it was as I’ve never done before. I asked her if she had and she graciously agreed to come and do it at my place (crazy, I know).

I was supposed to buy about 35 lbs and she would buy 35 lbs and we would make about 40 jars of tomatoes. But I don’t use scales at the store and mismeasured (is that a word?). As the scale I used was in kg and I thought it was lbs … whooops. I knew I had too many but it wasn’t till I got home and totaled it up that I realized I had 103 lbs!! I texted her to her know (and so she didn’t buy any!). I also mentioned she should bring more jars, haha.

Picking up tomatoes at the store
tomatoes and jars
All ready!














She arrived Saturday afternoon and we were ready to start by chopping up all those lovely tomatoes, getting jars ready, boiling water and trying to get organized. I was glad to have a dining room table to use (although we never actually eat dinner on it!). It was a long day as we were still canning at 12:30 am. Poor hubby had gone to bed but I’m sure he was worried we were going to burn the house down as we had propane burners running in the garage (with the door open, of course). Still it was probably dangerous for us to be using them!

Chopping the tomatoes
Canned jars of tomatoes













Making Salsa

Sunday we had to trot out for supplies as we’d decided to make salsa as well (what exactly were we thinking??? good grief!). The crazy part is we had to buy jars of tomatoes (WTF?). This involved a lot more chopping than tomatoes as we had onions, green peppers, red peppers to chop and a million cans to open. We were worried about the weight of the pots on my glass cooktop, so did some on there and some back on the old propane burner.

This time it wasn’t raining so we were able to put it out on the deck at least (so it was closer). Poor sissy got stuck with stirring hers out there while I had 2 on the inside burners to tend. This meant stirring for 3 hours! Oy. I don’t know how you don’t end up with it burning at least a little to the pots as they need to be bubbling. Holy cow, it was a lot of stirring. Wine was also involved with the stirring :-).

Cooking salsa!










Once the salsa was cooked down, it was time to get it into jars. What a messy job that was! It went all over the damn place even with funnels and such.

Time to can!
Canned salsa













We finished up the day by about 9:30 pm with 60 jars of tomatoes and 28 jars of salsa, so more than we had planned on making for sure!). I’m pretty lucky to have such a great sister to come and spend the weekend canning tomatoes and making salsa. It was a fun and crazy weekend and very tiring! Thanks sissy, love you loads!

tomatoes and salsa
All our canned tomatoes and salsa