What a delightful thread. Thanks to everyone for the memories.
As I sit here, the blueberries are waiting for me to make jam. It's so friggen hot at the moment, ugh.
Before my JW days when we lived on a huge farm in Ohio, there was nothing to compare with all the relatives and my mom doing their gardens and canning. How well I remember the root-cellers full of all sorts of goodies. Then came JWism and a move to the big city where nothing was ever the same. >>>>>>hugging myself<<<<<< because sometimes those memories are still heartbreaking.
On the brighter side though - I'm now the grandmother of 3, and I've learned how to garden, can, bake, and there is nothing as wonderful as that aroma of "grandma's house." Boy, I'm missing those little darlings.
Hubby and I plan a trip to Colorado where we've heard rumor of still afffordable land where one might actually be able to maintain a garden. Currently we live in desert and dirt! UGH. No luck with a garden this year since it's been drought conditions.
WEll, guess it's time to sign off and get busy with my blueberries. Didn't have strawberries this year. I like to do a few batches in remembrance of my grandmother...her favorite was strawberry and I always bless them in her name.
Your family is very fortunate...as you are, too. Glad hearing there are still some stay at home mom's that understand the value of such "labor with love."