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Friday, April 20, 2007

WIP not Wednesday

My current works in progress are not quilt related. The rhubarb patch had gotten quite big and was about to go to seed, which is a definite no no. Then when I walked into the supermarket there was a special on large containers of California strawberries. (We have a few strawberry plants in our yard, but not enough to make anything from, and they are not bearing yet.) I brought home the strawberries, picked and deleafed the rhubarb and pulled out my great strawberry rhubarb jam recipe, and cooked
up some jam. It looks gorgeous in the
making,looks gorgeous in the jars, and tastes better than gorgeous on fresh hot breads. I can't eat much, due to my healthy living program, and I don't normally eat much jam or jelly anyway, but it is nice to have this on special occassions. Plus, I usually give away quite a few of the jars to friends and family. One jar went across the street to my neighbor Wally and his wife this morning.

The other work in progress is not nearly as much fun; it is sales tax report time for our refrigeration service business, so I am doing data entry and tax reports on the computer.

Did I ever mention that I name my computers? When we got this Dell PC, I immediately knew his name was Adam. When my Dad and his family migrated from South Dakota to Rocky Ford, Colorado in about 1930, when Dad was 14, the family rode in an old Ford, while Dad and a family friend, Adam Dell, drove their belongings in an ancient truck. The story of the "Big Migration" is a family favorite and a scream; especially when these "country hayseeds" drove through "the Big City of Denver" and discovered streetcars, stop lights, and penny gum machines. The Dells were close friends for years, and my closest cousin, Geraldine, married Adam's son in the Fifties, so we all became one family.

Here is a photo of Ditto helping me work on the tax report. At least I didn't have to do it alone.
From the looks of his eyes, I think he might be putting a hex on the tax collectors.


Vicki W said...

The jam looks yummy! I like to "put up" veggies and fruit but mostly do freezing. Some day I want to make jams and jellies too. I've never had rhubarb - what does it taste like?

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Pretty kitty, Ditto is. Your jam is pretty too.

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

That looks great! I love making preserves. I mostly make chutney and pickles, but I would like to make jams as well.

Deb Geyer said...

The jam looks yummy! My grandmother used to make a peach/rhubarb pie. It was great! I'm sure the strawberries and rhubarb are great together too.

Deb H said...

I haven't had breakfast yet, but have a sudden yearning for jam on toast!

Dell & Ditto.Love both names. Broccoli is in my lap. He thinks Ditto is cute too.

oh, & Hedwig is a girl:~D

Jo said...

Oh, I could have used some help from that cat at tax time. We went down to the wire filing ours. Neither of our cats lifted a paw to help us.

Deborah said...

Ditto is my hero if he is putting the whammy on the tax man. This is the first year in our married lives that we haven't had to fork over MORE of our hard earned $$...

Allison Ann Aller said...

That jam must be soooo good!
Love the picture of all that hay on the truck!!!