We are getting some much needed rain. Also much cooler temperatures! Highs in the mid 70’s. Pretty amazing for the end of July.
Just look at all that beautiful water.
We have been busy doing more canning.
We went to visit Tom and Sally on Friday of last week. We picked 2 and 1/2 bushels of beans. Grace and I have them all canned. We are set now for the winter. We have about 75 quarts we have canned this year and we carried a few jars over from last year. I love that. Green beans are a staple here.
Tom also gave us some jalapeno peppers. I used them to make hot pepper jelly. I plan on sharing these with Tom.
I also tried a new recipe this morning. It is called cowboy candy or candied jalapeno peppers. I only made 2 jars so we can give it a try. It looked really good. I was watching one of my favorite vlogs on you tube this morning, Living Traditions Homestead, and she mentioned it. I had never heard of it before. I love trying new things.
Hello everyone. I thought I would share a few pictures of what else I’ve been doing other than the treehouse.
Canning green beans.
And making a few pickles. I so enjoy putting up food for winter for my family to enjoy.
Today I tilled this part of the lower garden. It had green beans in it but they are done. We canned 15 qts from here plus ate several times from it. I hope to plant some fall crops here. Carrots, turnips, beets, mustard greens and a late row of beans. Yum!
Just a few of our sunflowers. They are so tall. At least 8 ft maybe 10. They all came up volunteer from last years flowers. I love them!
So it started with trees and some sawmill lumber. A project!
Then we put the scaffold up.
Ratcheting in the first bolt.
More leverage. And a close up of my finger.
Even more leverage! I think we put in 5 of these bolts!
All the kids had turns.
First board going up. We used sawmill lumber. The frame boards are 2 x 10 and weigh at least 100 lbs. each. We had a hard time lifting them up. The lowest point on the treehouse is 10 ft. The highest is about 12 ft.
We started work on this treehouse on Saturday, June 30th. We worked every day until Thursday when Dave had to go back to work. It was 5 hot, humid days. Temperatures in the 90’s.
We made a lot of progress though.
We started again on Saturday morning.
The kids were so happy to finally be getting the floor down.
I just want to take a minute to say what a good man my son in law is. He has put a lot of hard work and money into this treehouse for the kids to enjoy. They have been out there with us every day. He has let them “help”. It takes a lot of love and patience but it is something there will always remember.
That’s me up there!
So we are making the rails out of trees we cut down from their property. This is the first one we cut. It was a little too big for the table saw so Dave had to use the chainsaw. It took a while but he got it done.
In the meantime, this sweet boy is whittling me a garden stake out of a scrap piece of wood.
I love it.
The first rail is up. That’s all until next weekend. The generator ran out of gas and we needed more screws. More updates to follow.