What I did on my Summer Vacation

Well, the end of my vacation has arrived. It started with surgery for my loved one, and ended with some finished objects for me.

First up – Canapalooza 2015

Some of you know I do a big canning effort every fall. I heard that zombies strike mostly in winter, so it’s good to be prepared.

I went through my canning stash and realized that I had enough jam, pickles, peaches and beets to last another year. So this year I concentrated on tomatoes.




Angus was a big “help”. His favourite part was when the tomatoes escaped and he was able to roll them around.





I started with a bushel of San Marzano tomatoes and various veggies. I pulled some rather sad hamburger from my freezer, and with the magic wand (ok Cheffie’s assistance), I spiced it up to make a lot of spaghetti sauce (5 quarts).

Next came my World Famous Salsa. Admittedly I have a small world, but everyone in it knows about it…and even asks for it for Christmas presents 🙂


Then some smooshed tomatoes and juice and I was done!


All this was done in a kitchen that is not big enough for two people to work. Oh and one burner on my stove didn’t work, so pot juggling became the method du jour.


I think I’m ready for the zombies….


Once all that was done, it was time to turn my hand to needlework. I had promised Nina at Creative Yarns a piece for her booth at the KW Knitter’s Fair.

This will be in the booth – you really should cop a feel if you’re there. Angus and Cooper were big fans as you can see. I did have to lock them out while it was drying. It was furry enough – no extra cat hair needed. Then there was the whole episode where Cooper decided to try to eat the blocking pins….sigh


After that, I picked up my long neglected hook and started working on a cowl for me. The colour isn’t true in this photo (when is it ever?). It’s a much deeper red and the black undertones are just gorgeous.

My Helper

I need to go back to work just to get a rest!