Monday, August 23, 2010

ant edition (1000 gifts #55-65)

Today I was the ant, preparing for winter. I have just finished finding room in the freezer for close to 20 lbs. each of peaches and nectarines. And with that little item I resume my list of 1000 gifts:

55. I love the summer fruit!

56. I love spending a day in the kitchen, especially when I have a tidy row of boxed ready-to-freeze items to show for it.

57. A few days ago it was blueberries. They were on the ripe side so I decided as well as freezing them whole, to make a little jam. When I discovered I was out of Certo, I googled "blueberry jam no pectin" and came across the simplest recipe (6 cups blueberries, 3 cups sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice).  It took a bit of boiling and stirring but my jam set nicely.

58. On Saturday I went to a writer's event in Vancouver sponsored by The Word Guild. From it I have some helpful handouts to help me evaluate my career direction for the future.

59. I felt especially pleased when my plans to go and return by public transit worked without a hitch!

60. Yesterday we spent a beautiful afternoon with friends at Lonsdale Quay

61. ...where we found some fun public art.

62. ...and I discovered a wonderful place for an outing with our grand-babies at some future date (imagine a Thomas fan getting his hair cut here!)

63. French onion soup.

64. Hubby found a replacement carafe for our coffeemaker.

65. ...and a new dryer knob (bye-bye pliers).

If you'd like to join me and many others collecting One Thousand Gifts, please do. Some post their gifts on blogs, while others list them in private journals. Instructions on how to join are here

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Addy Oberlin said...

When I see you do all the freezing memories come back when I lived in Vancouver and our family was growing up. Every summer we'd go to the Okanagon to buy fruit. I canned it all, cherries, apricots, pears etc and we had those for deserts on Sundays during the winter.
What did you learn from Word Guild that you could pass on?

violet said...

Great memories, Addie! We don't have to go to the Okanagan, though. It all comes to us. Last Wed. we went to the local farmer's market, and most of the fruit stands were from the interior -- along with corn from Chilliwack, of course!

I'm going to sit down shortly and compile what I learned about writing on Saturday. I'll let you know when I have that posted. Thanks for asking.

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