Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen one of my highs from this past week — I scored 25 canning jars at the ReStore for only $6! Most of them are pints, which I’m really excited about because I have mostly quarts and jelly jars at home. They appear to be a mix of new and old, and most of them are Ball jars.
The woman ringing me up at the register was so excited I was getting a box — apparently a woman had come in and donated four huge boxes of canning jars that morning. The cashier thought it was really cool that I will also can with them, and she told me how it made her nostalgic for her grandma, who had an acre full of fruit trees in Yakima and a dedicated canning room. That right there is my dream.
There’s just something so special, in my opinion, about reusing jars that someone else loved and cared for, and I often wonder what was put up in them before my time, what they looked like all lined up in a row in someone else’s larder.
Look at me — waxing poetic about canning jars. Anyway.
We had a beautiful sunny weekend, and it’s supposed to get warmer yet! I started some more seeds (cabbage, two varieties of tomato, two varieties of cucumber, chives, lavender, more onion), and wandered around the yard a lot, scoping out what’s coming up. I’m very pleased my dahlias are sending up shoots! I didn’t dig them up last fall since we have such mild winters, but we did get a little snow and it had me worried the tubers didn’t make it. Hostas, ferns, gladiolus, and strawberries are also coming up!
I’m hoping to sow eggplant, bush beans, and a few varieties of squash in the coming weeks. And hopefully get the rest of my dahlia tubers in the ground. And I’ve been eyeing a bare-root raspberry cane at the store for a while now, too… my wishlist seems to go on and on, and the to-do list is even longer!
We also had a new water heater delivered last week! My parents are visiting this weekend, and my dad has kindly offered to help install it while they’re here. Installing a new water heater is one of our goals for this year, so it feels good that we’re finally crossing things off that list.
This week we are supposed to reach temps in the low 80s, so I’m gettin excited to spend some more time outdoors. What are you looking forward to this week?