July 22, 2010

pickles & elephants!

our garden in popping pickling cucumbers out faster then i can keep up!
over the past week,
i've enjoyed canning bread and butter pickles and kosher garlic chips and spears.
one of my favorite things in the world is, how my itsy-bitsy house fills up with the aroma of canning!
then, if that cozy smell isn't enough....
the sounds of lids popping.
lining up my completed work, like different size soldiers
on a vintage table cloth, to
admire for weeks!
it's a beautiful sight.

as my son would say, "epic fail."
which describes how i feel about my reading lately.
i'm reluctantly pushing my way through john steinbeck's, self-proclaimed best novel ever written, "east of eden."
i'm 1/4 of the way through it. i am less then enthused.
in fact, i often fan the pages to see how much longer i have.
do you know what i mean?
so, i'm taking a vacation from it.
diving into sara gruen's,
"water for elephants."
given to me and with rave reviews and an encouraging smile,
my best friend, rhonda.
reece weatherspoon is on location filming this right now!
so, what's your latest read?
smile, wink, nod!


The Smith Family said...

Homemade pickles...yummy!!!

I tried to read "East of Eden" and put it away. I don't think I even got as far as you did.

This summer I am reading "The Making of America" by W. Cleon Skousen. I am finding it very interesting...in a good way ;) He also wrote "The 5000 Year Leap", which I have read twice!!!

Hope your day is a good one!

Teresa said...

I agree...yummy to the homemade pickles! My grandma made great pickles....

I had lofty goals this summer to read "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility"...I'm only half way through P&P and it's taken me all summer to do so. Yesterday I decided to put it down, I picked up "Gardenias for Breakfast" and headed to the pool with son....I finished the book at the pool ~ it was a perfect summer read!

I'll be canning peach butter next week.

jamie said...

Your pickles look so nice! Right now, I am reading Who Do I Lean On? It is part of a series by Neta Jackson who wrote the Yada Yada Prayer Group books. Really good...fun, but serious as well. Happy Thursday to you!

Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

It made me smile reading about your pickle jar lids popping! It brought back fond memories from all the canning my parents did when I was growing up-and how it was fun to listen for the pops!

I just read Stepping Into Sunlight by Sharon Hinck-it was a pretty good book-quick and easy read!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Mitzi Curi said...

I love homemade pickles! Especially those made with Michigan cukes! There's nothing more satisfying than viewing your finished jars of goodies after canning. Oh, I haven't read a book in a long time, it's embarrassing to admit...I can barely get through all of the magazines I buy!