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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

A Good Harvest

Monday, August 05, 2013

Sorry for the graininess of the pics!  It was starting to get dark and I guess the cell phone camera couldn't focus perfectly for these pics.  But I wanted to show that good things do come to those who wait - and I mean 90 to 100+ days.  :-)

We pulled close to 20 pounds of tomatoes out of the garden this weekend.  Those are Romas in the basket above and they are HUGE!  Guess who's going to be making sauce this week?

And the Early Girls were not to be outdone.  The majority of these will go into some salsa.  J.'s brother thinks it's pretty yummy, so I may see if his wife can come over and I'll show her how we make it.  She's never canned before so this would be a fun, easy way to learn how.

In other news...

  • J. and I had fun at the local gun range yesterday where we shot a .50 cal rifle and a fully automatic Tommy Gun.  Talk about fun!  Whoo, boy!

  • I heard back from the realtor on the other house and there's finally some movement.  It's been 7 weeks since we put in the offer on the short sale and the bank has finally assigned a negotiator and is looking at the offer.  Should be interesting to see what happens since the house sold for $105,000 in 2005 and my offer is for $15K.

  • I've been busy working on our old RV.  We bought a late 80's 27' trailer that was in great shape except the upholstery was ugly with a capital U.  We're talking salmon and baby blue paired with faux wood grain cabinets.  I should have taken some before pictures but I was in such a hurry to get started that I just jumped right in.  We put in new laminate flooring and I'm painting those ugly cabinets a nice off-white.  Then it will be time to reupholster the "furniture".  I'll take some pics next time I'm out there.

And, finally, I've got a watermelon quandry that I need everyone's advice on.  But I need to take a picture of it first, so I'll be back with that tomorrow.

Have a fun Monday!


  1. Oh my gosh, those tomatoes are GORGEOUS with a capitol G.

    Our Gypsies were tiny, and now they are gone with wilt. I am a little disappointed in the Super Sauces, to my mind they are TOO meaty. I'm happy with the Abu Rawans. I may go back to Roma next year.

  2. Thanks, Mary Ann! We got some late wilt, but we were able to salvage everything except a couple of Heinz tomatoes and 1 Cherokee Purple. I've never seen the Abu Rawans - are they a paste tomato or slicer? Have you had a Cherokee Purple? Oh so yummy if you like tomato sandwiches. :-)

  3. Congrats on your awesome harvest! Our red tomatoes are no where where your are...I am still hopeful, though, as there are a bout a thousand green tomatoes out there!


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