02 June 2008
Preserving the Harvest and Loving the Dream!
Every year I pretend that I am going to make strawberry jam and every year I wait for my Mom or my Aunt Vivian to come up and make it for me. Well, this year it was my turn, because there is no one here I can delegate the responsibility of making sure Paul has enough fresh frozen strawberry jam to make it through all the Sunday dinner rolls, Saturday morning crepes and freshly baked whole-wheat bread for the year until next strawberry season comes around. So Friday I dedicated myself to the "putting up" of fresh frozen strawberry jam. I guess it would be prettier if I could have put them in little glass jars with pretty little labels which I would have used my calligraphy pens to write "Strawberry Jam - 30 May 2008", but you just don't want frozen glass in your freezer being jostled around. So I've settled for plastic containers with just the date on them.
It's been 5 years since the last time I made my own jam. Can I tell you that it was wonderful. The satisfaction of knowing that you've relatively preserved fruits of the harvest is almost overwhelming...that may be a little bit of an overstatement. Let's see from "10 Things I Hate About You," I'm just whelmed.
I love and enjoy being a homemaker, a maker of homes! I know I'm not out saving lives or pretending to enjoy being in some rat race hoping that one day my "contribution" to society will be noticed. But I am doing what I love. The satisfaction of a clean home, a crisply ironed shirt, knowing my husband can come home to a peaceful homey haven knowing that there will be a hot delicious dinner on the table, it's all I've ever wanted. And the fact that no one is the boss of me except my own self is also nice :)
Preparing dinner - $1 hour
Laundry, Cleaning, Vacuuming and Washing the dishes - $4 hours
Going to Hawaii for 3 weeks this June while husband has in-job training in Chicago - Priceless!