Whew!

Well, we’ve been super busy the last couple of weeks… busy getting over a nasty virus that we acquired somewhere and unwittingly passed on to an unfortunately large number of people while we were at Ozark Family Camp. Ellie got pneumonia, and we had mulitple ear infections as a side benefit of this beauty. All 10 of us got it to one degree or another, and a couple are still pretty puny. So, that’s taken a bulk of my energy recently, and I haven’t gotten to the many update posts that I’d like to write sometime. But we’re on our way out of it!

A few bits of other recent news:

Today is my fourth day in my Shampoo Free experience. I’m having a bit of a “transition” issue, but not bad. I’ll be posting more about it; this is just a teaser. Follow the link above if you’re curious, and if you have thoughts on going “shampoo free,” I’d love to read them.

We did our first bit of canning today! I was amazed at how much the tomatoes cooked down in the method we used, but it was relatively easy and I hear it gets great results. Jonathan and I blanched the tomatoes, the big boys peeled and diced, Jonathan and I did the actually canning.Red, purple, and orange tomatoes. The partially filled jar will just go in the fridge when it cools. Our purples aren’t doing great this year for some reason, so we didn’t have many. On the counter behind the jars are some not-quite-ripe goodies.

I’ve been working on updating my photo blog… I was almost two months behind, but have made some catch-up progress in the last week – up to July 8th right now. And speaking of blogging, I’m getting ready to move to WordPress. Not quite ready, but getting closer. That also has taken up some of my available computer time. I’ll let you know the new place is all ready for visitors.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TAB
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 21:01:21

    Wow! Sorry to hear about your virus fight. Those tomatoes looks yum!

    Reply

  2. Laurie
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 00:03:47

    Laurel, I've enjoyed your photo blog! You're a busy and blessed woman! Yes! Moving (a blog) is a process!

    Reply

  3. Magen
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 17:34:16

    I’m intrigued by the no shampoo thing. Micah will surely think I’m crazy when I tell him I’m going to try it!

    Reply

  4. smithlaurel
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 17:50:47

    Oh, I’m glad you mentioned it, Magen. I need to post an update.
    And thank you for your encouraging comments today! Such a lift. 🙂

    Reply

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