Well the cold front arrived with horrific winds. I felt very snug inside sitting here at the computer with a cup of hot coffee while the gale was going on outside.
I did venture out to the milk parlor to get milk and my jelly jars. Wow!
Here is the view off the porch this morning.
Several of you commented on reading and your likes and dislikes. I guess you could say I have very eclectic tastes. I love biographies and history, in fact, bought John Adams and l776, by David McCollough. I love novels about the Civil War. I enjoy historical fiction but I want it accurate about the historical facts such as dates, people and locations.
I like 'literature' and like mysteries. I love stories based in the south. Don't know why they appeal so much to me, but they do. I am not offended by violence or explicit sex............if they add to the story, but if they are tossed in for prurient interest that turns me off instantly. Some best sellers make me wonder why; others are quite deserving. It is all very personal as to choice. I love Southern authors. I don't read Joyce Carol Oates anymore. Her books depress me terribly. I don't really like books that are too fluffy or sentimental...not Romance Novels...but that is just my taste. I think reading is one of the best, most enjoyable things we can do for ourselves....and if you use the library, it is completely free! Not a bad thing.
I rarely watch television......if PBS doesn't have something that interests me, I read. I probably read too much!
I have got my husband reading now but he limits his books to mysteries only. I can't take a steady diet of them....have to spread my wings a little.
I made my strawberry jam this morning. Like all best laid plans this went slightly astray. I ended up doing a cross between old fashioned cooked down jam and one using pectin. I used 7 cups of berries with 7 cups of sugar and only l package of liquid pectin (all I had). I cooked it about 14 minutes before it reached the 'jell' stage.
My sister made some mincemeat tarts so, of course, I had to make a few too.
The side advantage of this was I made my favorite pie recipe so now have 5 more single crusts in the freezer for Christmas. I used one single amount for the tarts.
I used a tuna can for the circles, dampened the edges and placed a rounded teaspoon of mincemeat in the center and closed and pressed them. I lightly tapped the tops in a bowl of sugar and baked them at 400° for 20 minutes. Here they are:
After all this, we had Sloppy Joes for lunch............at least they were on home-made buns!
The winds are still going strong here.