Monday, September 15, 2008

The Hurricane Ike Refugees are Coming!

Yep, Hurricane Ike has affected us in little ole' Rexburg. Lynsey and Nick had to flee Houston and his company paid for them to go to Dallas. Lyns actually called and asked our advice..."should we go or stay?". Whatever! "Ya, Lyns, you should go" I guess I didn't much care if she and Nick decided to stay, but get my little Lexie outta Dodge! So after a few fun filled days in a hotel, Nick's company now wants him to go on recovery for Houston hospitals and help rebuild and repair. He'll be gone a week or so at a time and Lynsey didn't much feel like going home to Houston...if she could...without running water and electricity. Apparently that's what she'd find there. So, she got a plane ticket to come home to Idaho. Good thing too. It's about time we had some snuggies from Lexie!

Right now she's staying in Utah with Matt and fam, but in the next day or so she'll be here with us. Hopefully she'll be comfy and be glad she's in an area that has 4 seasons, snow, freezing weather, cool nights and no really big bugs.

In the meantime, I'm still canning up a storm. I'm having so much fun! I've pretty much taken over the basement kitchen. First time in 21 years of having this house that I've had a "canning kitchen". Saturday, Howard and I spent the day cleaning out the garden of the last of the corn. I canned it. Then I picked some tomatoes, apples, onions and stuff and made Indian Relish. I remember as a kid at home loving that stuff. It was the best with beef roast. Yum.

The Indian Relish recipe is a recipe from my Grandma Jensen. I know I sound weird but it's cool that I'm doing something that she did. She was born in 1885. I knew her well, she lived with us for a time. I love that I have this recipe from her. I love that I am doing what she did. Does she know I'm carrying on her traditions?

Anyway, I love canning. I love seeing gleaming jars of foodstuffs on my shelves. It's been said that food travels 1500 miles from farm to table. I love saying..."not at my house it doesn't". Backyard to shelf. Cool.

Yup, I'm weird.


Conder's Castle said...

I would just like to note that I have much enjoyed having cool nights and four seasons, and what not, but I did see one really big bug. Actually really big spider. YOU STUCK ME DOWNSTAIRS WITH THE HOBOS!!!!
Ok, it was only one...but still...

Jeppesens said...

I am glad that your kids are safe. But I guess one good thing came out of the hurricane, you got to see that adorable grand baby of yours. Looks like your canning was too fun. Next year when I have a garden of my own I will have to come and spend a day or two learning all of your canning secrets!!!