the 4 p's ~

Plums ... Pumpkins ... Potatoes ... Pie

As always ... never a dull moment around here.  Dear Hubby and I have been busy ... he more so than me.  Since my surgery I seem to be the foreman more than anything ... delegating different projects for everyone to do.  I help where I can as long as I don't have to do any kind of lifting. 

Today it's Plums ...

... peeled and seeded ...
... and turned into jam.

Yesterday and today ... it was Pumpkins ~  from Dar and Bills patch ... I picked out a few from the pile of them on the hay wagon to put by my door step for fall decoration along with some gourds.

... and Potatoes ~

... that I sat and watched as Dear Hubby, my sister Darla and her hubby Bill dug and picked up and put into bags ...

Thank goodness for the potato picker behind the tractor and they didn't have to be dug by hand.
Dar ... scooting around on the ATV ... being the foreman of that job :)

Today Dear Hubby cleaned up and canned 21 quarts of the small potatoes ...

I tried to talk him out of that project, as he's been so busy ... but he insisted on doing it.  Oh well ... all I can say is thanks ~ and that's one less thing for me to do on down the road:) when I'm feeling better. I'm so fortunate that he likes to cook and do canning with me.

I did insist on doing something today ... so I peeled up some apples and made an apple pie.  Then ... dummy me ... I forgot about it.  Slim had to run over to our daughters place to get our wood splitter and he asked me if I wanted to ride along.  Sure ... I'm ready to get out of the house for a bit.

We're over at Staci's place ... gabbing away and it dawns on me.  I FORGOT ABOUT THE PIE!!!  It's still in the oven.  It was suppose to come out an hour ago!

We mad dash it home ... all is well ... the house didn't burn down and the pie doesn't look too bad either.  Although, I'm afraid when we cut into it - it just might resemble applesauce inside it.

My mind has been through a  whirlwind of emotions ... concerning some health issues.   I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had surgery last Friday along with my first dose of Chemo.  For now ... I'm coping, and feeling a little bit on the bitchy side of things ... this was NOT ON MY AGENDA!!  I know I probably shouldn't say I feel like this; but that's the way I'm feeling.  I'm not good at sitting around and trying to take it easy.

 I'm so grateful to have my family and wonderful friends supporting me through this.

I'll be fine; but if you want to toss a prayer my way and toss one in for my Dear Hubby and family too (cuz they're the ones who have to deal with me on a daily basis)  ... I'd appreciate it.  Love & Hugs to All!!!

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. Saying a prayer for you, Mel. Bladder cancer is not fun! I hope that you can tough through the chemo-I know that is not an easy road either. I am like you- I hate to not be able to DO what I WANT to do! xo Diana

  2. Mom, you are always in my prayers and I hope Dad isn't pushing you to do things that you shouldn't be. Grandma called me today and said that she's worried that you are over doing it instead of resting. I know its hard for you to sit and idle but its Dr's orders. Don't think for one minute that I won't drive up there and strap your ass to the couch to keep you down, because you know I will!!! It's just my way of showing that I love you and I worry about you! Take care of yourself and I miss you and love you!

  3. Sherry says, OH NO, not our MEL. But like you said, YOU will make it and things will get better. We will say a few prayers for you and the family. Love you so much lady of the North Wood.

    Good entry (cept for the chocking news) Love the pictures. Hugs to Little Slim and many to you sweetheart.

  4. My prayers added to the rest. I know the feeling not being able to do what you want and what you feel needs to be done. My blood platelets are so low I couldn't even have surgery until they pumped me with steroids. Wishing you the very best.

  5. I am so sorry to hear your news of bladder cancer. Ugh. My friend has Interstitial Cystitis (has to do with the bladder lining) and has to be so very careful what she eats ... she can control/keep it at bay by what she eats. I worry, on her behalf, that it could turn into cancer but one tries not to let their thoughts go to the C word. So hard to sit around and not do all the things you want to do. But like everyone says, best to put the feet up for a while.

    Anyway, I did not know that you could can potatoes. I have never seen anyone can potatoes before. Don't they just keep in the cold cellar?

  6. PRAYERS are being sent your way. Hang in there.

  7. Prayers to you and your family, Mel.

  8. OH NO!

    So sorry Mel, take it easy and just soldier on. Life does throw a few wrenches into the works. Prayers and good karma being sent your way--

  9. So sorry about that cancer. Prayers for you and your family as you cope with all of it. Interesting all you are doing despite the cancer.I have never seen potatoes canned before either.Those will be good this winter put in some green beans. Be an easy meal.

  10. Mel, I've been praying for you for years and years and will continue. You sounded good when I talked with you ~ stay positive, attitude is a big part of the healing process.
    I love you my little sister.
    'love & hugs from afar'

  11. Oh ~Mel! You take care of yourself and try to take it easy. I definitely know it's gonna be hard, letting others do for us when we are so accustomed to being able to just do what/when we want.

    I'll be thinking of you.

  12. We know you are a tough wisconsin cookie and will beat this thing into submission ;p but it doesnt hurt for me to say a little prayer for you and give you (((HUGS)))...

    and "chemo brain" - watch out for it, it will make you and your family think you are a tad nuts and forgetful - but dont worry, it will go away once youre done with treatments!

  13. i'm really sorry, mel. i know the chemo will take your energy, too. enjoy the fall colors and don't worry about the 'to-dos'. everyone will manage.

    i love your collander - my mom had one just like it and i helped mash apples and tomatoes to can for sauces.