I want to say a big thank you for the messages, comments, and emails from you the past few months as I've been absent. There have been a lot of big changes and trying to accommodate and acclimate to them all has proven to be challenging at best.
The natives and I went to my home town in Alabama to be with my Grandmother in April while she was gravely ill. I was fortunate to be bedside, holding her hand when she passed away the first week of May. I've always looked at her as my mother since she helped my dad to raise my siblings and me till my dad remarried when I was 12. The loss has left me with a void to big to ignore and try to carry on with routine.
Also, I've been working at designing an entirely new site dedicated not only to canning, but gardening, moving our family towards a cleaner diet, living frugally, sewing, and confessions from our tribe. I've not worked at it diligently.
The site was registered two months before my grandmother passed away and named in honor of her since she inspired, taught, and fostered much of those topics in my life. I had hoped to have the site up completely before sharing it with. Sadly, I never got that chance. I just didn't have the heart to work at it as I should once we were back in Texas.
I've begun to write a post on this, but it's not complete. I just wanted to let you know where I've been and why. I will be back. I have lots to share. And, I'm finally getting to a place where I'm ready to do so. Now, on to the canning! It is a canner's favorite season you know.