Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lots of News!

First of all,  I've gone back to work!  I am working with a TNR  program (Trap, Neuter, Release), where I spay and neuter feral (wild) cats.  Our foundation's plan is to reduce the feral cat population by 80% in south central PA over by 2022.  We have people that feed feral cat colonies on an ongoing and daily basis, so by providing the cats with good nutrition and preventing more kittens, we are making a big difference in the number of cats suffering very long, miserable, horrible deaths.  Plus the cats lead better healthier lives.  One colony caretaker has a male she has fed for 14 years!


 It still seems like summer, even though the humidity is gone and the temps have temporarily cooled.  We are still soaking up the sun.  Glorious!


 I've learned more about canning this summer, thanks to a Canning Forum on FB.  Lots of good and encouraging people.  That's refreshing!  These are mixed veggies for soups or stews.  On Friday, the garden harvest was a bit of this and a bit of that....so mixed veggies!  Exciting!


 We've got canned rotel tomatoes, squash, green beans on the way to the basement.....


 ....tomatoes, salsa, summer squash, and jellies on a bookshelf........


 ...some pickled jalapenos, 2 kinds of salsa....


...and I'm working on filling up this bookcase as well!  I even shredded summer squash for bread and soups because I've got my freezer full of the same.
I find that canning is highly addictive, delicious, healthy and thrifty!

The season is changing, and I'm savoring every minute.

Wishing each of you a wonderful week!

Carol




52 comments:

Marilyn said...

I think what you are doing with the tnr is wonderful. We also have a colony of cats in our little town---right downtown but in the alley. One store owner is doing tnr. We are trying to change the term feral to community. We feel these cats do a huge service to the community. We have also made tote shelters for winter use and they have been very successful. My friend also traps and neuters the kittens and then socializes them. She screens people wanting to adopt to make sure these sweet cats don't wind up back on the streets. Keep up the good work! It is worth it!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you've been very busy! I'm sure you'll enjoy all those canned goodies throughout the winter:@)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What great work. My SIL traps and takes ferrell cats in to neuter them. I am impressed with all your canning, reminds me of my Mom and all the tomato"s she would put up

Susan said...

Wow, Carol. That is incredibly impressive. You are amazing.

Take care and have a wonderful week.

Thanks so much for your visits to my post. Susan

Barbara Neubeck said...

..Hi, Carol... what wonderful work you're doing with the feral cats.
I love all the canning you,ve been doing.... very impressive and colourful. I often make bases for casseroles and freeze them for later use .. great to have veges on hand like this.
Have a great week
Hugs and Blessings..
Barb xxx

Saleslady371 said...

Impressive stockpile! Looks yummy. I like the seasons too. You will get the cooler air longs before us!!!

Linda O'Connell said...

What a wonderful venture neutering those feral animals.

Looking at your home canned goodies makes me want to tackle this next year. You're set for cold nights and hot soups.

elizabeth said...

You are amazing! I thought I was doing good making jam! LOL!

Red Couch Recipes said...

You ought to be proud of both your work with the cats (I never met a cat I wouldn't feed), and your work in the canning department. There's nothing almost better than looking at your jars sitting on your shelf :). Joni

bj said...

wow, girlfriend...you have really been busy and...sooo smart.
This all looks amazing.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

What a good feeling to see those beautiful jars of canned food waiting to be enjoyed all winter long!

Your new job sounds like such an important one! Best wishes to you!

Mrs. Mac said...

I wasn't a real cat lover until a sweet little girl showed up one night at our backdoor during a winter snow storm last Dec. Our vet said she's been fixed .. and she is so tame he thought she was someone's pet. Now our hearts are entwined and she's our little 'baby' ... do you notch the ears of feral cats when you 'fix' them?

Wow, you really have been busy canning! Won't that be nice this winter to just pull some summer goodness off your shelf!

ImSoVintage said...

Congratulations on your job. We participate in trapping, neutering, and feeding feral cats. There are several colonies where we live. I would love to can some day if I am able to have a large garden. It all looks so delicious. xo Laura

Debbie said...

I love what you are doing with the neutering. What a difference you're making!!

I also loved the photos of your canning adventures. The shot of the cans in the area going down the stairs made me think of my grandmother's house.

Blackberry Lane said...

Best wishes with your new job/program. Your labor of love canning is impressive. How good these veggies will be this winter.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

WOW!!! Look at how productive you have been and are going to be this year! I didn't get to can anything this summer...that looks great. Enjoy your new work, it looks like you will be an asset to the whole community!

Cindy said...

You have been busy! It's nice to hear you sounding so excited about life. Your canning looks wonderful, I've only put up jams and jellies, that's about all I will put up, as we have no garden.
Have a wonderful day!

The Old Parsonage said...

You jars of summer goodness look wonderful! I loved to can - not ime for it now though.

Great cause for the cars.

xo

Vee said...

Seeing all those jars on your shelves is wonderful...like money in the bank not to mention the extra goodness and nutrition. I really like the storage area around the basement stairs...that's a great idea.

Vee said...

Oh and your new job? It must be very fulfilling to be making such a wonderful difference. My little cat is a feral kitty so I worry about all those poor cats that are unwanted and uncared for.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Carol, what a wonderful job and what a wonderful service to your community! Those Hydrangeas in your header took my breath away, and so did all of the canning you've been doing. You and your family are going to be well supplied with healthy meals. laurie

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