Thursday, July 18, 2013


We had a beautiful morning to start our trip.  Liz and the two girls drove down from North Ar.  on Wednesday and spent the night with us.  We left here at 8:00 Thursday morning June 13, 2013.     I made sandwiches so we did not have to stop at restaurants to eat.  I like to eat in roadside parks any way, we found some real nice ones.  I like picnics.

This is  Baileigh my Granddaughter, sweet as she looks.  I am sure like most teens, she stayed on her note book, or what ever, texing her friends back home.

This was Clarissa.  Very quiet.  She like Baileigh had her phone texing friends, maybe a boy friend, back home.  These two girl are fourteen all they think about is boys at that, hey I am sure we all did.  

When my children were young we would all sing, or play the word came.  Some one would think of a word maybe a state.  We would have to find the letters on signs or on big trucks.  We also saw how many cars from different states we saw.  This to me was a family trip.  These girls said very little as we road along, unless they were spoken to.  Witch I think was sad.  I don't see Baileigh much, even after this trip I do not know too much more about her.

This is a look at our new bridge over the Mississippi.  Some time ago the Mississippi  State entrance  was in the middle of the bridge.  However the river has change courses.  Now the state entrance is on the other side of the bridge.  I would think this bridge was paid equally  by Mississippi, Arkansas and the US government. This is  US highway 82 and goes through several states.

 We went around Greenville Mississippi. This is where Carrel and I do most of our shopping because Arkansas put such taxes on Carrel's tobacco.  The traffic was not heavy at all and we made good time.

 I thought the scenery was quite pretty.

This was a long, long road.  We are coming into Mobil.  Mobile was the largest city we went trough.  In fact we only saw small towns in Mississippi, we stayed on Interstate highways. 
Traffic is worse here than any  we  encountered.  Mobile is a pretty city.  I went there with Charlotte many years ago.  With her being on the School Board for Caddo Parish she has to travel.  Charlotte hates to travel alone, so I go with her most of the time. I pay my own way.  

We went through this tunnel out side Mobile.  When I saw this picture  it looks like fire at the end of this tunnel, of course it is only head lights.

Leaving Mobil behind.  We only stopped for gas and personal matters.  I had made sandwiches that morning before we left had plenty bottled water in the ice chest.  I bought the girls chips and dips, we all shared.  Liz did get rally tired.  It is a ten hour drive.  I though after seven hours we should have stopped.  Liz wanted to keep going.

oh I mean who we went to see.  Worth the many miles?  Well of course.  Next the beach.

 I hope you enjoyed our trip down to Fl. Thank you for reading  my blog.  Hope you have a garden and it grows as well or better than mine.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I, Juanita.

These are some of the flowers  blooming in my garden before I left.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Putting Peas in Freezer

A friend, Joann. called and said our peas were ready.  So I gave Carrel twenty dollars and sent him after them.  I buy anything extra.  That means Wal-Mart does not sell it.  I wash them in two different waters.  These all shelled, and fairly clean.  He washes them before he puts them in the sheller. 
This is my second pot to heat to a boil, a rolling boil.  Then I put my peas in.

I reheat to a rolling boil and boil three minutes.

While those peas  are heating I am cooling the first pot of peas.  I cool water and all and pack them in the water.  They will last this way for years. This also keeps from loosing your vitamins.  If you boil the peas in water and pour out the water you pour out about half your vitamins.
We still have twenty four packs from two years back.  Carrel is reading while I do all of this.  He did put the ice over the pot.  Make sure you put a lid on your pot to keep the ice from getting into it.  Do not use aluminum to put up your peas.  You should not cook with it at all.

After I make sure they are cool, I put them in freezer bags.  For Carrel and I, two cups of peas and two cups of the water they were boiled in, into a quart bag.  This is plenty for one meal for us.  I do my best to get all the air bobbles out.  We layer wax paper between each layer of filled bags to prevent them from freezing together.  He is now up and carrying these to the freezer.  Carrel has placed the ice over the other pot.  I do not empty the ice water  out the other pot of peas were in, this helps to cool them faster.

I  fill the other bags.  Carrel is suppose to get the air bubbles out, but oh well.  You already know after reading my gardening blog, he does not always listen to me.  This is the beauty of packing them in water.  The water protects them.  I tried to tell him, but I do not make a fuss anymore.  Carrel is one stubborn man.  The last of the peas are on their way to the big freezer. We have sixteen more bags.  Carrel put the older peas in the refrigerator in side his house.

This is my french door, I have two in the back of my sewing and computer room.  I have been asking Carrel to put bird seed in this little feeder.  Joe and Cassondra gave me this for Christmas the first year I was here 2006.  I ask Carrel if he put some on the ground also.  He said that the squirrel must have kicked some out.  May be taking care of a mate.


Did you really think I would forget to put flowers on this Blog page. I went out and took this picture fresh, for this page.
I hope you enjoyed and maybe learned something from this page.  Thank you for watching my garden  grow and bloom, and hope you will grow one of your own.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I, Juanita.