Today wraps up my pre-week planning. Monday starts my goal of officially recording my writing progress and hopefully making great strides in my publishing goals. This week has been very useful in getting myself prepared and organized. I found a great tool in Trello and it’s been very useful in visually motivating me and reminding me of what I need to accomplish each day.
I spent a lot of time just reading in bed this morning. I still wasn’t feeling well and I spent a lot of time up and down all night. The good news is that we did get the salsa in the pot and simmering on a very low burner. I stirred it a couple of times during the night since I was up anyway.
I took Chandler to his library volunteer job that he does each week in our public library. Then I came back home and signed up for another writing class I’ve been wanting to take for forever. It’s a masterclass with James Patterson. I had received a coupon voucher code from another writer that saved me $30, so I really couldn’t resist it. Gary encouraged me to just do it. So I did. Seeing his outline for one of his stories that is published is worth every penny and I haven’t even cracked open the course yet. It should be good and I will take my time with it and not let it distract me too much from my writing and editing each day. Maybe I’ll use it as a reward for once I get my stuff done.
I picked Chandler back up from the library and we played some Wii Sports. We like bowling and golfing on the Wii each day. It also gets me moving just a little bit, which is a good break from sitting all day. Since I was still feeling poorly, I did rest after that though for a little while.
Decided that I ought to finally process the salsa that had been simmering for hours. It had reduced and thickened just a bit in that time, so it was all good. I’ve started actually pressure canning my salsa these past 2 years. I know that you supposedly can process in a boiling water bath, but I have been adding so many peppers and I suspect that the tomatoes around these days are not as acidic as they used to be for home canning. I didn’t want to add lemon juice to each bottle to ensure the acid level as I feel it messes with the flavor of the salsa. So I opted last year to start pressure canning it just to be safe. It’s been just perfect and really not a big deal to do it that way, so I’ll keep pressure canning it. I figure it is better to be safe than sorry. Anyway, I ended up bottling and processing 23 pints from this batch. I had another 1/2 pint that we used in our dinner of super nachos. It was fabulous.
Went out to the garden and picked the beans that were ready. I had noticed them earlier in the day and I figured if I waited until tomorrow to pick them, I wouldn’t have any. There were just enough for a good meal and since I am feeding missionaries tomorrow night, it is perfect. And the green bean thief missed out. It makes me smile.
I’m headed to bed. I’m exhausted and have a Bountiful Baskets site to run in the morning. And then missionaries to feed in the evening. And I want to make Blackberry cobbler with some of the blackberries I contributed for at Bountiful Baskets. So I have a busy day tomorrow. After dinner, we are planning on going to the theater and seeing AntMan. And I have a Sunday School lesson to finish up. Sunday brings church and a family dinner. Then my real work begins on Monday. I hope I am feeling up to it. I plan to rest a lot throughout Sunday afternoon. I will be glad when this flare ends and I can resume normal activities again.