I awoke at my normal time of 4:30 but decided to try going back to bed rather than putting on a pot of coffee. When I finally got up again at 6:30 I felt like my day was already behind schedule. Opened the thread and found I was 65 posts behind.
Mom I loved the story of your daughter's interpretation of the Silverware war. Sometimes how or what a child hears can be pretty funny. I remember my youngest commenting on the Kenny Rogers song "Lucille". He thought Lucille was a bad person to just up a leave her 500 children.
My trip to the ENT and the audiologist went about like I expected. I am going to need to spend about $6000. My hearing loss varies depending upon the range of the sound. I guess it is called a sloping loss from moderate to profound. The greatest loss is in the range of most women's and children's voices. When my oldest son called to find out the results he wanted to know why that was necessarily a bad thing.
Speaking of my oldest son, he once commented that while he loves where they live in southwest Missouri, one of the downsides is living so far from me. There are so many things that I do that he is now doing and living closer where I could help would cut down on the learning curve.
I butcher my own venison, make a variety of sausages, smoke all types of meat, fish, and fowl, and I been canning fruits, vegetables, and meat for over 60 years. Joe always calls me before he undertakes a canning project. I think he is fully capable of handling it on his own but his calling is probably his way of making me feel good and important.
Canning isn't really that difficult. It can be rather time consuming but the feeling of satisfaction you derive adds to the reward. Knowing the contents and quality of the food I am going to serve my family has always been the driving force behind my efforts.
A good quality pressure cooker is a wise investment. The brand of the one I bought in 1970 is "American". It has no rubber gaskets to deteriorate but depends up precisely manufactured parts to seal. The price depending on size starts at $200 but when you divide that by the 40+ years you will use it it is quite reasonable.
One $6 investment can take all the worries out of your canning experience and that is Ball's Blue Book. I would recommend getting a copy and reading it cover to cover a couple of times so that you are were informed on the various types of food preservation. Once you have decided which method is appropriate for the food you are preserving follow their directions explicitly and you will be more than satisfied with the results.
Edited by Opa - 4/11/12 at 5:01am