Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Fall is a busy time around here.  The farmers are in the fields hurrying to get the corn and soybeans harvested before winter comes.  The combines and tractors run 24/7 in years that there is a lot of rain or bad weather.  Everybody is trying to get their homes and yards ready for the onslaught …

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Over the summer I had heard that a new kind of mason jar was entering the market.  I had not gotten a chance to actually hold one in my hand until last week.  I just happened to check out the canning section in the Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Cedar Falls and low and behold …

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There hasn’t been a lot of knitting content of late as there hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting done.  Mostly it’s been about getting food into jars.  Lots and lots of food.  The past weeks have been the apples.  At one point the porch was loaded with apples and the honey still in the …

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I’ve not written here for a while. Parts of this had to do with grad school. Being expected to write nearly constantly caused me to avoid it when I could. It wasn’t just this blog that has felt the inattention, but also friends who I would somewhat regularly write too via either snail or email. …

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A true-ism that has been forcing it’s way to the front of my mind a lot lately is that things always seem easier after you’ve done them. Especially if you’ve done them a few times.  Often, it is the thought of something more than the actual thing that keeps us from doing it.  It may …

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One of the many things that has been keeping me busy in the past few weeks is the sudden deluge of tomatoes that we’ve had on the farm.  So far, I’ve canned about 25 pints of pasta sauce and 14 pints of salsa.  I also canned about a dozen pints of green beans, but those …

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