Q and A: canned tomato juice and single homesteader — 9 Comments

  1. And this morning I worked all morning with an electric chain saw borrowed from a neighbor, cutting up firewood that was too big to go in my wood-burning heater! Wow! I want one of these things! I couldn’t handle a gas-powered one but this is perfect! We may have to adapt but we CAN do it! Thank you again for all your encouragement, help and for sharing your life with us all!!!

  2. Thank you Jackie and thank you all for these kind words!!!! I always think about that old saying “you can eat an elephant if you do it one bite at a time” and I guess that’s the way I’m having to approach most of my homesteading tasks….Jackie, thank you for sharing your life so that so many of us see that it CAN be done!

  3. For whatever it’s worth, our tomato juice separates, too. Not always, but most of the time. We even see separation in some of the jars in a canner-load while the others stay “mixed”. Some separate during long-term storage, while others don’t. We always “simmer” our juice for a while just before canning, so it goes into the jars hot.

    As Jackie says, a little shakin’ fixes it right up. We’re still using juice from the 2009 season, and it’s just fine.


  4. anointedma,

    I found Will through Backwoods Home! Actually, there IS a personals column and the advertising cost is even halved for those advertising. You might want to try an ad and see what happens. You never know if you don’t try. And what better readership to target than Backwoods Home??? I’m sure there are plenty of single, mature males out there who are lonely too.


  5. I would like to thank Suzy for her encouraging letter and you, for your response. Even though I am not widowed, my husband is disabled and can do very little. So I am doing most of the labor around our place, which we just moved into 3 1/2 months ago. We both love it here in the mountains. I am sometimes overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. However, my mantra has been, “little by little, day by day, we are getting things done our way!” It helps. Then I look at what needs to be done in one area and keep plugging away on it until it gets done.

  6. Hi everyone,I don’t mind doing the work so much as that I truly miss having a like minded companion..It has been so long since I’ve had anyone to share my life with,that I don’t know what I’d do if I found someone to help me..Jackie,How did you find Will?I find that it’s almost impossible to find someone in my region of the country who actually still works hard..Has ” Backwoods Home” ever considered starting a “dating ” column?

  7. I was widowed at 56. I’m now 62 and still single. Just purchased 60 acres in the forest. Am I crazy? who knows, but I do know I am going to enjoy doing what I always wanted to do. I have a bad back so things may go slow but I have all the time in the world to enjoy myself. I can over 1400 jars of food per year. Very self-sufficient. Thinking of raising some steers on pasture land. So If I can do it so can you. Girl power!!

  8. I am so inspired about the post from the lady alone and then your reply. Jackie, I am your age and alone with no kids to help. Work gets done, but I get frustrated as I am so much slower I am than years back, not to mention the strength that has waned. I tell myself that my pioneer great grandmother worked hard way into her years, so I can too. We have it in us ladies! Slowly, but surely.

  9. I love your reply to the single homesteader. I’m about to venture into a homestead myself as well in the next year. I’m in my mid-forties, single gal, but I have that enthusiasm, though already some shoulder injuries I have to look out for. It’s nice to read the tips on how to make life easier in the long run.