This was about halfway through the process when she turned to me and said.... who thought two flats of strawberries were a good idea. Me, that was me. Yep. So we ended up with 68 jars of raspberry and strawberry jam or 34 jars a piece. Canning seems to be a bit of a dying art so once word is out that you're sitting on 34 jars of homemade jam well folks start coming out of the woodwork. That's also why they make excellent gifts. So if I'm going to do the work I like to make sure I have enough for myself to get through the year and some extra to give away as gifts.
My poor Abby girl got herself an out of control case of swimmers ear. She's not able to swim for the next seven days, but that's really the least of her worries. She has pain that painkillers are barely touching which is making eating, drinking and talking uncomfortable. Sleep does not happen easily or for very long and I don't have to tell you Moms out there that seeing your child in pain that you can do nothing about is a special brand of suckage. It's something that slowly built in intensity from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning found her shrieking and crying in pain. Abby has been prone to swimmer's ear in the past, but we've always had good results with the over the counter remedies and it did seem like it was working again, but by this morning it had just gone off the rails.
The theme of this weekend has been back rubs, hand holding, cat naps, and one tired Mama.