Cultivate Simple Podcast in iTunes Chiot's Run on Facebook Chiot's Run on Twitter Chiot's Run on Pinterest Chiot's Run on Flickr RSS Feed StumbleUpon

One Year Ago

September 14th, 2009

One year ago today I was canning pears. Every time I crack open a batch of these pears we have a good laugh.
This wasn’t an ordinary pear canning experience. Not too long after starting my batch of pears a huge storm came through and the lights went out. Since this happens often here in rural Ohio, we expected them to be back on in a few minutes or perhaps an hour at most. Little did we know, it would take days! If you didn’t catch the story of romantic canning by candlelight photos, make sure you check them out!

Any fun memories from your homestead?

13 Comments to “One Year Ago”
  1. KitsapFG on September 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Lots of memories of long duration power outages. We live in the land of tall trees and every major storm event tends to result in a power outage.

    Reply to KitsapFG's comment

    • Susy on September 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm

      We do too, usually it’s only out for an hour or so, occasionally a day, but this was the first time it lasted 4 days. Good think our brother-in-law had a generator to loan us!

      Reply to Susy's comment

  2. Val on September 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    What a beautiful memory! Nostaliga is such a funny thing. :)

    I have lots of funny stories… but my favorite is this one:

    Have a great day!

    .-= Val´s last blog ..One Day Like This =-.

    Reply to Val's comment

  3. Missy on September 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    That reminds me—we still need to buy a generator! HAHAHAHAA!

    Reply to Missy's comment

    • Susy on September 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm

      Yes, I it was a year ago today we were scrambling to get a generator and trucking it back & forth between our houses to keep our fridges & freezers going.

      Reply to Susy's comment

  4. June on September 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love your Lights Out Pears. In France, the wine is opened and memories are recounted about the year that produced it: the rain, the sun, the grapes, a family wedding or death. Here at our house, we discuss the same things when we open a jar of cherry jam: Remember the day we picked these cherries, and we laughed because the cherry juice was dripping off our elbows and…?

    We’re not just preserving food, are we? Memories too.
    .-= June´s last blog ..Savoring the harvest: Sungold tomato nuggets =-.

    Reply to June's comment

    • Susy on September 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm

      That is one of the lovely things about growing and preserving some of your own food. You have so much more of a connection with it. Does a great job and keeping food waste down as well, when you know how much work goes into it you never waste a drop!!!

      Reply to Susy's comment

  5. MAYBELLINE on September 15, 2009 at 12:56 am

    How long are canned goods safe to use?
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Sweet Peas =-.

    Reply to MAYBELLINE's comment

    • Susy on September 15, 2009 at 8:16 am

      I would say for a couple years.

      Reply to Susy's comment

      • MAYBELLINE on September 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm

        Wow. I thought 6 months. I need to investigate.
        .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Sweet Peas =-.

        to MAYBELLINE's comment

      • MAYBELLINE on September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

        Thanks for looking into the time dispute. I should probably keep 6 months as my cut off because I don’t have cool storage.
        .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Sweet Peas =-.

        to MAYBELLINE's comment

  6. Beegirl on September 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Was that when hurricane Ike went through? We lost our power for 8 days. Your candlelight pear post is wonderful! Now that’s what I call – dedication!!
    .-= Beegirl´s last blog ..Harvest Festival =-.

    Reply to Beegirl's comment

    • Susy on September 15, 2009 at 10:51 am

      It was when Ike came through.

      Reply to Susy's comment

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply to Susy

Reading & Watching

Shop through these links and I get a few cents each time. It's not much, but it allows me to buy a new cookbook or new gardening book every couple months. I appreciate your support!


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

Read previous post:
Gardening Quote: Thomas Jefferson

In 1793, Martha Randolph wrote her father from Monticello and complained of insect damage in the garden. Jefferson's response summarized...