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I Can Read a Contract so I Can Can, I Think...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

Gardening can be seductive...a lot of work but really seductive.  Before I knew it, I was in for the ride of my life.  It started simply, a way to take control over some of the food that enters my body.  We studied how to do this, asked advice from any friend who'd ever turned a shovel of dirt, attended the Jackson County NC Cooperative Extension seminars and googled and youtubed the subject like crazy.

It worked! Now, we have food stuff all over the place.  We can hardly find a square inch of counter space that isn't occupied by tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers or beans, beans, beans.  Along with learning how to grow things, we've also been trying to learn how to preserve what we've grown.

During the last two weekends, I've managed to figure out how to turn cucumbers into pickles so the hot water bath canning no longer mystifies me.  Today, in just a little while, I am going to take on pressure canning homemade spaghetti sauce. Nervous? Well...yeah!

The first time I reviewed an Offer to Purchase and Contract with someone, I was just as nervous but I did it.  The way I look at it, there are way more words and paragraphs in a contract than there are in the instructions to pressure can the spaghetti sauce!

Tomatoes 2015



Look at the tomatoes in this photo (BTW, not the tomatoes in today's sauce).  These little green beauties look so very innocent but they are temptresses.  All I can think about now is how to grow more next year and prepare to organically do battle with those pests vying with me for the fruits.  Yep, I've surely been seduced by the gardening fairy.



Anyway, I figured if I can read a contract then I can can ... I think I can, I think I can, I think I can therefore I can.

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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I am envious.... Mandatory rationing in water reduction.  No car wash. 

Babies do not know what rain is anymore..... No home grown veggies.... brown yard....

Sam Shueh

Northern California

Aug 09, 2015 12:21 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Sam Shueh we are indeed very fortunate here in Western NC with our rainfall and moist dirt.  We hear about California's plight and wish there was a way to find more equity in rainfall across the country.

Aug 09, 2015 12:52 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mona - First of all, welcome back! It's good to see you on here again. I'm envious - our garden vegetables are pathetic, unsurprising given how little time we spend on them, but we do make a bunch of plum preserves every year, and that's fun. Plus I'll pickle all sorts of things, but I have to buy them at the market.

Aug 09, 2015 12:56 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mona-Ah yes the plum tomatoes make excellent tomatoes for sauce. I have done that in yrs past. Believe it or not that is what I was doing on 9/11. Haven't done it since. Enjoy your crop, canning and learning and it is seductive.

Aug 09, 2015 01:52 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Growing your own food & preserving is amazing, I love doing it anytime I spent time in the midwest. (Goal is to buy a hobby farm somewhere next year) 

YouTube is an amazing resource for anything preserving. Lot's of good information videos on there.

Aug 09, 2015 02:45 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

You can . . . 

I want to get some vegetable boxes for my yard, some day.  I can do it.  But will I?

Aug 09, 2015 07:07 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mona- I think Lise Howe in the DC area has just started canning!  I can remember my grandmother making pickles.  I should have paid more attention. 

Aug 09, 2015 07:16 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I attempted to grow tomatoes this year - my 2nd try - and didn't succeed. My zucchini, however, looks to be paying off! It's just enough to have a few nice dinners.. not sure if I would venture into canning and such, too.

Aug 09, 2015 10:57 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Mona great post and I love the pictures of the tomatoes 

Aug 10, 2015 11:39 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

If I had to survive on what grows in my "garden", I would be very very thin! Our soil is horrid so I plant in pots. The drought requires everything to be watered and most days I'm too pooped after work to drag the water hose around. Thank goodness for my mom's green thumb and local produce stands! Congrats on the bounty!

Aug 30, 2015 10:41 AM