I wish Jaclyn could see her aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents--more than once a year--it's such a shame. We were just at a birthday party for the baby of a friend--I told them how lucky they are that both the wife and the husband have their parents and many of their extended family nearby--to help with child-rearing, to have an influence on the child, and to spend time with at events like birthdays. They didn't "get it." They said, well, we've always lived nearby. I thought, you gotta be thankful about your blessings, and believe me, having relatives who love you nearby is a MAJOR BLESSING--for you and the child.
I'd love to put up tomatoes--I even bought the little jars--I just don't know quite how to do it--I'll have to do some research. Nothing like fresh homegrown tomatoes in the middle of the winter--yummy!