We got a huge hit this last week. The local police chief doesn't much care for us, and we let the yard get a little out of control. We'd just spent a full week working on it, and the lawn hadn't gotten mowed for just over a week. He sent the city to mow our lawn to the tune of $375. Then they ended up mowing over our backyard garden, destroying it.
At the same time, both my hours and DH's hours were cut this last month, so we are scrambling to tighten the belt as it is. Plus, DS just had an eye surgery and DD is scheduled for an oral surgery next month (both congenital issues). We are really trying not to stress, since my parents will help as needed, but still...
On the upside, we've been getting bountiful baskets (seriously, check it out!) and I'm working the farmer's market. Most of what I make (I sell breads and jams) is spent on produce, and one of the other vendors frequently gives me a bunch of extra that he just doesn't want to take home and hold. So I'm always busy making stuff.
This weekend, I made peach jam, peach pit jelly, sliced peaches, blueberry jam, blueberry-mint jelly, mango pit jelly, pickles, and canned green beans. We made fruit pizzas (with cinnamon and chocolate tortillas and cream cheese frosting, kiwi, plums, nectarines, lychee, mango & blueberries) for lunch. I have shredded brussel sprouts in olive oil to roast with meatloaf for tonight. I need to go through and check the rest of the fruits and can what needs to get taken care of. I found canning jars for just over $1/doz online (they are over $10/doz at the store), so I'm going to be getting them there from now on. Since I made so much of the jellies and jams, I have a bunch of stock to sell at the market.