Monday, October 19, 2015

End of Summer Transitions

I'm happy to be back in Arizona.  It has been warm, rainy and a bit muggy, but not too bad!  We found the house like we never had left.
The transition of leaving one place for another gets pretty hectic, week before you leave and one week after we arrive our winter destination!  Closing and prepping one place for the winter is a lot of work, plus packing and traveling with four pets.  Then we get to our winter destination, and it gets busy all over again.  Opening house, dusting, grocery shopping, start the cars (and hoping the batteries have not died), checking house for any damages, doctor and vet's visits,...and the list goes on and on.  This will go on for about a week, and with the occasional pop of worry that we might have forgotten to do something very important at the old place...

And finally getting into our winter routine...ah...relax!

The last Sunday I was still in Minnesota, was our last local Farmers Market for the summer season.  I quickly stopped by to pick up some homemade jams and pickles to bring back with us.
~sorry for the dark picture~
I tried to pick up different kinds of jams this time.  I love rhubarb and strawberry jam, but I have never had just rhubarb jam...we'll see how good it is.  Also I picked up a tomato jam, that I was told by the farmer that it goes well with grilled or roasted pork or chicken...sounds good.  The other jam I got was raspberry and orange marmalade.  I've never had this combination together.  I love orange marmalade and have only had it this way.  I imagine it must be pretty tasty.  Lastly, I just had to get pickles!  A pantry is not complete without pickles!!!

I apologize if I had not popped in to visit, but will make sure I do and catch up with everyone!
Have a wonderful week!!!


  1. Glad you made it safely, Oliva. The jam and pickles look tasty. I envy your getting to live in two places during the year. I will be thinking of you when the snow starts flying here in the Midwest.

  2. Lucky you! You get to stay warm over the winter months.
    We had snowflurries yesterday and it was cold...
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. Oh, how lovely to be all settled for the winter, dear Oliva! How sweet are you new jams...I do so love different jam flavours...a real treat on freshly baked bread!
    Hugs to you,

  4. Welcome Home to Arizona, dear Oliva! Can't wait to see you!

  5. Hi Oliva. How special to be settling in for the winter and getting all in order to enjoy the season. The jams look so good. I however am highly allergic to rhubarb so I would have to pass on that one. LOL Welcome home to Arizona and wishing you a wonderful autumn. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoyed catching up tonight. Been gone for a long weekend wedding. Still tired!! LOL Hugs, cm

  6. Hi Oliva! I didn't realize you moved after the seasons. I can't imagine how much work that would entail. Glad you're settled and the jams and pickles look so good! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. How wonderful to be able to go someplace warm for the winter. That tomato jam sounds so interesting. I think we would like that. I'm going to have to be on the lookout for some. Hope you get settled in quickly.

  8. I think it's neat that you have two homes to divide your time in. I would love that. Maybe some day. I can dream. :)
    Homemade jams are the best.
    xx Beca

  9. Oh, I can so much relate! We will be leaving soon to winter in Florida. I do so love it there, but it is a challenge to prepare for this for sure! I always have mixed emotions. I love our home here, but I also love it in Florida. I did receive a bit of good advice from a friend. She also by the way lives in Minnesota in the summer months. She told me she puts her roots down wherever she is. She uses the distance time in travel to unwind and prepare mentally for the place she will be. I have thought this to be very good advice. Have a wonderful time where you are!

  10. I know you are glad to be back into a routine! I know you will enjoy the taste of summer in your winter place.Don't you love homemade jam? Have a great week!

  11. Hi Oliva, I imagine that is a whole lot of work with two homes but I would love to have somewhere else to live in the summer. It's so hot and humid here most of the year. I have never heard of tomato jam! That's a hoot! I know you will enjoy being settled in for your winter. Thanks for visiting!

  12. Yo todos los veranos hago mermelada en casa con fruta de la estación ,, es muy rico

  13. MMMM, sounds like some yummy jams that you brought back with you, hope all went fairly smoothly!

  14. Hello Oliva,
    How lucky you are to have two homes. Yes it must be a lot of work and getting settle into your place for now and starting a new routine. The jams look wonderful. I hope you get all settled in.
    Julie xo

  15. Hope you get settled in quickly so you can get to the made ton of pickles this year but gave nost away so we will be buying them soon.LoL...Warm blessings!~Amy


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