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Keeping Things Tight

November 3rd, 2017 at 06:29 am

DH has been laid off for two weeks now and so far we are keeping the budget tight. No more allowances for the kids, no eating out, no frivolous spending. And there have been a couple of nights where grabbing burgers would have made life so much easier. But we are resisting.

DH is having to do a lot of running for his parents and of course is spending as much time as he can with his dad. They are going to try to get him into hospice today. He has a hard time staying awake because of the high dose of painkillers and his words are sometimes coming out the opposite of what he means, like saying up for down.

It started snowing last night. We haven't even had a frost up to this point and it was only supposed to get down to 35 degrees and be raining. So we got out the heater for the rabbit shed so their waters don't freeze and the heat lamp and heated water fount for the duck coop. Then we went into the garden and harvested the celery, the remaining tomatoes, and the acorn squash.

Today or tomorrow I will go gather the rose hips, since they taste sweeter after the first frost, which this qualifies as. I will be making rose hip syrup or jelly, I haven't decided yet. Rose hip syrup was made extensively through the U.K. during WWII. Because of rationing and the inability to import citrus, and because rose hips were free and could be gathered from the side of the roads, syrup was made so that they would have a source of vitamin C, especially for the children. It is higher in vitamin C than anything else.

In fact some areas paid people to go out and pick the rose hips, I think it was around a pence for a pound. It was a way to earn extra money during war time. Also some people made and sold the syrup as a way of earning money. The extra money was often used to buy rationed food items on the black market.

I have only dried the hips for tea before. This will be my first year making jelly or syrup.

11 Responses to “Keeping Things Tight”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Interesting about the rose hips! My friend C is also on heavy painkillers, and she sleeps a lot and shows a lot of confusion in her speech. I am grateful for every minute that she sleeps, though, because she isn't in pain.

  2. Carol Says:

    Wow, snow. I saw the forecast and wondered about you. We have extra warm for Nov. here in New England. Walked in short sleeves and cutoffs today.
    Good job staying on tight budget. Sending caring thoughts.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Sounds like you and your DH work very well together. That's so nice. You still see rose hip products for sale throughout England. My very very (very!) frugal late mother-in-law made rose hip jelly.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I had no idea about rose hips.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    CB--There are so many cool things about rose hips. I love learning about all these things that grow in my garden. Yeah, sleep is a blessing for FIL. It's hard on MIL, though. She wants to have as much time with him awake as possible and often tries to wake him. She's staying at the hospital with him right now. Still waiting on a bed at the hospice center.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Carol--It is so cold. We were extra warm until this hit. We went from a couple days in the 60's earlier in the week to this.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    MEC--After as many years as we have been together, DH and I are a well-oiled machine.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    LAL--They are pretty amazing little powerhouses.

  9. Amber Says:

    Sorry to hear about your hubby's lay off. I'm also praying for your FIL

    Thanks for the info on rose hip, I've never even heard of it. Interesting

  10. rob62521 Says:

    I didn't realize you could make jelly with rose hips.

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    Rob--You can make it with rose petals, too.

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