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Music to Can By

September 14, 2011

I have an eclectic taste in music from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin or even Lady Gaga, but today Adele is what we’re rockin’ to as we can up the goods.  I just imagine all those water glasses as canning jars…

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  1. September 14, 2011 7:31 am

    Fantastic song (especially if you’ve had enough of dusting and doing dishes)

  2. sderoote permalink
    September 14, 2011 8:10 am

    Love it! Perfect for a whole slew of tasks….

  3. Katie permalink
    September 14, 2011 9:50 am

    Do you have a home canning book you would recommend? I am just getting interested in it but would like to have a resource. Thank you!

    • September 14, 2011 11:39 am

      The Ball Blue Book is a good place to start, basics to more involved in one place. It’s usually available in most stores that sell canning supplies.

  4. September 14, 2011 10:27 am

    She really is amazing, isn’t she? Gotta love those gutsy songs where the woman gets to tell the guy to hit the bricks. 😉

    • September 14, 2011 10:33 am

      P.S. – A flour ninja? Really? I just…. wow.

    • September 14, 2011 1:37 pm


      You know, our grandparents (or great grandparents) often lived in smaller communities (even within cities), where they knew the neighbor families. They noted which children and young adults grew up in stable and disciplined homes. They noted the young people that kept their nose clean, learned to contribute to their community, learned trade, parenting, and family skills. They recognized who had a strong and dependable character. “Good prospects” they called it, 80 and a hundred years ago.

      People with flash, who associated with people of dubious character or dubious business and legal contacts, they noted these, too. They distrusted newcomers and ‘strangers’ because they didn’t have a couple generations of association to consider.

      And the divorce rate was much lower, when character and preparation to be a co-parent and mate-prospect mattered more than the class of car they begged, borrowed, or . . bought.

      Mike Shepherd points out in a science fiction novel that a girl’s character is shown more by the dates she walks (or gets a ride) home from, rather than the dates she goes on.

      The point isn’t to tell the sorry SOB to get lost, the point is to focus on having time only for people of good and proven character, living a life that lends itself to marriage and family. Someone with good and sound emotional connections to family, friends, and co-workers.

      Using dating for recreation instead of courting (that is, assuring that the selected prospect is indeed suited to a family life with you, has the requisite character and skills, and has the moral discipline to be a stalwart mate and responsible role model for any children) only obscures the selection part. “Peggy Sue Got Married . . ” shows the old-style form of the date asking Dad’s permission. This wasn’t quaint, or a mere formality. This was an important part of making the date a prelude to the wedding — and not dating where the wedding wasn’t planned.

      It is using dating for recreation, the so-called “sexual revolution” that turned the decadence previously reserved to the corrupt rich and amoral, into a mainstream “everyone can do it without consequences”. Well, one consequence is that we identify with songs and books and stories about having to tell the guy to hit the road — time after time. Instead of the t-shirt I saw in Wal-Mart last month, “Got hit? Get out!”, there has to be a better way — this new invention isn’t working so well.

      The answer cannot be how to tell him to get lost — it has to be how to put yourself into a good situation the first time.

  5. Tami permalink
    September 14, 2011 5:25 pm

    Love Adele! Never saw the video, love the video! That girl can sing!! Happy canning!

  6. September 14, 2011 6:05 pm


    I have been listening to Adele, and this is my favorite of what I heard (on YouTube).

    I also like Sophie B. Hawkins’ album “Whaler”, several of the cuts are pretty good. “As I Lay Me” is great, “Mr. Tugboat” and others are very nice. Then there is Sixpence None The Richer, with “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes”.

    Some years back I found that some of the highest-energy music, lovely for working on the keyboard at 2:30 in the morning when the work had to get done, was my “The Unforgettable Glenn Miller” CD. Glenn Miller was in my parent’s time, and I really never “heard:” it until about 1992. Who knew.

    YouTube has an amazing video, “The Blue Man Group” on America’s Got Talent. They do the Pete Townsend song “Baba Oriley” with their cock-eyed (PVC) percussion and the gal doing vocals does a very good performance. There is also a Blue Man Group jazz piece, “I Feel Love” with Venus Hum.

    On the other side of the love divide, is Lily Allen and “Not Fair”. Personally I have to wonder about the song, why anyone would stay in such a state of disrespect. And I adore the body language of the drummer, completely contradicting the lyrics.

  7. September 14, 2011 7:22 pm

    I adore Adele! She’s one of my favourite singers.

  8. September 14, 2011 7:28 pm

    I love that song!

  9. brenda permalink
    September 15, 2011 7:07 pm

    Sometimes I forget how music makes the chores go better. Thanks for the reminder. Love the song.

    brenda from arkansas

  10. greenhorn permalink
    September 16, 2011 9:39 am

    I was replaying this song all day on the 14th! Hadn’t seen your blog yet, must be something in the pacific nw air- besides smoke 🙂 Congratulations on the baby, I am so happy and excited for you all! I soooooo almost bought a puppy from rmb, alas I came to my senses.

    • September 16, 2011 12:47 pm

      Oh dear, I just about died when I saw that picture of Jessie and her new beau. I’m not much for red heads but I would sure like a red one 😉 Sigh, maybe next year.

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