As for me, I stayed in the holler to babysit the cows, and allowed the boys to go to town to be kids and enjoy the holiday.
They really enjoyed the Internet from what I have been told. Aw well. It gave them time to be kids without responsibilities.
Before my story continues I have to obligatory warning; do this and you could die, sayth the FDA and USDA.
I canned 13 pints of green beans.
Without an electric dehydrator (I have one packed somewhere) I use a window frame with screen, placed on four logs, then cover with hail screen. With the moisture here, it takes two to three days for them to completely dry.
They are a bit larger than I like to pick, but right now I can only do things when I am able to get to them. These will be put in the way back shelf, give them time to soften up a bit more, to be used last or in stew. They still pop when snapped, I didn't keep any rubber ones.
Still without propane, I had to use an open fire to can.
It's difficult and super tedious to pressure can on a campfire. It requires you get it very hot, then back off on the heat and attempt to maintain a constant temptature. I might be talented, but not that talented. I chose to hot water bath them.
It takes 90 mins to do, at a hard boil.
While the first batch was going, I harvest and started drying more spinach.
I thought I might take a bath, but the cows kept drinking my bath water.
Soon my first batch of green beans were done, and I restoked the fire and started the second batch.
Sunday I will be able to can the younger, better tasting green beans.