Yesterday morning I woke up and after doing my regular morning routine chores went into the dining room to get more apples to wash and cut up to make sauce. And there were ants!! They must have come in with the apples, and then they were attracted to the sweetness of the apple juice from the peeler. I was so grossed out by the ants that I put a pause to every other activity and wiped down the table and chairs and all the legs with bleach water, and mopped with bleach water. Of course, the apples are waiting for me on the porch now, in case that's where the ants came from. I haven't seen any ants in the house since, so I hope that it worked to keep them from infesting.
Anyway, after I did that, I got the slow cookers going full of apples for sauce, but they weren't soft enough till after dinner, so I just put them in the fridge and I'm planning to strain and can them today. I also have twelve pounds of tomatoes to strain and can as well. We had storms yesterday, so I brought in all the ripe tomatoes before they could get blown off the plants. I'd planned to do tomato sauce yesterday, but wanted the apples and tomatoes to be ready at the same time, so I wouldn't have to boil the big pot twice.
So, instead of canning, I mixed up a double batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and froze it in the dough balls for quick snacks and desserts, like when company comes by, and for when Adam visits at the end of Oct. This makes homemade cookies soooo simple. I just use the dough scoop and scoop all the dough onto a big wax paper lined sheet pan. Then I put it in the freezer till they're all hard, and put them all into a big freezer bag for storage. I've found that this is much easier for me than trying to make logs or squares of frozen dough to cut apart later.
I did a lot of laundry yesterday as well, and in between folding and hanging, I knit quite a bit, finishing a couple dishcloths. I've been making dishcloths for Julie and I'm pretty much done with those. Actually, I've already made plenty of them, it's just that the OCD part of me doesn't want to stop until both balls of yarn are entirely gone. I'm hoping to finish the last one today.