Bob did most of the peeling, canning and cooking this year (for the first time!) while wife, Judy, got a break from those chores, she decided that her job would get all those 16, five gallon buckets of 'seconds' from the orchard washed and ready for the rest of the processing tasks. Daughter, Ginny, grandson - Clayton and Judy went to the local orchard and hand picked every apple from the ground for all this applesauce making...a chore they thoroughly enjoyed in mid November.
One of the last things to do when canning so many jars is waiting for the water in the canners to boil, time the jars for correct processing and then lift them out of the water to hear the jars seal...ahhh, the magic of that sound! Any one who has done any kind of canning will tell you that the sound of a correctly sealed jar of food is music to your ears... it means its all good and will last for 6 months to a year on the shelf...ready for what ever the cook decides to make of it! While Bob waits on the canner, he finds some relaxing simple pleasure to play his harmonic... which happens to be approximately 65 years old... it was his dads as a kid - nice legacy of simple things in life.