Here are some shots (courtesy of Duane!) of the process:
It was a TON of work, and my back and knees are STILL killing me, but I SO love doing this. It's stressful, but theraputic at the same time. I LOVE thinking that the jars of jelly on the counter were fruit hanging from a tree branch earlier that same day, and I LOVE keeping the jelly making tradition, carried out for DECADES by my grandmother, alive in our family.
Here's hoping YOU have a family tradition that brings meaning to YOUR days, and that you find it as rewarding as I do!