“Preserving” a Tradition

Nothing was wasted in my mother-in-law’s world.  She was a smart, hardworking woman who held a full-time job and managed a farm with her husband and children.  Harvest time was busy.  My husband still talks about the hours his mother and sisters spent preserving and canning excess summer vegetables and fruits. But he also recalls the laughter and companionship they shared in that hot kitchen.

My family inherited her canning equipment and handy canning booklet.  I pulled it out this year to try my hand at preserve-making.  It really is hard work.  But I love the idea of providing tasty, homemade fare for my family and using food that otherwise might be wasted.  I’m sure my mother-in-law would agree.

Here’s her canning booklet. It was published in 1957.

Come along on my summer canning journey.

It’s Been One Year!

I launched Library Luggage in January 2016.  I’ve learned a lot in a year’s time and connected with some great books and even greater people.  I’ve appreciated every e-mail follower, every comment, and all the Likes that have come my way.  Admittedly, my readers are a small group, so if you know of others who enjoy reading, please share.  Now come along as I look back.  You may even find a mention if you are a regular follower.

Post format:  Year in Review

Here I am with Brenda Davis.
Jessica Black


Here are Brenda Davis and Jessica Black, the two librarians who helped me get a copy of a rare book for one of my posts. See post here

I met Jane, a blogger from England.  She enjoyed my thoughts on a book set along the Cornish coast, where she lives.  Even my children were excited that I connected with someone “across the pond.” See post here

The author of a book I featured reached out to me.  Jan Siebold is a lovely lady, and I couldn’t be more honored that she now follows me. See post here


This started out as a book blog.  But I did some cooking and crafting along the way thanks to reading.  Here are a few projects and the books that inspired them. To visit these how-to posts, simply click on the book titles here:  Snowflake Bentley, Hello Cupcake!Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World, A Tangle of Knots


Passing along a passalong plant to Stephen 

In my post on the book, Passalong Plants, I offered readers some of the Rose Campion I had growing in my garden.  Stephen contacted me and came by to get some of this lovely passalong plant for his yard. See post here

Photo of Traci dressed as Holly Hobbie, circa 1970s.

Grace, Kim, and Traci all enjoyed the trip down memory lane provided by the Library Trips and Picks #3 post.  One of the featured books was an autobiography by James Garner, star of the 1970s’ show, The Rockford Files.  The other was a picture book memoir by Holly Hobbie whose artwork graced everything from calendars, books and lunch boxes of the same era.  Traci sent me this childhood photo of her dressed as Holly Hobbie. See post here

Farmers market honey is on my grocery list thanks to Pegi

Pegi has me planning a trip to the farmers market where she says the best honey is found.  After reading my post on a honey bee book,  she told me her daughter is training to become a bee keeper. See post here


Book suggestion by Mark

Mark raved about the book, The Golem and the Jinni.  I bought a copy and loved it so much I blogged about it. I passed my copy along to Grace who also loved this unique tale. See post here

Book suggestion by Kim

Kim recommended The Hiding Place.  I took forever to post about this book, but it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm.  I had so much to say about this deeply spiritual, true adventure that I didn’t know where to start. See post here

Scott is a passionate writer who is keeping alive the works of lesser known British writers with his blog, Furrowed Middlebrow. One of his posts on books that play with the notion of time mentioned an obscure title by Rumer Godden.  I found the book and was enthralled. See post here


Margaret texted me this image of a Dove Inspirations chocolate wrapper that reads “Actually Go to a Bookstore.” Sounds like a plan to me.

Thanks to Kim for all her insightful comments, to Theresa for being my first Facebook follower and liking every post since, and to Erin, Courtney, Wendy, Genevieve, Johanna, Ruth, Eleanor and Susan for their post reactions.  Finally, a big hug to my sisters, Grace, Mary Dickson, and Margaret and to my husband and children who support and share my passion for books.