Someone please give me something positive to think about---about what I am fixing to tell you. My neighbor wants me to work for him part-time and he will pay me $14 per hour, inside work and his shop is only 300 yards from my "Homestead"------No, I chose not to help him so I can do like I did this morning. I got up and went into the garden around 8:30 to pick my dixie lee peas, only picked a little over 1/2 bushel, but I had to pull some weeds while I was picking so it took me around 1 1/2 hr(I also got a bad back so I have to move slow), I was soaked from sweating, so I jumped in the pool for 5 minutes to cool off-------To save time I took the peas to the sheller about 7 miles away--they were backed up so it took me 1 1/2 hours round trip to get them shelled and $3 to the sheller. Then I looked and washed them, then blanched them, then hot packed them--now they are in the pressure canner-----only 7 PINTS------I am wondering am I crazy-----------its after 3pm. I have been getting it since 8:30 except for a few minutes for 7 pints of peas. I bought a can(almost a pint) of green beans from the grocery for 50 cent and I really like them just as good as the pea's I am putting up--It cost me over 50 cent a piece for the empty pint jars alone(sure I can reuse them). So I am thinking-----How much is these 7 pints worth-------I got $3 in getting them shelled, but I could have done it and saved the $3. If I started figuring I would get real depressed I think--Awww lets figure. Got to have the land to plant them on, then prepare and plant, fertilize, hoe, water, pick, shell, process---lets don't forget tools to work the garden with, tractor, tiller, hoe, etc or the $200 canning pot I bought to process them with----I could have worked for my neighbor and made $98 by now and could have bought 190--that 190---14.5oz cans of beans in just the same amount of time I have been messing with them today--keeping in mind I do like the taste of these canned beans from the grocery store. Am I Crazy??? Randy PS Guess I have got the gardening blue's!!