Just when all is going happily along with putting food up for the season, the freezer died.
Luckily, I had a nearly cleaned out freezer in the house fridge and things had not entirely defrosted, so I was able to save the majority of the fruit and vegetables. Some things had sadly defrosted, so it was quick decision time. I drained the sopping cherries and put them in the dehydrator. The remaining bag of frozen tomatoes I cooked down, ran through the sieve, and popped into the dehydrator as well to dry down into tomato powder. And a few things, sadly, had warmed too much and went to the chickens: bacon jam, apple butter, lime pulp, frozen soup...well, they were happy.
And then more scariness. The dang OTHER freezer, chock full of meat, decided to go on the fritz. It warmed up to 25 degrees, and wouldn't turn on, until I called friends in a panic. And then, of course, it clicked on and decided to run. Augh. Tentatively, all seems to be doing well with it, although it sounds a little odd. Keep your fingers crossed that things stay cold and frozen in there. I may have the freezer repair guy come out and take a look at it, should it still sound funny on Monday.
How much longer is Mercury in retrograde, anyway?