Gizzy in Heaven!

Gizzy in Heaven!
I love you forever and ever, Amen!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Berry pickin' out in the country...

My neighbor and I went blueberry picking this morning at 7 o'clock at another neighbor's family property. The lady who lives there doesn't like blueberries (imagine that!) and told us to pick all we want. 

She lives out in the country on a dirt road in quiet, green surroundings where the fox and hare kiss good night. I could totally see myself living here.

I imagined myself living out here with Gizzy enjoying the peaceful quiet with only the sounds of nature and allowing Middi to roam to her heart's content. In such places, I can really hear God! I could even imagine myself writing, like maybe my memoirs (names would have to be changed to protect the innocent), a children's book or some self-help article... you can think clearly without the pressure and noise of civilization.

Nothing but fields in every direction...

Walking past the house towards the back yard, we see the Muscadine grape vine to the left

with a pear tree somewhere in the center

and off to the right are the three blueberry bushes we were looking for.

We picked for about two hours or so, till it looked like it might rain and by then we had enough, so we packed up and went back, knowing we'll return at least one more time, since many of the berries were still not ripe.

Many of them we had to leave for the birds, because they were simply too high up. Even though we took turns pulling down limbs with the cane while the other picked, it was impossible to reach the big ones up high (darn!)

We accidentally broke off a branch that we took home with us, not wanting to leave any evidence of us destroying the blueberry bushes... not that anyone would have noticed.

Bye-bye bushes, till next week - thanks for the berries!

(I wore my high top shoes and was thankful not having received a single fire ant bite. I did however end up collecting some berries in the front of my blouse, which I will not be wearning again next time.)

Heading back to the car, you can see Evelyn carrying her loot and my bucket next to the wooden bar stool that I like to bring along for resting my back. Next time I'll bring two.

Evelyn putting the branch in her trunk while I lookoed around at the old homestead imagining what it must've been like when it was new and many people lived here...

Just an old shed...thought it looked rustic under those trees.

The lady's old cat waiting on the steps - probably for breakfast.

Driving back home with our treasure! I think we each picked about three or four gallons worth of blueberries.

We passed a couple of grazing horses; the one on the left might even be a mule...can you tell?

We saw the most adorable little puppy standing in someone's driveway - look at those ears:

Arriving home, I'm getting the third degree..from the Gizz:

"So THIS is what you left me for? We are NOT amused!"

"What is this stuff anyway? Doesn't smell like anything I want to eat."

Alas, I presented a peace offering in the form of a bacon, egg and cheese bicuit (hold the biscuit.)

Hmmm, might not be acceptable and more groveling is needed ... guess I have to bring out the big guns...


and go for ye ole' belly-rub!!!

Ahhh, that does it every time!

Just a few more things:

When Gizzy and I visited my friend Arlene yesterday, besides well water, she gave me this cute hanging curio that she doesn't want in her house anymore, because it reminds her of the guy who gave it to her - Ain't I lucky? I know just where to put it and what to put in it.

Also, I've been into tea again lately and although I have my preferred supply, I like experimenting with a new flavor now and again. I really like this tea. It smells like Mango, but tastes like Gardenias ... not that I've eaten Gardenias, but if I did, I would imagine them tasting like this.

I know that I'm behind in my reading and commenting, but I will catch up shortly, I promise! (as soon as I sort those berries and get them into baggies for the freezer.)


Anonymous said...

What an awesome blog post today. I loved it! Feel like I was right there with you -- and wish I had some of those blueberries. Poor Gizzy. SOOOOOO neglected. NOT!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Doris! Oh does the country look like the place to be or WHAT?!! I can easily see myself living there too! You are definitely lucky these days!! All the blueberries you can eat and freeze, and then that beautiful curio/shelf!!.. I'm glad Gizzy was forgiving of your absence, and that she could have a little bacon egg and cheese treat! We can't give stuff like that to Ubu. Last time we tried something just a little different, he sure enough had a seizure again. We have to watch so carefully what we let him eat... Well, would you believe what one of his favorite snacks is?? ICE CUBES! He LOVES them, and plain old frozen water doesn't seem to hurt him.. And they're FREE!! It's a win-win for everybody!.. Happy 4th of July weekend! Keep cool, and enjoy! ((hugs)) ~tina

gin said...

that's a nice adventure you had today -- get to be in the country and get free blueberries too. Nice!

AZBelle (Sandy) said...

I wish I could have been out berry picking with you... it is so green and pretty there, very unlike the hot desert! What an enjoyable post, I'm with Bev, I felt like I was right there with you.... thank you for making my day :)

*Ulrike* said...

Now how far away do you live?! Wow, love blueberries! I just made strawberry jam yesterday with Dr. oetker instead of sure jell. Got strawberries and cherries at Aldi's at a great price. Come this winter I'm sure you will be enjoying those blueberries!
Take Care,
P.S. I'm sure Gizzy will be ok, just give him another belly rub!!

glor said...

What a wonderful visit you provided me. I love the pictures, what beautiful country. I could almost hear the stillness. And all those blueberries. This must be a part of heaven. What an absolutely outstanding day.

Karin said...

That's a lot of work sorting all those blueberries - but, oh, so worth it! Enjoy! Lovely countryside! Your doggy is so cute!!

Neicee said...

Doris! That dog is a hoot! Looks like you had a great day! Love Blueberries

Anke said...

Wow that's a lot of blueberries! What are you going to do with them all? We have a blueberry patch near by and I'll probably take the girls this week or next to get some for ourselves. Sadly, I'll have to pay for mine... ;-)

The Beneficial Bee said...

I'm so jealous. I would love to eat handfuls of blueberries right now. It looks like Gizzy forgave you! I've been behind on my commenting too lately. It is just too busy this time of year! Hope all is well, Jess

AkasaWolfSong said...

How very blessed you are to have had such a beautiful and fruitful (no pun intended, lol) day in the country! I too felt like I had traveled along those roads with you and ended up at the homestead, and all the great sites along the way. I am wondering if you could pound the end of that blueberry brancha a bit and stick it in water to sprout to plant later on? Hmmm...I know you can do that with some bushes and trees.
Poor little Giz missing his Momma and feeling so left out! What a kid! I'm happy he finally succumbed to his treat and all is well in the end.
So lovely to have traveled with you Doris! It reminded me of the many travels I've done over the years to pick blackberries and find wild asparagus. I had to wear long sleeved clothing to keep the mosquitos and thorns from tearing me up but it was all worth it!
Happy 4th of July Dear!!!
Blessings upon Blessings to You and the little ones! :)

Samantha G said...

what a great curio! It's so cute!

I love that first picture of Gizzy, he does indeed look really pissed off! Hilarious! He has so much personality!

This reminds me that we just got a huge thing of blueberries from the store. I will have some with my lunch!

Great blog post and thanks for sharing. As always I feel like I was right there with you! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Looks like so much fun. I love that first picture of Gizzy, he really does look like he's saying, "And where have you been, Huh?"

Thanks for sharing your adventure.


Cathy said...

I ♥LOVED♥ reading the tale of your day!! How wonderful to spend a day in the country and the bonus of all those fresh picked blueberries ~ yummm!!! Can't imagine someone not liking them. I agree with you about the city - don't like it either. I miss the slower pace:(
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!