Jul. 1, 2012 9:51 am
Updated: Jul. 8, 2012 7:00 pm
Yesterday started out as a typical Saturday. We had a few things that needed to be done, but only after I spent an hour or so on the porch with coffee and my "emerging porch puppy" (Suzy). Suzy is getting much better at just sitting on the porch with
me listening to the early morning sounds in the woods, waiting for that corner off the poptart. After I drained my coffee cup and read a few chapters out of the book I'm currently reading (11/22/63 by Stephen King - I highly recommend it by the way!!), I
went in the house, showered and was ready for the day.
Jon built a tiki bar for the patio at the Mexican Restaurant and we've been looking for stools with no luck, so he's decided he can build them. On the agenda this morning was a trip to the lumber yard for materials, and then a trip to JoAnn Fabrics to find
marine vinyl upholstery for the seats on these stools. Our daughter, Kristal, had a 40% off coupon she volunteered so we were going to pick her up and take her along with us.
On the way to the lumber yard we passed a sign for blueberries. We commented how some fresh blueberries would be great for a cobbler, muffins, whatever. As we passed this sign on the way back, Jon pulled into the driveway. It was a pick-your-own berry field.
We hemmed and hawed about it, and he turned around continuing homeward. Suddenly he stopped, pulled in a drive and turned around. We weren't on a tight schedule so we had time to pick a few berries. Why not? Sounded like fun to me. It was a nice older
couple who gave us a pail and sent us out into their 8 acres of blueberries.
Of course I could never just start picking berries not knowing how they tasted! The first few I picked I popped into my mouth. A ripe blueberry warmed by the sun is delicious! We got to work picking berries. Before we knew it we had about 6 pounds of those
After a quick stop at home to refrigerate the berries we picked up Kristal and made a quick stop at Wendy's for a burger. As we were finishing up our meal, I noticed a man and woman sitting down across the restaurant who looked familiar to me. The man resembled
a former boss I had who had retired and moved away. As I was whispering to Jon how this man looked like Darryl, the woman walked past our table on her way to pick up napkins and straws. She very much resembled Darryl's wife. I watched her sit back down
and say something to the man. He immediately turned around and stared at me - no wonder he resembled Darryl. It was Darryl and his wife! We had a nice 15-minute visit with them catching up on each other's lives. When he was my boss he had 2 grandchildren,
he now has 7!
Our stop at JoAnn Fabrics was a huge success. We were able to find brightly colored vinyl for the stools and the foam we needed as well. Once home Jon got right to work building these stools. With all materials purchased - we saved a ton of money with him
building them rather than purchasing ready-made stools, and they're going to be one-of-a-kind and probably far sturdier than anything we could have bought.
I left Jon hard at work and went to the restaurant to meet a friend there for dinner. As we were finishing up, Jon arrived and said he was heading out to the patio to sit with some other friends of ours who were there. As the sun went down, a nice surprise
came charging from the restaurant out onto the patio - our "adopted grandkids" arrived! Finally around 10:30 we decided it was time to call it a night and we left for home. It was a wonderful day where we got things accomplished, but had fun doing so.
Today I've spent some time cleaning up, and Jon is finishing up the stools. For lunch we had the rest of the oysters we brought home from Chincoteague Island. Later on we'll make a trip to the restaurant with the stools and maybe have an ice cream treat.
If I'm lucky the kids will be there again - I want to give them a bowl of some of those yummy blueberries.
Look at that sweet blue beauty!!
These bushes were loaded with berries!