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Put the Kettle on....

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 blue beauties.

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!!
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These bushes were loaded with berries!
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Jul. 1, 2012 1:19 pm
And here I am watering my POOR decrepit blueberries just hoping they will survive this awful heat. You know what a sunwarmed fresh organic peach tastes like :) Peach pie without the crust says the DH. How nice it is to be handy. Glad things are going well!
Jul. 1, 2012 4:26 pm
Fresh from the vine blueberries - Nirvana! I think that restaurant was one of the best decisions you and Jon ever made.
Jul. 1, 2012 4:33 pm
You are reading what I consider to be Kings best effort yet. I simply loved 11/22/63. A great read to go with happy adopted grandkids and blueberries!
Jul. 2, 2012 4:31 am
Cat, my own blueberry bushes have nothing but shriveled up green things on them. These bushes I picked from were amazing! And, when we head down toward Charlottesville, VA in a few weeks there's a peach orchard there we go to and bring home a bag of peaches from.
Jul. 2, 2012 4:33 am
BSM: the stools are done and tonight he'll put the footstand around the bar up and it'll be ready for business! The restaurant has been fun. I'd never try to start one up from scratch, but our friend has already laid the groundwork for success over the past 6 years, so we're just stepping into a great thing!
Jul. 2, 2012 4:35 am
Raedwulf - I agree with you, I can't put that thing down. I will also say - I'm reading it on my Kindle and I'm very glad for that - that is one big book! I'd get tired holding that thing up! LOL
Jul. 2, 2012 5:22 am
You should see my native FL blueberry would be a tiny sprout off those huge bushes...think I got a handful of berries this year. How fun to have that many fresh berries.
Jul. 2, 2012 5:36 am
Sherri - those bushes were some of the biggest ones I'd ever seen and there were 8 acres of them!
Jul. 2, 2012 7:06 am
Hello, Mother Ann! Reading about picking blueberries brings back memories of picking choke cherries with my Grandma. However, they are too tart to just pop in your mouth. My Grandma made choke cherry jam and syrup. Here is a hint for going to Joann's, you can use as many coupons as you want as long as the coupon has a different bar code number. I used 4 the last time I was there.
Jul. 2, 2012 10:09 am
Hi Lela! Picking those blueberries brought back memories of blackberry picking with my Grandpa and mom. But, there aren't any thorns with blueberries! LOL Good hint, thanks. I'll keep it in mind for next time.
Jul. 2, 2012 2:55 pm
Oh not a Kindle, say it isn't so!! I refuse to contribute to the obsolescence of books. Big tomes be damned but I wouldn't have it any other way. As an avowed bibliophile!
Jul. 2, 2012 4:31 pm
Just wait till I share my blackberry adventures :) those stinkers bite unlike my poor, hot thirsty blueberries! I think all the fruit will be small this year due rain at the wrong time :(
Jul. 2, 2012 8:14 pm
Raedwulf - I wasn't sure I wanted a Kindle, but have to admit I do like it. I still read "real" books, too! I understand exactly where you're coming from.
Jul. 2, 2012 8:15 pm
Cat - we desperately need some rain, too! Can't wait to hear about your adventures!
Jul. 7, 2012 11:56 am
Let me tell you the blackberry vodka is stellar! Waiting longer on the brandy as it is stronger in flavor. If only I had enough blueberries.... :)(:
Jul. 7, 2012 4:24 pm
Last Saturday my husband and I picked 33 pounds of blueberries, they were delicious. Stephen King's book 11/22/63 was great.
Jul. 7, 2012 4:40 pm
Cat - I wish I could send you some blueberries - then maybe you'd share your vodka and/or brandies!! :)
Jul. 7, 2012 4:41 pm
Sue - That's a lot of blueberries! We would have picked a few more if we had had more time, but what we got will do for us.
Jul. 8, 2012 12:31 pm
Have a few blueberries in the fridge now. I'm leaning toward cobbler just because it is so easy!
Jul. 8, 2012 12:33 pm
Forgot to add, on a radio news report this week I heard that blueberries have surpassed peaches as the number one crop in the state of Georgia!!
Jul. 8, 2012 2:03 pm
aunt star - Wow! I hadn't heard that yet. We go camping near Charlottesville, VA every year and there is a great peach orchard there. It's fun to go and have some fresh homemade peach ice cream. Then I bring fresh peaches home with us and we have all sorts of wonderful peach desserts!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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