Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Things I'll Miss Part 1

There are at least 300 million things I will miss about living up here. I made a list awhile back that was very long with the intent of going into further detail on each point. I have yet to do that but hopefully will get to it. In the mean time, I might just have to post various things as I am experiencing them and thinking of leaving them behind. Here are a few things that have given me a little moment's ache as I've recently thought of leaving them:

1. The weather. No, I don’t necessarily love the eight months of gray drizzle. I do like a good hard rain storm a lot, but we seldom have that – just drizzle. What I will miss though is the summer weather. It is so perfect. It is generally around 80. We get a handful of 90 and even 100 degree days and a smattering of 60 degree days, but mostly it is just warm enough to swim or play outside but cool enough to feel totally comfortable or to take a run even if it is late in the morning.

2. Blueberries. I had no idea how much I loved them until we lived here, but that is because in the past I only could have bought an expensive small container. Just today the kids and I picked 5 lbs. in a few little minutes and it only cost us $6.25. Plus, they are pleasant to pick. Even Abe, who doesn’t like berries, likes to go pick them. They just pull off easily and there are no prickles. I bought some at Costco before they’d ripened up here and as good as they were, they couldn’t match our huge popcorn bowl filled to the brim with totally fresh ones!

3. Blackberries. As long as I’m on the berry subject, I can’t neglect these. Unlike blueberries, they are miserable to pick because they grow on the thorniest bushes imaginable, but you won’t pay a thing for them up here because they are free free free. In fact, most of the state spends money trying to get rid of them because they are a horribly prickly invader. They are EVERYWHERE. I’ve even caught the little bushes sprouting up as weeds in my own flowerbeds. They really have taken over the state and people dislike them all year until about the middle of August when suddenly you can stop by any park or any road if you like and pick the most delicious berries ever. Really. I’ve heard some people talk about blackberries needing sugar to be sweet, but not the crazy weed-like variety up here. They literally almost dissolve in your mouth they are so juicy. I can hardly stop myself from picking them and eating them all along my runs, and if the kids are in the jog stroller they demand I do for them.

4. Our garden. I had no idea how much satisfaction having our own thriving garden would bring me. My dad always planted a big garden so fresh produce shouldn’t be anything new to me, but I must have taken that garden for granted. Now that I have been away from home for nearly nine years I find it shocking to see that tiny seeds can really turn into huge bushes of beans, giant cornstalks, zucchinis, etc. I know you are supposed to eat five servings of veggies a day and I seldom do because I am lazy at preparing them, but it would be nice if it could just be cumulative over a year’s time because I keep steaming myself huge yellow zucchini and slicing kohlrabi, and we eat beans beans beans every night for dinner so I am probably getting about 20 servings a day lately. Daisy had been asking for stew for dinner and so I finally planned to make it yesterday. Then I sadly remembered that I had forgotten carrots at the store. Stew doesn’t seem right with out carrots so I was about ready to tell Daisy we’d have to have it another night when it occurred to me that we could pick carrots right out of our own garden! It was a marvelous thought. I have loved it and it makes me so sad that we will be leaving before fully enjoying all of our produce. (Also, I must give credit to Mike as I myself have had little to do with the garden. I can scarcely believe that our first attempt could turn out so well and it has been all Mike’s doing – along with some help from Daisy who is the most interested in our vegetables). Here is a lovely minute and eight seconds worth of bean picking footage for those of you who could find such a thing entertaining.

That's all for now.

10 comments:

Perla said...

who knew i would absolutely ADORE watching 1:08 of bean picking! i loved it! i loved hearing goldie looking for "one more jack pot"!

jami said...

i love gardens too - and have been SO sad not to have one this year. i sort of feel at a loss without it. i love you list of things you'll miss ... and i'm sorry you have to leave them. wouldn't it be great if we could take all the things we love and enjoy about a place with us when we went? :) ah, but then that would make change too easy. :)

Tia Juana said...

Now hearing a small little tyke scream "JackPot" is certainly a Jack pot of a video but my favorite is that they are doing it with their blankies tied around them!!!! Those are my kind of bean pickers!

And blackberries for FREE??? Oh, I should move to your town, but alas, the blackberries would not be as sweet if you were not there. I LOVE berries - any kind and so to get them for free or really cheap instead of paying $5.00 for a tiny little itty bitty box of them that looks smaller than my box of leftovers from Chili's last night, well that just takes the sweetest out of them so I don't buy them so much. Here in my neck of the woods the birds eat everything edible. I got an email a while back from a guy in our ward who's neighbor's cherry tree was ripening up and it said 'come one and all to get the cherries because if you don't the birds will within 24 hours'. Yes they will strip it clean within 24 hours of the cherries turning red. Darn birds. I wonder if my Clayton and Baxter had anything to do with it?

I am happy for you and your garden. But I am sad for you that don't get to enjoy its full bounty.

I"m gonna go to the farmers market this week....maybe I'll wear my blankie and scream "One more jack pot" and see if they look at me funny.

Nancy said...

Yah, Mike sometimes tries to make rules like "no blankies outside" etc. because they are always so filthy, but it is pointless. Those blankies are like an extra appendage for my girls.

BS and the Kids said...

I don't know why but I am so far behind on your blog, it hasn't pulled up that you have posted for a while. I missed out on so much fun stuff. So to get rid of those ant, I read recently to feed them cornmeal. Hope that helps. Call us when you get into town, we will have to hang out.

Liz said...

Jack pot is right! that garden of yours sure is thriving. You will have to tell me all of your gardening secrets. Oh, maybe I have to ask Mike? Anyway I loved the video of your girls - so very sweet. I just found a really good blueberry muffin recipe on Allrecipes.com Too bad I don't have your five pounds of blueberries to make them. But, if you would like to make them I will e-mail the recipe. i think it got about 1,000 comments, literally about how good they are.

Mugsy said...

I just want to cry a little for you. But I will say what a blessing to have lived such a nice place while you were away. I so loved watching those little angel's hair blow in the soft breeze and their little blankets kept close....I am so happy I get to be near you and these.

Lover of Sweets said...

What is kohlrabi?
I found the bean-picking footage to be quite entertaining.

Nancy said...

P -- Kohlbabi is so delicious mostly as a veggie you would want on a veggie tray to dip in ranch dressing. In fact I don't know why they don't sell them in the store. Anywho they are like the size of your fist maybe and round and they taste something like a cross between a radish and a cucumber maybe.

Lover of Sweets said...

So it tastes like chicken then?

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