Thursday, May 11, 2006

Strawberry Season

The kids have lucked out this strawberry season. The grumpy old man on the corner, who has an enormous garden- inluding a U-pick strawberry patch- has decided he likes them. John got up on his roof and cleaned off the snow two winters ago when we had that huge snowfall, and also helped the man's son get his car unstuck in that same snow. Ever since then, he has actually been friendly, in his own way.

Last summer he gave us a huge box of potatoes (we ate potatoes until they were coming out our ears- potato soup, potato casserole, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, baked potatoes, boiled potatoes...); several ears of corn; a couple of cantaloupe; tomatoes, cucumber and zuchinni; a bunch of purple hull peas (which the kids were not thrilled about); and watermelon out the wazoo. We were eating a watermelon a day and finally we couldn't eat them all and hauled a load to church to give away. John says its the best garden we've ever had!

Anyway, this week John Mark and Becca have been going over to help him pick strawberries to sell and as payment, he gives them a bucket of ones that are "too small". The kids are smart enough to know they have a good thing going. We've been enjoying strawberry shortcake, and today I'll probably stop at the store and get some pie shells.


Up for today: Worship committee meeting and laundry, laundry, laundry. I have a 99 cent coupon from Blockbuster, so I'll probably stop and get a movie to watch tonight while I fold all this laundry. Since John is working, I can get a chick flick. The kids have their Spring Choral Concert tonight at First Christian, but John is so swamped at work that he won't be able to go. He is desperately trying to get these overwhelming projects done before we leave next week.

The Songbook is FINISHED!!!! (Doing a dance and clapping wildly) It was a real pain in the rear.


summer said...

i would love to have a "garden" like that! i have a tomato plant in a large pot. i hope it does well enough. its really growing. i also have sunflowers and various other flowers growing in a small flower bed that we don't know what they will look like quite yet, because they started as seeds about two months ago. everything is really growing and the kids are quite excited about the progress!! i know your life feels exhausting sometimes, but it sounds like so much fun! love you,

Karen said...

It's good to know I'm not the only person who likes to watch tv/movies while I fold laundry. My husband says I could get it done faster if I'd just do it, but where's the fun in that??