Apricots & A Feeling

Yesterday morning started with a ‘feeling’.  A ‘feeling’ that God wanted me to quickly pick some more of the big juicy apricots and fill my freezer.  We have a bumper crop of apricots this year and  the first tree has just ripened with 3 other different trees and varieties still in the process of ripening.

So I hauled out the ladder and picked a whole bunch of delicious apricots…

Cut them in half and pitted them…

And had my wax paper lined trays full and going into the freezer (I freeze them individually and then put them in large zip-lock bags so they don’t freeze as a huge solid chunk that is impossible to work with later)…

I managed to get quite a few apricots into the freezer which we will enjoy over the winter.

Shortly after I got the apricots into the freezer, I realized that it was a good thing I had listened to that ‘feeling’!

We experienced a  freak hailstorm!  I’ve never actually been in a hailstorm with this size hail (Anybody need ice cubes?)…

The hail tore through leaves…

The damage is done and I knew that this morning I would see more evidence of the fruit damage…the apricots are either bruised…

or beaten…

And yesterday morning I had all white vent covers on my motorhome which is parked by the side of my home, today I have a couple new black vents…

Yup, the old ones got smashed to smithereens!  And do you see those little black dots on the motorhome roof?  Those are the gravel bits from my tar and gravel roof that got displaced by the hail stones!

So thankful that God prompted me to take pics and to pick the apricots!

They WERE gorgeous! 

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Coffee & Cocoa & Character

As we started our road trip through the Kootenays, we stopped in Rock Creek at the Rock Creek Trading Post.  And so glad we did stop here!

Turns out it is one of the rare places that buys fair trade green coffee beans and roasts them fresh each day.  The owner even grows a few of her own coffee plants.  I made sure to get some fresh roasted beans for our trip…coffee in the morning would be delish!

The owner travels to Guatemala every winter and aside from helping families in Guatemala and bringing back green coffee beans, this past winter she also brought back a cacao pod…

These pods do not grow on trees like apples or oranges, they grow direct on the trunk like this…

We learn so much on road trips!  So far we’ve had coffee, cocao and now for the character…the owner…she has totally got it going on, full of life, knowledge, laughter and flamboyance…when I grow up I want to be like her…I love her style!!!

And yes we also bought coffee plants from her so that in 3-5 years we can maybe grow enough coffee beans to make a cup of coffee! 

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Kind of busy

I have been busy successfully recuperating from my nasty surgery and haven’t been anywhere near my computer for quite a while. But I have gotten the green light from my doctor to go ahead and start doing normal activities, and right now this is a normal activity in my part of the world…

I live in a desert area that is experiencing a significant flood (oh the irony!). And my dear friend, Denise, just happens to live by a river that is flooding. We have been vacuuming water out of her basement for almost a week already, but yesterday we got the word that the river will be exceeding the levels of the last big flood in 1999 and getting close to the levels of the really big 1972 flood. So it was only normal to get a load of sand, bags, shovels and wonderful helpers to fill sand bags…

Since I can’t lift heavy sand bags yet (doctors orders) I lovingly volunteered my daughters…

The engineer types organized a plan of action, strategically placing the heavy sandbags on a plastic sheet that would later be folded up against the sandbag dike…

There were no shortage of volunteers, people kept showing up as the dike building progressed…

And before you know it, Denise’s house was protected with a wonderful sandbag wall…

And at the end of the day we were enjoying a lovely sunset with the even lovelier sound of the sump pump hose discharging water back into the river and out of Denise’s yard…

And now I am going to bed as I was up all night with Denise so we could vacuum water out of her basement every 1/2 hour, get a good looking strong neighbor to help move a carpet roll out of certain peril after midnight, go to Timmies at 3 a.m., keep each other awake until the fabulous replacement day crew arrived (Denise’s brother-in-law). I’ll be back later with updates and more pics! 

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It Blooms for You…

I spent a ‘soggy’ week in B.C. and wanted to share the photos I took while I was there. Some were shot in Kamloops, some in Chilliwack, in my parent’s garden. I am so happy with the new lens I bought, especially for shooting flowers. Enjoy a little post about the grandeur and artistry of the hand of the Maker. XXOO Jukavo

when faces called flowers float out of the ground… by E. E. Cummings

when faces called flowers float out of the ground
and breathing is wishing and wishing is having-
but keeping is downward and doubting and never
-it’s april(yes,april;my darling)it’s spring!
yes the pretty birds frolic as spry as can fly
yes the little fish gambol as glad as can be
(yes the mountains are dancing together)

when every leaf opens without any sound
and wishing is having and having is giving-
but keeping is doting and nothing and nonsense
-alive;we’re alive,dear:it’s(kiss me now)spring!
now the pretty birds hover so she and so he
now the little fish quiver so you and so i
(now the mountains are dancing, the mountains)

when more than was lost has been found has been found
and having is giving and giving is living-
but keeping is darkness and winter and cringing
-it’s spring(all our night becomes day)o,it’s spring!
all the pretty birds dive to the heart of the sky
all the little fish climb through the mind of the sea
(all the mountains are dancing;are dancing) 

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