My Sweetheart was VERY lucky to have had such a brilliant surgeon (see Aug 31 post if you missed the story). We found out after surgery that the doctors would have been working to save my hubby's life, not just his bowel, had the problem not been found. Just goes to show how quickly things can happen (as many of us know) and to be grateful for our loved ones and each day we have with them. Thank you for your emails and prayers - we both REALLY appreciated them!!
Our blueberries have never been treated with any kind of chemicals so there's a lot of extra grass and weeds that get caught up in the rake but I don't mind - it's just a little extra work. I just enjoy being outdoors, getting some fresh air and exercise. Some folks tell me hand-raking blueberries is back-breaking work and they wouldn't care to ever do it again. But I really enjoy it. Yes, I get a bit sore after raking blueberries, but it's really not a big deal. And I feel like shouting "BINGO!" every time I find a patch of huge, bright, juicy berries all clustered together.
|The darker blueberries are 'cousins' of the lighter ones, and are my favourite - they're so sweet! Mmmmm!|
Our neighbour, John, who has 200 acres of berries, has been really helpful showing me the ropes about this whole blueberry business. I find it all quite interesting and there is a lot to learn, that's for sure. In the meantime, I'm just 'making hay while the sunshines' and poppin' in a mouthful or two of berries as I go along...and so are our hounds:
Oh - I almost forgot. Some of you have emailed asking what we're doing with all the blueberries. Well, we sold most of them to a local blueberry buyer and the berries will ultimately end up in Japan (why Japan, I do not know). But I've decided that I am going to start making jellies and jams and other delicious concoctions instead, and sell them at Farmer's Markets, craft fairs and online.
Last week I started canning and this is my first batch of "Vanilla Spiced Blueberry & Lemon Zest Jelly" and holey caraumba, was it ever good, if I do say so myself. We couldn't stop eating it - the first jar is almost gone already - we've not only been eating it on toast but with ice-cream too. I gave a friend some and she ate some that night with her waffles. Uh oh - I may be on to something here...another business venture perhaps? I'll keep you posted.
So let's get on with today's card, shall we? Last month Stampin' Up! released a new photopolymer stamp set called "Yee-Haw" and is it ever cute:
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