Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blueberry Cousins

We went to the patch today.

Honest to goodness, I love every tiny thing about that patch. I love the blueberry air that is so sweet that it tempts you to believe, just for a moment, that they have giant blueberry Plug-Ins wired into the telephone poles. I love the rowdy crows cackling circles overhead. (I can never tell if they're in a big bird fight, or if they're just telling jokes and singing raucously.) I love the thrill of the hunt for berries bigger than quarters.

I love the muffin dreaming and the waffle dreaming and the plain berries with yogurt dreaming.

I love the feeling of being holed up in a wide, open space.

I love remembering Blueberries for Sal.

I love the unique camaraderie that blooms among strangers passing one another in the grass aisles, buckets of berries twined about the waist.

I love overhearing the pickin' gossip - infinitely less juicy than the blues.

I love chasing down toddlers and watching that first flicker of knowledge - "Mmmm!"

Today, I loved donning my sunhat and braving the suffocating, drip-drop sweaty heat. I loved the pink-cheeked resolve to press on.

I loved Evan asking me to take his picture.

I loved letting this one ramble about, tasting the green ones then finally seeing the light.

I love that these two decided to be best friends today.

(Their friendship is known for its volatility.)

I'm just plumb thankful today for the opportunity to live this life.

It doesn't matter how many times our street address changes. We are together, buckets in hand, ready to walk down the paths together in search of the best things life has to offer.

We are together.

{I'm linking this up with Wednesday Gratitude at Heart and Home.}

40 comments:

  1. Awesome post...always inspiring!

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  2. This is so lovely, and a perfect post for Wednesday Gratitude at Heart and Home, if you'd care to link up!
    What a lovely remembrance of a perfect blueberry picking day, thanks for sharing it with us!
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home
    http://heidi-heartandhome.blogspot.com

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  3. Love your words. You could write a book girl! I would buy it! I find myself wishing you posted several times a day! Your blog is a gift, thank you for sharing your life :)

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  4. Looks so fun! I can smell the muffins now!

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  5. That's the good stuff!

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  6. I love your blog! Your children are beautiful, and the pictures are always soooo fun to look at. Thank you for sharing your life. I just ate a big bowl of blueberries and yogurt, yummmmm!

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  7. Delicious. DELICIOUS I TELL YOU!
    Your writing my dear, is ripening more each golden day of summer. I don't know if I can handle it. Your words make me so excited, and giddy, and somber, and centered, and you mess with my emotions.
    Oh, and I love it!

    LOVE.
    IT!
    I also loved your post over at Chatting at the Sky. I'm serious. I'm not just tickling your ears here. Seriously.

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  8. and...no matter HOW I TRY (and really I do try, REALLY) I always remember something I wanted to say after my first comment.
    Love the new flower picture. YAY JULY!

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  9. Now I'll dream of blueberry beauty. This was such a sweet savoury post.

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  10. Such a wonderful post! We too went blueberry picking today!

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  11. What an inspiring post to read first thing this morning! Love reading your words, girl!
    -Holly Y

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  12. yummmmmm.
    great photos. beautiful words.
    enjoy your together time!
    ~tara

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  13. love blueberry patches and strawberry patches....favorite thing to do with my kids!

    I love your blog...can't wait to search around it!

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  14. Blueberries for Sal. One of our favorite read-alouds when the kids were young. (I still sneak a peek at it every once in a while.)

    Beautiful as always.

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  15. Delicious. There's nothing like freshly picked fruit. Love the pictures.

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  16. Wow Farmgirl, you've got yourself some gorgeous photos there. Artsy and gorgeous. I love me a huge blueberry and a cute kid in a berry patch. Looks like you had plenty of both!

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  17. I love blueberries and whole heartedly agree w/ miss janie . i want to buy your book. here is the money!!!! U r my second only to the Bible inspiration of the day!!! U go girl. keep on keepin on!

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  18. You make everything sound so wonderful. I wish I could see the world through your eyes for a day. :-) This was a fantastic post!

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  19. I think yours may very well become one of my favorite blogs. Where have you been hiding all my life??? What a gift! I have an Evan, too. :~)

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  20. You make me smile with good memories.. my son was the BEST BB picker in our house, and there are never strangers in a blueberry patch. Sweet, sweet post... Happy day to you!

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  21. Awesome! This reminds me of my times in the strawberry patches when I was little...so many GREAT memories.

    P.S. If you find, blueberry plug-in's, Fred here would love some!

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  22. Oh my! I am obsessed with blueberries right now. I went to our local farmers market this past weekend and love that they are in season!

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  23. Hi! I'm visiting from Chatting, and I want to be like you when I grow up. Just thought I'd let you know. I can't wait to be a regular visitor.

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  24. Oh the lovely blueberries! How I dream of bowls full of them. I hope we can work out a date for our trip and that you won't mind picking some more!

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  25. My in-laws were here over the weekend and brought the berry tri-fecta with them. For a very short window of time in Oregon strawberries, blueberries and raspberries (my favorite!) are all in season at the same time. Berries don't grow here in Idaho too well so I was so happy they brought me some. Well they technically brought us some but I'm not very good at sharing sometimes. I was laying in bed last night thinking of what to make first today - muffins, scones, waffles. I finished up the yogurt yesterday with a big bowl of mixed berries so I need to find another way to enjoy them today. Enjoy your delicious berries today!

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  26. How beautiful! I can't wait to see where life takes you and your family next! Your blog makes my morning daily :)

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  27. Lovely post as usual. Work on a book please!!!

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  28. My sister asked last week while we were in Atlanta if we should go to the blueberry farm...I totally forgot about it until now! And I am wishing we had - it looks so fun!

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  29. Lovely post. We just went last week with new friends. I look forward to going again and again.

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  30. Great post and a great reminder of the beauty in simple things!

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  31. A very nice post, I smiled reading it-thanks! Enjoy the blueberries!

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  32. I'm so happy to see this post...we have a pick your own blueberry farm about a mile from our house ..we've been once a couple years ago & now I want to go again!

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  33. Love this post...and it makes me want to go out and pick today...but I'm a chicken and I'll wait until it's cooler next week! And, you may be interested to know that my sister did her whole kitchen around "Blueberries for Sal" and had the book framed in her kitchen! Go here to look...
    http://oldcentennialfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/pine-hollow-lodge-5-blueberry-kitchen.html

    Great post, as usual, Shannan!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  34. I am drawn to your blog, drawn to the faces of those precious babies of yours and drawn to the wisdoms you impart.

    Thank you for sharing these snippets of your life.....
    hugs,
    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  35. What a delight to find your Blog. Such wonderful Summer care free days. I look forward to popping by again soon, hugs, Catherine xx

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  36. Yum...blueberries! Berries are my favorite part of summer!!!

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  37. I'm a lurker here, mostly because time is short with school and work (I'm at school right now!) but I just have to tell you how beautiful your blog is. I love your outlook on life and your writing. I love this post:>) I used to pick blueberries with my nieces when they were your kids age. I always told them I liked the really big berries the very best. We always got little stools to sit on if we wanted and I would sit and pick and the little girls would pop every really big berry they found in my mouth as I picked. What fun we had! The berry farm changed hands and went downhill and the girls grew into teens, but we still laugh about our blueberry picking and their sweet determination to give me all the big ones!

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  38. What beautiful blueberries.

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  39. I love your optimism, your outlook, your trust that all will be well. When your blog pops up in my reader, I always smile in anticipation. Thank you.

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