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50 Shades of Blackberries: just in time for Father's Day

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Ok, the blog title was simply to get your attention. Although there are numerous shades of color as the blackberry ripens from a tiny green pod, moves into an array of reds (they almost look like raspberries), to a dark purple, and then to the deeper shade of black, for the purposes of this blog, berries are either ripe or not.

I spent an agonizing hour, ok, that's an exaggeration, last Sunday picking a berry here and a berry there, everywhere a berry berry, but the majority were not ripe. Today, oh what a difference a week makes!

I place both hands palm side up, fingers curved upwards under clusters of the ripest berries. I wiggle my fingers ever so gentle and both hands are filled with delicious, warm ripe fruit. Take the right hand and place the berries into the bowl beside you. Take the left hand and fill your mouth with berries. Begin again.

When the fruit it ripe, it is truly that easy.

Items to take: water, long sleeved shirt and heavy pants, shoes with hard soles or boots, socks, sun screen, strap around bag or back pack for keys, cell phone, etc., a friend with compulsive disorder (they just don't stop picking), bug spray (ticks are as thick as the berries), plenty of containers (not too large as your berries will become heavy and squish the bottom ones), and a healthy appetite.

It seems as though berries give off heat. Regardless of how cool the morning is, I find I'm covered in sweat from head to toe within minutes of entering a berry patch. Maybe it's the speed in which I'm picking, or the extra calories I'm getting from the berries, or the competitive spirit as my cousin Teresa and I knock each other into the brambles when we spy the fattest, juiciest berries hanging, as always, just out of reach.

Please share berry picking sites, any items I forgot, and your favorite recipes - I hear there is a great blackberry yogurt soup.

If anyone is interested, we can have a berry picking contest. Find someone willing to time you for half an hour and then count your berries once your time is up and report back to me. The winner will receive a gift to be announced.

Comments

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

No, Roe, that would be disgusting and highly amusing. Hehe.

It's amazing what modern technology can do for the Queen!

I'll bet you've picked at a few berries in your day. Have a favorite spot or berry? I'll bet Mrs. Roe makes a berry good dessert.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

The only berries I pick these days are dingleberries off the dog. It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

What the front yard! The Queen, being the Queen, deserves respect. I understand that you do not care who you offend with your little jokes, but understand this, I have a constitutional right to speak my mind...too.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Frankie, were you intending this for Roe or myself? Just clarifying.

And, out of curiosity, are you Irish? I'm Irish German so just wondering.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

No, actually I am British, and I have dual citizenship in England and the US. Most of us Brits love our Queen though I certainly have heard the arguments against the Royal Family, and the jokes. Your curiosity makes no sense to me and I have no idea why I should care what your nationality is. Some of the posters on here have a quite marvelous sense of the absurd. Been watching Bennie Hill reruns have we?

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

As a matter of fact I do not care much for Ireland or for Irish culture, I don't like the food, the music, anything. Didn't anyone like it when the Queen put her arm around Michele Obama and Mrs. Obama responded in kind? Or when the girls, Malia and Sasha asked the Queen for a ride in her horse drawn carriage and she ordered that it be made ready for them? How could you not like that? Don't you think there is a lot of overreacting going on here? Maybe we should all make an effort to stay calm, cool and collected like President Obama? Can we do that?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

The Queen can do no wrong for she is the Queen. Michelle can do no wrong because she is Queen equal.

Together they make for happy arm draping.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

Koehn Bakery down in Butler, MO is the king of the blackberry pie.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

That sounds worth the trip. I've been eating blackberry shortbread and blackberries with a drizzle of honey over them - zap in microwave for 30 seconds before I pour the half and half over them to buzz any ticks, so good. I'm going to try almond milk. It comes with just 40 calories a glass and would be a much healthier choice.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

I wish somebody had told me that there are more chiggers than berries in those berry patches.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I know what you mean. Last Sunday I had three ticks and hundreds of chigger bites. I didn't change clothes or shower directly afterwards, and went to Zumba and then a couple of hours of poetry group. By bedtime, I was in a very bad way.

I've been using lots of spray and showering afterwards, stripping clothes off befote heading inside I've had zero chigger bites, one tick large enough to be my boyfriend, and a couple of small ticks that walked all over me and didnt attach themselves - likely the male species. Lol

Tomato 2 years, 6 months ago

I wear tights under my pants and tuck an undershirt into them. It helps a lot. Plus bug spray. But it's hot. Still, definitely need to shower immediately afterwards.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Does one color of tights work better than another? Hehe I had to ask. Good idea. I bet it does get hot. These last couple of days and nights just haven't cooler down.

Thanks for your suggestion and happy berrying!

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

I'd prefer my Fathers Day to be devoid of fifty shades of anything including Twilight.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

I get the cute pun, but considering 50 Shades of Gray is considered trashy porn by most people it would be a bit like using Debbie Does Dallas as a pun on Mothers Day. Just a tad bit disrespectful.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

And one person's trashy porn is another person's good read, enjoyable time spent with a spouse or lover, over coming a blocked sexuality due to religious constraints, radical parenting, or insecurities. Just saying.

This blog was not intended to insult anyone, but as the saying goes, you can't please everyone.

I've not read Fifty Shades of Gray, have you? I tend not to judge a book without reading it - then again, I work hard not to judge. We each have our own core values based on any number of life and/or genetic events.... if it isn't hurting me or someone I care about, if it is bringing people pleasure, shade it whatever color you want, it's alright by me.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

Have you read issue 35 of Penthouse Letters? No? Well then how can you judge the sweet mommy on mommy action starting on page 15?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

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OldGuysRule 2 years, 6 months ago

How on Earth does one turn this into a political stance on porn and commentary about two greeting card company manufactured holidays? Since you took us there, let's guess why it's on your mind... Let's see - name of a fictiional character, photo of an actor. Who are your really. A spy? A right wing conservative that is really a closet liberal? And what about the porn - where you touched by a realitive?

What's really in your world, Jack McKee? or should I call you..........

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

50 shades of nut cases might be a more appropriate title for my next blog. Hummmmm, wonder what that should be about....

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Sounds European . . . Maybe British? . . . or Irish?

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Ooops, meant to reply that under Ronda's remark so it would obviously fit in with her thoughts.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Hehe, it fit in perfectly. At last, another with a sense of humor! Whew...

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

So I guess we should all send her stories of our crazy ex.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Out of respect for the Queen, you should NOT search for "funny Queen of England" videos on youtube.

deec 2 years, 6 months ago

Why should we respect the queen? She costs the British people millions of pounds a year to maintain in her inherited ceremonial job, even though she is one of the richest women in the world. Talk about a welfare cheat.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Just making sure you knew I was being sarcastic.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

You, yes, and a mighty happy yes at that.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Ya had to tell me NOT to didn't ya . . .

(catch the line "except for Kansas, which she does not fancy" . . . )

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Did you catch the part about the roundabouts and driving on the left. Heck the cuzins are all set, they already drive on the left.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Cleopatra VII Philopator was a queen . . . or a pharoah . . . or sumpin.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

How did a simple blog about picking blackberries turn into: a blog about the Queen a pornographic blog insulting Fathers a blog about nuts a blog about Queen a blog about ex'ssssss (there are so many) a blog about finding out if someone is Irish.....

You are a creative group! Hehe

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Once you post it, you never know, do ya?

;-)

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Ain't that the dastardly truth... I wash my berry stained hands. This was such an innocent blog.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

frankie8 - of course you have the right to speak your mind just as everyone else does! And most of us want to hear it, agree or disagree with the content. As a matter of fact, this old post comes to mind . . . .

"The first time I went deer hunting there was a lot on my mind. Would I kill the animal as humanely as possible? Would I skin out and cut up the deer with as little waste as possible? Would I freeze up and not be able to pull the trigger? Or break down and cry like a baby after taking the life of one of God's creatures? When the buck stepped out of the woods at 80 yards . . . ."

I certainly hope you aren't the sort of person who would tell me to go to H3## for that. After all, it ended in almost the exact words used in the blog it was posted on . . .

"The only thing I can do is what I believe is right for me. Everyone else must, of course, decide for themselves.Please forgive me for offending anyone or making anyone angry who is reading this. I am writing about something that is very important to me. "

Have a nice day.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

I have no idea what you are talking about. How did we get from picking berries to insulting the grandmother of Harry and William to hunting. As a matter of fact I have hunted since childhood if that's what you are getting at, and I very curious as to who you are and how you come by your ideas. I grew up learning how to ride properly and how to handle a shotgun. I would like everyone to try to understand that back when I was growing up all children were taught great respect for her Majesty. I even learned how to curtsy in case I was introduced to her, which I never was, and now the curtsy would seem to be a lost art. However, during the zombie apocolypse the shotgun will come in handy. Good night and sweet dreams to all.

camper 2 years, 6 months ago

Has been a long time since I have picked berries. I remember there was a Blackberry (or Raspberry) patch in the yard next to ours when I was a kid. The berries were red at first, but when they turned black, we knew they were ripe. I wish I could go back just for one day to that very patch.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

One of the wonderful things about our memories is that you can do just that, Camper, and whenever you want. Take a few minutes and close your eyes, remember if it was hot, warm, cool, humid, what it was that made the memory so special. Was it a family outing, the taste of the berries, a happy time of life.

You can enjoy any time you what - a treasured, special memory.

Remind me, I'll give you some berries the next time I see you - or, come pick some and make another memory.

camper 2 years, 6 months ago

I know it was definitely summer between kindergarten to 5th grade, Connecticut. Just kids living every day in the present and fullest, because the future would bring forth the 1st day of school. As you get older, things certainly do get more complicated for sure. But there are still new berries to pick and new things to appreciate. Berries as a metaphor ):

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Good metaphor and fine memory. I've never been to Conneticut. I bet the berries grow right large there. And the ticks???

camper 2 years, 6 months ago

Never got into any ticks, but I learned later that the incidence of lyme is higher in certain parts of the NE. The thorns I do remember though ):

Trumbull So Long ago

Writers block kicks in.......

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

I remember my Dad used to pick blackberries on the farm. He was in his 70's or even 80's and was on Coumiden (warfarin, a blood thinner) and he got stuck by the thorns while picking berries. Well, bloody berries! Anyway, he picked them by the gallon and we rinsed them real good. We always joked that were consuming our own DNA whenever we used up that blackberry jelly a few years after he passed. On other fronts, Junebug finished up on the sharp end of things today, ending a NASCAR winless streak of 143 races dating back to 2008. So, Junior is back in the berries.

So, Ronda, you have to add to your blog list the following:

Coumiden Warfarin blood DNA NASCAR Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting memories about your Dad picking berries. Was he found drained of blood in the berry fields one hot, humid June day? It could have been black bears and not the blackberries that got him - or vampires.... I wanted to add that word to our list as well. :)

Now, let's see what kind of poem jay_lo comes up with. He has to use our word list.

Hurray for Earnhardt - 143 races, eh. Let em eat berries! I thought you only liked horse racing..... Gamble on this one?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey, I would have bet you. And likely lost.
I'll bet on anything, wouldn't you?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

You favor cobbler, pie or shortbread?

I'm reading Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's latest novel, The Divorce Girl. It's excellent and available soon. Waiting until seven - crap, it is seven, and off picking berries again. I close my eyes, I see berries. It's as good as it gets for the here and now.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

I spent the day in a swather mowing brome. AC soon stopped blowing cold and gave out mid-afternoon. Opened up doors on cab and promptly mowed through a bumble bee nest and the mothers were everywhere (on Father's Day). Didn't get stung though. Mowing with the wind, the cab filled with diesel exhaust. Gag. Radio worked good and listened to the Royals beat the Cards in 15 innings. I was ready to strangle Jonathan Broxton at one point. Am now nursing a few martinis. I'm 60 years old and deserve them. So, Ronda: add topics accordingly to what should be an epic tome (or whatever).

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Cleopatra like floating down 'De Nile. . . .

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Lol, like we needed that addition, Roe. You write the poem!

Ok, River, I'll re compile compile and see what we have to work with. Never a dull moment in the country - no country for old men for a reason.....just saying. So glad you survived.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

"I very curious as to who you are and how you come by your ideas."

Wanna be FaceBook Friends?

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

No, no, you and Cleopatra just do your own thing and I will do mine. I was told that you yanks could get weird, but this is beyond weird. You know I could write a blog on here from anywhere in the world. Just now thought of that.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, nobody came up witha recipe, so here's one:

Camp dumplings:

2 heaping cups blackberries

3 Tablespoons sugar

juice of one lemon

1/2 cup sifted flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

salt

1/2 tablespooon melted butter

1/4 cup half-and-half

Lightly crush the berries and put into a covered skillet with the sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for three minutes. Mix the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the melted butter and and half-and-half and stir to mix. Drop the batter by the teaspoon full into the berry mixture, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve the berries and dumplings topped with half-and-half, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I just dump a bunch of heavy table cream on mine.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

I assume raspberries would work the same. Hubby likes to make cobbler in the cast iron skillet. I will have to give this to him since I just picked some.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Finally!!! On topic. I will absolutely give this a try. Thanks. Tonight it's chocolate lava cakes with blackberries. Oh YES!!!!

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

"I could write a blog on here from anywhere in the world."

La-La land comes to mind . . .

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Do insist to the the missus that she try my recipe, though, Roe. You're the guinea pig!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

And it should be written in Queen's English - Irish accent and spelling.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, since Rhonda brought up reading, black bear attacks and vampires, I feel it is ok to bring up what I have been reading. It's called How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. That book will have you thinking twice about those lovable, happy looking little guys. It's all an act. There is even a website http://www.howtosurviveagardengnomeattack.com/ Scared me.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm absolutely NOT looking at the site until I'm home. No no. Not me.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Darn, just remembered I haven't fed the two cats that live in my garden, and it's dark out. There are about 8 gnomes out there. If you don't hear from me in 5 minutes, send help.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Back, safe and sound. Had a couple of sharp garden tools by the back door.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Not sure what was moving out there, gnomes or rabbits.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

50 shades of decapitation. It's the Poe in me.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

The book tells you what the Travelocity gnome is really doing when he travels the world over.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I can't bare to think bout it and the cuzins can't talk bout it. Short story about short bodies.

rockchalker52 2 years, 6 months ago

I quit harvesting blackberries & started an iPhone patch. It's the easier of the two Jobs.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey, I wanted when I posted this about blackberries and Father's Day if some one would think I was taking about that type of blackberry to gift dear dad. You did it! Hope all is well.

Backyard event in Oskaloosa this Friday night at 7. Our Matt Miller piano man is MC, free band Sell Out plays and street food - pork burgers, homemade pie and ice cream.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

I was going to add a troll section to my garden but maybe I should rethink that. I had assumed the gnomes would keep them away from the fairies area, but now I don't know if I trust them. I had noticed though that the birds and squirrels have left the berries alone this year. I know the cats are scared of the blackbirds because they let them eat their food and hid in the dog house when they're there.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

It isn't the blackbirds the cats are afraid of. Gnomes eat cats.... And cats gnome it.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Totally on topic. My blackberries are not anywhere near ripe enough to pick, which is ok. It should work out that the raspberries will be done and a short time later the blackberries will be ready. I have a huge mulberry tree out front but really didn't have time to pick those. The birds were all over that one. Speaking of birds, has anyone scouted around for the cheapest birdseed? Man, those guys can empty a bird feeder quick, but it is great entertainment for the cats. No, they can't get to the birds.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

I had already planted some cat grass for the cats and I am planting some catnip seeds this week, this should be interesting.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

With high hot winds and temperatures near one hundred here today, the last of these blackberries should not only ripen today and tomorrow, but become cooked on the bush. I love those overly ripe berries that mush in my mouth. They are difficult to pick and freeze, however. It's blackberry juice time!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

This one would make a great avatar for someone Irish - or even a Frankie.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Darn, I hate having to go to work and miss the fun.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Word List

Queen Porn Insult Father's Day Coumadin Warfarin Blood DNA NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nuts Irish Ex'sssss

The Queen went riding In her royal NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Commissioned to take her fast and far Similar DNA ran through their royal veins Warfarin and Coumadin Kept blood from clotting Like Irish Cream Over blackberries streaming porn Or rotting like your nutty ex'ssssss We just insulted on Father's Day

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Could I sup on blackberry cobbler and lemonade while observing this?

KSense 2 years, 6 months ago

After finding and killing three snakes and finding one other one (two of which were sizeable copperheads), we decided to forgo the berry picking this year. The brambles are also liberally laced with poison ivy. My favorite way to use the berries is homemade blackberry ice cream. It's heavenly!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I saw a snake once yesterday - didn't get a close enough look to know what kind. I'll be more careful knowing your experience. The flies and grand daddy long legs have found them too now that they are so very ripe.

Recipe for your blackberry ice cream, please!

KSense 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't have the recipe with me, but when I can get it I'll gladly share it! Interesting fact on grand daddy long legs: They are one of the most poisonous spider in the world but due to their tiny mouths, they can't bite you! Another chigger/flea tip, dust your feet, ankles and lower leg with sulfer.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I'd never heard that fact about daddys. How disgusting and frightening that is! Eeeekkk! I've never liked the look or feel of them. I remember my cousin pulling all their legs out and watching their body left to quiver. That is a horrific memory.

Thanks for the tip about sulfur. Ive been using a ton of bug spray and adding dryer sheets in my socks, pants, shirt. I've heard they keep insects away.

KSense 2 years, 6 months ago

Here's the recipe: Blackberry Ice Cream Makes 1 and a half gallons 1 can Eagle Brand 2 cup 1/2 & 1/2 2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon salt Cook until boiling. Slowly add to 9 well beaten eggs. Put all back into kettle and cook until bubbly. Cool completely and add 1 pint whipping cream 3T. Vanilla and enough 1/2 and 1/2 to fill ice cream can. Freeze. About 5-10 minutes before it's finished freezing, add any amount of blackberries you wish. Finish freezing and enjoy!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Yum! Do you deliver. This sounds wonderful. I just ate a warm molten lava cake with blackberries. Yummy!

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

Woke up this morning with a smile on my face, Curtains smell of lavender, look like lace, My soul is sweet and full of grace, Tonight I will sleep with a smile on my face. by Me

My candle burns at both ends It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - It gives a lovely light. Edna St. Vincent Millay, "A Few Figs from Thistles", 1920

Whether life's disabilities Left you outcase, bullied or tease Rejoice and love yourself today 'Cause baby, you were born this way. from Born This Way Lady Gaga

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

This blog has gotten weird! I'm gonna go look for a job.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, we forgot the words, witch hunt in the mix. Good luck with the job search.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

Why did I think this was going to be a review of smart phones?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Cait, I can appreciate that thought - never by me, however. I'm tech challenged. David Klamet is your man for that.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh I can appreciate that, Ronda. My own cell phone is so old fashioned it doesn't even have a kwerty keyboard, much less a touch screen. I just got my first touch pad for Mother's day a month ago. I'm still trying to figure it out.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm wanting a nook by hook or crook so I can read anytime anyplace. Still, books are Queen and it's oh so keen to be seen carrying one.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

All this talk of chiggers, . . . tics . . . got me to itchin'

Took my monthly bath afore the 20th this month . . . .

Now I is gonna be off schedule til cold weather hits . . .

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, I've now got a bad case of heebie jeebies living under my skin. I keep tri n to warsh em off, but they r like Uncle Elmer and nuthin removes em - even tried scrabben with a choir girl but her voice didn't do any thing.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, but frankly that was when she was still Irish and ate only potatoes.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

I seen the image of the vegan Mary on my toast this mornin'.

Does this mean my soles is savededed from eternal dalmation?

Or it coulda been Queen Elizabeth . . .

Does it make a difference if it was white or whole wheat? Butter or margarine?

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

HEY ! What happened to the blog she had up claiming she is Greek??

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Some people say their mulberry bushes have born fruit, others say theirs has not yet ripened. I hear of white mulberries too. How does one know when they are ripe - is the bird &hit more chalkie than usual?

OldGuysRule 2 years, 6 months ago

Point of order, My Dear. I went to my pasture to check. Mulberrys, that passionate, cloth staining fruit, comes from a tree and not a bush.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Hook, line and sinker.

Takes live bait to land an old channel cat.

OldGuysRule 2 years, 6 months ago

LMAO!!! Aren't you the clever little cus.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Hear hear, out of order, my Darling, for shall ye look more closely upon yonder bush, ye shall see but it can be either tree or bush. I know you're likely much older than I and I bestow the utmost of respect for thee old guy, but have thee heard thee song, 'All around the mulberry bush the Oldguy chased thee damsel?'

Even the shaggiest can be made bush like. Are thou berries black or white?

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

The only mulberries we had were wild and came from several trees that grew in our woods. My mom hated when we wee kids came home with our clothes and hands stained from them.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Water color from mulberries? I love using the dye from iris after a spring rain. So subtle and natural. I love mulberries. One of my favorites. Have you seen the price of them at Farmer's Markets?

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

Forty years ago, my dad was the first person in Kansas to successfully bring in, cultivate and hybridize thornless blackberries. The bushes covered the front quarter of our front yard (which, given that it was a full acre, didn't crowd things much.) My mom made jam, cobblers and froze them. I just remember the work of picking them. :P

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

That's a cool family legacy. These are thorny but I wear a loose man's shirt and it pulls and snags but they don't get through to my skin. Even when I wear my hair up, I still get it caught in the brambles. A couple of nights ago, I was so entangled and entwined I didn't think I'd be able to make it out. Lost forever in the berry bushes.

It is work, but time goes fast while I'm picking, and I love where my mind wonders. The fruit of the labor is well worth it.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

She comes in colors everywhere She's like a rainbow But a rainbow in 50 shades of blackberries It's very becoming

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

I took a trail camera out this afternoon to set up on a mineral lick for deer. In the process I blundered into a mondo blackberry patch. So, I started picking and ended up with a couple of quarts which I took to my sister (blackberry ice cream from KSenses recipe). Anyway, on my way out, I stepped on a hidden limb, lost my balance and swung my hand into a blackberry vine and drove a thorn under my fingernail ("the" finger) -a long ways. Agony. I ended up at my older sister's (an RN) and she finally dug it out. It's doing better but I did take half a hoarded oxy tab that I came up with. Going very well with my martini! BTW, these berries were perfect for picking. By week's end they'll be pretty much gone given this heat and wind.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Lmao, as I pick another tick from my neck and fling it to the floor. Nothing bothers me anymore. I'm a seasoned berry picker so take your whiny drunken drugged ass elsewhere to complain. Hehe

Ok, sorry about your incident. I'm glad you've got the berries. I didn't pick many this evening - three quarts.

I agree about the wind and the heat though. This weather ripens a berry so fast that you walk around the bushes picking what's ripe and by the time you come back round the ones that were red are now ripe. When they begin to turn, catch em fast.

Hope you have a speedy recovery. An accident can happen anywhere and anytime.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Best tick antidote is to ASAP buck out, throw clothes in the washer and do a soapy shower.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I've started bucking out before I even head out. Those little rascals are everywhere this year. I tend to make my way into the thick of the thicket and know the overhangs are dangling those tickers - the price one pays. I figure if I don't wear clothes to begin with, I can spot em faster.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Seriously though, I strip the clothes outside and still seem to have ticks hours later come crawling along. This is after a hot sudsy shower too. I believe I've got a couple of tick heads imbedded in my flesh - send your sister over. Do I just cut the flesh off to get the head out?

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

I have found a pair of pliers works very well. After you get them out you can squish them right away with the pliers.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

There isn't anything to grasp at this point - I believe the head is embedded. Maybe they are just infected chigger bites, but they look kinda black. I'll keep a close eye on these bites of mine, because they're mine, I'll walk the line....

Have a great day, Lady. I'm off the berry farm and missing it already. Let's hope River and his finger are doing better this morning. That sounded right painful. Gangrene anyone?

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Something weird happening on the LJW overnight. I bet it's the gnomes.

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