Thursday, August 7

millions of peaches, peaches for me

I love my husband.

But I love him even more when he isn't sick.

Seriously! It's like having an extra 3 kids!!

But he's doing much better. He walked in the door yesterday evening with a big grin on his face. Immediately suspicious (believe me, I didn't marry a big-ole'-grin kind of guy), I asked him what was going on. He said, 'Oh, nothing. It's jut nice to feel human again.' He did not have a good few days!!

And last weekend, I bought over half a bushel of peaches from the guy at the Farmers' Market ... for only $10!!! That's right, a ginormous cardboard box of fresh Fredericksburg peaches, for just $10. I rule. :) But this is why it pays to know the people who grow your food. I had mentioned to Peachy John (not to be confused with Husband John) a few weeks ago that I love canning food, and having good quality stuff to eat when the fresh food goes out of season. So when I went up there on Friday, he said, 'Hey, I might have something for you! Are you still putting up food?' I told him that I was, and he said, 'Well, I brought a whole box of slightly bruised fruit, and I can't sell it, but I thought you might like it. I'll give it to you for $10.'

I died. Then I came back, shrieking, 'I'll take it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!' And when I got home and started looking through the box, I knew Peachy John had been more than fair. Much of the fruit was really great, maybe a slight bruise or imperfection. A few of them ... not so much. I had to throw several to the chickens. They were ok with that. But since peaches turn so quickly, I had to work my butt off this weekend to get everything done. I made about 8 smaller peach cobblers, canned 5 pints of sliced peaches, made 5 pints of peach butter, and made a peach pie. This is after we all (except Sick Husband John) gorged ourselves on fresh peaches out of the box.

I know, I know. It's a hard life, but somebody's gotta do it!!

This goes to reaffirm how good God has been to my family. This might now have been such a big deal to another family, because 99% of the people I know don't can food. They would have turned down this offer. (Then again, I can't sew to save my life, so while being offered a few bolts of pretty cloth might be wonderful to someone else, it wouldn't help moi.) But God always provides; it's just not always in when ways I was expecting or hoping. But the unlooked for blessing can be the best ones, in my opinion!!

And in other news, we've had three recent additions to our family in the last month, so I'll post some pictures tomorrow. It's just hard to get a good snapshot, when they're constantly chasing each other, or running after sticks you throw, or getting distracted by butterflies.

On that note, I have got to gets me a nap!! I haven't been sleeping well lately, and it's not helping my over all, general sweet and pleasant disposition.


The Broken Man said...

Wow, what a windfall! Thanks for the reminder that God provides - I needed that right now.

The Broken Man

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

oh Score! If you need any help eating those cobblers, I'll be happy to assist.

I've got a couple of pear trees with an overabundance of fruit. If you want to come pick some when they're ripe, you can have all you like!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a wonderful blessing, Brea! I wish I knew how to can cause I would love to get into that. I am aching to go to the apple orchard and get some peaches and apples. But then I never know what to do with it all.

Glad to hear John is feeling better. Being sick is horrible!

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Patrice said...

Wow! That is amazing! I am very jealous. Glad your hubby is feeling better!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! Your encouragement and support was much needed & appreciated! I'm glad to find another TX blogger, too!

Anonymous said...

As a woman who married a Fredericksburg, TX man - you know we love peaches in our household. We get peaches from one of Mark's aunts every year (they have a small orchard). I love making cobbler. We should trade recipes!
:) Heather