“To find perfectly ripe fruit, catch it.”

Last night I needed an afghan, and this morning is chilly again, but hot weather is coming back next week. Rain is due late tonight into tomorrow, but Sunday will be lovely. Monday will be traveling home day for the tourists. I’ll be happy to wave goodbye and have the roads back, especially on rainy days.

I have a thoroughly empty dance card this weekend. I toyed with inviting friends for dinner and a movie but decided just to hang around and do whatever. I have to go to the dump sometime this weekend because of the full trash bag sitting on the kitchen floor. I dare not put it outside on the deck. Critters attacked a bag the last time I put one out, and it was gross cleaning up all that garbage and trash, especially the coffee grounds.

When I was a kid, I used to spit out the apple skin. My mother would sometimes peel it for me, but not all the time so I’d spit. Oranges needed to be cold. Bananas couldn’t have black spots or be green. Peaches had fur so I never ate peaches. I liked pears even with the skin. I ate strawberries but only in strawberry shortcake. I liked the biscuits my mother made for the shortcake, and I loved the whipped cream. Lemons were only good for lemonade, but my mother preferred a short cut, frozen lemonade. At Thanksgiving we had date-nut bread and tangerines. My mother kept boxes of raisins as a snack for us, but I preferred cookies for snacks. Coconuts and pineapples seemed exotic for me though I probably didn’t know that word back then, but I do remember thinking they belonged on a tropical island, someplace like Hawaii. There were other fruits available but we didn’t eat them.

Every day in Ghana, I had a fruit salad of sorts for lunch. It had cut up pineapple, oranges, bananas and sometimes mangoes. That was the perfect lunch for the heat of the day. The fruits came from Southern Ghana. They didn’t grow where I lived, in the savannah grass land, only the pawpaw did. I could buy whole coconuts but I never did. From small girls who carried a display box of sorts on their heads I bought toasted coconuts balls, brown and sweet. I could buy oranges from aunties selling them along side the road. They would cut off the top and peel a bit around the cut with a single edge razor blade so I could get at the juice. Oranges didn’t have to be cold any more.

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12 Comments on ““To find perfectly ripe fruit, catch it.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Very cold here last night and this morning but rather pleasant with almost 68F in the afternoon. I was outside sawing down the parts of the lilac hedge when a short rain shower saved me, I never use an electric tool when it rains 🙂 It stopped raining as soon as I had put the chainsaw away but that didn’t matter to me at all 🙂

    I’ve always eaten the enmtire apple, with kernels and all but now I’ve read that one shouldn’t do that because the kernels contains some cyanide and even if it is very little one can get sick if eating them. That has never happened to me but now when I know about it I’m pretty sure I would get sick 🙂

    I’ve always like bananas best when they start to turn brown 🙂 and since we lived in Gothenburg with the harbour that got all the fruits this country inported (well before they started using planes) we tested all kinds of fruit. Kiwi was a late one for me to test and it didn’t take long to unbderstand that it was necessary to peel it before eating it 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I did nothing today so your attempt to saw down some of the lilac hedge is noteworthy. It was a cold day today with little sun only in the morning. Rain is coming.

      I’ve never eaten the inside core of the apple even when I liked the skin. I guess I never thought you were supposed to eat the seeds.

      When I was growing up, there were only a few fresh vegetables and fruits compared to now. I don’t think there were kiwis in the market. My mother bought canned vegetables. She did buy the fresh fruits I mentioned.

      The bananas with brown skin had gross brown spots on the bananas when the skin came off. That turned me right off from eating them.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I was entering one of those manly moments, the waste disposal was blocked so I was under the sink with Allen Wrench in hand acting like he knew what I was doing – always a good strategy before Mrs MDH demands that I call the plumber

    In the moment we decided to play with Winwood. Although not a game changer the discs represent awfully good value at $7.99 and caused me to go look for other Winwood CDs which strangely I found

    Much to Mrs MDHs surprise fixed the waste disposal. Look at me go.

    Meanwhile we have just discovered we have amazon prime, the 30 day trial period was not ended, and someone (not me) paid the $99. The good news is that it runs through January. The bad news is that it took us 8 months of inactivity to find out ! Thank you Steve Winwood, now I know why his disc showed up on the day of issue

    Gonna watch Michigan at the Jerrydome.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I lived with a man who was the least handy of any man yet still thought he could fix anything. My dad fixed the toilet. The plumber had to be called, and he wanted to know who destroyed the toilet.

      I like what I have heard of the Winwood. Let me know which other songs or albums you like.

      Applause for a job well done and might I add surprisingly well done.

      I love Amazon Prime. It is well worth the $99 in postage alone. I also stream movies and listen to music.

      Have a fun evening with football.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I love my daily apples and fruit and to just walk into the garden to pick what’s ripe. Currently it’s apples (though we have less this year due to frost in spring) and 2 sorts of blackberries and occasionally a strawberry (when I’m faster than the snails). Raspberries are next, they grow twice a year but they still need a little bit of sun.
    Today I picked up some conkers on the way as every year. Maybe it’s the last time, the horse-chestnut leaf moth is rapidly spreading as well as a bacterium which kills all chestnut trees here. The tree where I picked the conkers was also nearly dead. It’s sad, flowering chestnut trees are so beautiful and I’ll miss the conkers which were so typical for this season.

    • katry Says:

      I used to pick blueberries at the bushes in the field near where I lived. We never brought them home, just ate them there. The town has a huge blueberry patch they open when the berries are ripe.

      I don’t like raspberries too much. I do love chestnuts. Every Christmas I made a chestnut dish usually for Christmas dessert.One year I actually found a soup recipe.

      The elm trees are pretty much wiped out here due to Dutch Elm Disease. They are trying to develop strains which won’t get Dutch Elm, and I hope they do. Elms are wonderful trees.

  4. minicapt Says:

    Westman Choir …


    • katry Says:

      I know this as a Stan Rogers song. It has a wonderful rhythm, and the whole idea of watching apples grow is so neat. I could live my life taking time.

  5. Bob Says:

    I love summer fruit. I love cherries, plums, peaches, watermelon and grapes. A nectarine is also a wonderful fruit, ‘half a peach half a plum it’s a hell of a fruit’ (a line from the 2,000 year old man). In the winter I love Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit.

    I just saw on the news that 45 is in a Houston shelter handing out hot dogs to kids. His aids must have talked to him about appearing presidential. 🙂

    Today we hit a high of 90 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The humidy has come up a little.

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