Posts Tagged ‘fruit trees’

God Cares About the Small Things!

March 13, 2011

It’s testimony time.  Please allow me a few moments on my soapbox to share the little surprises and victories in my life.

I am a farm-girl trapped in a city-girl body and life.  I’m not sure where my love for all things country came from (minus the music), but I have strong dreams and desires for raising animals, growing veggies, fruit and nuts, spinning wool and diggin’ in the dirt.  We’ve had gardens in the past.  We’ve raised chickens and rabbits in the past.  Currently I have a few potted flowering planters and a plum tree that has a promising collection of blooms.  However, I’m secretly sucked into the backyard-garden section at every and all bookstores.  The book The Encyclopedia of Country Living makes me drool and salivate simultaneously.  Right now I have a book from the library titled The Backyard Homestead that clearly lays out how to raise all the food you need in as little as a quarter acre.  This is my idea of a piece of heaven on earth!

A few nights ago, in the dark of the night, I asked my husband how long he thinks we will live in this house.  The land here is not large enough for my illustrious plans.  There is barely room for a garden.  Container gardening is all that we could do here for the time being.  He gave me his answer, which did not meet my deepest desires.  Long enough to raise chickens, but not long enough to plant nut or fruit trees or berry vines.  {sigh} 

Last night after a lovely dinner at a Mexican cantina, Rick drove us through the back alleys behind some homes that sit on an acre each…. I rolled down the window and thirstily sucked in the country-smelling air.  Horses, grape vines, goats, chickens, sheep, grapefruit trees…. ahhhhhhh.  The slow trip in the darkness did my heart good. 

OK, so today we stopped by a friend’s home, that is a mile from our house, to buy farm-fresh eggs.  They have horses, chickens, a lame goat, two big, fat pot belly pigs and two little two-day-old pot belly piggies. Darling!  I even held one! They just finished planting their garden in fiberglass barrels.  It was truly lovely.  It gave me ideas just to see their set up.  When I got home there was a message on my cell phone from that same friend asking if I could use eight of the barrels for planting a garden.  Oh, could I ever!  It was an answer to an unspoken prayer!

God does care about the desires of our hearts, no matter how small.

The Grapefruit Saga

May 7, 2010

In our previous house we had a prolific pink grapefruit tree that produced more prize specimens than we could even hope to eat.  OH! The blossoms smelled so wonderful in late Fall!  I used to juice gallons of pulp and drink pink grapefruit juice till my little heart was content.  And we would pick bags and bags of them and set them on the sidewalk with a sign that read FREE!  People always took them.  They were delicious!

Now that Larisa and I are going organic… and eating two grapefruits per day, I was wishing we still had that lovely tree.  I have contemplated how tacky it would be to go and knock on our old front door and ask for fruit….. but I haven’t stooped that low yet.   We have been paying $1 per grapefruit and they haven’t even been the lovely pink ones…. they have been the yellow, sour, involuntarily-squeeze-your-eyes-shut kind.  Ewwww.   But we have been eating them faithfully.

Tonight Rick and I visited the neighborhood Trader Joe’s and purchased two bags of grapefruits.  I’m pretty sure they are the yellow tart variety, but it was all they had.  After Joe’s we went to pick up Larisa at a party.  We parked out front and Rick went in to find our daughter.  As I was admiring their large grassy yard… I spied four fruit trees… with fruit on the ground.  I jumped out of the van and found lemons and oranges… HUGE lemons and oranges… the size grapefruits are supposed to be.  Rick returned and I told him I was going inside to visit the party-hosting mom to find out if they have grapefruits.  SURE ENOUGH!  I chatted with her kind husband about their home and land… and then said, “I noticed your fruit trees out front.  What kind are they?”  Oh!  Did I score!  He was so excited to tell me about them, as he had planted them 13 years ago with his own hands.  (I was jealous at that moment.) Then he named the fruits: tangerine, lemon, orange and (BINGO!) grapefruit.  Following was the question of the hour, “Do you like grapefruit?”  I greedily answered, “We ALL love grapefruit!”  And he loaded us up, as I knew he would, being that I used to be a prolific grapefruit tree owner.  We were doing him a favor!  (wink wink!) They are mammoth!  It was the motherlode!  Seriously, the size of a large head of lettuce!  WOW!

So we are GOOD for pink grapefruit for at least 10 days, no …. more.  YES!