Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HARVEST GOODNESS

About the time I was almost half way to Walla Walla, WA Craig called me from Eugene, OR with the happy news that he was in a dock and preparing for the loading of the ice cream. He would have a full day ahead of him once he was loaded, driving almost 550 miles to French Camp, CA. About 10pm last night, I received the phone call that he had arrived safely and was heading for bed. I was hardly able to keep my eyes open myself, as I had had a full day myself.

I arrived in Walla Walla just before noon, and quickly got to the hugs and embraces of missing my dear friend way too much over the past 8 weeks. Much to my surprise, she had a gift waiting for me on the kitchen counter and encouraged me to open it up. I was deeply touched by what was inside. A set of coasters, which we have badly needed over the past year, but I just couldn't find the right ones, until there they were staring me in the face. Cori hand made these tile coasters and had transferred four photos which I had taken during our first year out on the truck. As I stared open mouth at this wonderful, touching gift, I was transported back in time to each place I had taken the pictures, rattling off States and Cities, and falling in love with the coasters, our love of traveling in the big rig, and at a loss for words in which to thank Cori for such a gift. But all too soon, it was time to check out the garden and the bounty in which Cori and her family were going to gather for our evening meal. For this city girl to go out and watch for the first time potatoes being dug out of the ground, and then onions, carrots, lettuce, and finally fennel, well it was just a great joy to know that I would soon be enjoying this bounty, fresh from the garden, in just a few short hours. The evening meal was a true success of eating off the land. This is the first year for them to try their hand at growing their own vegetables, and no doubt they will cultivate what they have learned this year and make next years garden even better. If we had a little bit more space at our place, I wouldn't mind trying my hand at it when we finally settle down in the future, but no doubt Craig would gleefully remind me again about that lack of space. I know Cori will not mind a visit from the two of us to get our fresh veggie fix.After an evening spent watching Mike and Cori's two children, Jackson and Allison, practice flag football with their teams at the local High School, it was time to call it a day. After the last couple of weeks of being by myself, this flurry of activity today tired me out a bit, but not so much that I couldn't quickly snatch my camera and take a photograph to remind me of what a great day it had been with friends and enjoying the bountiful harvest of goodness they had so graciously and warmly served me!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a delightful and special gift that you will always cherish!! Then to spend time with your "extended family", share a wonderful meal with home grown veggies! doesn't get much better than that. Oh wait, then there's that outstanding sunset you've captured!!!!! Perfect!! Thanks for sharing! Wish I were there. xoxo to you both...

Mom said...

What a touching and sweet gift!
Beautiful sunset picture.

Jennie said...

Great gifts, the coasters. Nice idea! I love seeing all the vegetables coming straight from the garden. This year I have only eaten squash and zucc from mine so far. Waiting on these lazy tomatoes! And what a beautiful sunset...

all things bradbury said...

well, i'm offically hungry....gosh, new potatoes....creamed with some new peas would be awesome!...tell cori her kitchen is wonderful!...so nice you got to visit....and the coasters are a great gift!....looking forward to your adventures back out on the road....take care

The Daily Rant said...

Those coasters are beautiful - you just gave me a great gift idea!!!

And is that Finocchio I see in your garden haul? I LOVE Finocchio!!! (Which is fennel, but growing up in an Italian household, we always called it finocchio - pronounced like Pinocchio. LOL)

CRAIG and DIANE said...

Yep, that is in deed fennel. It was a great addition to the potato dish!

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