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Thankful for another Harvest

October 10, 2011

For the record never garden barefoot unless you like the feeling of slugs being squished beneath your bare feet. Ewh, ewh, triple ewh! I’m doing my spastic gross-out dance just now as I recall how it felt. It was such a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend that I decided to collect the last of my garden’s harvest barefoot just because it’s going to be a very long and cold seven months before I’ll be able to indulge in that luxury again. As I was taking down my broccoli tree, slug condo would be more accurate, scores of silent, slimy, squishy slugs dropped at my feet unbeknownst to me. When I realized I wasn’t stepping on wet leaves I had myself an embarrassing little girly screech fest.

I’m thankful for another backyard harvest. I’m also extremely thankful that I was wearing a bike helmet the day after my slug fest because I took a very nasty spill on a four lane city road. Aside from being scrapped up, swollen, and bruised, my head survived the hard impact with the pavement. Otherwise I may not have been here today to enjoy another Thanksgiving celebration with my family. Most especially Peter and I are thankful to all the strangers who came running to our aid after witnessing our collision.

Looking back I’m even thankful to have felt the slugs squirming beneath my bare feet because like all of life’s discomforts, it reminds me that I am still alive.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


365 Creative Journal Challenge:

“Work with nature. Go to your yard …and collect materials to work with.”

vegtables from my garden

© Dana Aubrey, Fruits from my flowers labor

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy permalink
    October 11, 2011 7:10 pm

    Let me see…broccoli leaves, fava beans, cherry tomatoes, pimentos…yes? What are those pretty purple beans?

    • October 12, 2011 4:47 pm

      Broccoli leaves, check

      Cherry tomatoes, check, but not just any cherry tomatoes, they are Sweet Pea Red Current tomatoes of the heirloom variety – a total taste sensation.

      Pimentos, nope. Vimmy Nardello’s, also of the heirloom variety. Mild, sweet and very pretty.

      Fava beans, nope. Edamame peas. I cheated because they came from my freezer. I couldn’t resist their vibrant green color that otherwise doesn’t exist in my garden this time of year.

      Purple beans are Scarlet Runners – a pretty flowering bean vine. The beans are bright pink when you pick them and then dry to a deep purple.

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