Thursday, July 23, 2009

ornamental cherry jam

Our ornamental cherry tree has taken leave of it's lot in life.

It considers beauty to be nothing more than vanity.

Several years ago. . .

we noted it was losing it's joy in flowering. . .

and had the odd cherry instead.

We dug it out. . .and planted it at the back of the property by the big ditch.

This year. . .

it blossomed. ..not like it's mates down the driveway ..

but alone in the back. . .

it fancied itself a fruit tree.

On Sunday afternoon. . .

we went to the way back. . by the big ditch.

He climbed the ladder. .

and I stood on the ground.

He picked his ice cream pail full from the ladder.

I picked my ice cream pail full from the ground.


We spent the next several hours. . .

tediously pitting the blueberry sized cherries.

The ornamental cherry jam against the white cream cheese. . .

is where it really shines.

Everyone can look good for pictures. . .

but this ornamental cherry tree. . . .

wants to leave an impression that will last all winter.

It's funny the things I think about while pitting a pail full of blueberry sized cherries.

Today .. .I'm making a cherry ripple cheesecake.

It's my beloved's birthday .

There will be another wee one around the table this year. . .

and now we are nine.

To think we started out two.

I am so thankful for this man. . .and I love him so!

All for now. . .



11 comments:

  1. What a kind, heartfelt tribute to this man. It blessed my heart to read it, and the ornamental cherry jam was fascinating too. Never tasted that fruit jam, but I know if you made it, the taste would be delicious. Hope you have a fun day together.

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  2. Oh my, such a lot of work! but spending time with the one you love makes the work so much easier!

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  3. Happy birthday to your favorite cherry-pickin' guy! What a great birthday cake/pie. Have a wonderful family time around the table tonight.

    I'm thinking I need to find some pie cherries before the season is over...you reminded me.

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  4. Happy birthday to your cherry-picking, merc-restoring guy. You are blessed, Lovella!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your guy! What fun to add places around your table :0)

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  6. They say a good wife is worth more than rubies...I'd say your good husband, born in July, is a real gem too...just like his ruby birthstone.

    May his tribe increase (as it has!) and may his life continue to be blessed.

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  7. You can pull the most interesting and apparently unrelated things together and create such a post, Lovella. I loved it!

    And happy birthday to your beloved and a fine celebration around the table.

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  8. Happy Birthday to another guy born in July! I never thought of the birthstone in the way that was mentioned, but it's true for yours and mine and probably a few more.
    I wish you a wonderful time around a table of nine today! I sometimes wonder what I would have thought if I could have seen a picture of the future. If someone had shown you today's photo (that you will probaly take) when you got engaged ....

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  9. Happy birthday to your beloved!

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  10. Do you need to be concerned about the cherries being poisonous. I have picked from an ornamental tree boiled everything pit stem fruit and strained. I have the most beautiful juice ready to make jelly but am concerned about the safety of it. Any thoughts??? Thanks

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  11. Kelly,
    It never occurred to me that these cherries were not edible. I really don't know. It might be best to go to your local garden center and ask an expert.

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Thank you!