Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Trusty Black Tracer

The year after Patrick was born we decided we needed a second car. After Sean researching, and researching, and researching. (I am not kidding! The man does his homework before all major purchases!) We found our black Ford Tracer. It was used, had very few miles on it, and was in our price range. Look at how little Patrick is! I can still remember the date we bought it. It was one month to the day before Patrick's first birthday. April 21, 1998.

We never named the black car. We just always called it the black car or the Tracer. The Tracer got us through moving to Phoenix, Arizona. Grace came along while we were there and it was our main car. 3 years later we moved back to Logan and decided we needed another car. The Tracer became Sean's main source of transportation. The kids always thought it was cool to get to go in "Dad's car".
About 6 months ago Sean's parents gave us their old car. It is much newer and bigger than the black car so Sean decided to sell. I felt no emotion at all when he said this. He posted it online and in the Herald Journal, the local newspaper. Well, he sold it this week. I didn't see any of the transaction. Suddenly I didn't want to part with the car. The night after it was gone I woke up in the middle of the night with the thought, "I hope the car is ok." I realized I was attached. I really hope I don't see it driving around town!!

The poor thing is much more beat up than the first pictures. I scraped the drivers door with the van pulling out of the garage, one of us hit the side of the garage door opening pulling out of the garage once, but this black car, The Tracer has seen us through fun and hard times. I know it is just a car but I will miss it.
We love you, and will miss you black Tracer!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hi-Ho Cherry-O

We have two cherry trees in our backyard. These trees are very tall and very... branchy. Needless to say we got an abundance of cherries off of them this year. The last couple of years have been wormy and sparse.

Tree number one is ready about a week before
tree number two.


You can see how tall and big they are. Compare them to the jungle gym. Yeah imagine all the cherries in those trees.

Patrick play the role of monkey and climbed into the tree. He picked until his grocery bag was full and then handed it down to me on the ground.



I did brave the fence. It had a nice ledge, and I managed to get all the cherries that were hanging over the fence.



Just to give you an idea how many there were in the tree take a peek at...









They were hanging by great bunches. There were branches just loaded with bunches of cherries. It was actually very fun picking them. Look at how many we got! We filled this bin about 3/4 of the way full twice.

What do you do with all these cherries?
Can them of course!

Cherries in light syrup for pie, ice cream or just to eat out of the jar.

Cherry jam. I have never made it before but according to my brother, Aaron, it is delicious!



So, we have had a bumper crop this year. I still have a bin full to wash, pit, can and chop for jam. Sean is going to climb the tree tomorrow and get the rest. I look forward the the jobs, and love to see the jars lined up on my shelves down in the basement.

Cherries, cherries everywhere!!!