Happy Sunday

Today has been full of grading, gardening, walking, errand running, knitting, and dining with two of the loveliest people we know.  

Afghan in Car

And the blackberry bushes are blooming! This isn’t the best picture in the world, but if you look closely, you can see tons of little white blossoms. 

Blackberry Bushes

Blackberries are one of my favorite things ever in the whole entire world. And they grow wild all over the place here in Appalachia! The first year we lived here, they started blooming just after we arrived. When the berries appeared, we were so busy trying to figure out how to live on a mountain without killing ourselves that I never got organized enough to do anything other than eat them straight off the bush. Last year, I actually learned to make jelly, so we had blackberry goodness all winter long. My goal this year is to bake. Pie maybe . . . Or my grandmother’s speciality—cobbler. Best food ever.

Blackberry Blossoms

Now I’m off to wind down with a book. The other day when I didn’t have anything better to do, I googled amygdala – you know, like one does. Some of the studies that look at why and how knitting makes us happier people point to the amygdala as a key player, so I was curious. Google returned a nice little list of results near the top of which was a book called Surviving Survival by Laurence Gonzales. I read a promising excerpt from it online, so I ordered a copy. Said copy has arrived, and I’m about to dive in. I’ll keep you posted.

Sock and Book


  1. I love that the greens in your project in the first action knitting shot almost perfectly match the greens in your blackberry bush pictures. I can’t wait to taste your jam this year!

    • melinda

      Isn’t that funny? Totally unplanned. I think I’m going to try making jam with our honey this year instead of sugar. After you taste it, you can help us decide which way is better.

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