Welcome and Thanks for visiting my blog – Life and Random Thinking. – David
My first Random Thought today is about Fruit. Outside in my backyard is my cherry tree.
The leaves fall off in the fall so it looks bare but you can see the umbrella shape of the tree as it is pruned annually to allow air in the branches and keep the tree healthy plus not too tall.
In the winter, the tree is resting and that is when it is pruned. I have a wonderful expert pruner, Harry, he might have been at Woodstock and yet he is limber and climbs the tree with chainsaw in hand. I help by gathering the branches removed and carry everything to his pickup truck. We often have coffee after or before and we always have a wonderful chat.
In the spring, the excitement and optimism builds as the leaves return, the daylight lengthens, and the cherry tree buds appear. Then come the white blossoms which are wonderful and the bees flitting from spot to spot. I love bees ! Sadly the blossoms depart shortly and fall to cover the ground like late spring snow.
The departing of the blossoms marks the beginning of the actual fruit. At first little green marbles, they grow and change colour. Now the tree is covered with heavy reddening cherries of different shades. The starlings peck and ruin a portion and I strain to refrain from wasted effort chasing them away. There will be lots of cherries left for my family and more besides to share.
It’s not a precise calculation but cherry picking is the first weeks of summer. It can be from late June to early July – Mother Nature won’t be pinned down.
Soon many cherry tree boughs will be heavy enough to pick from the ground or by a NBA player. Most will require my ladder. I always jury-rig a container to hang around my neck so my hands are free to hold on or pick – whichever seems the best idea at the moment.
Cherries are relatively quick to pick, even though I am not a fast picker. Everyone takes turns picking until we get as much as we want to eat and for canning. My wife cans cherries so we enjoy cherries from our tree 12 months of the year. Muchas gracias esposa ♥
Many cherries are looking ready now – it won’t be long now but you wait until they are primo ♥
Thinking about my fruit tree in relation to life- both have stages and at my age and perspective, it’s easier to see. In life and harvesting fruit there is work steps that effect, increase or decrease, the harvest.
I use this metaphor for myself – my mental and physical health takes time, commitment and planning so I can be healthy and lead a balanced life. We all enjoy the fruit, but as my one friend always says” we don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan”. In my case, I sometimes have the plan but need to make sure I am executing, and I love small steps in the right direction because easier to implement.
My suggestion has been small steps always, you can’t eat an elephant in a day – digestible chunks. 🙂 Link here
My second thought today is Cowboy Sayings:
Inscription on John Wayne ‘s headstone:
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learnt something from yesterday.”
It’s going to be hard to limit myself to only five Cowboy insights;
- Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing is to stop diggin’.
- The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.
- Always drink upstream from the herd♥
My Third Thought is about Lessons:
I remember the movie “To Sir With Love” – Sidney Poitier in this 1967 movie is an out of work engineer (Mark Thackeray) who takes up a job teaching in a London high school.
The opening scene in the classroom is mayhem, and disrespect at the teacher’s expense.
Patience and class wins the day. Mr Thackeray teaches them to behave with courtesy in the classroom – the young ladies as Miss, and the boys by their surname.
He teaches deportment, and answers their questions. One of his statements was “Toughness is a quality of the mind…. like bravery, honesty, and ambition.”
They asked him what will they talk about?
“About life…. survival…love… death, sex, marriage…. rebellion, anything you want.”
I really recommend you watch the ending – Mark Thackeray tears up his letter of acceptance for work as an engineer and decides to stay at the school. – Incredibly (emotional) memorable scene. – watch HERE
I welcome your ideas, and feedback. I am very grateful for each comment and enjoy responding- David.