Picking Blueberries and Thinking About Life

Picking Blueberries

Sometimes when I’m picking blueberries I turn the radio up and open up the car doors and rock out but sometimes I just enjoy the silence. It’s good thinking time.

I like the sounds of nature. I have to admit though that birds are not my friends when it comes to our blueberries. They love to eat our berries. There is also a female turkey that has a nest under one of the bushes.

picking blueberries

Momma turkey doesn’t like it if I get close so I give her plenty of space.

Blueberries are ripe in June in Kentucky and it’s always so humid and hot. Picking by myself in a big field on a hot day is not my favorite thing to do.

Homemade Scarecrows

When our grandchildren are running through the fields squealing we don’t need scarecrows, but since they can’t be out there for very long at a time my husband made his own scarecrows. PVC pipe, streamers and an Angry Bird balloon. He has these all in our field and they look amazing when the wind blows the bright streamers.

picking blueberries

They work over a limited area….I wish they worked over the whole field!

picking blueberries

Thinking time

I think about my family and how much I love them and how good blueberries are for them and for everyone! It makes me happy and proud that we grow one of the top ten super foods and that it’s a cancer fighter because I HATE cancer!

picking blueberries

I tie the bucket to my waist with some of my husband’s old ties. That way I can pick with both hands and it goes so much faster. I can pick about two buckets full an hour if I concentrate. Lately I’ve been getting really thirsty and I have a fondness for strawberry-banana smoothies from McDonalds. I wish they had blueberry smoothies! I found a blueberry smoothie recipe on Pinterest by The Pioneer Woman that I’m going to make myself. Recipe at the end of this post!

More Thoughts

I think about my grandmother and my great-grandmother and how when they were young they all worked on this farm alongside their husbands. Back then they grew tobacco, milked cows and raised hogs. They also grew huge gardens and canned tons of vegetables. All that was in addition to cooking on a wood stove, raising children and feeding the farm hands at lunch time. Makes me tired just thinking about it.

Too Much Information

I also think about how we are bombarded with news and information 24/7 and I believe that it’s a good idea to get away from it for awhile. I think everyone should have to come pick blueberries with me and just listen to the birds and the turkeys for awhile. Now I know some of you live far away so if you can’t make it, I’ll understand.

picking blueberries

But I sure could use your help filling up my bucket! This is just the back field. I still have the front field to go! It’s about 11 acres of bushes. Believe it or not it’s hard to find help. So if you are anywhere close to Kentucky please do stop by, bring me a smoothie and help me pick!

This recipe is by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.

Blueberry Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 cup Plain, Unflavored Yogurt
  • 1 cup Fruit (your Choice – Blueberries, Peaches, Pineapple, Etc)
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 dash Honey
  • Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Place yogurt, fruit, milk, a handful of ice and honey to taste all into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste it for sweetness and add more honey if needed.

Pour, drink and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Happy Monday to you! Hope your week is filled with love. Carol

  2. Nice post and I think Berries are bery nice 🙂

    Have a smoothietastic week 🙂

  3. teresak 5 Jun, 2017

    Thanks for stopping by Steve!

  4. teresak 5 Jun, 2017

    And to you Carol!

  5. Lovely weather and those eggs are the cutest!

  6. I’ve always loved blueberries. When I was a child my parents would take is wild blueberry picking when we visited my grandmother in Pennsylvania. I think I ate as many as i put in my bucket! I buy them now every week and my grandchildren love them as treats.

  7. I SO enjoyed your post today Teresa! I used to go blueberry picking as a child and it brought back so many memories! I love blueberries so much. I don’t think my body could handle the physicality of it now though – picking takes a lot out of you!

    Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  8. I never had the opportunity to pick blueberries, only strawberries, either way they are a back challenge.

    Thanks for hosting ach week, hope to have you drop by and share on #OMHGWW this week!

    Have a great day!:)
    Hugs
    Karren

  9. teresak 6 Jun, 2017

    Yes, I whine about my back every time I pick!

  10. teresak 6 Jun, 2017

    So glad you stopped by and so glad my post stirred up some good memories!

  11. teresak 6 Jun, 2017

    Wish you and Jamie were here to eat some!

  12. Thanks for hosting and that looks like a wonderful time. I would love to do that. Very beautiful.

  13. It’s very good to unplug and be alone in your own thoughts…sounds lovely if the sun is out!

  14. Hmmm. I had a blueberry plant once. It was scraggly and produced very little. The birds got most of it. If the turkeys like your blueberries, perhaps those eggs are a gift for you 🙂 . Definitely make your own smoothies over the unknown in the store bought one. Sometimes I use less yoghurt and add a couple of ice cubes to thicken and make it really cold (watch out for the dreaded brain freeze). Happy picking.

  15. mmmm, having ‘endless’ supply of blueberries… yummy!

  16. I enjoyed the images of the blueberries. Would have liked seeing how you tie the bucket to your waist using your husband’s tie!

  17. My bad, I see how it was tied to your waist! Oh, I really like Micky D’s strawberry -banana smoothies as well.

  18. All those blueberries look so yummy and fresh, Nana.. I’m a big fan and I can eat them just like that..that momma Turkey knows the best spot!

  19. teresak 11 Jun, 2017

    Thank you for visiting Indah! Wish I could send you some blueberries!