Jabberwocky for 2005 June 29 (entry 1)

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[Comments] (5) Fresh and Ripe: I feel very sorry for the folks who live in places where food doesn't grow, and it has to be shipped in on trucks and put in the grocery store when it is already several days old. Eating our ripe tomatoes, I wonder why anyone would buy a tomato at the store.

Susanna sent me some lettuce seeds, and I planted them in a big pot in the laundry room. They germinated the next day. I hope the house stays cool enough that I can just pick lettuce leaves when I want them all summer. When winter comes, I'm going to try a French mesclun mix.

I bought a local watermelon today at Smart and Final. It is so ripe that by the time I got it home, it had split. I was going to wait to cut it up when Rachel comes back, but of course I had to do it today because it had split. So sweet and flavorful! Those little seedless melons are really handy, but even the best of them don't hold a candle to the big guys with the black seeds, however. You can't even find those in stores anymore, I guess maybe at the farmers' market.

I'm worried that the next generation of children will grow up without learning how to spit watermelon seeds.


Posted by Germany at Wed Jun 29 2005 16:57

Or if you were at war with the people who ship your food ordinarily and they have a naval blockade and you starve. That would suck.

Posted by Frances at Wed Jun 29 2005 17:13

That would suck. When I was in college in Utah, there was a truckers' strike, and you should have seen how empty the grocery stores got.

Posted by Alyson at Thu Jun 30 2005 08:06

Remember our watermelon seed spitting contest on the 4th of July many years ago in Arvin? Nine cousins standing in a row, with drippy, sticky-sweet chins, forearms and elbows (I don't think Lorna had been born yet).

Posted by Susie at Thu Jun 30 2005 09:00

I thought about that at our family party on Monday: Joshua Oman, Brynn and I were having a contest- I lost miserably.

Posted by John at Thu Jun 30 2005 11:34

Kids? It was the adults that were having the spitting contest on Monday. Too bad I don't like watermelon.


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