Another blogger told me about memes ( a word I had to look up because I never heard it before) and I am going to try linking up to one today. It seems a fun idea. For this meme, people from all over the world write about what's going on on a given day, then all the links are gathered and shared. If all goes well, after you read this, you can click on the URL at the bottom of the page to see what other part of the world grabs your interest.
So. Today in my corner of the world it is cherry picking time.
This is my cherry tree, sour cherries for pies. The birds in my yard love them as much as we do, and it is a battle every summer to get enough for a few pies. I've tried netting the tree but the birds get under the net, get caught, and then guess who has to free them.
That green thing is an old cherry pitter. The cherries go in the dish, one rolls into the chute, you whack the plunger that forces the pit through a hole in the bottom and the cherry continues down the chute into a bowl. Theoretically speaking. In reality, about every other cherry involves a malfunction (too small, goes right down the hole with the pit), so there is a lot of hand pitting involved.
I have picked and pitted enough for a couple pies so far. The birds have pecked and rendered inedible enough for at least 10 pies. I can't show you a beautiful pie picture because the cherries are waiting in the freezer for two special occasions: Christmas, and my mom's birthday. Cherry pie is her favorite.