Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Only Blue Skies and Green Lights"


I am not sure exactly what that means, but it's what the waitress put on the back of the tag at the Country Kitchen in Lockeford. Maybe it's a deep metaphor that we should aspire to have happy filled days in the sun with no road blocks on our journey in life, just "green lights". (Or, Beck just told me that it's probably because a lot of bikers and travelers stop through there, so it is a country-ish way of saying, "have a nice day." Whatever it means, we thought it was worthy of a mention.

When we wake up and we look out our window and see skies like this; despite our not perfect, recently house-took-all-our-money-and-we-are-scary-poor lives. I can look at a sky like that and begin to count all the blessings that God has given us.  


And then I see this.....

Yea....that's not supposed to happen! Our vineyard is full of leaks from the combination of previous neglect and stray animals (don't tell Beck, but it's coyotes) chewing the pipes to get water. This was a leak that took me several attempts to finally conquer. I put together many pipe modifications to come up with a solution. Finally I was able to put together a piece of pipe and used good old fashion superglue to fasten it tight. It's not a perfect solution, but I am hoping it will do the job for now. Just get me some duct tape and call me MacGuyver!


We also have another problem. We have some type of leaf fly. It doesn't hurt the fruit, but it eats the leaves and the leaves are what gives the fruit it's sugar content. We had the sugar tested and it read below what it should be. So this means that we are probably going to have to wait to harvest our grapes until the end of October, when we were scheduled for the first week in October. This gets complicated because we have a leaf fly eating the leaves. I am not sure what we are going to do and I am hoping we can still harvest this year. We are believing God for a good 10 tons of grapes to help us cover our losses. If you're the praying type, we'd love for you to stand with us in prayer for this number too.
 

As we settle into the small town of Lodi, we are beginning to participate in some of the Lodi traditions and events. One of which is the Lodi Grape Festival. The Lodi Grape Festival is the poster child for small town fairs; good food, hot weather, and great fun. One of the exhibit halls had these collages made of grapes that the artists created into these elaborate fun pictures. Here are a couple of them....



I am truly amazed that these were made of real grapes. It goes to show you what you can do with a little imagination and a lot of fruit.

Speaking of imagination. LJ is growing up faster than my grapes are growing. He is going through the unique stage of I want to be like my Daddy. I am going to enjoy it because I am sure in about 12 to 13 years, he will be going through the stage of I want to be anything, but my Daddy. But for now I am enjoying watching him learn how to farm...... 

 

Wearing my hat and shoes.....


And already trying to drive.....


We also go for walks around the farm.....



We heard time is supposed to move slower on the farm, but lately I feel that I can't get enough done and I am always behind the 8 ball. But maybe I should listen to the waitress and enjoy the "blues skies and green lights"! -JP