Yesterday I decided to take a trip into the woods and look for the prickly pear that I need for my jelly. It seems the grasshoppers love these things too. Darn! Trying to find a few that weren’t half eaten wasn’t easy. Only a few were ripe, many were already dried up and many weren’t ripe yet so I’ll have to go back out looking for them in a week or so.
The first thing I did was change from shorts into jeans, and from flip flops into boots. Are you happy? :)
I will admit that it’s a whole lot more convenient to have the boots and jeans on and not be worrying about stickers in my toes or legs. But, I’m telling you . . it is HOT!
As I was driving south, you’ll see a hunting blind on the right, some cactus straight ahead, there’s a feeder on the left but I don’t think it’s in the picture. What you don’t see are roofs of neighboring houses. What you don’t hear are cars, horns, radios, sirens. This makes the scorpions, the snakes, the heat . . all worth it. Yes, there are other places we could live without neighbors but we’re here and for the most part, I love everything about this place. Look at the sky . . I know some people look at the dry parched ground, the scrubby trees, the cactus . . and they don’t see beauty. That’s why there are so many different places with so many different climates and so many different views. There’s a place for everyone. There’s beauty beyond words in knowing when you find the place that’s perfect for you and we’re there!
I found a few but not many that were ripe enough. I ended up with almost 3 cups of juice.
I spent about 2 hours in the woods looking for cactus and then Vince came home and we went a bit deeper into the woods . . for another hour or so . . and still only came up with just under 3 cups of juice. I’ll probably freeze that til I can find more prickly pears.
No matter how good or bad your day is . . you’re doing a whole lot better than this guy . . that I found out in the woods.
Wonder what it was and what happened to him. On the other hand, I probably don’t want to know.