Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kids, Beaches, and Apples

In the middle of last week, I received a call from my daughter. She was at school, at cross country practice. The team was going on a beach trip the coming weekend. "Mom", she said "Coach says we need more chaperons for the trip. Can you come?" Yikes! These are great kids, so there won't be problems. I was thinking of all the things I had planned to do during the weekend. Like put the garden to bed. I had been trying to do this for a couple of weeks. Freezing corn. I had been trying to do that for a couple of weeks too. The laundry had piled up, some paperwork needs to be finished................STOP!!! All of these things would wait. Spending time with these kids was more important. So I spent a day getting ready, finishing what I could, then hopped on a bus with the cross country team. They work together, play together, and are great fun to be with. Talking with them and hearing their views about what is happening around them, at school, with family, friends, in politics, and the economic market was fascinating.
Of course I took my camera. Went down to the beach and started taking pictures.
The sun was getting ready to set. A little fog was rolling in. It would be a great, colorful sunset. I love the sculptural look of the wind whipped trees. Then the screen started blinking memory card FULL. Oops! That's one thing I didn't get done before leaving home. It was a beautiful weekend.
Arriving home, I found apples, a gift from a friend.
I got out this tool. What is it called???? It peels, slices and hulls at the same time. I've had it for years. I had never used it before. I don't know why.
It's a fun tool. It really helps the process go fast.
I have to say I did play a little with the apple curls. They were so bouncy.
I filled the trays for the dehydrator, then made 6 quarts of apple pie filling, and put them in the freezer. Very satisfying.


A Romantic Porch said...

Debbie, I go through the list of things to do too, but the kids always win out! They won't be filling my home forever, or calling for me to go along...

I used my apple corer last week. I love it. We use it alot. It's great for peeling potatoes too! Try it sometime! xo rachel

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I left a comment last night, it must be in space somewhere! It went like this, it is great to spend time with our kids, isn't that why we had them! I think some people forget that! The beach pictures make me want to take a drive to our beach other wise known as the Atlantic. Maybe next week. What a nice friend to leave you such a treat!

Manuela said...

I used to have one of those and gave it away (of course now I wish I hadn't). The photo of the fog over the water is soo beautiful!