picking mulberries

     Yesterday afternoon, I discovered there are three mulberry trees in our backyard simply loaded with fruit. So, Pip and I picked a pot full of berries. As I shook the branches in the late day sun, I thought about all the wonderful jams and pies I would make. Next, I gathered herbs from our garden: basil, rosemary, oregano, peppermint and wild sage. There's something satisfying about cooking with food straight from the garden... Soon we will have peppers and tomatoes on our kitchen table. 
     Charlie came home just as a storm rolled in. Thunder echoed through the sandhills and lightning split the sky; we enjoyed it from our snug home made sturdy with cement bricks. Our fingers were purple from mulberries and our hearts full with the blessings around us.

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