Friday, July 03, 2015

365 Photo of the Day

Holey Kamoley - my eyes near fell out of my head when I saw the total lbs of cherries I picked over the past couple of weeks. No wonder my little wings are sore. Being its my first year I'm happy with this outcome. Imagine though that I am SLOW compared to many pickers.  They make it look easy and effortless, they are quiet and swift, like stealth robots. I keep checking to see if they have like secret octopus arms that come out when I'm not looking. I've picked their brains as to what make one fast, the top answer is (like everything else in life) EXPERIENCE.  
I'm going to relish not getting up at 3:15 tomorrow morning. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

365 Photo of the Day

One day blends into the next. My summer atop the cherry trees - sometimes you find more than cherries. 

Momma Robin SCOLDING me, I just thought she was conversing - then I found her nest!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

365 Photo of the Day

Oops!  I lost a day. 

Today was (I believe but  I could be wrong)  my fourth day picking.   Even though my body is slowly toughening up to the task  I still come home with aches and pains from head to toe.   And I love every second of it.  

Picking  began at 4:30 AM.   It's nice and cool at that hour and very peaceful.   Once I fully wake I'm full of energy and picking goes quickly.   I look at the rows of trees and think I will conquer them.   And each day I realize I have learned new things.    Some things are shared with me by coworkers –  other things I have absorbed from experience.    I have learned that picking is as much seeing what you are picking as well as how you touch the plants.   My fingers have learned to twist and gently pull up words to remove the cherry safely from the branches.  

And the ladders!

I now find myself confidently scampering up big ladders like a monkey.   I no longer get dizzy looking down.   I've learned to hang my hail on the branches correctly and I'm even getting the ladder closer to the cherries before I pick them.  

 Yesterday was the hardest day at all.   To be honest I was a little discouraged.   I was so sore and tired.   And I got a huge cramp all the way down my leg last night which had me struggle out of bed like a zombie and do the crazy walk until it receded.    

But this morning brought me awake more eager than ever.    And I'm glad I'm sticking with it.  I'm feeling strong and confident. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

365 Photo of the Day

Happiness is finding a new friend 
Who is lovely, enthusiastic and fun
And just happens to be visiting our country
And had her birthday today
And we spent the morning hamming it up
At the local flea market
And then made a little picnic at the park.
Happy sigh!


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