I could see some smaller cracks in the clouds when we went out for our morning walk but none of them came even close to the rising sun. It was rather chilly and windy but still quite nice. I guess it helped a lot that not even the moose flies flew around in that weather 🙂 We walked down to the creek and at the end of the field there’s a sheep pasture, the sheep are long gone but all the electric vires are still there even if it looks like they are removing most of them now. I guess they still have some there because the wild hogs dig deep holes all over the field otherwise.
Nova just refused to walk on the right side, I guess she was looking forward to find some yummy sheep poop that she could eat. I don’t know how many time I told her not to go there and she just refused to do as I said. I had to grab the harness and pull her the right way and she was pretty p….d at me 🙂 Thankfully none of us is resentful so it was over by the time we came home 🙂 My computer has been acting a bit weird lately so I checked on how it has been updating lately, it has had problems with that before. Turns out it hadn’t at all so I started ordering it to do so manually.
It took almost five hours to get it done 🙂 Still there are a few more updates to do but I thought it could wait until tomorrow, who knows how long it will take next time 🙂 It is always the same with my mobile phone, every time it hasn’t downloaded an update it starts to behave odd and sometimes not behave at all 🙂
I rarely think back in life but today when I saw all the apples on the ground something clicked in my head. In the block where I grew up we had at least 5 small grocery stores, one of them was the kind where they still had everything behind the counter and the owners were on the other side picking down the groceries from the shelves. They all had, from what I remember everything that might be needed in a home but perhaps just one brand of each item. None of them however had fresh fruit or vegetables.
We also had a butcher and a fish monger there. The one I remember best though is the vegetable store, it was very little in the cellar of the apartment building where I lived. I do remember the potatoes and cabbage varieties and I also have a vague memory of tomatoes but best of all I remember all the fruit she sold there. Today we only have the top quality but I remember that she sold several different quality levels of fruit. The top ones were of course most expensive but if an apple for instance had a spot it was sold for a lower price and the bottom was the second-rate fruit, more or less apples that had fallen to the ground and had their injuries.
This was a very poor neighborhood but this was back in the days when there was no shame in being poor, especially since all of us were poor 🙂 The second-rate apples were used mostly to make apple cream and apple sauce but if that was what one could afford one just cut away the worst parts of the apple and ate it as it was (from what I can remember it was much the same with pears and bananas even though I doubt anyone did anything else than just eat the banana). I haven’t seen second-rate fruit in a store in a very long time, I doubt that anyone sell that any more even if they are good enough to make jam or marmalade. I don’t think I’ve seen a vegetable store since those days either but I wouldn’t be surprised if they came back again, younger people today are the ones daring to start such a thing again 🙂
I have all kinds of quality on my apples in the garden right now so I really should make some apple sauce but that can wait another week or two. <Now I’ll have a cup of tea and then doze off in front of the tv 🙂
Have a great day!