Juicy Fruit

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  1. Nancy says:

    I read your post today with a huge smile on my face. My family had a cider press when I was growing up that was almost identical to the one in your photos, except that it was about a hundred years old. I loved making cider. It always seemed to be a sunny and cool end-of-fall day. We kids got to throw the apples in to be pulped, which felt deliciously reckless.

  2. Jeni says:

    It's a rare occasion when you don't bring out at least a little peek of a smile regardless of the mood I might have been in when I started reading a post of yours and this one is no different in that respect.
    Growing up with my Mom's parents, we had a lot of traditions we followed -having lutfisk for supper every year on Christmas Eve was just one of 'em. That and enjoying the great cookies Grandma would bake, the extra breads and such. And when my kids came along, like you, I always wanted to establish some tradition for them too that would make the holiday just a bit more memorable. I realize these days that the tradition we really had -and one which I couldn't put into play for my kids -was simply the gathering of my aunts, uncles and cousins who would converge on the homestead here for anywhere from 2 days to a little over a week some years! Being an only child myself and with my ex-husband's family scattered all over the country with only one of his brothers here, there were never scads of people here, no overnight guests packed in the bedrooms upstairs, on the sofas, the floor, and the like, to be tripped over if you had to get up in the middle of the night for a bathroom call. Family is what Christmas celebrations are all about! And that is one that I scramble each year now to arrange that my three children, my grandchildren too, will all have an opportunity to share at least a little time together each year. Why it's so difficult considering we all live relatively close to each other is beyond me but that's my goal once again this year! But I will still, in a little corner of my mind and heart, revert back to those days 50 plus years ago and remember how great it was to have all those family members around me.
    Gud Jul to you my friend -a bit early but if I don't say it now, I might forget cause that's the way the senior mind of mine often operates these days ya know!

  3. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Now I feel my children have been deprived of a major touchstone of childhood–drinking apple pee.

  4. phd in yogurtry says:

    Scrabble in a cave sounds good to me too…I know, let's run away together between December 1st and December 31st .. because I rather like New Year's Eve. And yes, you are most fortunate indeed to have such jewels for inlaws.

  5. Pam says:

    "…and the press let's loose it's bladder" Haha!!!Too right those two will remember the year they drank apple pee – some things are unforgettable (like a certain night in Iceland??) My mother-in-law is awesome – I want to be just like her when I grow up.

  6. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    That's it. Now you've gone and done it again. Just when I was sure I had my envy of you under control, it turns out that you even have the perfect in-laws, a concept I only know about intellectually. Like the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

    Ok, I'm happy for you. Really I am. Please send cider.

  7. Jazz says:

    For some reason I really dislike the holidays – and not because of weird family stuff in my childhood. The only time I like the holidays, is the years we run away from family and spend them somewhere warm. With tequila.

  8. Erin says:

    You're the best sis-in-law 🙂
    We feel the same way towards you!

  9. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I am so glad you have a good family to take the edge off holiday pain. I share your agony about this time of year. I do the minimum now. Guiltlessly, no matter how hard Martha and the gang try to make me change my mind!

  10. diane says:

    I love your in laws, do you think they might consider adopting me? Don't say no right away, think it over.

    Silly kids are the best.

  11. Becky Cazares says:

    CBS Sunday Morning, which I used to watch religiously and still try to catch now and then, features at the very end of the show what I always called the best 90 seconds in television (I think it is shorter now). It would usually be some nature scene completely void of contrived background music or narration, just the icy stream, the quaking aspens, the quivering fawn, cub, or fledgling, the babbling brook, the colors of dawn or dusk, the fog, the mist, the meadow… The viewer (at least me) could be thinking one thing at the beginning of the 90 seconds and, by the end, be mentally somewhere else entirely. Loved it. It was always something like a complete mind-rinse or a sort of natural headache remedy. That's what reading your posts do for me. Ahhh.

  12. ds says:

    Apple pee! *snort* O Jocelyn, you have such a way of winding your posts around what is truly essential. Blessed are you indeed in your in-laws, not to mention the Hairy Sweater, Polka-Dot hat, and Pajama Boy. Revel in them all–they are your true holiday.

  13. actonbell says:

    Apple pee! That's a keeper. I do hope your in-laws see this post someday:) They do sound wonderful, lucky you!

    I don't much care for the holiday bruhaha either, but I do, at least, get to spend it with both of our parents, and I truly enjoy both couples. Mike's family is a very nice bunch, but they're not very local or very plentiful.

    Get those awful papers graded and party!!

  14. jess says:

    I want me some apple pee! Your posts bring me dangerously close to blissy, and it's not just the happy pills. 🙂

  15. Patois says:

    Saw that last photo and just laughed! Crabby McPatty Scroogers like you should all have in-laws and apple pee like that.

  16. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    OK…have you looked in the mirror to see your green hair sticking up and your green, hairy hands wriggling while you scowl. Wow. "She's a sour one, Mrs. Grinch." 🙂

    Well, anyhow, you must want one BIG gift from those in-laws. You kissed butt seriously well because I want to move out to your part of the world and have them adopt me. Please, dear In-Laws let me make cider with you too!

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