Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Just Had to Do It - Thanks Lucy

As I entered my warm car, after my morning work-out, I heard the announcement, "Pick and Stomp Grapes" at a local vineyard.  Since endorphins from exercising were still pumping through my body I said, "Why Not?"  I ran into the house to get ready, trying to beat our up-coming 100 plus degree day with an early picking time.  Benjamin was grabbed as I ran out the door for our first experience in picking and stomping grapes.  What can I say...I just had to do a little Lucy dance!

Yes!!! I joined him!  It was just too much fun!  What else do you do in Texas in August?

Well this was a first for our family.  Benjamin and I are the only ones who have stomped grapes.  I am marking my calendar for next year.  We also went by a farm that will allow us to come pick cotton in October, so I am pulling out the calendar...why stop when summer is over?  

Isaiah 1:5 - Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.

20 Joining in with more words:

Debbie Petras said...

I wish I lived near you Janette! I would love to go stomp grapes with you and Benjamin. Ethel and Lucy did it and it's one of my favorite episodes of I Love Lucy. I need a good laugh.

Love you,

Sassy Granny ... said...

My toes are jealous :)

Pom Pom said...

Fun! Good for you! You're good at coping with the heat! I wish I wasn't such a wimp, but I honestly avoid certain activities because I'm so hot! Picking and stomping grapes sounds worth it, though!

Crown of Beauty said...

This is so wonderful to read and see, Janette. Your heart exudes with a zest for life that contaminates. You remind me of my close friend Trudi from England. I had so much fun with her because of her love for life. She's back in England now after ten years in the Philippines. I miss her... but this post reminded me of her. She's exactly the kind of person who would grab me by the arm, jump into her truck and go for it.

Glad I stopped by your post today, and also to catch up with your life.


Farm Girl said...

Well that is something I have never tried before. LOL!! I am so glad that you are having so much fun this summer and way to go picking cotton. I have done that and that is just hard work. :)
I can't wait to see how you like that in October. This is a very fun post. Did it stain your toes?

Debbie said...

Now this just sounds downright fun. I bet Benjamin just had a ball with it. A memory neither one of you will be forgetting anytime soon. : )

Such a funny I love Lucy episodes ~ one of my fav's for sure.

Christine said...

As I was thinking of what to write all I could do was smile! To be so
You must be on your second or third bucket by now.

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi Janette! Grape stomping and Lucy - a favorite episode! My hometown and our general region is ripe with vineyards, too - though there has never been a winery event inviting the public to stomp grapes. At our Founder's Day event each year (my town is named for the vineyards - Vineland) we provide grapes and pans and the kids get to stomp grapes for fun. Sooo - do they use the grapes you stomp to actually make the wine?

Been almost absent from Blogland this summer - OVERWHELMED with getting some projects off the ground. Hope to get into coasting and posting mode soon. Missing my writing and reading playtime - truly - blogging is a guilty pleasure sometimes.


Sarah (Nikki) said...

hahaha. I love love love this and me too...I want dance in grapes!!!!! BTW I heard that picking cotton hurts. Who knew the soft stuff can have prickly things.

Sonja said...

Good for you and Benjamin! I will never forget Lucy stomping the grapes. :) We went to the peach picking farm in Terrell recently, it has grown and was covered up with people... and hot! But we do what we can do in Texas, right??

Sandy said...

I know you and Benjamin had a stompin' good time! What fun! Bet neither of you will ever forget that day. You are making such great memories with your son. As for the Lucy episode, it was such a favorite!

Sue said...

Oh! my goodness! this is so precious! I know you both had so much fun! I am so jealous! DH brought one of our grapes from the vine in today we are about two weeks away from gathering. After reading this I might be tempted to stomp some in a barrel!
Janette your pail is absolutely getting full!
I have so missed not being in blogland but have been so busy working and enjoying Miss M, and getting ready for the girls and Susan this week.

Please say Hi to Benjamin and give him a big hug for me. Our ewes have been lambing and he would have enjoyed being here with them,Please tell him that Benita and the other cows jumped the fence and were loafing in the woods for three days, and we sure could have used him in helping with the round-up.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, I LOVE this!! Reminds me of the old I Love Lucy with she and Ethel stomping away!! Looks like so much fun!! You are filling that sand bucket by the shovel full! blessings ~ tanna

Rebecca said...

I was unaware anyone still did this....what happens to the grapes next?????

I can't imagine how wonderful this smells?

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

what did it feel like - and did your feet end-up the color of the
grapes?? Your having to much fun and I love it..Now That is something I would like to try..

Lisa said...

So fun! I know Benjamin had a ball!

Debbie said...

AHHHH! You did it! I just love this post more than I can say, and I have the biggest, dopiest, grin on my face right now. Benjamin will never forget this, and you have raised spunk to a whole new level.

I LOVE (it), Lucy!

Maryann said...

This is something I would just LOVE to do...got to be some degree of satisfaction in smashing grapes between the toes, kinda of like popping bubble wrap. Great memory for you and Benjamin

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Very cool, Janette. I wonder how it felt on the toes....I hear picking cotton is very hard, painful work. The cotton plants have sharp edges where the cotton matures. Can't wait to hear about that little expedition.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

You and Benjamin made a great memory, that's for sure!

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