It is nice being home but also a little depressing; there's so much more work to be done here than in an RV. So I worked a few rewards into my week: blueberry picking, calling on Gramma Jewel and making fresh freezer jam.
On Wednesday morning the kids and I took a drive out to the Tacoma Blueberrry park. I was a little concerned that the season may already be over but the crazy weather this year worked in my favor: there were plenty of blueberries to be picked. We spent about an hour there and came home with a half gallon of blueberries. That's not bad considering we'd pay $10-15 at the store for that many blueberries. We'll go back again next week and be sure to go in the morning before it warms up. If you decide to go to the Blueberry park don't be dismayed by the look of the bushes at the front of the park--the ripe berries on those bushes are always picked first--take a walk into the middle of the fields and you'll start noticing the berries. They don't all ripen at the same time so be sure to pick the darkest ones you can find. If you do get a few redish ones don't be dismayed; leave your pickin's on the counter for a few hours before freezing or using them. Within about 12 hours most of your berries should darken up.