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Donald and Paulette Fletcher came by and took Billy Fletcher with them to the McGill Family Reunion, May 25. Billy says that he is doing well.

Duane and Jeanette Hesterley visited for a while with Norma Lea and Terry Stillings over Memorial weekend. Norma Lea reports that she is doing okay.

Norma Stillings and her son, Dan, worked in the garden and flower beds before the rains came last week. Norma’s gooseberries were so heavy on one bush that the stem was touching the ground. Darlene Sorensen came to pick some of them off and let some of the smaller gooseberries grow. Things sure grow when there is lots of rain. That includes weeds and Bermuda grass as well. Norma has an on-going battle with Bermuda grass. Laying down landscape fabric does not stop Bermuda grass, it just sends its runners under and over anything.

It is almost a luxury to be able to pick gooseberries sitting in a folding chair out on mown grass with no ticks and chiggers to trouble you. When I was young our mother would take us out into the woods and meadows to pick what ever berry was in season. We had wild strawberries, gooseberries, and lots of blackberries that we picked each year. Even though there were no chemical sprays, we always washed the berries we picked. Stemming strawberries and gooseberries took forever, they were so small. Blackberries were easy to prepare since there was no stems to contend with. Strawberries would be eaten layered with baked pie crusts and whipped cream, but most were made into jam. Most of the gooseberries and blackberries were canned for the cobblers and pies that Mother would make all winter. Mother would also make blackberry jelly and jams.

In late May and early June, we also picked poke greens and canned them for the winter. Mother raised spinach, mustard and knew all the wild greens to add to the poke in order to have the greens just the way she wanted them. I hated greens in those early days, but when I was grown I would get hungry for them. We would have corn bread, white beans, greens, and onions  fresh out of the garden.

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