Hi ~ Did you miss me...I missed being in my little ole blog space! Last week was a challenging week and blogging went to the back burner. As I alluded to in my last post about "Fred", my computer was on the blink....well it died. I lost my best friend but gained a new one...a nice, new, shiny, silver MacBook Pro. And thanks to modern technology, they can transfer EVERYTHING from my old friend to my new friend, so that I so not even know I am not with my old friend. (except that this friend is clean, shiny and FAST!!!!) Anyway, I have so many posts in my brain waiting to come out, but I just got back from visiting my mother in TN, which was a blast. This was a rare opportunity, and I didn't want to miss a minute of it by spending time on the computer! Anyway....today's post will be short as I am under the weather and not really up to the long one that I want to do. I do want to explain the photo above....first of all, who harvests fruit in January????? Is this some crazy, weird weather we are having or what? Yesterday, it was 80 degrees...we are running our air conditioners down here in Louisiana! Back to the photo...we planted a Satsuma tree many years ago and it has produced limited fruit every year. Last year it didn't produce at all....very bad year for fruit around here. But this year....oh my; I was so pleased to have Satsumas coming out of my ears on this tree. Every time I would walk by, I would pull one off and eat it, and just couldn't get over how darn GOOD they were. Now, most people reading this don't know me, but when I like something, I am just a natural born salesperson, and I must convince you to try it or buy it! It is just the way I am....so I started to proclaim the goodness of this fruit to anyone who would listen to me. "Have you tried one of our Satsuma's, they are so much better then any Satsuma I have ever eaten before....must be because they are just fresh off our tree and not sitting in a store for weeks before you buy them. My children were always busy, or running out and just didn't have time to stop and eat one when I suggested it. Frankly, they got a bit tired of hearing about how great they were! I mentioned it to my in-laws; gave some to my neighbors....I had just never tasted a Satsuma this good. Finally, the time came that I HAD to pick them all from the tree as a big freeze was heading our way several weeks ago. We had narrowly escaped losing the fruit in one other light freeze about a month ago and I didn't want to lose my precious, most delicious Satsumas to this freeze. Sadly, I picked them all, brought them in and started in on Gary...."You have got to taste these Satsumas..they are incredible...and FINALLY.....someone finally succumbed to my intense pressure. He peeled one, and immediately said...these aren't Satsumas...they are ORANGES....and by golly, when I thought about it...he was right....Satsumas have loose, floppy skin, and sections that fall apart easily.....no wonder they were so tasty...I have an ORANGE TREE!!!!! It was clearly labeled a Satsuma tree when we bought it, but fresh oranges are much tastier then Satsumas. They just aren't very easily grown in these parts and Satsumas trees are! The mystery has been solved and we are thoroughly enjoying our very, tasty, fresh ORANGES!!!!!