Grandma’s Fixins, JusJoJan, #SCoS

Linda’s Stream of Conscious Saturday combined with today’s Just Jot January had some interesting vowel twist of sap/sep/sip/sop/sup. So I thought I would play a little with some flash fiction. Come join us for some fun and interest as we try to meet today’s challenge.

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Grandma’s Fixins

The screen door slammed as Jerry entered the kitchen sniffing the air of fresh backing cornbread just coming out of the oven.

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Sup, grandma. Smells great in here.”

Sup? All that education you have had and that’s the way you talk.” 

“Sorry. Good afternoon Grandmother. How are you this fine evening?” he teased pecking her on the cheek.

“Hmp, now you are just being ridiculous,” she said as she sipped in her tea. “There is sweet tea in the fridge and get out the syrup so it can be warming up a bit.”

Reaching in the fridge, he pulled out the bottle of Georgia Cane Syrup made by Johnson’s farm at the southern part of the state. He poured himself a large glass of tea and came to sit at the table across from his grandmother as she finished slathering butter of the steaming ears of corn. Reading of the bottle of syrup he noted the date on the back label.

“Does syrup get old?” he asked.

“No, why do you ask?” she said.

“It’s got a date on the label.”

“Oh, that’s a best used date, before it starts to separate,” she explained.

Separate?”

She stopped with her hand on her hips and stared at her grandson. “Have you learned nothing from me and this farm? What is syrup made from?”

A gleam lit in his eyes knowing a good banter was in the making. “Well that depends. You have maple syrup where they pull sap from a tree, boil it down to make syrup.”

He glanced up to see the good natured scowl deepen on her brow.

“We don’t grow maple trees here in the south. We grow cane. Your grandpa had 2 full acres ever year before he passed. The sugar cane juice, sap, is boiled down as the cane is crushed. If you let it sit too long on the shelf it will turn to sugar crystals – separate. Here, take your plate and grab you some field peas and greens from the stove. Pork chops, corn and cornbread are already here on the table. How big a piece of cornbread do you want?”

“Normal size for now,” he said.  “Then I will get a bigger slice to sop up remaining juices on my place before I add the syrup.”

“Yea, that’s the best part of the meal,” agreed Grandma as they settled in to a warm enjoyable meal.

Growing up in the late 1900’s gave a different meaning to the family meal. It was a time for fun shared over good food, teasing to help you grow with lots of assurance of love and togetherness.  We seem to have lost that as we are rushing to the next battle to conquer. A lot of the encouragement has been lost and we find ourselves at times not knowing exactly what the next step needs to be. So I challenge you this year to try to regain some of that back. Love on you family members and friends and encourage each other. And as always…remember to be kind. Even when drawing a hard line if needed, it cane be done with love, encouragement and KINDNESS.

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Favorite Reads?? Cant List ’em All

According to Shelley’s challenge for today I am to list 3 favorite reads and why. I can’t really list three as superior as they have all been wonderful. I guess I may be able to list three that had something that fascinated me more than some others due to touching my heart in a unique way. In  no particular order I will do my best to highlight 3 and maybe you will understand why I chose these 3.

The photographers who blogs I follow have extraordinary talent making me want to get my camera back out when I am released to fully walk from my surgeries in the spring.

Debbie Smyth from Traveling with Intent has a lot of fabulous pictures from her travels around the world. But one of my favorites is from the salt mines of Austria. The pictures of that mine are neat but I am fascinated by oldest ladder which is 400 meters down inside the earth.  It’s was built by miners  in 1344 BC, that’s 3,350 years ago, and made of wood.  The constant temps may being a reason why it is able to reserve the woods condition. The time when this was built was when everything was done by the sweat of the brow and the strength of your back. Think about what it took to accomplish that back then.

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My next entry as it were is a rule breaker as its a double entry. Same blogger  but two separate entries similar in nature. I am an avid animal lover and Paul Handover Learning from Dogs posted how conservation abilities have shown increase in numbers of wolves and tigers. Wildlife is so very important to the survival of man, we need each other to exist on this earth.

 

The last one that I will mention is from Unashamed of Jesus in the current study of Revelations, Chapter 5. Now I am fully aware that not everyone shares my views and beliefs but from my heart this post was very poignant showing the Trinity of God, the wonders of Heaven and the magnificent love of Christ.

Now I am fairly new at blogging, only a few months in with only 55 post under my belt. That being said, I have read well over 1000 posts and trying to find 3 favorites from those is almost impossible. Everyone does such a wonderful job or else none of us would still be here, so KUDOS to everyone for a job well done.

And in closing I remind myself the importance of always being kind. Have a blessed Sunday.