138 Days ’til 40: Unexpected Blessings and Surprises

06 Oct


Often the best surprises, the ones that can touch us the most, are the ones that come in completely unexpected places or unexpected ways. Today, we had one of those surprises at home – GRAPES!

When we were walking into our apartment building this afternoon, the girls called out to me, “Mom, look, TONS of grapes!” They were right. Growing on a vine that had wrapped itself around a tree in our driveway were tons of grapes. The grapes came from our old neighbor’s yard and decided to give us a visit. The neighbor was an older gentleman who loved to tend his garden and he had many gorgeous flowers, grapes and other produce he nurtured daily. When he lived there he always pruned back the garden and kept it very pretty. The new renters do not care about the property – nothing is taken care of or pruned back properly. As a result, this grape-vine from next door decided to visit us. It grew onto the tree in one yard and then the vine continued to grow across a branch into our yard. Today we picked over 8 kilos (17+ pounds) of these grapes – three huge grocery bags.

Now we are really going to have fun! These grapes are ripe, really ripe – so we will be sharing our discovery with our friends and neighbors over the next few days before the grapes all whither and turn into raisins (not so great, as these ones have seeds!) Our next door neighbors were so excited to get the grapes – it is so fun to get to share our surprises with others!

Today, 138 days ’til 40, I am thankful for the surprise gifts from nature – they made my entire family smile today!



Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Addiction, attitude, Family, Health


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16 responses to “138 Days ’til 40: Unexpected Blessings and Surprises

  1. Lani Longshore

    October 6, 2012 at 00:18

    Making grape juice is really easy, and you don’t have to deal with the seeds. We have red flame vines, and the grapes make the loveliest juice – great taste, beautiful color.

    • 400daystil40

      October 6, 2012 at 07:33

      Great! How do you make the juice with grapes???

    • The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

      October 6, 2012 at 10:41

      Yum. Sounds great!

  2. buckwheatsrisk

    October 6, 2012 at 00:19

    that’s just awesome!

  3. A Table in the Sun

    October 6, 2012 at 01:35

    Hooray for surprises. I had a garden surprise of my own yesterday………creepy alien beets!

  4. Patricia

    October 6, 2012 at 04:24

    The best blessing are the ones that overflow and you can share.

  5. saymber

    October 6, 2012 at 13:50

    I love it!!! Especially that you shared your good fortune with neighbors. Made me smile this morning before my 2nd cup of coffee 400…you rock! 🙂

  6. mskatykins

    October 6, 2012 at 15:51

    Fab! I love when things like this happen. I swear, it’s the simple things in life which are just so special! Nice you’re spreading the joy! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      October 6, 2012 at 21:15

      Yes, me too! And I love to share the wealth! 🙂

  7. Another Thousand Words

    October 8, 2012 at 17:40

    That is so wonderful, 400…and the fact you were able to share this ‘gift’ with others is just your style!

  8. knitxpressions

    October 16, 2012 at 09:31

    they look really delicious!


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