Branching Out

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The grapes are growing at the farm.
Apparently they like rain. It seems like it rained everyday in June. I'm hoping July is drier.

Jim drove up a couple of weeks ago, to label the vines and mow. The vines are about 27 years old - muscadines and scuppernongs. (Those links are to two helpful and short articles. Not that I'm pressuring you to click or anything . . . ) For now you must know that muscadines and scuppernongs are native grapes. They can take just about anything and keep growing. 
It seems that there's a good lesson in there somewhere about knowing where you belong and toughness.
For now, all I can think about is how my husband isn't afraid to try new things. I like that about him. Last summer, he decided to pick as many grapes as he could and make some wine. It turned out great. Now he's taking care of the vines, and will repeat the process in a few weeks. 
Ever found this in your kitchen?
He definitely keeps life interesting. (And I certainly can't complain - a husband could have worse hobbies.)

Jim's willingness to try new things is rubbing off on me. For example, last week I joined Twitter. (Follow me @workinprogblog?) And I signed up for my first blogging conference, Allume, in October. (Will you be there?) 

Slowly but surely, I'm branching out. Like a firmly planted vine just now willing to recognize that this is where I belong.

When's the last time you tried something new? How'd that go?

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8 Responses to “Branching Out”

  1. In some ways I love trying new things (just recently joined Vine), but in other things, change scares me. One of the more new things I've tried is joining the choir at our new church. It felt a little awkward at first, but now I absolutely love the opportunity to worship with the new friends I'm making. I'm thankful I was gently pushed into trying something new. :-)

    Hope you enjoy Twitter! I think it's great.

    1. Great example, Lisa! My mom gets a lot of joy from singing in the church choir (and others). It is one of her primary forms of worship. I know you will be a blessing to others there.

  2. "There's a lesson somewhere in there about knowing where you belong and toughness." Yes -- I like that!

    I'm your neighbor over at Michelle's today. Great to "meet" you!

    1. Hi Laura - So glad you stopped by!

  3. ok, ok, I want to 'branch' out too!

    1. Hi, Marlece! I have no doubt that you are :) Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

  4. I totally dig change, I get bored easily! Sam branched out a few years ago and began brewing beer, researched hops and all the ingredients and was pretty good at it...After our first PMI! PMI is a term we use pretty regularly now that we have 2 boys, it stands for Pretty Major Incident. When you bottle beer, you have to let the vapors escape via blow off tube. As an amateur, Sam did not know this. I got a call at work one day, "Mandy, we've had a PMI in our living room..."
    Came home to 4 batches of beer that had blown up and was dripping from my ceiling and down all walls etc = PMI!
    Love your blog Courntey! Keep up the good work!

  5. I am proud of you for branching out. You have skills and talents and I think it's time you take it to the next level. Get it, girl.