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Thursday, January 8, 2009

THE GRAPES OF LAUGH




Remember this episode of
I LOVE LUCY ...?
Lucy’s Italian Movie - season 5, originally aired April 16, 1956...
I remember laughing so so hard at this one....it was the funniest thing i've ever seen and , now,
ANYTIME grapes are mentioned,
I see this scene above in my mind.....
(for those that loved PRETTY WOMAN...remember, this is what was on the tv screen when
JULIA ROBERTS was....talking....to RICHARD GERE...) :>)
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My son, DAVID and his wife, KATHY
have a BEAUTIFUL grape vineyard.....
BESO DEL SOL

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Parts of the vineyard are still fairly new (he plants more each year) and other parts are considered
mature....that means.....
WINE, baby !! ;o)

such big, luscious, beautiful grapes...
and plenty of them...


ON grape gathering day, here came this HUGH machine that "picked" all the grapes..
it was so amazing to watch...and WATCH, I did ! Very interesting and my first knowledge of how
grapes were gathered.... I mean, Mr. SweetNothings and I helped gather them a couple of years...back when the vineyard was a WHOLE LOT SMALLER....
but, now that is is BIG, it calls for a BIG MACHINE.....


here they are being poured into HUGH crates.....
"be careful, David...don't let 'em bury you alive in......GRAPES...you might ferment !"

TOTALLY full of the best looking and best tasting grapes, ever..

BOUND TO MAKE DELICIOUS WINE.....




MAN...there for awhile, I was afraid we MIGHT have to do THIS.....
and I'm thinkin', "I ain't gonna like THIS!"


but..NO..'course not........they are all going to a winery...WHEW !!
the wine won't be ready for another year or so but
I'LL BET IT'S GOING TO BE GOOD....!!


OH, LUCY....we'll never forget you and the laughs you gave us !!
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HAVE a great day...



OOOO HONEY....I DO LOVE HOMEMADE GRAPE JELLY EVEN MORE THAN WINE.......yummy!!

39 comments:

Marcela said...

Hi dear BJ
I don't drink much wine, but it is exquisite..
Kisses and have a nice day!
Marcela

Chris said...

GM BJ. Geez, that's quite a production he has. Aw and I'll bet you can make all the fresh grape jelly you want. :) We had friends that started to grow grapes for wine. It was a disaster, said it was cheaper to buy it. LOL

Love Ya,
Chris

ksarra said...

Wow, BJ, that vineyard is amazing. It was sooo interesting to see the process, thanks for sharing.

Amelia said...

Is the winery there in Texas? I am not a consumer of alcohol beverages but do like grape jelly real well.

Interesting picturess of the grape "farm".

Beverly said...

I love grapes fresh off of the vine. My uncle had wonderful grapevines, but when he died, they sold the land.

Smilingsal said...

I don't drink alcohol, but I sure like sweets and that homemade grape jelly looks delicious!

Stacey said...

That is so cool. They are living the dream that a lot of people have. Vineyards are so beautiful.

Janene said...

BJ~Thank you for coming to visit me and give me encouagement!
Your picture is beautiful...I hope that the years are as kind to me as they have been to you!
I love your blog...hope it's okay to add you to my fav's! I would like to read more!
Have a great day!

Becky said...

Hi Bj;

I love this episode of Lucy too!! I had NO idea they harvested grapes with a machine. I suppose I thought they were hand picked.

Have a wonderful day!

Tami said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day. I Love Lucy is so funny!

Hugs~ T

Judy said...

Great pictures. I especially loved the one of the feet smashing the grapes. Thanks for the tour.
~Judy

Rue said...

Good morning Bj :)

That last picture made me my mouth water LOL

How neat that they have a winery! Kiss The Sun, right? I knew growing in California next to Mexico would come in handy one day ;)

I always loved Lucy too. How could you not?! You handled that reference to Pretty Woman very ladylike LOL

I can't wait to see my birdhouse here. Thank you!!

love,
ruzzer

Helen said...

Good morning Ms. BJ! I had no idea you were connected to a winery! I love, simply love wine and have since I was in my 20's. Your Lucy photos bring back so many memories of gathering round the old TV. Viva la grapes!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Wow is his vineyard in west Texas? We have a few here in Texas..... I drink Llano wine from the hill country.. then there are vineyard in Grapevine west if Dallas.... there is nothing prettier than a vineyard growing...
HUgs
Linda

Risa said...

yummy, yummy. I love wine. Hubby and I visited Temecula and toured some wineries and it was very fun!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Hi BJ!

I missed coffee and jelly toast. What's for lunch?

LOL ((hugs)) Rosie

Helen said...

It pays to read each and every word of a post very carefully! My mistake. BUT you are still connected to something so basic, ancient and fun. Must be nice to know his grapes are contributing to something that tastes so yummy.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

BJ, How awesome is that!! I do love to enjoy a glass of wine once in awhile. Grapes are very...good for ones body!! And that last picture definately has me wanting grapes!! Hugs, Terrie

jeanne said...

Hello BJ, your post today was terrific and as always, fun. I do love that episode of I Love Lucy. She was a remarkable actress, yet in real life she wasn't a happy person. I find that sad.

The vineyard photos are fabulous. I love to visit wineries and taste the wine. I enjoy a glass of wine but that's it, one glass. One time I had a visitor(no longer a family member) who brought her own wine to a Christmas dinner and when I offered her a wine glass, she said,"Don't you have anything bigger?" LOL. When she left that day she took her wine with her. Need I say more? I never saw her again. My poor nephew had no idea she was a drinker. His second wife.

Well I am off my soap box. Moving on with a big chuckle over your whole post.

Hugs...Jeanne

FarmHouse Style said...

Oh, what a wonderful occupation! I would love to own a vineyard.

I too remember that I Love Lucy episode, what a hoot that woman was. I also remember the scene in Pretty Woman where Julia is... uhem... "talking" to Richard.

Love the photos:-)

Rhonda

BTW I posted the Quiche recipe today.

Susan said...

One of my favorite Lucy episodes! Oh and the candy wrapping one....LOL

Happy To Be said...

GM BJ...what a great post today girl..and who doesn't remember that Lucy and the grapes...girl that and the Vitamin one is my all time favorite..Tell your kids good luck with the winery thats along time to get them up and running..we have alot of winery here in the Calif mountains..hope you have a safe and blessed day dear friend..hugs and smiles Gloria

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
I've always thought it would be so cool to own a vineyard and make wine. Lucky you to have one inthe family.
hugs, Rhondi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, that is one of my all-time FAVORITE Lucy movies! That and the one where she and Ethel were working in the candy factory. LOL! They were THE best!

Here's hoping you have a super-duper day!

XO,

Sheila :-)

P.S. I have a little mouse posted that you might love! :-)

Ginger said...

What a great post. I remember the I love Lucy episode too and the scene in Pretty Woman. It looks like they were having so much fun. My parents had a small grape vine in their back yard and they made the best grape juice from those grapes.
Ginger

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

What a beautiful vineyard! And, yes, I love that episode of I Love Lucy! Your post brought back so many memories!

Might I ask what part of West Texas you are located in? I am a West Texas girl...went to Tech...lived in Lubbock...lived in Fort Davis...and ended up, for some strange reason, in East Texas! Ready to get back to West Texas though!

Malisa

Meredith Teagarden said...

I love wine, and Lucy! Did you ever see A Walk in the Clouds? Beautiful vineyard shots!

Kathleen Grace said...

How cool that your son has a vineyard!

JyLnC said...

I visited northern California one year and there were miles and miles of vineyards along the road. It was fascinating. I've never toured a winery, though. I'm not a wine connoisseur but I love grape jam.

I also love Lucy!

nikkicrumpet said...

I hope David and his family have GREAT success with their grapes and wine! What a fun and interesting life!

Twice as Nice said...

I think people have a certain look of sophistication when they have a wine glass in their hand. For that reason Fern and I always wished we liked wine (Ya know, so we could have the look LOL). Well low and behold Fern now likes wine! It may be a fruity not much alcohol but it is wine. She has a glass at night. She can't wait to hear the glass click on her granite counters when her kitchen is done. For now she's stuck drinking it in the garage!! Not a lot of sophistication going on yet...

Congrats to your son and DIL. What a great business. I'll bet it's a lot more work then it looks. Good for them.

Shelia said...

Evening, Dear BJness! Oh, how wonderful about the winery! I don't know nuttin' about makin' wine! But I sure do remember the Lucy epsiode! Now, I can certainly handle that grape jelly! Yummy!
Thanks for the visit and the sweet words!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deanna said...

Hi BJ. What a fun post! You always have such wonderful things to say. You are GRRRREAAAAT!

Love,
Deanna

BTW, My husband and I are planning to be going home to Lubbock sometime in June for a quick vacation. I hope that we can meet each other then! I'll let you know as soon as we can confirm a date. I'm taking you to lunch girlfriend!

Deanna said...

I almost forgot! Hop over to my blog.....I have some awards. I know you already have some of them but I have a few that are new. Please pass them on to your dear blogger friends.

Deanna :)

Javier said...

hey what nice blog you have here!!!

My father's father used to make wine like that, back in Italy... I had the chance to visit the town and they showed how it was made... :)

Happy 2009!

imjacobsmom said...

I love that episode of I Love Lucy! I guess I didn't realize that grapes were harvested by a machine....well, you learn something new everyday! ~ Robyn

The Muse said...

Im not sure how blogger has managed to wipe me off your bloggers follow list...but im still here!

oh goodness i may need a sip about now...what wine goes with blogger souffle? lol

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi BJ, i loved your wine post today.I remember watching that episode when i was a kid and laughing my head off.There will never be another Lucy !

amelia bedelia said...

I am a big wine drinker...in fact my post for today is ALL for drinking wine. go read!