Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Suffering From The Terrible "Just-One-More" Disease
Yesterday I went out blackberry picking in the early morning eager to pick enough to make a batch of seedless blackberry jam before the heat of the day. In fact I was so eager that I rushed out BEFORE eating breakfast.
That in and of itself wouldn't have been much of a problem if I had had the good sense to pick a decent amount of blackberries and then come back home. But NO... there was always another ripe blackberry right there. I'll just pick one more.... ok, just one more... I have to pick THAT one...
This continued until I actually felt dizzy from thirst and hunger. Because apparently I'm a moron. But there was always JUST ONE MORE ripe blackberry RIGHT THERE! How could I walk away?!?
After staggering home I recovered over a few hours after eating some breakfast and having a tall glass of cold water. I vowed that I had learned my lesson. When I measured out the amount of blackberries I had picked, I learned that I was just 1 cup shy of the amount I needed to make a batch of jam.
Which takes us to... today. About 24 hours after my death-march approach to blackberry picking from yesterday morning. See, TODAY at least I waited until I had eaten before going blackberry picking. Also I only needed ONE CUP of blackberries to complete the recipe.
Did I pick 1 cup of berries and come back, like a SANE person?
Of course not.
I haven't yet measured how many berries I ended up picking this morning, but based on how full my bucket is I would say I almost picked as many as I did yesterday. Since I ate before I went picking at least I don't feel like I'm going to pass out - no, I just picked until I was dripping with sweat and had literally picked all the ripe berries I could find in my immediate area. ONLY THEN could I tear myself away.
Maybe I need to go picking with a buddy, somebody who is more sane than I am and can have the good sense to know when to stop.
Of course, there's another stand of blackberries just down the road... Maybe tomorrow I'll go pick a few of those. Just enough for that second batch of jam.......