Early this week we had a rain storm which blew down the north half of our Bradford Pear tree. Years ago, my husband planted it on the west side of the house, strategically placing it so it would shade the kitchen window. He chose it because Bradford Pears are relatively fast growing. The downside is, they tend to be brittle and break easily. I was disappointed when I realized most of my shade was gone. Then, our cats showed up to play. They acted like they had new playground equipment! They ran and tumbled and climbed and jumped and wrestled. They made the best of our bad situation. I was in the kitchen all day canning tomato juice and they were my entertainment committee right outside the window. When our son removed the fallen tree parts today, the cats kept looking around as though they were bewildered by the lack of play equipment.
We also make the best of it when it comes to dealing with "less than perfect" vegetables and fruit. Since we're in the business of growing for farmers' market, we have some produce that is not pretty enough to sell. We seldom spray our garden with insecticides, so we sustain a reasonable amount of bug damage. Those were the tomatoes that I was making into juice and canning. Lately, it's also been an occasional cantaloupe. Sometimes they crack, but that's okay with me, because I love cantaloupe. The picture below is some of that "ugly" fruit. When it's washed, the outside cut away, and the melon cut into a plastic container, it looks and tastes as good as what we sell at market. It makes me glad everything is not perfect!