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We a short time ago planted our saskatoon berry trees. I am sure those of you who live in Saskatchewan know accurately what I am conversation about. For the 99. 99999% of Internet readers who have never even heard of Saskatchewan, let alone of saskatoon berries, allow me to explain.

Saskatoon is the name of one of the two big cities in Saskatchewan. In this case, "big" is a comparative word. But Saskatoon is big a sufficient amount to have a food named after it, which puts it in the same league as Hamburg (hamburgers), France (French fries) and Iceland (ice).

Saskatchewan is a small Canadian province. Small in that its residents can comfortably fit onto the deck of a luxury cruise liner . . . but who would want to do that in the average of the bone-dry Canadian prairies? In land area, Saskatchewan is in fact about as big as Texas, even if most of their hats are well short of ten-gallons.

That trees adequate of room for trees to grow. But Saskatchewan is not known for trees. It is known for its prairies. In fact, there are jokes about Saskatchewan and trees.

"How many colonize does it take to plant a tree in Saskatchewan?" "Are you kidding? Even God couldn't do that?"

"What do you call a tree in Saskatchewan?" "Wishful thinking. "

"If you run off the road in northern Saskatchewan, would you hit a tree?" "No, the tree is in the south. "

Which brings us to the saskatoon berry trees we just planted. Apparently, trees DO grow in Saskatchewan. Well, almost. I read the seed package. "Grows three to 12 feet high. " A three-foot tall tree? Can you especially call that a tree? What if I mow right over it?

So ahead of even planting them, the saskatoon berry trees were proving to be an adventure. We were planting seeds for a tree too small to be a tree from a place that by all accounts does not grow trees. But adventure is fun.

The box directives said to plant the seeds while it is still cold external - when your fingers can befit good and numb. We put on our parkas and rounded up our dogsleds and stepped out from our igloo. OK, it was not quite that cold.

The directives said to plant the seeds about the depth of one-to-two times the extent of the seed. I careful the seed. Actually, the seed was too small to measure. Just a touch better than a celery seed. The box up must have erred. According to my measurements, I would burry the seeds with even a connect grains of sand on top.

I did my best.

Little Lady, our always-eager-to-be-helpful toddler, to be found the markers to prompt us where we planted the seeds. We used short brushwood with false glow-in-the-dark stars on top. These were, in fact, made for sticking in the snow to line the driveway at Christmastime, but they seemed appropriate markers for such off the wall plants.

The phone rang that evening. "Did you plant a touch certainly bizarre today?" our national asked. "You have stars on firewood poking out of the ground. And they are glowing in the dark. Did you buy the seeds near the nuclear power plant?"

We explained that the glow-in-the dark brushwood were just to mark where we planted our saskatoon berry trees. "Ooh, what do saskatoon berries taste like?" She asked. I had no idea. I had tasted them in jam many years ago on a commerce trip to Saskatchewan, but I do not even bring to mind if I liked them. The seeds were in fact a gift from a friend.

But life is an adventure, and three years from now I can tell you what the berries taste like. Can't you just taste a good adventure?

About The Author

David Leonhardt is the Happy Guy, dramatist of "Climb your Stair to Heaven: the 9 routine of ceiling happiness". Sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at http://TheHappyGuy. com/daily-happiness-free-ezine. html, or visit him at http://TheHappyGuy. com.

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