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Oranges sent from Heaven!

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Friday, December 06, 2019

My Mom and Dad used to live in Florida--
Every Christmas they would ship us a bushel of oranges--a Christmas gift--
After they passed-- we began to order the oranges --
It is always kind of "iffy"--Will they arrive and not be frozen?

Well, they did--this AM---
The computer said they had arrived!
It is minus 19 C and snowing---
-----and no oranges at our door--

On went my parks, and boots , and out to the gate I went, in the dark---- and--there was the bushel of fruit , inside the gate, sitting in the snow--
All I could think of was, "Who would leave a bushel of fruit outside ?----that they must be frozen for sure-
After dragging in the box----Himself and I opened it--and-----LOW AND BEHOLD, THE FRUIT WAS NOT FROZEN-

In fact, it looked like this!
I mean, it had travelled from Florida , all the way thru the US --then 6 hrs North of Toronto---- and---- it is Okay!
We are so lucky!
Now, most of you will wonder why on earth we buy this---
Oranges in the North are terrible--- just awful---- so------once a year we like to eat a decent orange-
Lord love a Duck! --Now if that new DELL computer arrives safely---we will feel so blessed--

----something like this - shoulda been on the box-----but--it wasn't!
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  • JUNEAU2010
    I understand about food memories! This is fantastic! Unfortunately, my food memories are for high calorie low nutrition foods such as homemade gingerbread cookies and mincemeat pie,,,
    13 days ago
  • JERICHO1991
    Good to hear the oranges were still fresh. Fresh orange juice is no longer served at the welcome center to Florida on I-75. Budget cuts.
    23 days ago
    Yummy!!! There's nothing like a good orange!!! Florida oranges are the best!!!
    37 days ago
    I don't blame you for ordering them. I know from experience that bad oranges are just about inedible, especially in comparison to the really juicy, sweet ones. I have an orange tree that is very temperamental, but when it actually decides to produce, the oranges are just so amazing. Yum! (This year it was mean and we didn't get a single orange. :-( )
    38 days ago
    Mmm mmm! A box of sunshine! emoticon
    38 days ago
    38 days ago
    I live in Florida and love our fruit. My neighbor has a lemon tree that mated with a grapefruit tree, now we have la-grape fruit! LOL they aren't too bad...It sure makes some awesome juice.

    I am so happy your oranges arrived safely. Enjoy them!!!


    39 days ago
    Yay for yummy, unfrozen fruit! We do take those things for granted sometimes, and we really shouldn't.
    39 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Glad you did get your package and can enjoy the citrus!!!! emoticon
    39 days ago
    Sweet memories
    40 days ago
  • GRAMMY065
    Living in Southern California we can pretty much get oranges year around. But my favorites are the Clementines. My sister lives in Wisconsin though, and she loves coming out in the winter and getting fresh fruit and avocados also.
    40 days ago
    The Christmas thing Daddy did was get each of us a coconut. To this day, I only eat coconut straight from the shell.
    40 days ago
  • no profile photo L_DROUIN
    My father always put an orange in the bottom of our Christmas stocking. :0)
    40 days ago
    What a blessing! Enjoy your Christmas Oranges and the sweet memories of your parents sending them.
    40 days ago
    I eat and squeezed oranges daily. I rather have my citrius fruits then coffee to start my day. Can't have grapefruit because my meds are not compactable/ emoticon
    40 days ago
  • no profile photo NONNAOF2
    I live in California and we have been blessed with very sweet oranges this year! I love it that you are carrying on the tradition of getting oranges for Christmas. It is a nice way to remember how thoughtful your parents were! :-)
    40 days ago
    I used to live in Florida and I squeezed a ton of oranges for fresh orange juice. Nothing like it in this world!
    40 days ago
    That's great!

    I remember when we lived in Florida in the 1960's and 70's and my mom would go to the grocery store - the oranges there were AWFUL. Why? Because they package all the pretty ones to ship north!! The "blemished" ones stay behind... or if they were Valencia then those get made into orange juice.

    It's not too bad in Kansas getting oranges year around and I tend to end up eating grapefruit (which comes up from Texas, so not as far to travel.).

    But oranges are a blessing regardless!!

    And it wasn't until about 16 years ago that I "discovered" Clementines! I just thought "Clementine" was a silly old song my grandpa used to sing ...." Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darrrrrrrling Clementine,
    You are lost and gone foreeeeeever
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine."

    But sometimes he'd jazz it up...

    "Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darrrrrrrrrrling Lemon Rind..." and he went on to some other nonsense about it being stuck between his teeth? (Post Great Depression Survivors had a bunch of weird song parodies...). Sorry, I can't ask him now!!

    But when I first saw them in our local store ("Halos" or "Cuties"), I took some to my son's kindergarten class when I realized how EASY they were to peel. Evidently the young lady teaching that class had never experienced clementines and she looked at me like I was some crazy-making psycho. I could tell she was fixing to say something polite, while thinking evil, along the lines "do you know how hard it is to peel oranges for 35 hyperactive kids??"

    So, before she could inhale and think of something to say, I told her, Look! these things peel so easily, my son LOVED how easy it was, and all you gotta do is redirect the peelings to the trash can. Wellll she thanked me and shook her head like I was the most idiot parent she'd ever had to deal with. After the day was over and time to pick my son up, she came over and just gushed about what a wonderful treat those clementines were and how easy it was and how the kids felt so empowered and on and on and on... and she never batted an eye when I brought in more clementines throughout the school year!!

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    (oh and that's the same underpaid teacher that drank the 100% orange juice I brought to a class party and sighed "I don't know how long it's been since I've had REAL orange juice!" Being in a Title 1 school - predominantly low income - I imagine it had been a long time!).
    40 days ago
    Glad they arrived without getting frozen. My florida oranges were supposed to have arrived yesterday, but they aren't arriving until Monday morning. Luckily it isn't freezing here, yet.
    40 days ago
    I need to find navel oranges at my local store. Now I have tangerines (Halos or Cuties or...whatever), and they are pretty good. emoticon emoticon
    40 days ago
    I think it's great that you can order good oranges. Makes for a nice tradition and honours your parents at the same time.....

    Package should have a sticker "Do Not Freeze" Glad they arrived ok....
    40 days ago
  • 97MONTY
    Happy you got your oranges and they were not frozen. Enjoy
    40 days ago
    Nothing like fruit from Florida! I bet those oranges are nice and sweet.
    40 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I used to sell citrus boxes for DD band class. It was nice to get them without the injected dye.
    40 days ago
    Florida oranges are yummy! When I was growing up in a very small town on the prairie in North Dakota, our general store used to get in Florida Oranges. What sweetness! What memories, thank you Lynda!

    Yes, we are perishable.....maybe that is not bad. I want a long shelf life but I don't want to live to be 120!
    40 days ago
    40 days ago
    Nice . . . .I never had an orange as good as those right off the tree
    40 days ago
    so glad for you that they got there and that they were good when you got them

    now for the new dell to get there soon
    40 days ago
    Love that Florida fruit. Glad they weren't frozen, and I hope you truly enjoy them.
    40 days ago
    Florida orange - so tasty - but we too live in Canada and make due with what we can get.
    40 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    Gotta love those Florida oranges🍊. When we used to vacation there yearly we always sent a crate of them home to keep the vacation mood going when we returned home to cold, snowy Michigan.
    40 days ago
    I can't believe they would leave your oranges out in the cold and snow. So glad they are fresh and are delicious. So great to keep up the tradition from your parents.
    40 days ago
  • VDALE4
    Yes Oranges are a real treat at Christmas time. We live in Sacramento and have a nice loaded orange tree in the back yard. Our two neighbors each have the vibrant Oranges that we see every Dec.Last week we had a terrible wind storm which split one of the trees and half, so many of the beautiful oranges were on the ground. but still good to eat because of being ripe. Since we live in the valley, they don't freeze here very often. I know you will Enjoy the ones from Florida, they are all tasty from sea to shiny sea...
    40 days ago
    Oranges in Florida only ripen in the winter time so that is why you can only get them then. I live in FL and found that out after coming here in 1999 to be with my boyfriend then husband and now a widow and do miss the snow but not the cold that goes with it. emoticon emoticon
    40 days ago
    My mother used to send me oranges from Florida every year until she passed.. I now order them every year for myself..It is like sunshine in a box.
    40 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Awesome! Enjoy, you worked hard for those.
    I love the pictures... we are perishable!
    40 days ago
  • JLAMING263
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    40 days ago
    Awesome treat! Great scent too!
    40 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    Totally understand why you would order oranges. Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    40 days ago
    Great news the oranges arrived without being frozen. Enjoy your oranges.
    40 days ago
    I'm so happy that you and your's can enjoy a nice and juicy orange at breakfast or any time during the day.
    40 days ago
  • CARD512002
    I love a good orange...Ones at the store are just not as good as you can get from Florida

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    40 days ago
    I so enjoy oranges. My friend had a tree and we would sit in her yard and enjoy a fresh orange off the tree. She has sold that property now and I have moved away. I have a bowl of oranges on the counter now and have been enjoying them daily.
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    40 days ago
    Back in the late 40's, 50's I lived in Salem ,Or. on a farm. We had "rich" great aunt, uncle from NY, who wintered in Florida. Every Xmas they sent us a box of oranges and grapefruits.
    You have no idea how we looked forward to this present.
    We were land rich but money poor. Couldn't afford winter fruit like oranges.
    The stocking put out for the little treats always included one of those oranges.
    Then there was the bowl of oranges on the table as a centerpiece.
    I can't remember how long they lasted, but they were a treat not seen any other time.
    Now I live in Miami Beach Fl. Can have the best oranges. , I see oranges and I think of my childhood and the box of oranges coming from Florida.
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    40 days ago
    I am glad you got the oranges in good condition!
    40 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    40 days ago
    LOve that final sign! I need to remember this. emoticon
    40 days ago
    Lucky you found the notice and went out and found them before they froze. Enjoy them for the treat they are. Hope the new Dell arrives soon.
    40 days ago
    M-M-M, edible sunshine, Enjoy! emoticon
    40 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    We used to get Floida oranges and grapefruit from my great aunt who lived in Florida every Christmas. Good memories
    41 days ago
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