Mr. C and Pickles

I have some wonderful neighbors. I know many people can not say that. But I have been blessed with friends all around me. 

One of my neighbors is Mr. C. He lives about six houses up the road on the same street as I. His wife has lived here a lot longer than I have. We have lived here for about 17 years and she has been living here for at least 30. I have known her all my life as I we still go to the same church together and I played with her daughter when I was younger. Her husband passed away a few years ago and she remarried Mr. C. whom I have known just as long because he too went to the same church and was once married to my moms cousin. She passed away after a losing a battle to cancer, and well, a new love story began with this widow and widower. 

Mr. C loves to tend a garden. He has always had one. Now that he lives here in my neighborhood with his new wife, He has a garden in his back yard where there used to be a swimming pool. 

When we go on our walks we will often throw up our hands and wave. The other day, while passing by, he motioned for us to come see his garden and take some of those cucumber and squash off his hands. He said he gardens just for the fun of it and loves giving his produce away. We stayed a while as he told us some interesting stories of his past. I could have stayed all night listening to him but it was getting late.

I was amazed at how big and plentiful his garden was. He had cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, beans, peas, cantaloupe, watermelon and corn. It looked great! Needless to say, we left with a large bag of cucumbers that I also shared with my brother and brother in law. The next week he gave us a few more cucumbers and some sweet corn. 

My friend neighbor has been getting some of the same veggies from him too so we have been sharing some recipes. One is for Dill Pickles. She had made these refrigerator pickles. I have heard of them before but now I was convinced to give it a try. 

They were so easy to make that a kid could do it! You can find the recipe I used HERE.

I love how pretty they look sitting in the jars and they turned out delicious! I made three jars and I am sure they will be gone soon.
There is just something about the taste of fresh homemade pickles verses the store bought kind.
So go ahead and give it a try. Impress yourself like I did.


  1. I love the entry. It is so good for someone to remain with the same church. Yes the friends you have there can be REAL. What a treasure trove of veggies. I love the attitude and it is a blessing I know.
    My mama used to put-up pickles like that. I have been know to eat a quart in a day before I was a teen.
    Those in the can sure do look good. It is wonderful that old folk can find happiness the second time around too. Life is good.
    Sherry & jack Love from here near the Catawba..

  2. Hi Lisa, thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for the lovely comments I'm pleased that you like my blanket. Mosaic crochet is very simple as you are just using sc and dc stitches,(US terms) following the chart is a bit more tricky. Your neighbours sound lovely sound lovely it makes such a difference to have nice neighbours, mine are lovely too but keep themselves to themselves. I love pickles, thank you for the link I'll give them a try.

  3. Wow! Lisa your neighbor has an amazing garden. It's wonderful that you visited with him and he gave you all of those veggies! I bet the pickles were delicious tasting.

  4. What a blessing to have such good neighbors! I love a love story!

  5. Hello Lisa I would like to follow you if I may. I have just returned to my blog after being 10 months away so I am keen to renew my old blog contacts and make some new ones. I am a crochet addict however I follow lots of different types of blogs which for me offers diversity. I am also at present inviting bloggers to enter my fresh start giveaway which will be open throughout this month. keep well Amanda :-)

  6. It is great to have good neighbors. We have good ones as well. Our neighbors are more spread out. 6 houses away from us is a mile and a half away! : )

  7. I love the connection you all share! How wonderful to have such great neighbor/friends close by. I'll tell you he has made one super garden in the pool spot that's for sure Beautiful vegetables. Your pickles look pretty good too!

  8. What a wonderful neighbor with a fabulous garden. Homemade pickles are the best. Thanks Lisa for sharing at Love Your Creativity.

  9. Oh it was so interesting to hear these stories of your neighbors and their histories. And that garden, WOW. And nice to get fresh veggies! Lovely post : )

    Allie of

  10. What a lovely garden! I love talking with elderly people. They have a lot of interesting history and stories!