A is for Apple


Do you have a favorite apple? Mine is the Honeycrisp. Pricey for an apple, but worth every sweet and juicy bite. And we all know the saying about apples and doctors, so I picked some up on my last run for groceries.

I drove over to Austin back in December for a birthday celebration with my lifelong friends Pamela and Denise. Pamela was in Mr. Hale’s fifth grade class with me, and I crashed Denise’s five-year-old birthday party uninvited. We grew up together, and we continue to grow together by sharing cool things like skydive simulations and apples.

Pamela left. Denise right.

Before I left Austin that weekend, Pamela packed me a snack of assorted nuts in one Ziploc bag and apple slices with a squeeze of lemon in another. We hugged and said our goodbyes, and I hopped back into my car for the return trip home. I sped down Highway 71 lined on both sides by barbed-wire fences and open pastures, and I slowed down in the small, one-stop-light towns all while enjoying some good apple love. The lemon adds a freshness.

Yesterday, April 1st, I came across the A-Z blogging challenge. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some extra time on my hands. This seems like a good month to take on a challenge. So for April I’m committing to blog each day using the letters A-Z as inspiration, skipping Sundays, and sticking to a gratitude theme.

A to Z Challenge

I’m sure I need a master plan, but for now I’m taking it day by day. After my morning walk, I headed to the kitchen to cut up a Honeycrisp. But lo and behold, I had lemons in my refrigerator, too, and so…

The Honeycrisp. Mmm.
To lemon or not to lemon?
My apple snack for later is in the bag. So is today’s challenge.

57 thoughts on “A is for Apple

  1. Good luck in your challenge Crystal. I love BC apples. I recently gave a speech that I may have shared with you about apples as a symbol of opportunities in life. The speech was inspired by a story my father told me about growing up in Weldon Saskatchewan.

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      1. BC apples is generic for apples from the okanagan valley from British Columbia. I didn’t post my speech. It is the one I used for a recent speech contest and I won at two levels. I could revise it for a speech.

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      2. My first thought about BC was British Columbia. I’m not sure I’ll see them here in Texas, but some day I hope to remember and give them a try. Congrats on the speech contest! Sounds like a great idea for a post. Happy Sunday, Dave!

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  2. Cool idea. Love it! A is for apple… b is for banana, c is for cranberries.
    My A that I’m grateful for is, hmm. My b is easier – beaches!!! C is calm. A is appreciation. Ability. Advice. The ability to appreciate. Ability to anything. And all the awesome advice of people like you. A is for awesomeness.
    Enjoy your honeycrisp!
    Love, light, and glitter

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    1. 😂 I’m going to try to not make it all about food, but I could totally do that. I have lots of ideas for B and a few for C. That’s about as far ahead as I’ve thought. I appreciate your appreciation, Eliza! 💕🌅✨

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  3. There are a variety of apples in Texas. My daughter loves to try them all. Positive vibes your way on your challenge! The lemon juice also keeps the slices from turning brown once sliced.


  4. “A is for Apple, J is for Jacks…”

    For years I was a Gala man, Crystal. Nothing matched its juiciness and its tingly sweetness. Or so I thought, until Honeycrisps upended my particular apple cart. The world turned upside-down!

    And what’s this? Kanzu came out of nowhere to drop Gala to third place. It just might have the audacity to challenge Honeycrisp for the top seed.

    How glorious a competition!


  5. Thanks for popping by, Crystal and welcome to the A-Z Challenge. I’ve been doing it for about 5 years now and now it, even though it becomes very intense and I disappear down my wombat burrow for the month. Every year, I try to keep it simple, but can’t help myself.
    I love your idea of a simple, perfect apple simply served up with lemon juice in theory. However, I’m more of an apple dessert fiend. I love apple crumble dished up with custard AND ice cream if I’m really going to indulge and I also like stewed apple with pork.
    I have blueberries on my cereal or porridge every morning and their my first line of defense against cold, flus and now this dreaded coronavirus.
    I look forward to connecting with you further during the challene and reading more of your posts.
    Best wishes,


    1. Hi Rowena! Thank you for the visit and the encouragement for the challenge ahead. After too much time with my couch these last couple of weeks, I have to rethink what’s going into my body. In addition to the daily blog, I’m committing to a daily walk for the month of April. Giving myself a day off on Sundays is probably a good idea. This is my first A-Z challenge since starting the blog in September of 2017. I look forward to your posts, too!

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      1. I’ve always loved the A-Z Challenge. I did a series of letters to dead poets one year and dead artists the next. I’ve been meaning to go back and edit those but I’ve been too nervous and have so many distractions that I simply forget. Need to get back to making lists.
        A daily walk sounds like a great idea. I have that written on the whiteboard beside me here along with elbow curls and P2 masks.
        We have an interesting day here tomorrow. My 14 year old daughter is an aspiring ballerina and dancer and her dance classes are now online via Zoom. She had classes during the week and she takes over the kitchen which was hard enough for a few hours during during time but she’ll be in there for much of the day tomorrow. Not sure how this is going to work out and poses a good argument for staying in bed, which is very motivated I know.
        Anyway, take care and best wishes,

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    1. I have one more honeycrisp in my refrigerator. I guess the official A-Z Challenge takes place each April. This was the first year I noticed it, and with the extra time on my hands, it seemed a good time to try. Thanks for dropping by, Big Sky Buckeye!


      1. And there were two there. The thing about approving them there is that they disappear back to the original post. Anyway, I’ll try to find it, and if I don’t, I appreciate your visits!!

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