Saturday, August 19, 2017

LATE GARDEN

Market day Saturday is sunny and warm this morning as I get chores done and head out to town.
It was a pretty good day and I am very thankful for all that I did sell.
I had to meet one of my customers at Aldi because she got caught in the heavy traffic on the interstate and was late getting into town.
I shopped at Aldi and Walmart on my way home.
I had a "blast from the past" as I passed this Ford dealership and saw this mustang show. It made me think back to the days when I had my 1966 convertible mustang.

 Hubbie helped me unload when I got home and then he rode with me up to our friends blackberry farm on Sugarloaf mountain to pick up our honey they were saving for us.
The bees did a good job his year and the honey is delicious. We took a drive around the mountain where hubbie's family members used to live and looked at how much things have changed up there. It is a nice quiet drive with little traffic so much different than around town right now !!
We came home and had a nice supper for a change. We had fresh green beans , a couple ears of some fresh corn a friend gave us, fresh tomatoes and I pressured some frozen ribs that we found buried in our freezer and I boiled some beets I bought Thursday from a fellow vendor at market. We need to start eating at least one good meal per day like this, preferably for lunch but neither of us had taken time today to eat any lunch at all so this was a must tonight.
Hubbie got all the lawn mowed this afternoon.
Thankfully we had another rain free day but it was hot , 88 degrees.
Son-in-love and g-daughter I found a nice place to cool off in.
I did chores this evening and checked out the garden. The recent heavy rains have taken a tole on some of our produce unfortunately.
The tomatoes have developed a blight and even with hubbie's diligent spraying when it isn't raining they look pretty bad.
The half runner beans are about done for the season also with one more picking maybe to get some to sell at market Thursday.
On the flip side the Greasy Beans are still looking great and producing some fresh beans for eating.
The okra is doing well and I cut another batch to fry for our lunch tomorrow.
The peppers are still producing but slowing down.
Hubbie has several large watermelons in his patch this year and is babying them by covering them with towels to keep the sun from scalding them after he cut the weeds from over them.

Our newly planted greens are up and growing well despite being saturated with water.
As we finished our chores #1 son's family came by and g-daughter got her first bike riding lesson from her dad.
Then her Pawpaw helped her slide.
#1 son had put in g-daughter's mom's septic system today and it looks like he had a lot of great help !





This is a perfect way to ride off into the sunset on this busy day.
Thankful to God for the blessings of this day and saying a prayer for little EL tonight who got into a bees nest at her house this evening and got stung 8 times.
God Bless and Good Night











Friday, August 18, 2017

FIRST G-DAUGHTER I DAY

Up to greet g-daughter I for daughter's first day back to work. Today is a required teacher work day so she can come home at lunch and feed her.
G-daughter I went right back to sleep in the swing. This is the same swing g-daughter R slept the mornings away in we are hoping g-daughter I will do the same.
I did chores and emptied another 1/10th inch of rain from the late evening shower we had.
I started baking for the day, I baked 12 caramel, 2 chocolate,5 pound, 1 cherry wine and 1 blackberry wine , 1 apple coffee cake and 2 pans of brownies in among fixing bottles for g-daughter I who acted like we were trying to poison her with this bottle today and totally refused to suck it. Maybe it was the frozen milk but she will definitely have to get over this. Funny thing she wasn't crying from hungry but seemed to be in a good mood all morning.
Daughter came in at noon and fed her and then ate her lunch and went back to school.
G-daughter I took another nap while I finished my baking and cleaned the kitchen.
After she woke up we sat out in the covered patio where a cool breeze felt good on this mostly sunny lower 80's day.
G-daughter I seems to love the outdoors as she loves to look all around with those big pretty eyes she has.
 She went back to sleep and slept until I took her inside to change her diaper before her mom got here.
Daughter came to pick her up and then hubbie and I relaxed and watched the news. All the news is about the near total eclipse that is coming through our area on Monday.
Our area is expected to have 99% totality which will be the only one we will see in our lifetime. The next one to come that close to here will be in 2078, g-son will be my age when that one happens!!!
We live just below Asheville.
We did chores then I started icing cakes and getting things ready for market. I made it to bed a little after midnight.
As I look at this new granddaughter and realize the responsibility that hubbie and I have of caring for her as well as the other 2 it makes me so humbly thankful that God has allowed us to be able to be part of their lives and watch them grow up.
Thankful for the blessings of the day and for the love of our Wonderful Savior.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BUSY MARKET THURSDAY AND ANOTHER RAINY EVENING

No special activities today , just a regular market day on tap. I woke up about 6am with a scratchy throat and a stuffy nose, not sure what is going on but I can't decide if I'm getting sick or just tired from yesterday's activities and the heat.
Got the chores done and headed to market . We got set up and looked around for customers who were scarce but I ended up having a pretty good day ,so I am very thankful as always. There was a beautiful blue Fall looking sky in town today.
I left market and ran regular errands at the bank and P.O. and then went to Ingles, Aldi and Walmart for baking supplies and groceries. I had a bad shopping afternoon probably partly because I still don't feel great and there are just so many people in this town right now and the stores are so crowded. The newly remodeled Aldi store is now my least favorite stop as it is so much harder to get around in there now. I am going to start going there after I drop g-daughter R off at her school starting in September instead of stopping on my way home on Thursdays and Saturdays to see how much easier early morning shopping is.
The other bad experience didn't have anything to do with crowded aisles. I went into the newer Ingles store to get some Boars Head sandwich meat and cheese. I gave my order to the fellow behind the counter who looked bothered by me asking for anything and as he took the meat out of the counter to slice it he dropped it into the floor which was bad enough. But then as I watched him stoop down to pick it up he drooled heavily from his mouth. I have no idea if the drool went on the meat or not because I couldn't get away from that counter fast enough !!!!
Needless to say I gagged my way all the way to the car !! and went to another Ingles for my meat and cheese. I still get a queasy feeling even now thinking about it.
Dark clouds built up toward our house on the way home and sure enough about 1 mile from home I ran into a rain storm.
Hubbie helped get me unloaded and then we hunkered down for a terrible thunder and lightening storm that passed right over us with constant thunder.
It rained on and off all evening leaving a total of  1& 1 /14 inches in the gauge for the second day in a row.
It gets muddier and muddier around my chicken lots and the garden is standing in water. Some of my girls and boys this evening.
Another bad storm passed by the area later this evening and it was still lightly raining when darkness fell.
The "H" storm was named today . Harvey is staying low and posing no threat to the US.
Heading for an early bedtime tonight and get ready for an exciting Friday as g-daughter will be spending her first day away from her mama who has a required teacher workday tomorrow.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the protection from the storm this evening.
God Bless and Good Night.





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FLEA MARKET AND LAKE DAY

An extra early alarm this morning as we have a Pickens flea market trip planned. After chores we headed over to daughters to pick her and g-daughter I up and were headed down the mountain just after 8am.
The market was crowded today as the heat rose quickly.
This is g-daughter I's first trip to the flea market.
.She didn't like riding in the stroller where she could only peek out at all the action around her .
She liked this position much better !!!

We all found some bargains and things we needed. I found Alberta Peaches which were delicious and hubbie bought a huge watermelon for $4.

Before noon today everyone was packing up and leaving the near 100 degree sunshine for cooler places. We drove to Arby's for lunch then went to Lake Keowee where #2 son and Tif were with their boat. They had both managed to get today off work and headed out for a relaxing week day on the lake.
Hubbie took the first turn at sitting with g-daughter I in the shade while daughter and I got in the boat for a ride. This is daughter's first boat ride in several years.
This is a beautiful lake and expecially on a weekday when there is very few boats on it.
I took my turn next with g-daughter while everyone took a turn at skiing. Like I said daughter or hubbie haven't been on skis in a lot of years and they both managed to get some skiing in today.
Daughter almost gave up because she tried several times to get up but on her last try she made it.


 Hubbie also had to try several times to get up but started off trying to use only one ski like he used to do but had to use two today .
Of course #2 son skied all around the lake.

Here he is giving hubbie a pep talk before hubbie got in the water.

It was a fun time and I am so glad we got to bring daughter down at least once before she starts back to teaching.

G-daughter I and I sat in the shade and enjoyed the view.

It was such a beautiful day to be on the lake today. Son and Tif stayed longer after we left to get home before supper time.
We saw the dark storm clouds forming up our way as we drove up the mountain home and just as we got off the interstate the hard rain hit us. It was raining so hard I could hardly see the road and could feel the Honda scooting around in all the water that was quickly ponding on the roads.
Thankful to God we made it to daughter's house and backed into her carport to unload her things and the rain stopped before we left there to go home.
There was 1 1/4 inches in the rain gauge but from the looks of the new ruts in the driveway it fell fast and furiously here also.
We had about an hour before chore time so we put things away and had grilled hotdogs for supper before chore time.
I did weekly paperwork and monthly paperwork for the month of July, which ended up being a pretty good month , the best so far this year but that is usual as the summer tourist season is in full swing.
I spent the rest of the evening icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
So so thankful for the traveling mercies today as we had a wonderfully blessed day and His love for all of us was apparent.
God Bless and Good Night



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TOMATO CANNING TUESDAY

Up early this morning after a restless night . Seems at least one night a week I have trouble getting to sleep. I am thankful it is just one night !!
Did chores early then took g-daughter R to her Tuesday play school at First Baptist Church in town.
She loves this little school and it makes my heart happy to see her march right in and start jabbering to the other kids.
I came home and started a morning of house cleaning. Hubbie chipped in and made the job go so much faster, even g-son got into the cleaning with his spot in the living room.
I mopped all of us out the door and left hubbie and g-son sitting out in the covered patio while I went to pick up g-daughter R.
She went to sleep on the way home and slept only about 30 minutes after I got home. We didn't even have time to finish our lunch. She just doesn't want to nap without someone laying in bed with her and hubbie and I just have too much to do to start that.
I picked up the mail on my way in and our solar eclipse viewing glasses came today. Our area is almost totality about 99 % here so it will be a once in a life time event if the clouds don't cover it up.
I am thankful we get to view the event from our own backyard without getting out on the roads.
After g-daughter R got settled down playing with hubbie I decided to get my tomatoes canned.
I got 9 quarts of beautiful tomatoes from the baskets we picked this past weekend.

Hubbie picked more ripening ones today before he sprayed for a fungus the plants are getting from all the rain and no sunshine lately. We are hoping the fungus hasn't already gotten to far along to stop but this is the first rain free day we have had since we got back from vacation to get anything sprayed.
We almost lost Dolly the 4-legged kid today as hubbie had let her out to potty and forgot to get her back inside. Because she is blind she just wanders and today she wandered down to the highway where someone picked her up. Thankfully they did put her picture on social media and daughter happened to see it. They had taken her straight to an animal shelter in town that quickly puts animals down and by the time daughter drove straight there she had to pay $75 to get Dolly back ????
The lady that picked her up must have drove straight there after she picked her up and had already turned her in by the time she saw daughter's answer to her facebook post which had been up for 13 minutes before daughter answered ???
Anyway daughter brought her home to our relief and hubbie was scolded into never letting her loose in the yard again. She has a little lot I always put her in so she can't wander off.
We had a nice visit with daughter and g-daughter I anyway out of all this.
After they left we did chores and then watched the news . Hurricane Gert is sure giving the coastal residence a scare but only rough seas will result from her path northward.
The thunder heads were starting to bank around the horizon this evening but we are so thankful for a rain free day today to get some of the nice warm drying out sunshine.
I baked cakes tonight to get a jump on tomorrow. I baked 6 caramel, 1 pound and 1 blackberry wine cake tonight.
G-daughter I turned 8 weeks old today !! She is growing up and changing so much each week now !


My feet are hurting from all my standing today and I am so thankful for the wonderful blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night.





Monday, August 14, 2017

FIRST APPLES AND APPLE DO-NUTS OF THE SEASON

Monday morning again ????
G-son and g-daughter R arrived at 8am this morning as their mom gets back on a full week schedule at the elementary school she works at.
After chores and breakfast the kids spent the morning playing with some friends. While they played and hubbie stayed with them I did 3 loads of weekly laundry.
The friends left just before lunch and after we ate we made a trip to Southern States for chicken feed and stopped by the vet's office for Bernie's medicine refills.
We also stopped by Granddad's apple house to get apples and some of those delicious apple do-nuts.
And they had to have some ice cream.


I like buying apples here because you can mix all the varieties up and try them all. They have several new varieties this year so I am looking forward to tasting the difference.
We all had a do-nut when we got home and they were as good as we remembered from last year.
Just after we got home the rain started pouring down here. It rained almost 2 inches in about 30 minutes turning the yard into a lake and the road into a skating rink for cars. Add that to the 3/10ths inch I dumped from the gauge this morning for a pretty hefty daily total and it is raining again tonight.
D-in-love drove through the aftermath on her way home and said it was scary driving with the roads just standing full of water.
After she took the kids home hubbie and I got out to survey the damage from the water around here.
We had to shovel out driveway ditches and re-direct some water that was going under some of our storage buildings.
We did chores and then I started turning these Roma tomatoes along with some other varieties into salsa. I always grow several plants of this variety just for salsa making because they cook up so thick.
I added another 14 pints of delicious salsa to our winter supply.
We have our second hurricane of the season as Gert is already hurricane strength but is still predicted to stay off the coast.
Whew, I'm tired tonight but have an accomplished feeling for not doing what I felt like doing this evening. I felt like just sitting down and resting after we shoveled the ditches out and got chores done but I pushed myself and got the salsa made.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the strength God gives me each day.
God Bless and Good Night.