I have a confession to make. The past week was not a model of productivity and looking back, I am almost certain I accomplished nothing of import. That may be a new record. And, I don’t even have any excuses.
After all our “hurricane preparedness” work, we got very little rain (and virtually no wind) from Hurricane Florence. The same cannot be said for many other places. They are just beginning to deal with the destruction from post-hurricane flooding in North Carolina. The situation is dire for many farmers and the environment. Huge numbers of hogs and chickens were killed in the post-hurricane flooding. In addition, there is the concern that some of the lagoons (used for animal waste) will flow into the rivers. And, there is also the danger that coal dust will contaminate the environment as well. I have seen numerous articles covering the situation. Here is just one. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hurricane-florence-animals-nc-farm-death-tropical-storm-north-carolina-a8547956.html
|after the storm sky|
|backside of the storm|
Fortunately, around here things were nowhere near that dire. Although it has been bad. There was some serious flooding elsewhere in the county, so school was closed for two days.
I "borrowed" these shots from the internet...
|flooding out on Hewitt Road|
|flood damage on Stover Shop Road|
|soybean field on Howardsville Road|
The continual rain brings to mind Noah and his ark. How in the world did they stand it for 40 days and 40 nights of rain? trapped in that ark with those animals? I know there are many who doubt the story, but bear with me here… the confinement, the animals, the utter boredom, the uncertainty…how did Mrs. Noah deal? Since there is no mention of her later in the bible, I am seriously beginning to think that she jumped ship somewhere along the way. I mean, think about it...
|ANOTHER gloomy/rainy day|
Bad/questionable theology aside, here’s what’s been happening on the hill:
On Monday, our eldest daughter and grandsons 1 and 3 came by. Since school was out and she needed to borrow our office for a bit, #1 and I baked some cookies and played while #3 took a little nap. Then when the sun finally peeked out, we were able to go outdoors for a while.
|nothing like jumping in a puddle after the rain!|
It was a brilliantly bright, glorious day. but, the ground was so saturated there was no thought of gardening. And, the rain effectively put an end to any tomato and zucchini production. The Boss was hoping for a few dry days to do some mowing and maybe even get in the potato garden for harvest.
|grass growing ON the lawnmower|
Tuesday it was a matter of playing catch-up from Monday’s rain-altered plans. And…it (rather unexpectedly) rained again. In the afternoon, I made a trip to the draft to sit with the boys while their mom ran an errand on the other side of the mountain.
|I called for "reinforcements" when...|
| a dinosaur was spotted watching TV in the Draft|
|at least we had a sunny day for travel|
Then we went out to lunch in celebration of our anniversary. 34 years...that's a long time!
I could only find a few pics taken on the actual date
we sure have changed!
(but, somebody might need a new hat)
|delicious coconut cream pie|
And, then (after it rained AGAIN) it was time to get ready for Market.
|Market offerings 9-22|
Not that there was much to get ready. This has been a difficult, disappointing growing season. And, I think the customers are starting to pick up on that fact.
|after the rains the zucchini all look like this|
I suppose it is some sort of fungal disease
we cannot offer these for sale
|last of the okra crop|
|that big clump of mud is full of potatoes|
|just a few butternut squash this year|
We have been waiting for the broccoli harvest for what seems like forever now. The plants have been just sitting there… The warm, dark, wet days have not been good for growing. However, it is the perfect environment for insect growth and diseases. So, once the sun came out, we were fighting for the survival of the plants. It remains to be seen if we will win this battle and ever have any broccoli for Market.
|looper moth caterpillar|
On the other hand, when the sun does come out, it’s gorgeous. The sky is brilliant blue, and the puffy white clouds make for picture perfect vistas. There are countless butterflies and the wildflowers bloom with perfusion.
|Orb spiders are everywhere|
|teasels down by the creek have sprouted on the seedhead|
…and then it rains again. I kid you not. (this is getting ridiculous)
|short shower left 1/2 inch of rain!|
Thankfully, the next rain held off until Saturday afternoon. Our neighbor Danny and his band provided some good old-time rock and roll music for the Market and it was a nice morning. Although the upcoming festival that will cut off vehicular traffic to the entire downtown area for 3 days seemed to be the over-riding topic of discussion and contention. I stand by my original statement that it CANNOT be good for the Farmers’ Market. But, it remains to be seen how this will all work out. (this weekend will tell the tale)
By the time we got home, there was yet another flood watch/warning posted for the county.
Two inches in the gauge when I first looked out definitely has me feeling that “Mrs. Noah” vibe this morning.
But, it is what it is.
I suppose it’s up to me to find a little positivity in all of this. And, I guess I should be glad for the chance to catch up on the housework, the filing, and that odd and random writing I’ve been putting off. We’ll find our way through it, we always do. We might even find that “all things work together for good…”
Positive thoughts, that’s what we need right now.
Hope that you have a Happy Sunday!
Thanks for stopping by. Come back and “visit” again soon.
Here's the link to the Boss' Market photos: