Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wedding Bells

As luck would have it, one of my on-line friends and fellow blogger, Mr. Teacher, is getting married this week! (And if memory serves, he met the future Mrs. Teacher at an in-service! Sometimes they actually are worthwhile!) In any case, in honor of this momentous event, Mr. Teacher is offering a special deal on his book, Learn Me Good. If you haven't read this book, do so! It's hilarious and heartwarming and just a fun read for educators and non-educators alike. So scoot on over to his site, buy the book and help the young man pay for his wedding!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tracking Down our Amish Guy

When we first moved down to Our Beloved South about seven years ago, I discovered an Amish farmer who would set up his produce and baked good stand nearby. Hubby and I loved this guy and his wares. Gorgeous produce, wonderful flowers (his fall mums were amazing), baked goods, and jams and jellies. He was actually closer for us than the downtown farmers market and I enjoyed stopping by every Saturday (the only day he was open) to get my produce for the week. (At least the stuff I don't attempt to grow on my own).

Last year he had to relocate his spot a bit down the road due to a sale of the property he was on, and was in a church parking lot (with the church's permission, of course). No problem, his regular customers found him just down the road a bit, and continued to come by. He is fairly busy most Saturdays with a steady stream of people coming by.

This spring we drove by to check to see if his little shed was up only to find no shed this spring. This was not good. The town he sets up in isn't very large so we pretty much drove all over trying to locate his shed. No luck. We even went so far as to call the local police department, thinking they would know, and the very nice lady that answered the phone said she knew exactly who I was talking about, but sadly, did not know if he'd relocated or decided not to set up a stand this year.

Our Amish Guy was missing.

No jam. No cookies. No gorgeous fall mums. No sweet corn. No tomatoes.

We were not happy.

But then I got a tip from one of my knitting friends who mentioned that she saw a guy with a shed about two miles from where our guy used to set up. She didn't know if it was the same guy, but it was worth a try. So this afternoon hubby and I headed out to the location she'd mentioned and lo and behold, we found our Amish Guy! (And promptly spent about $20 with him).

It's wonderful when you have these special summer things that make it such a neat season. So tonight, I'm making pork chops and we're going to have some lovely sliced 'maters with our supper. Yummy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

First off, important things first...

Happy Father's Day not only to my very awesome dad who taught me a lot of things, not the least being how to love sports and how to install a new faucet, but to all the fathers out there who are doing their job. Biology doesn't make you a you treat and raise those kids is what makes you a father. So good for you! Have a happy day.

And as for me...I've been out of town for several weeks, doing summer camp, and haven't posted in a bit. Sorry, if any of you were wondering. About two days before I was scheduled to head out, my hard drive crashed on my laptop (and it wasn't even two years old, but already out of warranty). Dang. Fortunately Mr. Math is a geek of the highest order, so he helped me buy a new one, installed it, and we're all up and running.

And I'm going to do a commercial plug here. I ordinarily wouldn't do something like this but when I find a product that rocks, I'll do it. Last year I got Carbonite for my husband's computer because it was old, he used it for work, he's writing a book, and quite honestly, I didn't want to have to deal with the fall out if something happened. Thank goodness I did. His ten year old (yes, I know) computer died, but we were able to salvage everything due to Carbonite and Mr. Math (the geek) who helped us when we bought the new computer. So, since I have lots of pictures and stuff on my computer, I thought I'd sign my computer up. Well, 45 days later I'm glad I did. It's money well spent. I'm sold on their product and their customer service.

Anyhow, I'm back, I'll be posting a bit more now that I'm home, and I hope you all are having a great summer.