Has anyone been worried that I might not have something to write about each week? We are nearing my 375th column. The problem is not thinking about something to write, its deciding what little tiny piece of life or information I can share in 900 words or less. This week's information focuses around conversations I had with Daughter Nissa. Our Sunday morning ritual since she left for college in upstate New York in 1995 was to talk on the phone for several hours. This was back in the late dinosaur days and cellphones were rare.
Oh boy, the fall thing is starting to come in big in the advertising world. I am starting to see ads for Halloween stuff and recipes for the typical fall things like apples, pumpkins and chili. Slow down and embrace the last month of summer goodies. Fall will be here soon enough and have its own goodies. I have about a 12-feet high stack of recipes plus the Internet.
Some miracles have recently happened at the Westerberg Ranchette. I make this statement because to some people this would be an ordinary event or two, but at times I "clean" to a different drummer. We were shopping and I had the big cart that holds the lumber and was told to work my way to that department while Husband Larry finished up the electrical outlet parts shopping. Of course, one can't just shoot right over there and stand around and wait so I did a Rube Goldberg-style trip and came across the dusting and cleaning supplies.
With Rivertown Days ending this past weekend and the Old Log Cabin event coming up next weekend, I think we can say it's true the summer is racing by at a rapid rate of speed. That means August will be here soon, and then September. I really understand the feeling some of the back-to-school kids are experiencing. My positive side would be that rug hooking camp will be coming up in September in Duluth/Proctor. I hope they have enough supplies for the lavender martinis. Happy hour is well attended.
It looks like I may have to add "What I Learned This Week" to my articles. One of the major things this week was that you need to put the ground coffee into the coffee maker in order for it to make fresh coffee. If leave the ground coffee in the grinder but remember to add the water to the coffee maker, you end up with hot water!
Update on some facts and observations; • As of July 7, 2018, the corn in the field across the road from me was 7 and ½ feet high. Is it safe to say it was knee high on the Fourth of July? • By the time you read this, it will be on the outer edge of the middle June to middle July section of 2018. Safe to say we are heading into the second half of the year by anyone's calculation.
It's full speed ahead for the summer time after the Fourth of July. It's time to start asking when the sweet corn and the homegrown tomatoes are ready. It's time to stock up on sunscreen and those swimsuits before they are all out of stock and winter coats come in. It's time to cut and bring in some of your backyard flowers or stop by the farmers markets to pick up a bouquet. It's time to enjoy fresh local strawberries. It is also a great joy to not have to take five minutes packing on the outdoor clothes and looking for the gloves.
Did you survive the great white fluff flood? That would be what I call all the cottonwood seeds and dandelion seeds that seemed to be ready to fly at the same time. The mixture seemed to stick on anything and everything and Marnie the Cat came in with her whiskers a solid white mat. I don't know if she picked them up from the air or if she was grazing the grass to accomplish that look. It did not seem to be a problem for her which was surprising since she never wants me to even touch her whiskers.
Did you take part in the world event that happened on last Saturday? Did you know that it was "National Gardening in the Nude Day?" I myself did not find out about it until well into the day so I am sorry I did not tell you in time to take part. As it was, I got a lot of scratches and bumps from gardening that day, so it probably was wise I did not take part. Also, Neighbors Tony and Rose were having a family event and that would have been something way too far outside the box to put them through.