A Quiet Summer

Joan Reeves wrote about working in the garden during her long hot summers. I felt for her as I read how much she and her siblings missed out on summer-fun. Even with the small garden I planted this year, the weeding, etc., never ended. We’re still gathering hot and banana peppers, but the remainder of the garden is all but gone. Great veggies while they lasted.

I thought about a hot summer weekend when my husband and I visited with my father and his family. My husband wasn’t raised on a farm. 🙂

I’d stuck my head around the door to let him know we were going to get a few items for dinner. Like a good husband, he asked me if I needed money. I laughed. You don’t need money on a farm! We gathered potatoes, corn, okra, squash, tomatoes, several types of peppers, and whatever else I don’t remember. But, our baskets were loaded and ready for the stove. There was even a roast in the oven, that was raised on the farm. The one thing I can’t bring myself to do is drink fresh milk…ever again! Never, never, never.

A story my mother tells of my grandfather is, he used to walk up his property in the North Georgia Mountains to gather Sourwood Honey. That’s quite a walk for a sweet tooth. Nevertheless, there isn’t a tastier honey around. Later, my grandfather built his own Beehives. At my father’s house, I recall having freshly gathered honey for breakfast, or whenever, hot buttered biscuits, country ham, eggs and gravy,  every morning. Can I say Yum? Good thing they worked the calories, because that’s a huge breakfast. Delicious though.

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Last week I stopped by a produce market near my home and found a quart jar of Sourwood Honey, which I’d searched all summer for. Who knew it would practically be in my own backyard? My mother was thrilled. I grinned when I saw where the honey came from. Of course I passed the proprietor one of my cards of A Smoky Mountain Christmas cover and where to find my books.

If you’re interested in honey, check out this site:
http://www.smokeymountainhoneyhouse.com located in Asheville, North Carolina. Their site is currently under construction and you’ll be rerouted to http://www.choochoocoffee.com/Welcome-Smokey-Mountain-Honey-House-Customer.html

I found these interesting facts on honey. Fascinating. http://www.choochoocoffee.com/Honey-FAQs.html

So much for what I did this summer! We had a quiet summer, gardening and taking care of my mom. Normally I have my grandson a lot during school break. He stayed so busy, we only had him a few days. I really missed him, but he’s growing up and has other projects and people to do fun things with. He kept his parents engaged!

I was able to spend five days in Panama City, Fl. with him and his parents. A fast and furious five days. We had a wonderful time walking the beach searching for sea shells, and my grandson found a sand dollar. At dinner, Shrimp was my choice – every night. Now, Shrimp sounds good for dinner tonight!

I hope your summer was exciting!

A Smoky Mountain Wedding – Book Two, coming soon.

My books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Apple and Smashwords.

You can find links on my website, here. http://caroldevaney.weebly.com/my-books

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About Carol

Carol falls in love with every character she writes in her books. She loves basing them on the good and the bad personalities that make up life. That's what makes them real. Carol feels as though she’s in a movie when visualizing characters and she jumps right onto the page with them. Often the theme of her books is forgiveness. Whether planned or not, forgiveness sneaks its way into her stories. That's okay, because Carol believes forgiving others is essential. She favors a great story, with slices of twists that cause her to reflect on the problems life throws at us and how we react. Carol believes in happy endings. Humor is a big part of her stories and daily routine, and yes, she laughs a lot! Travel is one of her favorite things to do. She dabbles in art, always has popcorn and hot chocolate on hand. Carol is a small-town girl at heart and her stories are peppered with a dose of humor, based on Southern roots. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family.
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12 Responses to A Quiet Summer

  1. Sounds wonderful! And I love shrimp…my favorite is a shrimp po’boy.

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  2. Jill James says:

    Local honey is good for allergies like hay fever. A spoon a day during allergy season and you build up an immunity to whatever the local allergen is.

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  3. Joan Reeves says:

    Carol, I enjoyed your walk down memory lane. Memories of simple pleasures can be wonderful.

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  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    Carol, I’ve never heard of Sourwood honey before ~ Now I’ll be searching for it! Gathering food from your parents’ farm sounds like an experience of dining rather than merely eating. The kind of experience that engages everyone in the beauty of the day, the joy of gathering and something pure and awesome to consume! How cool. Hope your grandson gets to visit you on his up-coming school breaks. It’s really nice that not only does he have engaged and engaging grandparents, he’s got great-grandparent’s too. Sounds like a perfect summer. Enjoy the rest of it!

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    • Carol says:

      Leigh, I’m happy to have experienced staying, in short spurts during the summer, with my dad. There’s nothing like the responsibilities of farm life to instill characterization in preparation for adulthood. My grandson means the world to me. I will plan time with him. 🙂

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  5. E. Ayers says:

    I grew up next to a dairy. They would milk the cows in the morning and serve it with school lunches. Come spring, I wouldn’t touch the milk. As the cows began eating fresh grass, the milk had a green cast. Guess the fancy processing today removes such things as well as the taste of onion grass!

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  6. Carol says:

    Our milk didn’t have a green cast, but it sure had a taste. Not my taste. You guys probably didn’t know the difference. 🙂

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