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.
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.
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