Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Fun!

I started my day off with a trip to Central Dairy. It was featured in this month's issue of Midwest Living. My friend Betsy works there. I had one of the workers take this picture of me reading the magazine. (I then emailed it to Midwest Living) I left the magazine for Betsy as she can't find it out yet, in town. 

Before I went to town I won this great give away from a call in radio show, where my friend Betsy works. Yes the same Betsy that works at Central Dairy. I won two movie tickets, a large pizza with lots of sides, 4 free coupons from McDonald's, and a $25 gift car for some car detailing! No it wasn't a rigged phone call to win either!

I then headed to Mennonite country.  There I purchase this huge roll of quilt batting. It was literally stuffed in my jeep. That was even after I had the back seat taken out. 

I found these novelty prints there. I love the one with antique sewing machines. It even has my 1931 crank Singer on it. 

It was on to the produce auction. I was a little concerned that I wouldn't get anything since it had started two hours earlier. I ran into another retired co-worker. He said actually the first two hours everything was sold in "big" lots. That was mainly for people who would resell or restaurants. 

I saw them selling beautiful fresh made pies and baked good, corn, egg plants, cucumbers, tomatoes, a 75 lb watermelon, spaghetti squash, green beans, pears, peaches, fresh eggs and the list goes on and on.

Beautiful flowers sold by the bucket fulls. 

Boxes were much more of a manageable size. 

I came, I saw, and I conquered. Okay I won the bid. I wanted okra and I got it 

So far, I've canned 4 pints of pickled okra, fried some fresh for dinner, and I have some diced chilling in the freezer.  I have another bag I will tackle in the morning. 

And then there was this today . . . 

Sorry it's not a very clear picture. 

But you try to open your living room window, to look out and photograph a COPPERHEAD.

You see I found this guy laying next to our front steps last night when mowing grass. If you remember I shot a snake earlier this week, but this one was next to the foundation. No way could I get a shot. I know a shovel would be an option for some, but not for ME.

Our dog was bitten by one 3 weeks ago. It makes for one sick ,pitiful dog. I didn't want that again. 

I am happy to report he is gone tonight. GONE.  Thank you Mr. neighbor man who stepped in for the absent Mr. Blacksmith. 

Life is Good.


Anke said...

Looks like a fun day - minus the copperhead of course. That just makes me shudder....

Flat Creek Farm said...

You always have the most amazing adventures!! What a great day - yes, agree with the gal above >> *except* for the copperhead. That antique sewing machine fabric is the best!! -Tammy

StitchinByTheLake said...

I've never heard of a produce auction...what a great idea! Blessings, Marlene

Lise said...

What a great day you've had! Congrats on the prize, it's so much fun to win something...too bad your package didn't include a copperhead predator! I'm glad your neighbor was there to help...scary!

I've never been to a produce auction, sounds fun. Your okra looks awesome too, I bet it will all be delicious:)

Deanna said...

You have definitely had your share of copperheads this summer! I feel so lazy. I've not done any canning this summer. That is a lot of batting. We buy it in large quantities like that for church.

Congrats on your prizes. We went to Central Dairy today. Needed energy to shop ya know.

Down On The Farm said...

Wow! You are so blessed!! Except for the copperhead. I hate snakes. I love Central Dairy! One of my favorite places :)! Blessings to you!!