This week, we will talk about fall garden seeds since you need to get them planted in just one week if you are in a warm climate. If you don't have your seeds yet, our Farm Store is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. We have plenty of seeds for fall planting as well as seeds for winter planting.
Good Monday! This day got away from me! We are expecting a ton of rain because Dallas flooded overnight. We hardly get a drop. So far today, we have had zero rain. It is the first day of school for much of San Antonio and here in Poteet. Two of our moms took the day off or parts of the day off for back to school.
I have been adding new product to the website all day long. David got a housekeeper to come by from San Antonio, one that we used about five years ago. I was surprised to see her. David did not tell me who it was. She had a flat tire so she got here late. It is now 3:30pm and she still has a ways to go in our house.
A girl came by for a job interview earlier. I knew nothing about it until David called me over. She starts tomorrow, working six hours a day. We will see how it goes.
Matt has not had a chance to come in and finish these printer tables. I had no idea they would be in so many pieces and be so difficult to put together. So many pieces. I should have taken photos.
I put most of the grandchildren's toys away out in the shed since they won't be coming here anymore. I have a few more to pack up. That is all a sad story that we found out about several days later. They were placed far from their home. We offered to take them but were told no. We asked if we could call to speak to them but again, no. That is too bad. They are in God's hands. All we can do is pray for them.
So I am trying to get things more organized in my office and in the craft room. Eventually, I will. It seems I am working on one thing and then get called away by someone to something else, even on the weekend. It is crazy how busy we are.
I have not been in the store except to open it this morning and feed the fish. I added some algae killer to the pond around 9:15am.
The latest now is that it will start raining here at 6pm followed by a huge storm at 3am. Matt says his storm will start at 1am. He lives two counties over from us. They usually get a lot more rain than we get.
I put some de-chlorinator in the pond just now and will fill it in 30 minutes. David came back in the house after being over at work and is now taking a nap. This last time of us being sick hit us harder than normal but we got over it quicker. The time before this, I was sick for two months. It is now 4:10pm and I have been on the computer all day long. I was hoping to get some organizing done but that did not happen.
The housekeeper did a good job. She will come back in two weeks.
The rain started sometime around 6pm. It rained heavy for a while and then it was on and off. It was still raining when I went to bed. It was supposed to rain very heavily around 3am. If it did, I did not hear a thing. The good thing is that the rain we got will be good for the fall garden seeds we already planted.
Good Tuesday morning. I have been up for over two hours and there has not been a drop. It is supposed to start around 9am again. The time goes by so fast in the morning. I paid bills and deposited a check on my phone. I have also done a lot of other things. Matt finally fixed up the printer tables after work yesterday so now I have to put things away in my office. I also have new wall art to put up that I bought about a month ago from Hobby Lobby. Some of it is for the store.
David and Matt go for father/son makeovers again today and Mrs. Maria wants ten dozen eggs. Unfortunately, I only have two dozen to send her. Yesterday someone wanted five dozen and I only had two dozen. In the heat, the chickens don't produce as much as when it is a bit cooler. Today's high is supposed to get up to just 87° so maybe they will start producing more eggs again.
Per The Weather Channel, the rain should start again at 9am so that will be good.
I have my fall garden seeds ready but I don't know if I will get a chance to plant them today since it should be raining most of the day. Of course, that is what they say but we really don't know that.
I need to get some makeup on and go feed the fish and open the store. It is only 7:45am but I don't want to scare anyone out in the parking lot.
It is now 9:12am and no rain at all. It is cloudy. The rain gauges say we got 3/4 of an inch of rain last night. I really thought it was a lot more than that. We are grateful but we are so far behind!
Matt and David went for their makeovers. I got a lot of work done out in the store. The new person showed up on time and worked. She left at 2:30pm which will be her normal time to leave.
We have a good amount of orders ready for the mailman.
It is now 3pm and the temperature is 86°. It has not rained a drop but it has been cloudy. It is disappointing. I sure hope we get rain tonight.
Speaking of tonight, David is making sweet and sour pork from scratch so I am excited about that.
Linda planted some calendula in the grow tower in the store and the leaves sort of look like basil. It is on the top row. I have never grown it and I did not pay attention until someone pointed out today that it has flowered.
Calendula is a medicinal herb good for inflammation, infection, rashes, and more. It has pretty flowers.
One of our barred rock chickens is dead. She got sick and was breathing slow and just laying in the same place. Matt got her some watermelon and water but that was it for her. So sad.
The biggest takeaway of the night is that we finally finished Major Crimes.
I did not get to plant of my fall garden seeds today. There is just so much going on and I hate the awful heat and humidity.
It was supposed to pour in the night but nothing until around 4am when we got a scant amount, just enough to make everything wet outside. Today, it shows that we should have rain at 9am through noon. I am fairly certain that the storm will just go around us again.
We updated our website postage for online seed orders this morning. We are losing $2 to $3 per package because the post office raised their rates again. People complain about our shipping charges and it costs us a lot more to ship than what we have been charging. That is just to get the seeds out to the customer. It does not cost the envelope, labels, ink, and time to pull and stuff the envelope.
Prices have gone up across the country on gas, food, equipment, labor, but no one wants to pay more for shipping. That has gone up and the USPS now gets the mail to you one to two days later than they used to so people complain to us about that. When a package isn't there in three days they carry on. We send everything with tracking so they can look package status up on USPS.com so why do they carry on to us? We don't know anything more than they do.
It is now 11am and we have not had a drop of rain. The temperature is 82° but it is so horribly humid outside. I keep going back and forth between the house and the store. Alexa says we will get no rain today but we may get some tomorrow. Last night, I checked the weather channel and according to what they had, we should be flooded out here. There is a flood advisory. How is that possible when there is no rain? No river, no creeks, no nothing but sand.
I just started a loaf of sourdough bread for tonight. David is going to make the sweet and sour pork tonight. He did not get to do it last night as he did not have enough pork defrosted.
Nacho is here cutting the lawn today. If you are new to this website, when I say lawn, I mean we have four acres of property and running the business and farm does not give us the time to cut it ourselves. Nacho has all kinds of fancy equipment to get it done.
It is now 4pm. The rain clouds are coming in from the North and are getting dark. According to Alexa, it should be raining right now even though earlier she said we would get no rain. Nobody seems to know anything.
Do you have your fall garden seeds in the ground yet?
Nacho and others picked a bunch of small watermelons that don't taste good. Not sure how they got in with the big orange ones I planted. We have them piled up to feed the chickens a few each day to help them stay hydrated.The vines got pulled up to make room to plant a bunch of fall garden seeds.
David made delicious sweet and sour pork for dinner and I made a loaf of sourdough bread. Matt joined us. We got to watch two hours of Masterchef and we then started our new series, The Rockford Files. The Rockford Files for me is slow paced with a lot of punching going on. I guess television shows were a lot different in the 70s than they are now.
Good Thursday morning! Not a drop of rain and even though it is cloudy out, Alexa says we will get zero rain today. I made sourdough cinnamon toast this morning. I also unloaded the dishwasher and loaded up the sink that was full of dishes from last night. Those are now washing and I need to get ready for the day, feed the fish and open the store. Are you coming out today to get your fall garden seeds?
The humidity is very high today and the mold in the air is over 14,000 per one of the San Antonio weathermen. I saw his Facebook post.
At 10am, when I was sorting through and trying to organize my craft room, I heard it. Rain and then it started coming down harder. It figures that when Alexa finally says you won't get rain, that we get it. It is now 11am and the rain has not let up. In fact, it is coming down harder. Hopefully, no customers are coming now because I am in the house, not the store. David went over to Fulfillment right before it started.
A little earlier, Aaron was out in the back forty, getting things ready for the rest of planting fall garden seeds. Matt had run to the post office and I came back from opening the store to a sink that was full of more dirty dishes. I hand washed those. David likes to use all of the dishes and pots and pans that we have...He is planning to fry up some chicken gizzards, which he loves.
I plan on eating the sweet and sour pork for lunch. It was so good. Now that it is 11:01am, the rain has let up a bit but is still coming down some.
I found some more of the grandkids' toys in the craft room and in the guestroom and packed those away. Sad...
I spent some time in God's Word during the heavy downpour, something that I have not done much of lately because of the busyness that is our life now. I need to start reading the Bible everyday again, like I used to.
The fields out this way are already greening up, even with the little bits of rain that we have had over the past several weeks. The rain is perfect for starting fall garden seeds. Will you be planting fall garden seeds today?
I just had lunch and it has not started raining again yet. Maybe that is it for the day but it was a good rain. We need lots more like that. I am cleaning up my office a bit in the house, as well as the craft room so I can start crafting again. These rooms have become the overflow storage rooms so I cannot use them much. The problem is that I have never had time to set them up properly because we are always across the parking lot in the business.
The work day ended with zero customers and no more rain. In fact, the skies were blue with fluffy white clouds and tons of sun and humidity. The chickens laid a lot of eggs today as it was cooler. Right now, it is 83° at 8:30pm. After a quick dinner, we went in the pool. I thought it would be too cold but it felt good. I looked at the pool thermometer which is only a few months old since the last one was broken by grandson in June. All of the numbers were gone, washed off. How is that even possible? I have had so many thermometers. This one did not get broken but the numbers are gone...
Pamela got in the pool for one swim and she liked it. No one else would go in.
For weeks now, I have been noticing a hole in the back by the orchard getting a bit bigger. I finally snapped a photo of it and showed David. As the outdoor people need dirt, they are taking it from there. This is the site of our backyard pond. I thought it was going closer to the big greenhouse.
We have a big pile of melons in the compost bin and more in one of the raised beds out back. Soon we will have our fall garden seeds in the beds. Some of our fall garden seeds have already been planted last week and this week.
Good morning, fellow gardeners and homesteaders! If you haven't already started planting your fall garden seeds, the hour is at hand. We will be open this afternoon from 1pm to 5pm and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm if you still need fall garden seeds so come on by our Farm Store at 5029 FM 2504 so you don't miss out. We are closed on Sunday but we will be open again on Monday from 9am to 5pm.
I added algae killer to the pond this morning.
I have done a bunch of paperwork and bill paying this morning, plus getting paperwork on our new part time hire.
We are fixing to take the whole crew out for our monthly celebration even though we don't have any birthdays this month. This is why our Farm Store will be closed from 11am until 1pm today. Come by after 1pm for your fall garden seeds.
We had a good lunch up in Devine at Circle C Steakhouse. There were nine of us and the hostess kept saying "you mean eight". I had to say there are nine of us three times before they got it right. The problem came about because when Matt made the reservation on Monday, there were eight of us. Then we hired a new person and Matt did not think to call and change the reservation.
They took what seemed like forever and a day to bring the food and there weren't that many people there. I was starving and my meal did not come with a soup or a salad. There was no bread or chips and salsa. Thankfully, David ordered some fried mushrooms so I did not collapse...
When we got back, I had two customers. I added de-chlorinator to the pond and then added water. Now I am back at the house. I had yet another ingrown toenail so I had to take care of that. I already had the left side of my toenail permanently removed so I wouldn't have any more ingrown toenails and that is where I had it again.
Around 6:30pm, the last people left. I never could get our employees to come into the store every day or to work late, but now that they are in Fulfillment, everyone is working 40 hours plus...I find this very strange. I have backed off over the last month, working in the store less, getting things straightened up in the house as well as working from my home office on the computer. I did ring one person up today who was buying fall garden seeds.
Good Saturday morning. I went out early and opened everything for our Saturday workers. Matt came to take four large USPS bags and a box filled with seed orders over to the Poteet Post Office at 8am. Our post office is over 12 miles away. It is open on Saturdays from 8am to 10am only. Yesterday, the mailman came while we were gone so he did not pick up any mail.
When I was in charge of the orders, I would put the sacks of mail outside so the mailman could take them when we went out to eat once a month but our workers did not do that this month or last month. Hopefully, David talks to them. I reminded them last month but they told me no, that they were told not to do that.
One day, when or if I live long enough to be in charge and someone tells me no, they will pack up and leave right then and there permanently. I think they forget that my name is on this property and if David dies, the business goes to me. When I was in charge of orders, I never asked David if I could leave the mail out. I just did it so orders could go out. Now if it was raining or windy, I would not have left the mail out. It was not rainy or windy yesterday or last month when I told them.
So I got my filing cabinets fixed up and sorted and I am cleaning up more of my office. Shayleigh and Angelica are out in the business, working. Shayleigh will look for customers wanting to buy fall garden seeds and wait on them. I really have to get things taken care of in here. We have been in this house now for almost three years and I have never gotten to take care of a lot of things. I am organizing the whole house and getting it in shape just in case, although it is highly doubtful that some company comes to live with us.
The humidity is so high and it is 87° right now. Lots of fluffy clouds look so pretty but the high humidity makes you feel so ugly and sticky...I hate it. We should be outside planting more fall garden seeds but it is already almost noon.
I have three dozen eggs in the refrigerator at the Farm Store. They are in half dozen cartons because I have so many of them and only a few dozen egg cartons. We need to get rid of some. So if you want a dozen, take two cartons for $3.50 or one half dozen for $1.75. That works out to 29¢ an egg. That is a delicious, farm fresh egg with protein and lots of flavor, not the plain white eggs with dull yellow yolks that you buy in the grocery store. Chickens are expensive to keep properly. Many people charge $5 or $6 a dozen for farm fresh eggs so this is a bargain.
Of course, things don't always go as planned. At 1pm, Shay called to say she has a family emergency and had to leave. I was right in the middle of putting a pie in the oven for tonight. So David went over to his office to watch for any customers and if they come, I have to forget about my pie and go take care of them. So far, we have had five customers before 1pm. That is the most we have had since May in one morning. I am telling you it is so dry and hot here but fall is coming so get your fall garden seeds now while you still have time to plant them and get a harvest.
Our TV commercial starts back up on Labor Day so that should bring folks in again. I think we would have had a really good summer if the hot temperatures had held back until July or August and if we had plenty of rain but we have hardly seen anyone all summer long in person. Fortunately, we have had overwhelming seed orders from the website.
I wanted to make a peach pie but only had three peaches left so I am making a peach apple pie. We have plenty of apples. Matt is supposed to bring Chinese food tonight from a new restaurant up by him so we should have a good Svengoolie movie unless San Antonio decides to show that stupid arena football tonight. He is playing a movie I have not even heard of, The Killer Shrews.
I was vacuuming my office when David called me to come take care of some customers. An hour later and I just closed the store a few minutes early as David came in. Angelica left at 2pm and I am kind of busy in the house trying to get some things done. I got some Amazon packages and some bills in the mail.
David got our garlic. Seems it is a bit early. I did not peek to see what varieties he got this year, but I am excited. We always sell out of garlic bulbs so be sure to come get yours in the next week or so. I will look at it and let you know the varieties and then we will have to bag up the bulbs and put them up for sale.
Now I have to go collect eggs and make sure the outdoor animals are doing well. I just fed the fish and they are doing fine.
So we had the most visitors today buying their fall garden seeds than we have had all summer long. It was a good day and I actually got a lot done in here.
We had Chinese food but not dumplings for Svengoolie. The new Asian restaurant was closed for dinner so Matt went to the other one. The restaurant owner said his wife is sick and he had no help. He also said he ran out of dumpling ingredients. He did not give us veggies either. The Killer Shrews movie was good, a bit scary...It was made in 1959, the year I was born. I read that 50 years later, a sequel was made with the same star, with James Best, the guy who played Roscoe P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard.
We ate the peach and apple pie around 8:30pm and it was quite tasty! Matt left and we started watching The Rockford Files. We are still on season one. I find Rockford a bit annoying as he expects everyone to pay for whatever he needs. I think he should go find a job and stop bothering people. We both fell asleep during the episode we were watching. The episodes seem to drag on and sometimes, the story lines are hard to follow to me.
I woke up at 1:50am and went to bed. Then around 4am, I woke up from a bad dream and my nose was clogged as usual. I got up and went to the living room couch. I slept until 7:10am when I was awakened by my husband making coffee.
I got up, got dressed, fed the indoor animals and had some coffee. Then I headed out to feed the fish and turn off the boogeyman alarm. I came back in and went out the back to feed the rest of the outdoor animals. It was already hot and humid before 8am. I came back inside, completely soaked so I had to change again. Fun times.
I made waffles for David for breakfast this morning. Now we are trying to set up a notification system to let me know when customers come into the Farm Store if I am at the house. All summer long, we have had very few customers due to the drought and the extreme heat. Now that I no longer have store assistants, I have to have some way to let me know when they come in instead of me having to sit there for eight hours a day. I have been spending a lot of time in the house trying to get things done around here. There is so much work to do and I never seem to have time to get the simple every day chores done, much less anything else.
I downloaded the app onto my phone and we got the base station dialed in but the actual device hanging up at the store was not charged before it was hung. David had to go over and dismount it. Now it is here in the kitchen charging. It does have a solar panel on it to work outside but it had to be charged first. One of our employees who hung it several weeks ago did not bother to read the directions which is why it is not yet working.
As I keep telling David if he, Matt, and/or I do not take charge of whatever needs to be done, things do not get done properly. It is amazing to me that adults cannot take charge of a project and get it done properly. This goes for planting seeds, watering garden areas, greenhouses, etc. I just don't get it. We pay our people well, maybe a bit too well and they drop the ball a lot.
Fall garden seeds have to go in the ground in the coming week just in case the cold comes early. Right now, I would welcome a snowstorm after the horribly hot summer we have had.
I pulled some recipe books out of my office to try some new recipes. I think we will look through some of them later today. I am continuing to straighten up my office but it sure looks way better than it did at the beginning of this week.
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