What are you putting in your fall garden this year? Yes, in South Central Texas, as well as many other warm areas in the United States, it is time for some fall planting! We plant veggies like squash, zucchini, and beans. It is still too early here to plant broccoli, cauliflower, onions, beets, and other things. It has been just too hot to plant most of these things. Our green beans are already coming up. We always get our best green beans in the fall garden.
As four of our team members headed to the back to do some fall planting, another headed to the hospital for some stitches. He cut his finger and it would not stop bleeding. He had to have three stitches and did not return until well after I was back from my doctor appointment in San Antonio.
The team members out there are not regular outdoor team members since we did away with the outdoor team a few months ago. They are planting a lot of seeds in raised garden beds prepared for fall planting.
I am headed off for a post-operative visit for my toe this morning. The fun never stops...
I got to the doctor's office and it was packed. David waited in the truck as there was no room for him to sit down in the waiting room because every other chair is backwards so we don't pollute each other. About 45 minutes after my appointment time, they called me back and in another ten minutes, the doctor came in, poked and prodded my foot, made it hurt, and told me it was healing nicely.
Then we went to Sam's and bought more drinks and snacks for the farm store.
This afternoon, someone came in and bought four dozen eggs from me. Don't worry; we still have more. Come on over and get some great eggs. In the grocery stores, they can be four weeks old by the time you buy them. Here, they are fresh.
Tonight, as I was letting the dogs out to go
potty, Lucy, our biggest dog, stepped on my sore toe. I thought I would
go through the roof because it hurt so bad. But I lived...
This morning, my toe still hurts. I have fed all of the indoor animals, balanced my checkbook and made coffee. Now I have to go outside and feed all of those animals. It is barely light outside. I don't want to do it.
After feeding all of the animals, we left for Leakey to go do a video conference call with a doctor from the VA to my father in law. David's sister wanted us to be there. Well, the VA never would send the link for the conference call to David or to his father so there was no video call. Since last Friday, David has been trying to get the link so he would have it all ready to roll. However, the VA would not allow David to have the link. Now, the interesting thing is that David has the medical power of attorney for his father and the VA has a copy of this paperwork. At the time, we did not have a copy.
I asked to see a copy of the medical power of attorney and, sure enough, it does list David. It has the name of the VA hospital on it and my father in law has given it to them, yet they won't honor it. So I scanned it into my phone and sent it to David so next time this comes up, he can send a copy to the VA.
So we got to Leakey and called the doctor's office three more times for the link. David was told that his father needed to email a certain email address for the link. The three of us each emailed this guy three times. He never replied to any of us. An hour went by and David's father's home phone rang. It was the surgeon. She wanted to do a procedure and my father in law did not want it, nor did he want the other two suggestions.
He hung up and decided he wasn't going to do any of the choices. He is in his right mind and it is his body, his choice so we said okay and went home. This is something we did not need to be there for. We are not going to try to talk him into something he doesn't want to do.
How is your fall planting coming along? It is hard to think about fall when the summer sun is beating down on you, isn't it? The sun is merciless here in South Central Texas but if we want delicious cool weather crops in a few months, we have to get out there and work in the heat, knowing that in another month, things will cool down. Right now as I type this, it is 100° Fahrenheit at 4:30pm. Unbelievable!
Earlier in the day, David surprised me by making a hair appointment for me. I got a cut and highlights and I look so much better. I have not had my hair done since last December and it was a scraggly long mess. I also got a quick manicure so I am feeling sort of fancy! LOL!
Then we had Billy Bob's egg burgers for lunch and those are so yummy. If you have not tried them, quit waiting and take action! Go hungry!
Today is the twelfth anniversary of the creation of David's Garden Seeds®.
I told David back then not to bother because it wouldn't work. I am so
happy to admit that I was wrong. God has blessed our company and we are
so grateful. Good job, David!
We are busy updating the listings on our website. I have a new helper and she has been doing a good job of getting things updated so far. But there is so much to do.
In pond news, the pond looks super clear now and you can see down to the bottom. I can see that all of our fish are there. There really aren't that many left since the snakes were eating them but now that we got those solar snake repellent sticks, they are fine. We will try to get more fish soon. The big pond looks kind of sparse although there are a bunch of tiny frogs on the lily pads.
The fall planting continues today on this first day of September. Matthew has been doing a lot of outdoor work in the mornings both getting the garden beds ready and doing actual fall planting.
This morning, I gathered up all of the medical bills I have that need to be submitted in to Christian Healthcare Ministries as well as all of those I need to pay. I filled out claim forms, submitted bills and then paid four medical bills. I balanced my checkbook and have a significant amount of money gone for my bank account! There are still more bills coming, but at least I can start from scratch. I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I hate paperwork.
Today, I am in the store all day, but my new assistant has Thursdays off so now that I am finally here to train her, she is gone. Hopefully, tomorrow.
David left the house at 7am to take the truck for an oil change and whatever else a vehicle needs at 50,000 miles.
Fall planting continues out back and now that some of my front garden beds are cleared out, I will do some fall planting by the store.
Speaking of gardens, even though it was summer planting, not fall planting, my beautiful heat-loving zinnias are blooming in both of the raised garden beds in front of our farm store. They look so pretty.
We picked the truck up just after 5pm and it is so clean. They did a fairly good job of detailing it, although I found two problems they missed in the front seat. It was really dirty. We picked up some Cherry Limeades from Sonic and went back to the farm. Our intention was to go buy some food for the holiday weekend coming up but we were both too tired to get out once we got to Walmart.
Good morning! It is hot and sunny, not so perfect for fall planting, but the fall planting is getting done. As you can see from the above photos, we still have this lawnmower with us and it looks so lovely in the parking lot, right?
We have been busy updating on the computer and sending out orders. David is out back getting some fall planting done.
It is just noon and both the trash man and the mailman have been here. We have a three day weekend ahead so that will be nice. No, we will not be open on Monday for business. I have to have some time off!
Tomorrow, we have some out of town family coming for a quick visit. They will take our old (practically new) washing machine with them and fix it up. Theirs is ten years old.
Some of the guys, including David, have been butchering rabbits this morning. I just found out about it when I went to the house to get some lunch.
FedEx finally came and took the big box of returned items that David had out in the parking lot. It has been sitting out there since Wednesday. FedEx comes here every week day and sometimes they run on Saturdays.
Today, we are letting everyone go at 4pm and we will be closed until Tuesday. Happy Labor Day weekend.
Today, it hit 100° Fahrenheit and the humidity was high. I changed outfits five times throughout the day. We went to Hermann Sons Steakhouse in Hondo. I guess after eating at Salt Grass so many times, the food here is just not good. The straws are always too short so each time you want to drink, you have to reach down inside your cup to grab your straw and pull it up. Get smaller cups or taller straws. It is not that hard, right?
The local Walmarts do not have diet sodas so I decided to check the Walmart in Hondo while we were there. Gone. They had plenty of regular soda but not the diets, except for some Zero 7Up and Zero Root Beer from A&W. No one has Dasani water either, but they have lots of other brands including their own.
The Svengoolie show was new. They are back in their studio so we enjoyed that. We had personal pan pizzas.
The little red mower that the owner abandoned here six weeks ago today is still sitting in our parking lot. It now has three flats. The owner texted David and told him he would get it tomorrow. We have heard that a lot of times...
This morning, it was 70° Fahrenheit with low humidity so the air felt cool when I went outside to feed the fish and animals. It was so pleasant not to have the air heavy with moisture. I can only find two fish now, the two koi. The two goldfish have been either hiding or missing now for several days. The lily pads have spread out and overtaken the entire pond by the waterfall. The frogs are sure enjoying them. I am hoping the goldfish are down under them.
I don't know if the snake repellent solar sticks are still working since they were pulled up when more landscaping was being done. For many weeks, ever since we put out the snake repellent sticks, there were no more missing fish. So I am not sure if we should wait longer to get more fish or if we should get new snake repellent sticks.
I sent out a newsletter for David's Garden Seeds® today to remind everyone about fall planting. If you are going to do some fall planting, the time is now.
Just so you know, the red mower is still sitting out there.
Don't forget that tomorrow is Labor Day so we are closed. Come visit us on Tuesday, starting at 9am to get your fall seeds and chicken eggs.
Good news! This evening, I found all four fish so we are good.
Yes, the abandoned lawn mower is still there in our parking lot, taking up space and not looking very good with three flat tires.
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