David and I have many farm ideas and we will be implementing some this spring as money becomes available. We do everything with cash only. Being out of debt is the best way to do business.
Today was payday. I had a third party check and tried to put it in the credit union using mobile deposit but the credit union would not accept it. It also would not accept a payroll deduction check because it was for more than the allowable limit. So I will have to take those checks in to town tomorrow when we go into Pleasanton.
We did not get the checks until about 4:30pm from the accountant so there was no time to take the checks to the credit union today.
Around 5:30pm, David said we were driving over to Donovan Garcia's strawberry farm in Poteet to buy a flat of large, sweet strawberries.
We visited for a while and saw a lot of strawberries almost ready to be picked. The sun started to set while we were there and I got a few pretty photos.
Today, I took a third party check to my credit union branch in Pleasanton. Each time I have gone, there has been something they could not do. They are fairly worthless. They said that the credit union has NEVER taken a third party check, ever. LOL!
We have been with this credit union for over ten years in San Antonio and they have taken third party checks that are properly endorsed. I did not want to cash the check. I wanted to deposit the check and when it clears they can release the money.
The teller did not even ask a superior if she could take the check. She just said no. So I told her this is not true. She said for the two years she has been employed there, they have never taken a third party check.
We went to the only Asian restaurant in the area. It is okay, but nothing to write home about. I do miss decent food that you can find in San Antonio but I do not miss the traffic.
We met with a representative of the company who will be putting a small parking lot in our front yard for our store. We signed a contract and paid for the parking lot.
Nacho and his son started putting up a fence on the right side of the orchard to block the view of the deer that are over in the meadow. They leap over and soon they will be munching on the fruit trees. One of David's farm ideas is if the deer can't see the trees, they won't come over. David grew up in the Texas Hill Country around deer so he has a lot of experience with how they work. Honestly, I hate having to put a fence around my orchard and it looks bad but we won't have an orchard if they eat our trees.
This afternoon, I harvested our first small crop of Snow Peas out of our garden. I cooked them up for dinner and they were delicious!
A cold front came in early this morning and it was cold all day long with wind and coats. We had to drive into San Antonio this morning to do several errands. Fortunately, we got them all done, including the business at our credit union in San Antonio. We stopped by Sam's while we were there to get some more meat.
I got a large package of pork chops for $14.35. After I got home, I broke the package into eight meals with two chops per meal so it was an excellent buy. The chops are good and thick. I made some this evening and they were so tasty!
Nacho got a lot further with the orchard fence today. He won't be able to come out and work on it again until next Monday.
I cut up the flat of strawberries that we got on Monday evening and froze them for future use. They were picked on Monday and already there were five berries that were moldy. They do spoil quickly. I managed to get 12 bags and I put them in the freezer.
We are growing some strawberries of our own as well as other fruits this coming spring. We have a lot of farm ideas for fruits from our own garden seeds.
The weatherman was right. It got down to 29° this morning. San Antonio got some snow and a lot of places in Texas got snow. Here in Rossville, we got nothing but wind and cold weather.
David has more farm ideas for the new store coming up this spring. He is going to have a porch with cedar posts. We drove all the way out to Leakey, Texas to a cedar factory today.
After we got back, I took a walk outside to examine the wall up close, as well as the orchard. There are a few trees that may be dead but most are fine.
Last night, the weatherman said it would get to 28° and he was right. At 5:30am, it was 28°. But it is warming up quickly. Right now, it is 67° and it should get up to 76°. It is 12:30pm. It will get down to 39° by tomorrow morning. It is bright and sunny and feels good outside without a coat.
Today is my mother's birthday so Happy 82nd Birthday, Mom.
I found this photo of me in kindergarten. It is all bent but you can see what a shy, little girl I was when I was four. I stayed shy for quite a few years but I don't think anyone would call me shy now!
We got several packages today, more farm ideas of David. One was a new backyard latch up so the gate automatically closes when we go out of it. That way, we don't have to fight to hook the chain back up so the dogs don't get out. So far, it is not working so hopefully they get it figured out.
We also got some deer repellent. I sure hope it works, along with the wall we are building.
This morning dawned overcast. It is now 1:30pm and it is still overcast and chilly. It was supposed to be sunny and 67°. I have been doing a lot of chores around the house and now I am working on the computer.
Someone came by our home a few minutes ago wanting to buy seeds for their ten acre property. The seeds are still at our store in San Antonio. The store won't be here for about a month and then we will have to set it up. Secondly, we don't sell in bulk. We sell for the home gardener. David will work with him personally and see how he can help him.
We need to get outside and plant some more seeds.
Good Sunday morning. We tried a church in Devine this Sunday. David liked it. I was not a fan. We had to leave the house at 8am! That is 30 minutes earlier than when we go into San Antonio!
I went for a walk in the backyard by the wall going up in our orchard. It should be finished tomorrow--at least phase one of the orchard walls. The far ideas include four walls around the orchard with two gates. My farm ideas for the orchard include placing a few garden benches inside the orchard walls once they are all built.
We have many farm ideas going on this spring that we have to pick which are the most important as there is only so much money available. We don't do credit.
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