You should be planting zinnias now. Last June, I planted them out in front of the Farm Store and this year, they came back on their own!
Good morning and Happy Memorial Day! Today we think of all those who died preserving our nation and fighting for our freedoms. We are grateful for them.
Today, our store is open so if you have the day off, come on by and see us. We are busy filling orders and adding things to the website. The only difference is that today, we have Holley and Max. They went out early this morning to pick veggies with Uncle Matthew.
Shay will be in the kitchen today, processing cucumbers. We have white patty pan squash and Texas 1015Y produce for sale in the store today, freshly harvested. Come on by and get some. I also have about 10 dozen farm fresh eggs. We have so much more than seeds!
We know there will be no mail but we are getting the orders ready for mailing tomorrow.
Several of our staff did not come in today due to illness or they wanted off. For the rest plus Nacho and his helper, we had a barbecue. Matt grilled up burgers and dogs and they were so good. We had all the fixin's including two kinds of cake.
Nacho and his helper came out to work some more on the greenhouses and to build more raised beds.
We had just a few customers on a day where so many have off. They should have come out to get fresh vegetables, eggs, and so much more. David put the kids in the pool this afternoon and watched them on the deck while reading and working on the business. Matt ran the business today and all week long because the Production manager is out.
In the evening, the kids were exhausted again and fell asleep early. That is good. It means they had a good and busy time.
Because of the holiday and the busyness of it, we were not planting zinnias or anything else today.
Good Tuesday morning. Matt took Max out to the garden to pick produce early this morning. It is good for the boy to learn about gardening and how to grow your own food.
Interestingly, our new puppies do not like Holley and Max. They growl at them every time they are seen so we have to keep them separated. Pamela, especially, dislikes the kids. The puppies are only five months old. I thought at that age they would like everyone but they continually growl and bark at the kids.
I have been to our store this morning to check on a lot of orders. I check many orders to make sure we are sending out the right things to our customers. The mailman will be overwhelmed with outgoing packages when he gets here. In fact, he may not have room for all of them in his vehicle. The day is cloudy but very humid.
Shay is in the kitchen slicing more cucumbers for jars of pickles. It is almost noon so I will leave the kids with Grandpa who is working from home today and watch the store while Linda goes to lunch.
Our Memorial Day code to order seeds on the website and save 15% is now over but we have just added code SUMMERFUN for 10% off of your order now until we decide to change it. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more.
It was a busy day with the kids. They managed to stand on and tear out the netting of my pool net. One of them decided it would be great fun to repeatedly throw my brand new pool thermometer hard over and over until it broke. As if that wasn't enough, the other one decided to take the cover off of my seven month old hot tub that I got for Christmas. I was undoing the straps but apparently I wasn't fast enough. She could not get a strap undone on the other side from me. She pulled and tugged and actually tore the strap instead of unclipping it. Fun times.
These two are like human cyclones that destroy before you even know what is happening. The whole house is a mess. I have them clean it up and I start to make food for them and they have it a complete wreck again.
Apparently, they were exhausted because they both fell asleep just after 7pm tonight.
Good Wednesday morning. I made scrambled eggs and waffles for breakfast. I hear buckets being dumped. These kids are a handful.
So this morning, David made an appointment to take the kids to Winterstrom Ranch which is an alpaca farm and fiber mill. So the four of us got up there around 10am. Since the last time we were there, Sarah has hired someone to come live at the ranch who has a lot of alpacas and llamas. Kathy, Sarah's mom, used to work for us but quit recently to help Sarah on the farm. She came up and walked us around, telling us about the animals. David asked if the alpacas spit. Kathy said these don't as they do not have their top teeth. As soon as she finished saying that, one of them spit all over my face and glasses. David was near them and I was taking a photo of him with the alpacas. I was back a ways and I got the spit.
Then we moved and a few minutes later, even though I was back away from the animals, one spit on me again. I could not wait to get home and wash and change. Nasty.
Anyway, they also have a donkey, a pot bellied pig with eight babies, ducks, and unusual chickens like Silkies and others that are very interesting.
After that, we tried to find a new cafe that just opened in Devine. After going back and forth several times using GPS, we finally found it and it was closed. We hit up Tractor Supply and their soap dispensers were broken so I could not wash. I tried and tried to get some soap out.
We left and went to the Devine Cafe which we had not gone to before. The place was busy and there was just one waitress. We sat down and waited a long time just to get asked what we wanted to drink. It took forever for me to get a glass of tea. Then we finally ordered and I chose the flautas.
The flautas and the rice were delicious with a really nice presentation on the plate, the fanciest I have ever seen with flautas. These flautas put the other Mexican cafe in Devine to shame. Theirs are always dried and burned but these were tender and tasty with lots of guacamole on them. The rice was way better than any I have had anywhere except at Taco Cabana. That is my favorite Mexican rice.
After that, we stopped at Walmart where I was able to wash my hands and glasses. David needed to pick up a few things. Then we finally went home so I got to change and clean up.
The kids went in the pool and David watched them. I had more orders to check and things to handle at the store.
This evening, David got an email from a customer in New York State. She said she wants us to take all plastic out of our seed packaging. We put most of our seeds in a small ziplock bag to keep the seeds fresh before we put it in our envelope. Our seed machines, about $20,000.00 worth were made for this purpose. So now, this yahoo wants us to forget about keeping our seeds fresh and just put them in a plain envelope like most other seed companies do. Lady, if you don't like our packaging (a whole lot of people love it--we got compliments all the time), don't buy from us. Buy from the many companies who don't keep the seeds fresh.
It has taken us a long time to come up with the perfect seed packaging and folks from California, Hawaii, and New York are not going to change our minds by demanding that we forget about common sense. These are the three states that give us so much trouble by complaining about everything. I was born and raised in New York State and I am embarrassed that so many there have so many complaints about things that are none of their business. Please don't hold that against me. I got to Texas as soon as I could where there is common sense and decency!
Here it is Thursday morning. I was awakened by special people before 6am. It is now 7:30am and I just finished feeding everyone here in the house. They wanted waffles and eggs.
The puppies are getting groomed this morning. I have bills to pay for the business that are piling up because I have been so busy with the kids. I also have a bunch of orders to correct plus whatever they pull this morning.
The kids are now outside learning how to harvest carrots. We are also getting patty pan squash, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and purple asparagus every day.
Our Memorial Day sale is now officially over and our free shipping is gone. You can still save 10% off of your seed order with code SUMMERFUN at checkout. This is for online orders only. This does not apply to store purchases.
This morning, I will be planting zinnias again. We got some new zinnia seeds in that I want to try so I will be planting zinnias in my backyard. Yay! Planting zinnias this month in Texas is smart because they love the heat and will keep blooming all summer and fall long until we get our first frost. At that point, they have already dropped seeds so they will come up again next spring, just like they did in front of my store this year. I have not been planting zinnias at all this year since they all reseeded themselves.
This morning, our first customer of the day came in to get some seeds for planting zinnias this weekend. She wanted to know what kind was out front in the planters by the Farm Store. I told her that I chose a bunch of different packs of zinnias and poured all of the seeds into a bowl, mixed them up, and planted them. They are beautiful and they love the heat! Everyone should be planting zinnias this weekend so they can have gorgeous garden areas in their yards. They are so pretty!
The day went by very quickly and it was hot. This afternoon, after the father and son makeovers that David and Matt got, the kids and I watched some comedy movies for kids in the house. Once everyone was gone, we put the kids in the pool and then tried to clean up some.
This morning, I took care of all of the animals and opened the store. The kids' parents got here around 11am. We went to a steak place we hadn't been to before in Devine, Triple C. It was pretty good. Matt met us there.
Then we checked them into the motel that was refurbished recently. It was okay but there were flies in the room because it is hot out. We saw the cleaning lady going from room to room so that is probably how they got in.
Now we are home. The store is still open and Shay has been doing well. I need to go back over but I am enjoying the first moments of quiet I have had in a whole week while writing. It is miserably hot out, about 100° and all of next week, it is supposed to be over 100°. I hate the heat.
The kids and family will be over here soon.
So we had Pizza Hut tonight along with a birthday celebration for both Jeremy and Felisha. Today is Felisha's actual birthday. We got her a Coach purse since she really liked mine last Saturday when she saw it.
Good Sunday to you. We got up early, fed all of the farm animals, got ready for church and got there on time. Our grandchildren and their parents were a bit late but got there. Holley was upset as she missed part of children's church.
After that, we went back to the restaurant where we had lunch yesterday. Today, it filled up fast. After lunch, the kids hit the road for their four hour drive home. David is napping and here I am doing laundry and working online. I am pretty tired because, as you know, I just don't sleep well at night. I got up twice in the night with my nose all clogged. Anyway, I have to post all of my weekly social media posts since I did not have time to do them earlier in the week.
The house is so quiet again, which is pretty nice. After nine days, I think we've earned a break. The kids had fun. They will be back in a month to prep for church camp that we are sending them to.
Now I am going to get some serious work done for a little while...
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