Early Spring Sunrise Snow on the Silo

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Harvest

It's much too early for this frosty weather. Three weeks too early by our average first frost date. With the cool spring I still have far too many tomatoes on my vines and I am not ready to start carting firewood.

The apple trees planted last year produced a small harvest of very yummy fruit. We also discovered this interesting looking creature munching the leaves.

Boogie really enjoys apples (and is asking for one now as he sees these photos LOL).

Looks like there will be plenty of squash and beets. The eggplant and okra and beans were also good producers. The tomatoes were mediocre and I didn't plant nearly enough of them. By next spring I want a better tiller so I don't have to depend on anyone else to get the soil ready.

We did have a beautiful harvest moon.

And a worn out helper.

Still need to get the plastic on the hoop house so the potted tomatoes will have some extra time to ripen. Some of the plants were touched by the frost, but none seem to have been killed off. Here's hoping the warm weather returns and hangs around for a bit.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Say It Ain't So......

WOW, I knew I had been lax in posting, but didn't realize I missed the whole month of August. It's not that nothing has been happening, there is just way too much going on.

Today I had a BIG scare at Walgreen's. If you don't know, I do a lot of couponing and when I stopped today at a friends to pick grapes (she also happens to work at Wags) she told me they were notified TODAY to stop accepting printed Internet coupons. O.M.G. does that throw a spanner in my works.
I don't have a CVS or Rite Aid nearby, nor do I have access to any of the big grocery chains that double coupons, so I channel my efforts to deals at Walgreen's. Using printed Internet coupons is an integral park of my system. So quick like a bunny I checked out the corporate coupon policy on line and it still plainly stated they accept valid home printed Internet coupons. So twenty minutes later, with Internet coupons and printed policy in hand I was at Wags for my regular Thursday shop. Immediately one of my regular cashiers broke the news to me so I showed her the policy and she called the manager. At that point I was told i could use my coupons today, but I would need to check on the Internet next time as the policy would be changing. Next I was told it would be at the managers discretion and FINALLY, what sounds like the most sane option. They will take the printed coupons if they can be scanned or recognized when the numbers are entered. They must also have a picture or list the item(s) they are good for. The cashier cannot over ride. Sounds good to me, I can live with that. It really stinks that folks will actually fake coupons and ruin it for the rest of us.
So I was able to breathe a sigh of relief for now, but I can only believe that between 'extreme couponing' and counterfeiters rules will just get tighter and tighter. :-(

The heat and humidity today is putting a damper on my canning mojo, maybe I can catch up this weekend. I also have a ton of posts I'd like to catch up on in the next few days too.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.