Monday, July 29, 2013

So set 'em up, Joe

By Tuesday’s end, we will have enjoyed the company of 24 visitors during our first 12 months in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

By Wednesday’s end, I will have completed my first lesson in making wine at home.

These two items are related how?

Upon hearing the news about wine-making, each of our visitors pledged to return next year. Could be because the wine is 19% alcohol. And delicious.

Clink.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lush -- the good kind

Lyn Ellen has some sort of mystical connection with the land up here. Never in Minnesota, but ever present here. The tomato plants in her container garden soared to higher than six feet. And the squash is double-dog daring us to make succotash.

The fish are shameless in their pursuit of food, happiness and nooky.

Bunnies. Frogs. We have so many birds and squirrels we are in danger of going over the max occupancy rate. Any day now, we expect a knock on the door from the fire marshal or a goddamn Disney scout.

Just amazing.

Ahh North Carolina

There’s a reason one of the best selling ice creams in the state is called “Front Porch.”  My favorite – Chocolate Rocker.

Best place to buy a 12-layer cake is out on Hwy 158 at Kevin’s Citgo. His wife, Cindy, makes them. Carry out only.

Ever hear of Leon Levine? He’s the N.C. man who came up with the Family Dollar Store. He’s the anti-WalMart who has given millions away to fund community centers, science centers, museums, children’s hospitals and more. Nice man.

Come set a spell.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Truck gardening made easy

The truck garden has produced six-foot tall tomato plants. But no trucks as yet. We named the project Succotash Hill.

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