Pre and Post Mother’s Day

The garden is officially a summer garden now.  The greens are playing out and having trouble with the heat.   That means I shift the green smoothie from kale or swiss chard to the New Zealand spinach which returns year after year no matter how I try to pull it out.   I also picked the first of the green beans and they look incredible.   Blossoms on the cucumbers and loaded with eggplant – still from last year- cherry tomatoes, also from last year and green peppers, ditto.   

Nancy and I were sitting on the dock yesterday when I noticed that the pontoon boat from down the end of the bay was scooting past with 2 gals paddling as hard as they could to go against the wind.   They were losing the battle and getting farther from home and their dock by the minute.   I yelled over and they said their battery had run out and they needed help.   I hopped in our jon boat and headed over – not sure if I would have enough power to pull their boat against the wind.   It was touch and go – I’d gain some and then lose some but eventually I got them back home.   

For a change we decided to do lunch at Karlings.   For whatever reason, we hadn’t been there in quite a while.   They have the main restaurant and then a secondary house that they’ve converted into a breakfast/lunch place.   Just as expected the food was excellent;  the coffee too.   We had a Ruben which is what we had last time and again, it was as good a Ruben as I can remember anywhere.   We’ll have to remember and keep it on the front burner.    The luckiest part of it was that we could see it darkening on the way home and were not sure we would make it before the sky opened in a giant downpour.   We pulled into the carport in the dark and made it into the house just as the first drops were hitting.  Big time rain – good for the garden and luckily I had time to get my newest seedlings back on the porch.  This would have washed them away.   It dropped over 3” and takes away a worry I had about leaving the garden unwatered for a week.   The garden was totally flooded and won’t need water for several days at least.  


Big break from the blog so count this as an independent post.   The big break was the result of a trip with Tom and Tina to the panhandle/Big Bend of Florida – Carrabelle/Apalachicola to be more specific.   That area is famous for seafood, particularly oysters which is right up Tom and Nancy’s alley.   We dragged his boat up there so we could try out the salty water fishing in the area.   The air BNB place that Tom found turned out to be luxurious including a 3 floor elevator and main suite with an olympic sized bath tub.   It was right on the Carabelle River so it was fairly easy to pull the boat in and out when we went fishing a couple of days. 

Fishing was fun – catching no so much.  Between us we caught a trout, a redfish and a flounder.  Nothing trophy size.  Enough said about that.   We did find a super brewery called Oyster City Brewery which featured a two hour happy hour with $3 beers.   Never seen a brewery with that kind of pricing and with an excellent brew to boot.   Nancy usually opts for a “blonde” and so she tried the Oyster City Dirty Blonde.  It was so good that both Tom and I ordered the same.  (and then again just to make sure).

Everything was going along great until I developed some sort of a gastric disorder of the bloody kind forcing us to cut the trip short by a few hours.  We wanted to get to the Deland hospital in case this was an extended problem.   They released me from the Emergency room with a caution to keep tabs on it and see a GI guy.   We left there and went to Persimmon Hollow where two blood orange wheat beers were prescribed -seemed appropriate.  No real problems since then so I guess the prescription did the job.  We hooked up with Simon and Amy at Persimmon.   They were on the final leg of their honeymoon to Key West, planning to spend a couple days with us before returning to Alabama.   The  next day Tom and his family came back up and brought all the food for a day at the lake. Joey and Mark came up to do some much appreciated yard and house repairs and trimming.   Olivia was there so we had proper medical attention if needed.  Ditto on Sunday to celebrate Mother’s day – Joey and Mark were replaced with Johnny B. We really had a great time over the entire weekend.   This time Tom and Tina brought smoked ribs and we provided the sides, mostly from the garden.  Tina made another fantastic cake.  Great week, great weekend, great mother’s day.

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