there is Always someone worse off than you.
We had quite the storm on our anniversary night. I thought we were going to miss it but we caught the edge of a big storm. We got some pea to quarter size hail for about 5 minutes (seemed longer) and it quit. Thought we were off the hook. A few minutes later it started again and this time it meant business. Ping pong balls of hail were bouncing all over for another 5-10 minutes (seemed way longer) as we helplessly watched. We had at least five cars on the yard riding out the weather.
After all was said and done we got .65" of rain and the worst damage in the patch in my 18 years. I can only remember one time where I had a tiny bit of damage.
Now all hope is not lost my dear readers! Surprisingly, there are quite a few unscathed so I will still be able to pick some of my treasures. It is just interesting to walk through the patch and see the havoc some ice cubes can cause. It was definitely worse on the east end than the west end. Time will tell how fruits recover. Lots of bruises.
This is the imprint of a hail stone left in the mud. They are all over.
Last observation. In 2000 I broke my tibia and fibula gracefully falling down the stairs. Ended up with two plates and 13 screws in there. I never had much empathy for a person on crutches until I was on crutches. It's pretty easy to feel sorry for yourself and I kinda did. There are things I can't do anymore and that stinks. But in the course of my rehab I came across another gal that was way worse off than me and I realized I will be fine. She most definitely was not going to be. So with that in mind, I am once again reminded of Who really is in charge, it ain't me and everything will be okay.
it's a good thing punkins love hot weather. Things are growing like crazy here at the patch. Here are a couple of goosebumps, a unique, warty novelty variety, that is a fun one. Pretty soon I will be able to do the personalized pumpkins that are very popular. Let me know if you would like to have one done for a person, a wedding, or a business. I can personalize on a variety of punkins but my favorite little pie punkin works best. They are bigger than a softball and smaller than a volleyball.
The most wonderfUl time of the year
I love June. I love June for various reasons. First of all it's my birthday month. So that's very cool. Second, I like June because the weather is delightful. For lots of years we would sit at softball games and the weather was usually just gorgeous, not too windy and not very many bugs. And that's always a good thing. This morning while I was hoeing I noticed that the vines are really starting to grow. It's one thing when they pop out of the ground and just have a couple leaves it's another when they really start to vine. That means in a week or two we will see little flowers. It also smells really good out in the patch right now. I'm not sure if it's because I have a pasture right next-door or what but it smells just fresh and clean.
Thanks again to everybody that has stopped out at the patch to buy their fireworks! We really appreciate the support.
I see it's been a little while. I've been busy and we open today! Stop out sometime and check out the new store and all the awesome things inside! I'm so excited and relieved! Wow! Ok, I gotta get to work.
in the end it will be alright
Well it's been a long week. Where to start. We finally got the application for the fireworks license so we've been working on that the last couple days. It is a lot of work. There are many regulations and qualifications that need to be checked. I feel confident that will eventually get approved but it's just taking a long time. Because I've been working on this for the last month I've been neglecting the patch a little bit so I'll just hoed a few rows.
I recently started listening to podcasts. I have a few favorites that I always listen to you and one a couple of them are Girls talk ag and The Farmer and the City Girl. It keeps me entertained and gives me something to think about.
I also like to listen to The Dan Patrick Show which is a sports show.
So if you are bored come out and help me hoe. ( In my 18 years of having punkins, no one has ever taken me up on it 😜)
Nice front door, eh? The store is coming together, just finish work left. Got the water line in, electric stuff hooked up, all Sheetrock done. I have to seal the floor yet but will wait a bit till taping is done. Anxious to start laying out the store.
On the fireworks front, still waiting on the fire marshal😭. Everyone in the state is in the same boat but I'm hoping it works out soon.
We made a YouTube video with about 40 of our firework selections on it. That is up on our Facebook page.
And the requisite kitty pic. Meet Dobby.
georgia on my mind
Well, I'm back in the Hawkeye state and glad of it. We had a fun time in Georgia with the club College World Series. Claire's team was the lowest rated team (number 16) but they did very well and ended up in the top 12. The weather was delightful, a bit humid but still very nice. The girls played three games on Friday in pool play. The first game was Ohio State and lost 6-1. We didn't play very well. The second game we played Clemson University. They have been to the national series quite a few times and most people expected them to do very well. We ended up beating them 14-33 in six innings. It was awesome. The last game of the day was against Grand Canyon University from Phoenix, Arizona. They've only had club softball for two years and they've already made it to the College World Series. Their coach played with Jenny Finch, the great softball pitcher from the Olympics. We we lost 15 to 14 in eight innings after being down 13 to 1. The girls showed a lot of resilience in that come back but unfortunately we lost.
Day 2. After pool play Iowa State was seeded number 12 and our first game was against Florida State which we lost. The second game we played Pitt who was seeded number five after the first day and we beat them 9 to 7. The last game we played was against Virginia Tech another higher ranked team and we didn't play very well and we lost 14 to 4. Thus the end of our tournament run. And within a minute of getting our game finished there was a thunderstorm warning with lots of lightning and thunder.
That left a Sunday for a fun day. We went down to the Riverwalk and explored down there. We walked across the bridge to Alabama just to say that we've been there. Then we decided to go to Atlanta to a Braves game. They were playing the Washington Nationals and it was a gorgeous day for a ball game and the Nationals won 3 to 2.
After that we decided to go to the airport for our flight. We didn't fly until 10pm so we had time for sushi. It was very good. We enjoyed watching people, always entertaining. We were flying Southwest and wouldn't you know it, our flight was delayed over an hour. We got into Minneapolis at 12:45am. Then we had to drive home. Arrived at 5:04am. It was almost like I was back in college. Just kidding kids, I never stayed out that late. Plus, I'm pretty sure no one is reading this. 😜