Hello friends. Yikes. I am quite tardy on my blogging, aren't I?
So let us get caught up.
Long fall with weird weather and another successful Patch season. I love the new store! I was happy to get lots of new consignors and their wares in the store. It's gratifying to see all the neat local products sell and lots of happy customers.
We have lots of school groups that visit the Patch. Most of those visits looked like this, cloudy and cool, but I hope they learned something and they had fun.
Winter season of fireworks was next. We had to completely clear out the store and clean and polish the floors. That took a while but it looked great when done.
Next was unpacking box after box after box of fireworks and getting them all arranged. We didn't really know how the winter season would go. Most Iowans are smart enough to stay inside in the winter so asking them to shoot fireworks was a tall order.
We had fun with daily giveaways and the die hard pyros were happy. We are fast becoming pyros too and when it was fit we would shoot off fireworks. Nice thing about winter fireworks? It's dark at 5 and people can't complain about it being too late in the day. We shot a bunch off in Sanborn at our family Christmas party. Lots of people mentioned that they saw them the next day at church. HA. It was a beautiful night and we shot for 25 minutes.
New Years Eve was -20* but we still shot some around 9:30 pm. A couple cars stopped on the side of the road to watch. We didn't last long though, too cold.
Now I'm under my blankie and perusing seed catalogs and looking at fireworks videos deciding on the best items for 2018's season. I'm excited for 2018! Let's make it a great one!
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.