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Indian Creek Halloween Walk 2012

Each year, a local campground holds a Halloween Walk and, each year, we miss it.  Until this year!  Indian Creek Campground at Mark Twain Lake is just a few miles from our house so we were thrilled to make it this year.  They really go all out with light shows and decorations!  If you’re local and haven’t been, you really should!  All I had was my iPhone camera and I’m not exactly the best nighttime photographer anyway.  Okay, so I’m not the best daytime photographer, either.  Shush.

They had tons and tons of displays and each camping spot was decorated.  Way cool!

 

*Editing to add:  Duke went as a Colorful Guy in a Hat.  I took his pic, too, but it got goobered up sending from my phone to the computer and, of course, I’d already deleted it from my phone before I discovered the goobering.  *sigh*

Nellie went as an artist and Josie went as a ‘flying princess”.   No, not a fairy.  A flying princess.  Apparently, there’s a big difference between the two, according to Josie.

 

Charlie went as a pathetic-faced injured person.  He soon learned that crutches are not as fun as they look.  (I recently found those crutches at the thrift store for $3 so, next time I bugger up my ankle, I won’t have to beg crutches from friends.)

 

Isaac went as Slenderman.  Yeah, I don’t know who that is, either, but he got recognized a lot.  He even had one woman asked to get her picture taken with him — kissing him.  Heh.

(Excuse the blurry blob.  I’m told Slenderman cannot be photographed without blurry blobs.)  We ordered him a real mask but it arrived a day late so we rigged one out of some t-shirt knit fabric I had in my stash.  On Halloween, he’ll finally get to wear the real mask and those lumps on the side of his head will be gone.

Congrats, Charlie! (And beware, Bambi…)

Charlie completed his hunter’s education course and passed the test with flying colors.  Yay, Charlie!  Youth season opens in a couple of weeks so Bambi had better watch out!

 

Then again, this is the kid who gets caught in our own animal traps.  Maybe Bambi has a fighting chance…

Great River Honor Flight, October 2, 2012

We did another Great River Honor Flight last night and, this time, our entire Boy Scout troop joined in.  Very cool!

A few of us piled in my van and headed down to meet the Patriot Guard for the escort from Bowling Green to Hannibal.  Here’s that part of our group with Vern & Hollie.

Vern & Hollie are the folks who organize the Patriot Guard escorts for the Great River Honor Flights.  As I posted on Facebook this morning, they’re not only rock stars, they’re also cheap!

The other part of the troop was waiting in Hannibal for the arrival, helping to pass out American flags to the audience. And, apparently, be a backdrop for the local news station’s report.

 

WGEM.com: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio

See the video and news article here if it’s not loading right here on the blog. 

Once the veterans arrived, the troop was reunited and lined up to welcome and honor them.

A moment to allow Holie & me to take a nice photo in front of the bus…

and then time to help put away the flags.  (This photo kind of reminds me of the Iwo Jima flag raising photo.  Heh.)

A little downtime afterwards and we all headed home.  (Duke’s not yet old enough to be a Boy Scout so, for that night, he was an honorary one.  ;-)  He’ll meet the age requirement this coming summer.)

(FYI: I can’t seem to get any photos of the vets because of the crowds. I don’t want to cut in front of their awaiting families just to take pictures. Just wanted to explain that so you don’t think I’m ignoring the whole reason for the Honor Flights!)

Happy birthday to Isaac and Charlie! (And how they spent 9/11.)

Today, Isaac turns 16 and Charlie turns 12.  Can you believe it??  Good grief.  Isaac is already taller than me and Charlie’s not far behind — but don’t tell them that I admitted that.  We’ll be having a low-key kind of day today but, tomorrow, Grandma Kaye will arrive with birthday “cakes” for them both.  We’ll do up some festivities then.

Honor Flight.  Have you heard of this?  How about the Patriot Guard?  Well, Hollie & Vern, friends of mine, are both very involved and invited the boys to don their Boy Scout uniforms and join them for the next Great River Honor Flight on 9/11.  We met at the “staging area” in New London, Missouri at 8:30 pm and, wow, what a sight!  The Patriot Guard was there — 200 motorcycles all gathered, a sea of leather and chrome!  I wish I’d gotten some good photos but I forgot my camera.  Oh, the shame!  I’ll definitely remember to grab it next time.

Charlie and Isaac got to meet the Perry Fire Department and climb on their truck.  Those guys were very cool!  They took the boys on the truck and hooked them up to Inspector Gadget-like seat/oxygen mask contraptions.  (Absolutely horrible attempt at a nighttime iPhone photo below.)

Then the fellas got introduced to the New London Fire Department.  (Fortunately for me, Hollie is much smarter than I am and actually remembered her camera.  Thanks for taking some pics for me, Hollie!)

And then they got roped into working.  The boys were supposed to help out with selling sandwiches, drinks, etc with the NLFD but they’re so stinking shy that they ended up just standing there oh-so-politely.  Maybe they were taking a cue from me and “supervising”.  Yeah, that’s it.  They looked good, though!  :-)

‘Round about 9:30 p.m., Vern climbed up on a table and gave an overview of the game plan.  Several area veterans were flown to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials, at no expense to the vets, and were on their way back.  A bus picks them up from the airport in St. Louis and drives them through New London, Hannibal, and finally Quincy where they are greeted home by family & friends.  And 200 crazy wonderful bikers.  And two Boy Scouts.

Anyway, about 10:00 p.m., Vern gives the “Saddle up!” and the sea of leather & chrome begin feeding into a river of leather & chrome making it’s way to the highway.  As the bus passes, Vern vrooms out in front of it to slow its speed so that all of the bikes & a few of us in cars can pass the bus and lead the procession.  Cop cars, front & rear, clear intersections and make a safe passage for us to blow through every stoplight on the way.  I felt like such a criminal!  60 mph was to the be speed at which we’d travel, Vern said.  I think someone lied to Vern because I was going 70 and having trouble keeping up at times.  Needless to say, the trip to Quincy didn’t take terribly long.

We pulled into the college where the vets’ families awaited, passed through the parking lot and crowd, and found a parking spot.  We found Hollie who ushered the boys to the front of the crowd to wait near the red carpet and help greet the vets.  As each vet disembarked the bus, they were introduced:  name, branch of service, and war.  Lots of Army, Navy, and Air Force but no Marines that I heard.  All WWII and Korea.  A beautiful round of applause and occasional hoot & holler for each vet and they were released to their families.  And gobs of huge smiles!

Go to this link to read a short article and see a news video of this Honor Flight.  (If you look closely, you can see the boys as the camera pans the crowd.)  Good stuff.

It was amazing to witness and an honor to be even a tiny part of it.  Both boys understood the significance of the event and want to return to do more.  I think that’s pretty darned cool.

Thank you so much, Vern & Hollie and all of the Patriot Guard, for having us!!!

Driver’s Ed

Isaac started in on driver’s ed last year and got his learner’s permit with no problems.  He continued studying a bit of driver’s ed with a program I bought him but I think he was hoping he’d get to take “real” driver’s ed in public school this year.  No go.  The public school here does not have a full-time driver’s ed program.  It sometimes has a 4-week course in the summer if they can line up a teacher and enough student interest.  — Or something along those lines.  I’m a little fuzzy as I was taking in too much info the day I asked about that.

Bottom line?  No public school driver’s ed for him.  < evil snicker >

 

 

 

 

 

The 2012-2013 School Year

Now that we’re fully back into the swing of normal life, I figured it’s time to get back to posting bits & pieces of life here.  I’ve missed so much that happened this summer (as far as adding to our life’s journal, a.k.a. blog, here)!

This year, Isaac has decided to transfer into the local public school.  He went through the testing and I typed up transcripts of what he’d done last year and…  He’s in!  He’s now a sophomore at Monroe City High School.  He’s really enjoying it and I have no doubt whatsoever that he’ll do well.  He’s got a good head on his shoulders and he’s a hard worker when it comes to schoolwork.

As for the rest of the nutballs…  We’re continuing to cram more life skills into Cody’s skull so, even though he’s officially out of high school (graduated this past spring), he’s still in learning mode.  He’s also the Head Honcho of Work around here, doing all sorts of oddball things to help things run smoothly.  Josie is beginning preschool this year.  I’m not a preschool fan myself, preferring to just let them play (which is learning, afterall) until “real” school starts but she has been insisting on getting to “do school”, too.  So I throw some papers at her now & then and she sits in on various lessons the other kids are doing and, somehow, it works out.  Some days.

Charlie, Duke, and Nellie are my main students this  year.  Charlie is in 6th grade, Duke in 5th, and Nellie doing a combo of 1st and 2nd grades.  She got stuck behind a bit between the years of speech therapy, Steve’s accident drama, and the move.  She’ll be all caught up by the end of this year, though, so all is well.  (This is the first year that she is legally required to be schooled here in MO so the timing is perfect.)

Our day goes something like this:

Core Classes:

Reading:

Charlie and Duke start their day with reading.  Any books of their choice but they do have to be real books, not comic books or whatever the modern equivalent is (manga, I think?).  They’re both excellent readers and read high school- and adult-level books so I have no worries about their abilities.  Right now, the main emphasis with them is to encourage their love of reading and, of course, all of the knowledge they unknowingly pick up along the way, such as writing styles, punctuation, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, etc.  Shhh…  Don’t tell them that reading for fun is learning, too.

At the same time, I’m working with Nellie on her phonics.  She’s now reading but, after a summer of brain rot, we needed to reinforce some basics.  She’s now starting to forge ahead into more complex phonics and starting to stumble through a few easy readers.  We’re using the Funnix programs for her phonics, along with some good, old fashioned sounding-out-with-Mom stuff.

Math:

Charlie and Duke are using a combination of the Life of Fred books independently and Teaching Textbooks with me to reinforce and ensure they are solid in the concepts they are learning.  We are also supplementing with First Lessons in Arithmetic, again with me to reinforce the concepts.

Nellie is using the Funnix math program and also using First Lessons in Arithmetic as a supplement.

Language Arts:

Charlie and Duke are using a new LA program this year:  the Writing Strands series.  I decided to go this route instead of what I had been doing because it nicely combines spelling, grammar, writing, and a whole slew of LA into one, compact program.  Hopefully we’ll like it and stick with it through the year.  So far, I’m impresssed.

Nellie is doing a willy-nilly approach to LA.  We’re using Handwriting Without Tears, my go-to workbooks for beginning handwriting.  Her Funnix reading program also includes handwriting practice.  We’ll be starting some copywork soon so she’ll be beginning to learn a bit about puncuation and grammar, etc.  In addition, we’re working pretty hard on the last of her speech issues.  I slacked off on her speech after we moved.  *hanging head in shame*  We’re finally going tackle the last of it this year!  For that, I’m reusing old speech worksheets & exercises we kept from her speech therapist in Oklahoma.

Science:

We all do science together:  Apologia’s Exploring Creation through Astronomy.  I love, love, love Apologia!  It’s so interesting, especially the upper grades, I’d read it even if I didn’t have kids.  Charlie and Duke have the companion Notebooking Journals to do along with them but I’m just having Nellie do a few random projects since I don’t think she’s yet ready for an entire journal.  I’m hoping we can complete Astronomy in the semester and move on to Botany or Zoology in the second semester.

Social Studies:

We’re continuing our history with the Story of the World series.  This is another one that I’d read just for myself if I didn’t homeschool.  We’ll be supplementing with the TruthQuest series and borrowed library books, along with my ever-growing, history-heavy home library.  I love history so much, it just seems to take care of itself.  Oh, and, this being a big election year, you can bet we’ll be taking a bit of time to talk government this fall.  We all do social studies as a group.

Non-Core Classes

Keyboarding:

Charlie and Duke have been, up to this point, hunt & peck typists.  Annoying.  So, this year, we’re starting them on some keyboard skills.  I can’t find my Mavis Beacon software I used with Isaac so I scrounged a couple of free programs from the internet:  TypingWeb.com and Learn2Type.com.  Once they get the basics down, they’ll be set free from The Most Boring Class in the Universe.  I’m thinking only a semester will be needed for this one and then they’ll just take off on their own, getting more accuracy and speed through everyday use.

Bible:

Another class we all do together, we’ll be using The One Year Bible for Kids as our guide and supplementing with The One Year Bible and The Daily Bible, a chronological bible) to beef it up a bit.

Agriculture:

First semester, we’ll be concentrating on animals so we’ll be studying Natural Goat Care and The Small-Scale Poultry Flock.  Second semester, we’ll be switching gears to include plants and will be using a variety of books I’ve yet to dig out, along with one I just bought (and am so excited to dig into!):  The Holistic Orchard.  A few folks may snicker and roll their eyes that I include ag in our homeschool but I’m determined that the kids will know how to take care of themselves should they choose to do so.  I want them to grow up healthy & capable of being somewhat independent and, in my opinion, that means being at least somewhat involved in their food and not just buying crap from stores.  Of course, along with studying animals and plants, we’ll end up covering a lot of food & nutrition (which happens every day in this family anyway).

Art:

Art classes will be taken by all three every Friday through Hannibal Area Home Educators, our local homeschool cooperative.  (I don’t have an artistic bone in my body.)

Art & Movement:

This will just be a little half-hour activity for Nellie and Josie to “get the wiggles out” and do some art together.  Nellie will lead it because, again, art is so not my thing!

Choir:

Another class taken by all three kids through the Hannibal Area Home Educators.

Bowling:

Oh, bowling.  How do I hate thee?  Let me count the ways…  Seriously, I detest bowling.  I cannot stand to even be in a bowling alley.  But the kids love it.  *sigh*  So Nellie, Duke, and Charlie will again be in the youth league bowling homeschool group thingymajig at PalBowl.  You’ll find me each Friday morning, trying really hard not to say bad words and screaming “Kill me now!” out loud.  At least the people there are really nice.  And they haven’t yet locked me in the bathroom when I start getting all grumbly (although, I wouldn’t blame them a bit).  PalBowl has a great program there and do an amazing job with the kids.  I just wish it wasn’t bowling!

Rotating Classes:

This year, Hannibal Area Home Educators is trying something new — doing a rotating class throughout the year.  Each month, someone will teach a short , 3-4 week class on… whatever.  It sounds really cool!  First up is soccer and I think drama is coming up later in the fall.  I don’t yet know what all classes there will be but I love the idea and I know the kids will want to do every one of them.

Looks like it’s going to be another full year!  What with the school schedules plus numerous extracurricular activities, such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, community activities, field trips, etc, etc…  Boy, I’m sure wishing I spent the summer resting up!

How long has it been?

I’m not at all happy with the way this summer has just blasted right past me while I’m distracted with market baking.  The baking has taken over my life.  Don’t get me wrong — I have a blast at market and love hanging out there with all of the folks.  But, dang.  I haven’t had time to tend to the garden.  I haven’t been able to just hang out with the kids and enjoy the summer off from school.  I can barely keep the house from getting to “condemned” status.  And I’ve certainly not had time to keep up with regular blog posting.  Not that I’m fretting over lack of blog posts for blogging’s sake, it’s that I haven’t had time to add to our little “family journal” here.  This is where I keep tidbits of our life so, when the kids are all grown & gone, we can all look back and say, “Oh, that’s when we did so & so” and “See how little I was then?”  Those sorts of family album “unimportant” things.  I do not like this whole missing a chunk of our life thing.

So what’s happened in the past month?

Duke had a birthday!!  He turned 10 on the 8th of July.  I can’t believe he’s 10 already.  Almost a teenager.  Geez.  A week or two later, he and Isaac got to fly out to Phoenix with Grandma Kaye and spend a few days with David & Miranda and Uncle Richard.  Duke & Charlie spent a week at 4-H camp earlier in the summer and had a good time.  Isaac spent a few days at the Missouri 4-H Congress.  Then Charlie & Isaac spent a week at Boy Scout camp and had fun.  The boys have all sorts of fun things to fill their summer and that is a good thing!  The girls are still a bit young for those sorts of trips but they’ve been able to hang at home and swim in our little redneck pool.  (Ooh, I have to get a pic of that for you guys!  Ha!)  Cody’s been working a few hours each week for some neighbors down the road.  That’s a good thing for gaining some independence & work experience and a little spending cash in the process.

The garden.  Oy.  The garden.  What a year, huh?  If there was ever a year to miss tending to a garden, this has been the one.  Even if I’d been here to take care of it properly, it wouldn’t have mattered a lick.  It’s just been too dry and too hot for too long.  In Oklahoma, we had heat & drought like this but we were prepared for it.  Here, we weren’t expecting it and our garden is still in its infancy.  We don’t yet have it all set up the way we want it with heavy mulch, etc.  In five years, maybe it’d be better able to withstand this summer’s weather but certainly not this year.  We’re getting a few tomatoes and will probably get cucumbers soon and melons in a few weeks.  Other than that, it’s a bust.  What’s the gardener’s motto?  Next year will be better!

Our birds took heavy losses this summer.  We had birds dying left & right from heat and raccoons/rats/possums/whatevers.  We hatched out a lot this year and lost most of them.  Remember the Ft. Knox of chicken houses we built in Oklahoma?  We expected heavy predator pressure there and built appropriately.  We never guessed that the “little” predators here in civilization would be so rough on the population so we built lighter.  We built open-air style to combat the colder climate but didn’t put in a concrete floor.  We meant to get around to it one day but figured it wasn’t at the top of the priority list and put it off.  But this year…  After losing several chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese to digging predators, we finally got the hint.  A week or two ago, we finally poured concrete.  We poured a floor in the existing chicken house, plus one floor adjacent to that for a new waterfowl house, and a floor in our new back room addition.  (I don’t think I’ve ever posted here about the new back room we started adding last winter?  I’ll have to take pics of that, too, once I have more time.)  Steve is now working on an elevated chick cage for our new hatchlings.  We keep them in an aquarium in the house for a couple of weeks and will then move them outdoors where they have more room.  In the past, we’ve set them on the floor of the coop in a cage but mice & rats can still occasionally squeeze through the wire mesh and wipe them out in a single night.  This new elevated cage will solve that problem.  Ha!  Take that, you nasty little things!  With the concrete floor, we’ve not had any further losses to predators and the birds are laying better.  But, still, we’re not taking any chances with the hatchlings as mice & rats can squeeze in through any little opening and, even if there are no openings, they can hitch rides in with feed bags.  We’ve had a lot of trouble with our usual feed store (Farm & Home) having critters in the feed bags so we’ve just switched to a different one (Orscheln) that seems to be a lot better in that department.  Chicken house bonus:  To combat the recent heat, Steve has added a strip of wire mesh to the back wall of the chicken house, in place of one piece of sheet metal.  It provides a very nice cross breeze in there and can be added back on quickly once cooler weather arrives.

After completing the elevated hatchling cage (hopefully tonight or tomorrow), next on Steve’s to-do list is building the waterfowl house, expanding our fence, and building a bigger, better Critter House.  Know why?  Want a hint?

Goats!  We’re getting goats again!  At last!  We’re so excited!  (The exclamation marks might have clued you in as to our excitement.)  The above kid is a doeling called Gidget.  (Fitting name, eh?)

That big ol’ hunk of Black Angus-looking goat up there nursing?  That’s ShowTime, another doeling that will soon be ours.

And this is Patrick, the white-eared, handfed wether to keep the gals company.

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  The goats (and pics) are coming from Harmony Hill Goat Farm an hour or two south of us.  These are Kinder goats, a dual-purpose breed (milk & meat).  While their main purpose for us will be dairy, we will also be “harvesting” the excess down the road for meat.  Trying to find pastured meat & dairy that is affordable for us is next to impossible so we figured we’d be better off getting a dual-purpose breed.  Two birds, one stone, etc.  Plus we just flat-out love goats.  Well, most goats.  ;-)  (I’m talking about you, Bullseye!)  We’ll be picking the goats up a week from today, Sunday morning.  So excited!!

What else?  We’re gearing up for the start of school here.  Isaac is going to be entering the public school system in August so I’m working on transcripts for the local high school to see what he’s been up to.  The others will all be homeschooled still so I’m working on curricula & lesson planning and all of that fun stuff.  And, after going over my schedule a few million times, trying & trying to squeeze more time out of my days (and nights), I’ve come to the conclusion that there is  Just.  No.  Way.  I cannot possibly do a decent job of schooling these guys while working the 40-60 additional hours each week for market baking.  (Told you this baking thing had become full time!)  Homeschooling, with recordkeeping & planning, takes a good 60 hours each week for me.  Add in normal household duties, gardening (not that there’s much left to garden out there), settling in & caring for new critters, etc, and there’s no time left for sleep.  And I have to sleep. I’m so behind on sleep already, I don’t have any functioning brain cells left.  That’s not so good for teaching.  So I’ll be doing one or two more markets and then “retiring” for the year.

So that’s about where we’re at.  I’ll spare you pics of the shriveled-up garden with the shriveled-up cornfield behind it and, instead, treat you to goatie pics in a week or so!  And I hope to be back to more regular blogging again once I’m done with market in a couple of weeks.  See ya then!

Wait a minute…

First the drought in our little area and the giant cracks all across the yard and now this.  Are we back in Oklahoma?  Is the heat visiting us because it misses us?

I so do not want to bake in this.

Paul gave us a little swarm of bees last night at the MVBA meeting.  Guess I’d better go get them installed before it gets too hot for me to want to put on the suit.  It’s about time I checked on the other hives, too.

Bimbo Bakeries

I’m not sure where we picked up these bread racks but they’re pretty fitting, eh?  We only have four and, man, have they come in handy!  I need to find out where I can get more.  With “Bimbo Bakeries USA” imprinted on them.

So remember I was doing a little baking to fill in at the farmer’s market until the garden starts to produce?  Ha.  It seems that baking is becoming a full-time profession for me.  Sourdoughs, French breads, soft sandwich breads, aged rustic breads…  And the sweet breads have become quite popular — sweet lemon bread, sweet orange marmalade bread, and pumpkin cinnamon bread.  I’m having trouble keeping up with demand with my crappy little one-rack oven.  We have a spare oven in the basement that someone gave us.  Assuming it’s in working condition, I’m hoping Steve can get it installed in the next week or two.

FYI:  I’ve decided I don’t want to mix this personal blog/journal/family photos with the biz side of things.  David is currently working on getting me set up on a new, separate site:  SlowMoFood.com.  I’ll let you all know when that’s up and running so you can take a peek.  In the meantime, I set up a Facebook page for it here:  Facebook/SlowMoFood

The garden is behind where I’d like it to be but certainly ahead of last year.  I’ve gotten in a second planting of bush beans and am still working on getting the last of the peppers in the ground.  I’ll try to finish that this next week, along with seeding some melons.  It’s still dry as a bone here, although we did get a very welcome 4/10″ several days ago.  There’s another chance for rain this weekend so everyone cross your fingers!

In my busy-ness, I didn’t make my usual birthday post but Nellie turned seven about a month ago!  Good grief, they grow up quickly!  She got several girly things for gifts but her favorite was having Grandma Kaye take her to a real beauty salon for a fancy-pants haircut.

In the animal department, things are going pretty well.  We’re now up to 24 ducks, including some Anconas I bought from a fellow vendor at the market last week.  I’m really, really, really liking ducks.  We had six geese but a coon or other nasty thing dug under their night pen and took the three smallest of them.  Our turkeys kept dying off until we only had a few left.  I finally got around to mentioning it to Gail, our turkey guru, and she suggested they might be eating the medicated chick feed.  Yep, sure enough, I had been mixing medicated chick grower with higher protein game feed for them as I had read somewhere on the internet.  We’ve now stopped that and we’ve had no more deaths.

The bees.  Oh, don’t ask about the bees.  I’ve been so busy, I haven’t checked them in forever.  I hope to get out there and do that this next week but don’t hold your breath.

So, yes, we’re still alive.  Things are going well — very well.  I love working at the market.  The customers are great and, even better, my fellow vendors are wonderful.  I was pretty intimidated by most of the other vendors at first, thinking they’d be competitive & snooty. Afterall, they’re all so experienced and I’m so very new to it all.   Nope, they are incredibly generous and welcoming, openly sharing their knowledge with me, friendly & chatting all morning long.  It’s a great group of people and I’m very thankful to be a part of them.  I look forward to each & every Saturday morning.  Pretty cool stuff.

Back to bimbo baking!

The New Hannibal Farmers Market

When we first moved here, I asked around about the farmers market in Hannibal and got nothing but negative responses.  This year, a group of people got together and decided to take control.  The Hannibal Farmers Market is being reborn this year and I get to be a part of it!  How exciting!  Or at least it was exciting until I started trying to find my through all of the regulations at the various levels.  Sheesh. I think I’m finally getting a solid understanding of most of the requirements and I’ve typed it all out on my reference page here.  Maybe it’ll help some other poor schmuck out.

For the rest of you out there, stop by a see us!  We’ll be in the historic section of downtown Hannibal, Missouri every Saturday from May 19th through October 13th this year, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  We should have a pretty good mix of vendors selling a variety of items.  Once the gardens start coming in, I expect there will be lots and lots of fresh produce for you to choose from!

Personally, I’ll be selling breads (including sourdoughs), produce, sewn items and other crafts, soaps, seedlings for your gardens, and fresh eggs.  Later in the season, I hope to have beeswax and raw honey available (remind me to go give the bees a pep  talk!).  I’ll also take orders for live chicks to hatch out.  If you have any special requests you would like to see me carry, please let me know.

I’ll be working on getting a separate page set up for my farmers market customers.  You can see a link to it already along the top navigation bar.  I’ll try to get that done this week, along with reworking the Speedkin Facebook page and a newsletter.  I figure three different choices for customers/potential customers to be updated should be enough, right?  I assume that the Hannibal Farmers Market will be getting a website as well and I’ll link that once it’s up & running.

In other news, we had another turkey poult die overnight, one of the black ones.  That brings us down to 14 live chicks, I believe.  That’s still plenty enough to get us started on turkeys.

Yesterday, I got my main tomatoes planted out in TomatoHenge.  170 of ‘em.  I still have another 100 or so to plant out…. somewhere.  I’ll try to figure that out this weekend while I’m potting up the remaining seedlings for sale at the market.

Now off I go to don a beesuit and do a quickie inspection.  I’m betting (hoping?) at least a couple of the hives need a super added right about now.

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