When we woke up this morning and glanced out the window we saw a big fog bank nestled into the valley. Can you believe that it’s almost time for Tom to start putting his beans in the jar? August is going to be here before we know it.
Ethel and I enjoyed a wonderful Sunday afternoon having a little porch sit with LC and a few other neighbors. We enjoyed a little breeze sitting on the front porch in the shade and watching the hummingbirds fight over who was in line next to the feeder. These birds are just fascinating. Did you know that they can live up to 10 years, but the average lifespan is 3-5 years?
It was nice to have a little rain yesterday. We certainly could use it. Ethel commented that she could walk across Dutch Creek without getting the tops of her feet wet. Currently, Valle Crucis and the rest of Watauga County is experiencing a moderate drought. There are 17 other counties in the state that are seeing moderate drought and another 66 that are abnormally dry. Who would have thought about that with the spring we had and the snow during the winter?
This week’s band at the Valle Crucis Park is Cruize Control. They play beach music. Ethel used to cut a rug doing the twist and the shag, which by the way, is North Carolina’s State Popular Dance. I hope you’ll join us at the Park for a night of fun and dance this Friday. Next week Southern Accent will be playing. Their repertoire includes Southern Gospel. When you’re at the park, make sure to make a donation, so we’ll be able to continue enjoying this beautiful area for years to come.[push]Here’s a nice quote that is sort of about rain from one of my favorite poets: A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. Robert Frost. Have a wonderful week![/push]
Don’t forget about the Farmers’ Market behind the Original Store on Fridays. Folks are there from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. or until they sell out. Our squash hasn’t started coming in yet, so we picked up a couple of crooknecks last week and they made a fine supper. We love fried squash, but it smokes up the kitchen so much we are hesitant to fix it any more. Ethel was experimenting one day and found a way to make it without the smoke. She slices the squash longways, dips it in egg, and then rolls it in cornmeal. Then she places it on a cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray and then she sprays the tops of the squash after she seasons them with a little salt and pepper. Put them in the oven at 450 degrees, and about 15 minutes or so later, there you are….oven-fried squash. Slap on a little mayonnaise, and yum, yum, they are good!
If you’re around on Saturday, you may want to stop by the Park and take part in the Watauga Riverkeeper Festival. It starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. There will be activities for young and old including a nature walk, music, a fly-fishing clinic, and a watermelon-eating contest. It sure sounds like fun.
The festival is also dubbed “Hellbender Appreciation Day.” I caught one of those one time. It scared me so bad that I threw my fishing pole away.
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Catherine Taylor last week. Our condolences go out to her family, which includes the Jensens, and her friends.
The Valle Crucis Punkin Festival is looking for some craft vendors. The event is held on the Saturday after Valle Country Fair and is a kid-friendly festival. If you are interested in selling your crafts there or have a hands-on activity that might be good for young folks, contact Peggy at the Mast Store Annex (828-963-6511). The festival is a fundraiser for the Western Youth Network.
Happy Birthday to John Cooper and Alex Craig on July 22, Denise Ringler on July 24, Marcus Lehmann on July 25, Bob Darst on July 26, Sam Yates on July 27, and Ann Gerber on July 30. Happy Anniversary to Bob and Polly Capps on July 26 and to Jim and Muriel Moore on July 31. My best wishes to all of you for fine celebrations and lots of fun!
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