Sunday, February 23, 2014

Little Bit of Fishing, Little Bit of Farming



This last week has been a bit hectic, I traveled down to North Texas to help take care of my mom.  My sister has been taking care/watching her, but needed to go out of town for her work.   I hadn’t mentioned it before in posts, but our Mom had surgery a week after my Dad passed away.  She’s been recovering from this surgery and dealing with slight complications.  I ended up staying in Texas through Friday afternoon, when my sister returned from her business trip. 

I have to say, Mom seems to be recovering quite well.     In fact, one night Mom and I were able to go out to eat, and enjoy a nice steak dinner together.  Get this…..she drove to the restaurant!!!  This is a really good sign toward her recovery.  We’re giving Mom a big shout out……………..Love you Mom!!!

Mom of course sent me home with a sweet gift; it was one of those Ninja blenders.  Talk about perfect timing, my blender is a true piece of $%*&@ and I was going to look for a new one.  Now I don’t have too :-)


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This weekend, Bulldog Man and I woke early on Saturday to go fishing.  We were up at the pond at 6:20AM, the temperature was in the low 30’s and the breeze was downright cold.  Everyone fishing off the embankments had hard hits on their lines, but didn’t catch one fish.  Bulldog Man and I decided to pack it up after staying 3 hours. 

Because we were fishing not too far from Oklahoma State University, we decided to visit the Farmers Market, sponsored and held at the University.  All items sold at the market are Oklahoma made, grown, or raised.  The University adheres to a strictly “Oklahoma Only” market. 

Items the farmers would bring into this market; meats, cheeses, dairy items, herbs (fresh and dried), vegetables (dried, fresh, and still in dirt), crocheted and knitted items, tinctures, lotions, soaps, leather products, homemade bakery items, and handmade books.

Bulldog Man and I picked up a few things and supported a few of our local farmers.  Fresh milk, eggs, cheese, asparagus, tomato, honey, spices and berries (dried), a solid lotion bar, some potted broccoli, and dish cloths. 






 
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I have a new sign spring is around the corner; new leaves on a rose bush outside our bathroom window.




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How was your weekend? 

22 comments:

  1. What? No Fish? Sure. Scifi and I are suppose to believe that? Beans is so gonna get the axe.

    I am surprised they keep the market going all year. Ours up here are all seasonal I think.

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    1. PP,

      No.....no fish, it was very windy and the fish went deep into the pond.

      This particular market runs the entire year (all indoors). Whereas all the others are seasonal.

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  2. Oh, how I wish our farmers markets were like yours! The Moose and I are typically early. We showed up to our local FM to watch them unload commercial produce out of cardboard boxes they got from the local restaurant supply house. Yuk!

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    1. Izzy,

      I've been to farmers market's in other locations where this happens.
      It's beneficial to arrive early to make sure of where the items have come from at places like that.

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  3. Sorry you didn't get any fish but nice score on the blender! Glad your Mom is improving. You just never know with older parents, but sometimes they surprise you. I love buying local produce. Unfortunately the city Farmer's Market here in N. FL sucks, just sucks. If you look hard you'll see behind the asian women selling, the boxes that say (from Chili, South America, etc.). I only shop there in the spring when I know a couple of local farmer's set up shop for a few weeks. We do have several smaller Organic markets that aren't too far but a bit expensive. I found one that I buy my raw milk from. And, the cheese he sells is really good too.

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    1. DFW,

      Even though we didn't get fish, we had a wonderful time together out in nature. Yes a great score with the blender :-)
      I'm hoping mom continues to surprise us, and totally recovers.
      Oh, I've seen it numerous times with markets in other states where the items really didn't come from a particular farm. Items came from a commercial supply house. Items raised, made, or created from organic farms can be very expensive. Sometimes is takes getting to know the farmer to get the good deals.

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  4. Your mom is like mine..I can't go to her house without bringing something home.
    I would love that farmers market, and love supporting our local growers. So glad you guys got some nice stuff...but oh well on the fishing. I am sure as it gets warmer, it will get better.

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    1. JUGM,

      Mom's you gotta love them :-)
      Do you think we've turned into our Mom's as our kids grow up?

      Were looking forward to temperatures getting warmer in the near future for more fishing. Supporting local farmers really does make a difference .

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  5. Glad to hear your Mom's recovering, Sandy!
    It's great your seeing signs of Spring too.
    I miss the Farmer's Markets, they have such good stuff.
    It's nice you're supporting them.

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    1. Kimberly,

      Thank you, she is recovering well.
      I'm very thankful spring is almost here!!!

      Supporting the local farmers is a wonderful thing.

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  6. Oh Sandy your Mom is awesome and strong much like my own, we are truly very blessed to have that strength in our family. I am sending hugs to her your sister and your whole family I understand how difficult this can be. Oh sounds like fun the market and the fishing of course. HUGS HUGS B

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    1. B,

      Yes, my mom is very strong, and a bit stubborn. That's where I get my stubborn streak from, lol......
      Thank you so very much for your hugs, it's very appreciated.
      It was a lot of fun at the market and fishing :-)

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  7. Sandy...so sorry you missed getting any fish. Sometimes I go to our pond just to relax. Don't really care if I catch a fish or not! My Mom is like yours too. Always wanting to give you something and it's especially noce when it is something you can really use!

    The Marine got his card Friday, Thank you all so very much, he just about recognizes some names from the blogs I read to him and from the people who comment on our blog. He said thank you to Oklahoma!

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    1. Mamma Bear,

      The primary reason we go fishing is basically to relax, not really to catch fish. The fish is just a bonus :-)

      Mom's are great, they always want to take care of you even when you're an adult.

      You're very welcome, I'm happy to hear the Marine is home and doing better. Sending love you way!!!

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  8. You were troopers to stay out for 3 hours in the cold. Just think, someday you may be selling at the farmers market yourselves.

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    1. Michaele,

      We tried :-)

      I would like to do that soon.

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  9. I know what you mean about fishing being relaxing. Just sitting by the water (even without any pretense of fishing!) does it for me. And lying on the end of a dock in the summer and listening to the sound of the water . . . heaven, in my book.

    My blender . . . every time I use it I wonder if it will the time it conks out. It's old enough, that's for sure. Every now and then hubby will ask, "Does it always make that noise?"

    Good news to hear your mom is recovering. I'm sure your good care has a lot to do with it.

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    1. Mama Pea,

      Were always rushing in this world, being out in the middle of mother nature is so relaxing, and calming. It does calm the soul, a piece of heaven.

      I'm happy my mom is recovering and getting better every day.

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  10. I'm so happy your mom is doing so well.

    Farmer's market and fishing...two things I love.

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    1. Gail,

      Thank you, I am too.

      We need to do these things together one day :-)

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  11. It's so great that you have such a farmers market. Sounds like a fun thing to do and a great way to shop. I don't think our farmers market is much more than a few folks selling crafts. Sad but true.

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    1. Leigh,

      I love shopping at farmers markets for veggies, fruit, meats, and dairy items. Especially if I don't grow, or make the items myself.

      Other farmers markets in the smaller towns around here sell just craft items.

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