It has been an ideal hot, summer weekend at home on the prairie.
We took in our first home high school football game and had new friends come visit us.
Through social media and my work, I “meet” many people virtually and one of those people came to visit me and our girls. Sarah Wilson and I should have, could have and somehow had not met in person despite the fact my sister has babysat her children for years and across the United States we share many common friends through both of our careers in agriculture. Sarah also happens to be from the exact same town in Maryland that the only people I know and have ever visited in Maryland live…my Uncle Dave, Aunt Angie and cousins Nick, Tait, Walker and Vienna. Through agriculture and divine intervention, Sarah ended up in North Dakota and married a farmer. She and I have the same amount of energy and passion for life, family, motherhood and our work plus we have girls who loved playing together. I love connecting. I love people. I love social media. I love connecting to people through social media. But Sarah is my first friend to drive across the prairie to actually meet me face to face. We will be doing more 85 mile one way drives for play dates and brainstorming sessions on a regular basis.
On Saturday morning, our early riser, Miss E and I went to a visit to our newly established local farmers’ market. We live in the heart of agriculture and are surrounded by farmers who grow wheat, barley, sunflowers, pinto beans, soybeans, canola, corn and more crops that truly help feed the world. Now our town of 1,100 people in our county of 3,000 total population has its own farmers’ market with fresh produced raised mostly by our local school’s FFA chapter. It is wonderful addition to our community and I love supporting the agriculture education teacher, students and community members working to create and grow the farmers’ market.
We brought $11 to the market and came home with haul of fresh vegetables for the week.
I had just read a recipe for jalapeno jelly early Saturday. These beautiful peppers were 7 for $1 at the market. I decided to splurge and buy 14. Then E and I went back for 14 more and now we have 28 jalapenos all for $4 waiting to be made into jelly.
There is sure to be a post soon on my first endeavor with jalapeno jelly.
Today we took in church service primarily led by a youth skit about the life of a church pew. It was an purposeful story with awesome music that included a trumpet duet featuring Hunter and his friend Tyler. Church was followed by a potluck in the church basement. If you aren’t from rural parts you do not understand the feast of a church basement potluck.
Late this afternoon, we attended an all you can eat corn on the cob feed which was a local hospital fundraiser. Needless to say, we are not hungry tonight.
Tomorrow begins a Maniac Monday. Mondays are hectic for both Nathan and me especially at the end of the month with business items. However for the next seven Monday nights (minus Labor Day when we move it up a day) we have Hunter’s junior high football games. I will depart my work early each Monday afternoon and get the girls to home games with us. Away games the girls will stay with Nana and Grandpa. Hunter’s fan club of my parents, grandparents and siblings will be making a few road trips for games. It is sure to be exciting.
Look for a Monday night update tomorrow with plenty of photos. Go Mustangs!