"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Why Go Home??


Why not stay here?

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That’s a question we were asked numerous times the last week or so of our last journey. When we would mention that we were from Mississippi, and headed toward home, folks would frown, and ask why.  Of all times to be away from the hot, humid, South; the months of July and August are the best.  So, why go home?

There were a number of reasons we needed to return home for a period of time.  Routine doctor’s and dentist’s visits.  Just a part of getting older and trying to keep everything in working order.  Wanting to see the family was also a part of it.  Two months without seeing the daughters, sil’s, and of course the grand daughter is really stretching it for  Wanda.  And, I have to admit that I’m also glad to see their smiling faces. 

Another benefit of coming home became more apparent today.  I have a good friend that plants a large garden each year.  The past couple of years I’ve contributed a little seed and fertilizer, along with a few plants to the effort.  I guess you could call us sharecroppers.

I stopped by this morning and collected some of the bounty.

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Tomatoes, and squash.

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Snap beans, and a couple cucumbers.

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And, of course, fresh corn.

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Needless to say, supper tonight was one of the best in months. Wanda outdid herself.  All those vegetables, with a pone of hot cornbread from a black iron skillet.Smile  I’m even looking forward to the leftovers, tomorrow.Winking smilejc


  1. I didn't know there was any other way to make cornbread but in a cast iron skillet!!
    We are leaving with our casita Friday for about 10 days. Most of the time we will be in Brasstown NC going to John C. Campbell folk school.

  2. The only part of the Deep South that I'm going to miss this summer are the tomatoes. And the okra. And the corn.

  3. Good plan to add a FEW plants to the sharecrop...good move! My first garden this city girl brought home a tray of tomato plants, turns out 100 and my farmer husband planted every one of them. Hence that was the year I learned to can goods too :)

  4. I'm drooling over those tomatoes! I think it will be another month or so before we can get any here in Minnesota.

  5. If someone asked me what I miss most about the south--your photos would tell the story! I so miss fresh garden produce, our growing season is way too short in Montana. Thanks for making me drool!!

  6. Those photo's look like they where taken at a Premier Famers Market....what a great "Homecoming"...Soooo, I guessing you have a rice field that also serves as your a "Crawfish" farm(pond) to go with all those "awesome veggies".....I'm on my way to your Guys Place....Horst sends

  7. What a bounty!!!! Those vegetables are beautiful and I bet they tasted just as good!!!! We have been visiting the local farmer's market and getting beautiful tomatoes lately. Love tomato sandwiches!!!
    It is always good to see family :-)


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