Farm to Table Hodgepodge

It’s time again for Wednesday Hodgepodge where Jo From This Side of the Pond asks the questions for us to ponder.

Speaking of farmers, on one of our traveling days we took an exit to visit the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum in Goessel, Kansas. The mural above is from part of the museum.

1. What obligation do you believe you have to your country? 

I suppose as a good citizen we are obliged to follow the laws of our country. It would be good for a citizen to know what is in the Constitution of the United States of America. I also think we are obliged to cast an informed vote in elections. As long as the laws of the country don’t violate my religious freedom in following God’s laws and my worship of Him I’ll keep the law. My allegiance is first and foremost to God the Father and His Law set down in the Bible.

2. October 12 is National Farmers Day. Do you know any farmers?

Yes, I know several farmers from my experience with the Mennonite Girls Can Cook and now living in Colville we’ve been acquainted with more farmers. We have farmers across the road from us.

What do they farm/grow/raise?

Hay, Wheat, Alfalfa, Corn, Vegetables, Apples, Apricots, Pears. Dairy Farms and Cattle ranches abound, too, along with sheep and goats and pigs.

Are there any farm stands where you live? Do you shop there? 

Yes there are great farm stands and farmers markets and yes, I do shop there. Wednesdays and Saturdays we have a Farmer’s Market in town. I like to stop and support our local farmers. Farmer’s Market only runs through October and then opens up again sometime in the Spring.

3. What’s a skill you think everyone should have? Tell us why? 

I think everyone should be taught to read. Reading is foundational to so many other skills. Without this skill you are more open to misguidance and deception and false teaching.

4. Favorite thing you’ve purchased this year? 

I bid on, won, and purchased Tea for Eight in my home. It was so nice to sit at the table and be served all the wonderful delicacies that the Hostess made. The only thing I had to do which I thoroughly enjoyed was to set the table with my hoard of tea things.

5. What’s your favorite place to visit in the fall? 

The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at a local farm here in Colville. The maze is always top notch!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We are just back from driving across the country for 20 days. We called our trip, Land That We Love Tour. I’ll be sharing lots of photos from all the things we saw along the way on my blog. So much to share.

When we arrived home we found sweet notes taped around the house that our grandkids left us.

“Welcome home We missed you See you soon Addy” also “I ❤️ u”

The note on the bottom right is Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti. Addy has been mastering and enjoying this song.

Baba appreciated each note and drawing and it made me smile real big.

Hope to come around soon and see how y’all answered the questions this week.


Local Honey…

…for our local honeys.

Honey sticks from local honey at the farmer’s market last Saturday.

Yesterday was our last real hot day for a while. We made it close to 100 for two days in a row and then on Friday it got upwards to the 90’s. Today we are dropping down to 70 today and then 63 on Sunday. The plants will enjoy the relief.

Our daughter-in-law got some great photos of the fun times in our back yard playing with water launchers that I’ll be downloading soon.

Have a great Saturday everyone.

Port Townsend, Washington ~


On Saturday Dear and I left very early from our house to catch a 5:35 a.m. ferry from Edmonds, Washington across the Sound to Kingston.


After disembarking the ferry we had an hour drive to our destination. We arrived in Port Townsend a little before 7 a.m. with time to kill before breakfast.  Besides Dear and I, the only things out and about were these other kinds of deer.


We found the Blue Moose Cafe and then headed out to the downtown area of Port Townsend to get the lay of the land. Dear was a little concerned about the off the beaten path location and looks of the cafe but I had read good reviews about the place and wasn’t deterred by other cafes that opened a little earlier. When we finally got back to the cafe and had our seats and food in front of us we both knew we had made the right choice.


After breakfast which was still very early we toured the town and enjoyed many beautiful gardens, Victorian Homes, and other great old houses and churches. This Bell Tower is the only known Tower of its kind in the United States.


Our next stop was the Farmer’s market which didn’t open until 9:00. I so enjoyed watching this little foursome of girls at the Pane d’Amore booth. Who could resist giving them a free bun. The pear flaky pastry treat I bought for myself was amazing. Dear had an almond croissant. We stopped at this fun coffee stand and got a rich cup of coffee to go with our sweets.

I’ll share the homes, gardens, and churches we saw on another day. On our way back to the ferry landing we stopped at some garage sales and happened upon this Civil War Enactment in Port Gamble. I had to zoom way in from the road to get any photos as parking and the entry fee were too much to spend for a couple photos…


Our good times continued into Sunday. We started Sunday off at church this morning with a study on Wisdom vs. Folly.  After church, Josh and Laura came over for Dear’s Swedish Pancakes before Josh, Laura and I headed out to the Sounder’s Soccer game at 1:00. Our team won which is always a treat. When we got back home we all decided to end the day with Dear at our local Mexican Restaurant for dinner. A good day all the way around. Oh, did I mention the sun was shining all day long!? Another great reason to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by here…

I’m linking to Mosaic Monday hosted by Mary at Little Red House!

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You’ve Got to Love…

…a Farmer’s Market for fresh bouquets of flowers.


I wanted some bouquets for our 4th of July gathering on Sunday so I zipped over to Country Village in Bothell on Friday to see what flowers were available. Every Friday from noon there is a Farmer’s Market held there. They did not disappoint and I was able to get a bouquet of Sweet Peas and a larger bouquet for a total of $10.00. Costco had one of the larger bouquets for $14.99. I really like a bargain!

I’ve got an auto post for my hymn tomorrow but I won’t be around because of our celebration.

Have a Wonderful 4th of July everyone!

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Outdoor Wednesday ~ “To Market, to Market”

I’m a little late in joining in for Outdoor Wednesday this week hosted by Susan at A Southern Day Dreamer but better late than never.

To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

Dear and I decided to walk to the Farmer’s Market that our hometown has every Saturday in Old Town Camarillo from 8:00 to Noon. As we set out we passed these tumbleweeds that are taking over the sidewalk. What a fun sight to see tumbleweeds tumbling through town when they dry up and the wind blows. Brings back some childhood memories for me.

It was a drizzly morning. The drizzle does not deter Dear and I from walking because of our years in the Seattle area. We do everything in the rain up there and most of the time without an umbrella!

A rare thing to see raindrops on the vegetation in Southern California.

Our walk to the Market is convoluted because we are separated from the main part of town by the railroad tracks that run up the coast of California. We have to jog and go over an overpass built for people to get to the train station. Here’s Dear sporting his new Tilley hat!


See the church across the freeway? That’s where we are headed.

We make it to Ventura Blvd. which is the main street through Old Town Camarillo.

Great timing as we approach the market.

We’re hoping to find some red and white flowers for the dinner we’re having for my brother’s birthday later on this day.


Success! On the way back I had to snap these shots of St. Mary Magdalen Church. A landmark in Camarillo which was built by the Camarillo Family.



The sun is getting brighter as we approach home. The Santa Monica Mountains are camaflouged today by these great clouds.


Just enough sun for Dear to spot this great spider web on the tumbleweed we pass on the way home!

For more Outdoor shots visit Susan at A Southern Day Dreamer!

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Ruby Tuesday ~ Farmer’s Market

On Saturday morning Dear and I got out bright and early and walked to our local Farmer’s Market to buy flowers for a dinner party we were hosting on Saturday night. My table was going to be Red, White and Black so I was looking for red and white flowers. There were some great bunches of radishes in reds and whites besides the flowers we found so I decided to add them to the bouquet! I love Farmer’s Market flower prices. The bunch of white and bunch of red flowers were $3 each and the radishes were 60 cents, so for $6.60 I had fresh flowers for the table.

For more Ruby Tuesday posts visit Mary at Work of the Poet.

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Awards and Stuff

Before this week gets away from me I wanted to acknowledge simultaneous awards I received from two Bloggy friends.

Thank you Willow and Thank you Scrabble Queen

Thank you very much for this kind acknowledgement. I appreciate it. I’ve met Willow and we’ve become walking buddies in California. I told Scrabble Queen that it would be so wonderful to have a bloggy tea party so we could meet. Blessings on you both.

I’m going to share my bouquet of flowers that I bought at the Kirkland Farmer’s Market Yesterday for you all to enjoy.



Before I headed to the Farmer’s Market yesterday I managed to get a lot of steps in walking around Juanita Bay again. It was a cloudy day compared to last time I did the walk. Since I only had 4491 steps at the end of the day on Tuesday I was determined to do better on Wednesday. When I finally layed my head on the pillow I had walked 12,895 steps! Whoohoo! Here are a couple photos from my walk.



Have a wonderful day. I’m trying to get motivated to get out and walk again…