Saturday, November 2, 2013

"The Saturday Almanac"

Well, now that we are on the downhill slide to the holidays, there are 
lots of things to do out and about in the metro KC area. 

In our own small neighborhoods of Tonganoxie/Basehor/Linwood, we have a craft fair every year that is a juried affair, and it coincides with the Holy Angels Parish craft fair. 

My sister and I used to go together to these shows, and then have lunch together afterwards.  It was "our time" and how I miss my once a year visit where we could talk about old times and gossip about new things. 

Here's Stacie Johnson of the Little Flower Farm selling her goat milk soaps, lotions, shaving cream and other creations in her booth at the craft fair. Stacie also sells at the Leavenworth Farmer's Market in the spring, summer and fall, and online (see link above).   She makes all her products at the farm, with milk from her own goats. 
You might remember I visited the Little Flower Farm in April to look at three Kinder bucklings that Stacie had for sale, but they proved to be too big for what I thought I could handle. 

Okay, I wish I had bought the harvest pillow, it was 20.00.  A bargain! 

The bread on the table below is povatica.  (pronounced POvateetsa).  It is a bread made and sold here locally by several bakeries, but also by ladies who learned to make it from their Croatian moms. 
It's nut bread, but can have several fillings in it.  
I love it.  
I have a friend who makes it at Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I am going to place an order with her for three loaves.  It's 20.00 a loaf! 

The lady who was selling in the above picture also had smaller loaves of nut bread and streudel for sale for 6.00, and now I wish I had bought one for a treat for us this evening. 

One of my favorite pictures of our hens.  She was so happy rambling through the flower beds. 

They are really turning over the beds for me these days. 

Look!  There was a hydrangea (or is it a viburnum???) hiding behind all those zinnias that were blooming there.  

I won't crowd it next year, and that beautiful colored mum is coming out and going somewhere where it can be enjoyed better, too. 

The zinnias, on their way to the pasture brush pile.  They are too woody for the compost heap. 

That's one of the butterfly bushes leaning over behind them, the one I pruned so hard this spring.  I don't like the fact that it has fallen over, literally, because the whole plant leans forward, and may be coming out.  I'm going to prune it again and see what happens. 

I think this weekend is going to be it for our colorful byways, as leaves are dropping like crazy now, and we are expecting hard rain on Tuesday.  It's such a pleasure to be out and about in it.  

(I cannot tell a lie, I snapped this while driving west on 24/40 this morning). 

Sometimes I wish we could all be like this duck, and just enjoy things for what they are....
even a fortex of water in the pasture! 

On a much more serious note, our little friend Tweedles has become very ill again after being able to come home from the specialty vet clinic.  She is back in and in an oxygen incubator, with serious pneumonia.  Her mama, Georgie, is caring for her and for her other mama, Paulette, who had surgery this week.  Please remember Georgie in your prayers tonight, as she needs strength to meet all these challenges right now.  


  1. i love making povatica and it really isn't too hard but it sure is good! i think that is a viburnum and not a hydrangea. the leaves are smaller and a bit fuzzy. and they turn a different color in the fall. i would love that craft fair!

  2. I always enjoy my visit to your place.

  3. Sounds like a lot going on. The Little Flower Farm had a really cute booth.

  4. I do love craft sales like that and used to go often, not so much anymore. That bread looks and sounds wonderful . I've not ever heard of it before, but do like breads with nuts in them. Banana nut is a favorite of mine. Many of our trees are already bare, but the ones that remain are beautiful. Even on dark rainy days they brighten up the landscapes. I'll be praying for your friend . Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

  5. I haven't gone to a Fall Festival yet this season and must go!! Love all the neat things made by hand. cute duck in a dish picture. His very own jacoozie!

  6. Craft sales are getting few and afar between
    here and then I think some things are just a bit
    high. I realize that time and effort go into the mix
    but I still think some of the prices asked could be a bit lower.

    Duck Jacoozie idea above is so funny!

    Hope your friend pup is ok.

    M :)

  7. Sweet Mary Ann
    I came to thank you for all the love and caring and prayers that you have been sending to me while I have been sick. I am still fighting to get better.
    Thank you too for all the love and prayers for my moms.
    I do not have words to tell you how you have touched our hearts, Thank you for all the love .
    your tweedles

  8. $20 a loaf....WOW.

    Do what we do Mary Ann, drive a stake in the ground and tie it in the direction you want it to grow.

    Looks like a very neat craft event.

  9. What a great looking event. That bread looks so good, I'm going to have to look up a recipe.


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