This is the lazy part of summer for some; however, not so for the serious vegetable gardeners among us.
In my first book, “Tales from the Hills and Hollers of Eastern Kentucky,” I proclaimed that my mom and her children tended a vegetable garden the size of a football field. Now, I know that was my perception as a child, but it really was quite large. The garden and orchard were eventually sold for two house plots.
The 15th of July through the first week of August are commonly called “Dog Days.”
In generations past, these were the sultry days of summer believed to be evil times when dogs became mad, and other creatures became languid and dangerous to approach.
Folklore has it that these were oppressive days of hot temperatures, which brought on fevers, odd maladies and mental hysteria among the weak-minded.
However, in Kentucky’s mountainous area of my childhood, Mommy would just warn us to be extra careful – just in case there was a morsel of truth on the plate of yesterday’s foreboding.
As for my thoughts on the forewarnings of “Dog Days,” I am in full agreement with one stanza of Robert Browning’s 1841 poem called “Pippa Passes:”
“The Lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thron;
God’s in His heaven –
All’s right with the world!”
Actually, all may not be right with the world, but this gal has lived long enough to know that a person can choose to have peace among conflict, by rooting themselves in God’s written word.
Remember, there will be a basic health screening from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday in the Tates Creek Baptist Church parking lot, 1255 Boonesboro Road.
The church, in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University nursing program, will be providing a health fair to the people on the north side of the county. However, anyone may attend the clinic free of charge and will not be turned away. Basic health screenings will be provided for children and adults alike.
Kudos goes out to Tates Creek Baptist Church congregation for their love and concern for our community.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the community is invited to bring their children to the parking lot of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 3085 Lexington Road, for an entire day carnival-style vacation Bible school.
Your children will hear the wonderful good news of God’s love through Bible-story teaching, but everything will be in keeping with the theme, “Everyone’s Day of Fun.”
The foods will be in accordance with a carnival atmosphere. There will be popcorn, snow cones, pizza and much more. I am told the real fun thing will be the water-slide. All children are welcome.
You know, the northern end of the county is a good place to live and visit, thanks to the state park’s swimming pool, miniature golfing, camping grounds, White hall Historic Site and the many wonderful churches to serve that serve the Madison County populace. Why not drive out and partake in our wonderful amenities.
Another reminder, Madison Christian Church is holding vacation Bible school this week through Thursday night. Check with the church for more information. This is another concerned congregation of people who love the Lord and strive to serve their community with many annual programs, the most famous being the Christmas dinner for the needy.
Okay! The old saying was sent in by Susan Macafee. It reads: “A green Christmas and a warm, sunshiny day means a full graveyard for the coming year. A cold, snowy Christmas Day means an empty graveyard for the coming year.” Thanks, Susan!
If you have an old saying, sign or cure, contact me by calling 527-0411 or e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your nugget of knowledge from yesteryear. All special days, church and community events are welcome as well.
Until next week, may God bless you and yours.
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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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