Village scene

We went to a couple of markets on Hwy. 107 yesterday. The roadsides were ablaze in autumn colors as wildflowers put on their best show trying to compete with brilliantly painted and inked soda and beer cans and plastic snack bags and wrappers which adorned the green ditches. Carolyn got herself some turnips and yellow squash and got me a jar of pear honey. I was going to buy a watermelon but the proprietor told us we could have a couple free of charge as there are few left this late in the season and they were small. This particular market will close soon for winter and don’t have much variety left. They do have taters and will have more sweet corn on Thursday. The other market will probably stay open until Halloween, speaking of which Carolyn bought Sammy his first punkin to decorate. I made some more photos from the car, but nothing very interesting. I may plague you blog readers with a few of them this week.
Some economists are now saying that the U.S. is into the second part of its double-dip recession. They must be speaking about the well to do folks out there; us peons haven’t been able to get any kind of foothold but have continuously slid farther into a seemingly endless nightmare. I am hearing mixed thoughts about a raise for Social Security recipients in 2012. Some say there will be none while some say there will be a small one of one or two percent, and others say there may be as much as three and one-half percent increase. Most agree that whatever there is, if any, will be eaten by higher Medicare premiums. If there is no increase in our checks, we will once more lose money to Medicare just as we did last year. We will know in mid-October. Do any of you have a preferred brand of dog food for we Americans geezers to eat?
Carolyn got a bit of good news for a change; one of her customers is expanding his business and wants her to clean more office space for him. It will help some but will not make up for the two customers she is losing at the end of this month. For the first time ever, she is looking at a very good possibility of laying off one of her people who has been with her for 13 years.
Thanks to Jola for the photo of a small gallery in the scenic village of Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. Cities seem to exist for the sake of existing whereas villages exist for people.
I placed my edited story The Hunter on Brasstacks and will leave it there for a few days. There may be minor future edits but as of now the story has 3938 words. Thirty more stories of this length and I will have enough to publish a respectable length book; I better get busy.
A blessed Wednesday to all of you!

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  1. Thanks Jola for the photo. Villages seem to me like magical places only seen in this country in the land of Disney. Our roadside veggie/fruit stands are winding down as well. Come late January though they will be once again alive with greens, radishes and cucumbers; then soon to follow- strawberries provided we have a mild winter. I don’t know of any good dog food to recommend and will pray it won’t come to that for you! Pear honey sounds divine – spread over a biscut fresh out of the oven- yum. The photo from yesterday is adorable. Was that a family piece of furniture or courtsey of the photographer I wonder. I love the history and energy of old family furniture. good luck for Carolyn. The woman must work her tailfeathers off.

  2. Our roadside markets won’t be reopening until at least mid-May, and local produce won’t come in before mid-June. There will be strawberry trucks around, but garden stuff will be rare for awhile. I don’t expect to have to eat dog food, but I imagine it cannot be any worse than some of the processed tripe which fast food joints serve. The photo furniture was most likely the photographer’s. We never had anything near as fancy as that.
    Thanks, Tammy.

  3. I love the markets in my city too. Autumnal stalls are really beautiful. I hear about ‘pear honey’ first time. It’s intriguing. There are many sorts of honey in Poland; the most popular is lime-blossom honey. I like buckwheat honey; a bit chilly and very dark.
    My photo looks so nicely here. I’m happy you like it, my American friends. If it’s possible, please read more about Kazimierz Dolny.

  4. This will be the first time I’ve tried pear honey, but I have had peach honey which is delicious.
    I put the link the village on the blog; I should have done it when I was writing it. The town has a very interesting and tragic history.
    Thanks, Jola. 🙂

  5. Most of the markets are much smaller here also and will not get big until May. The big state ones are still going strong for now.

    At least Carolyn is still staying afloat.

    I like the picture. The image of what many Americans think of a European village.

    We have not come out of the first recession. The talking heads need to look at the raw/real numbers instead of manipulating them to make them fit their agenda.

    • With a huge portion of our manufacturing gone overseas, especially the smaller items that kept millions of people working for more than 100 years, I don’t see us ever recovering. Machines are doing more and more and the work for people just doesn’t exist. Infrastructure is out best bet for short term recovery, but if it were allowed, it wouldn’t be enough to sustain a long prosperity.
      Thanks, Mark.

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