We had to run some errands and stock up on supplies yesterday, the eve of the Fourth of July. I took along the camera to share some Slice-of-Life pictures with you from Winona, Mississippi and Grenada, Mississippi.
The first picture is what we see every time we go through the drive through window at our bank in Winona, MS, the county seat of Montgomery County.
I don't know who owns the lot on which this garage or tool shed proudly displays this "Buy American" sign. It is a perfect place for this important reminder when people are either depositing or withdrawing money.
I've still not gotten the picture of him that I envision getting. He is surprisingly difficult to photograph creatively.
In time...I'll get the perfect picture! The journey of photography is the intoxicating part, is it not?
UPDATE: Hearing from folks who live in or used to live in WInona, the Grocery Man has been there at least 32 years, even when the grocery store was called Big Star and Market Basket. I'll update as I learn more. That sign must have been made VERY well to have not needed repainting all this time. I wonder who made it.
The freshly mowed grass smelled so green and calming as the van's air conditioner sucked in fresh air before chilling it.
We are in the middle of a dry spell in our part of the state. Some might even call it a drought. Our sweet corn on the farm is not filling out because of the lack of rain.
We Mississippians tend to take our lush vegetation and bounty of water for granted because we see such beauty all the time.
Until Gordon got accustomed to such statements, I had to explain that Daddy had used this method to teach me the principle of not coveting what belonged to somewhere else.
I can hear Daddy's voice now, "I wish I had that beautiful boat, and that man had an even bigger and better boat."
Even a 45 year old woman has to consistently practice the discipline of not coveting what others have...not being jealous of others.
First stop was the Day Old Bread Store. We stock up at the first of the month and freeze the bread. For 20 loaves of different bread and a ten other items, we only spent $35. What is a loaf of bread at full retail now, over $2 per loaf?
Do you buy and freeze bread? Do you have bread outlet stores like this in your area?
We want to buy a truck with enough power to pull a fifth wheel (RV). We're not ready to buy the RV yet, but getting the truck is the next step.
We need a good truck on the farm as demonstrated when the old 1994 green van had a warning light come on, preventing Gordon from taking the kiln to the repair shop on Tuesday.
We'll talk vehicles another time because I would like the benefit of your experience. We want to buy a program truck, preferably from 2007 or 2008. All the dealership had was 2006 or 2007.
I want a tan or champaign color like our just-paid-for van. We will be keeping her for a good many more years. 250,000 miles is our goal for any vehicle we buy.
More fun and silly "slice of life" stuff to share with you later today, the Fourth of July.
For now, some sleep.