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Apple Butter Stirring Excitement

The Excitement Stirred in Roscoe Village

Please understand, I’m not slamming the Apple Butter Festival. Many people would love it. People into crafts would be in heaven I’m not even a festival guy. I didn’t.  For me it was a humorous disaster.

First stop was a church parking lot we were directed to. $3 each to park. I asked if 1 spot for 2 bikes would be $3. They said no. That’s un-Christian right there – I think. I paid anyhow. I didn’t want to talk about $3 at the pearly gates, so I gave up the money, but we took 2 spaces.

First, I was yelled at a by an elderly Eastern European playing a harpsichord.  I just pointed my camera at him playing. He freaked out. Whatever. Eastern European harpsichord players are cranky bastards.

There was an overwhelming amount of high-priced pallet wood art.

And the apple butter? There was one dude stirring apple butter. Here he is. He was about as excited as you expect a guy stirring apple butter to be.

Stirring apple butter at Roscoe Village.
The one apple butter stirrer at the Apple Butter Stirring Festival.

I got a laugh out of the situation though. I hiked a serious hill and paid a $5 entry fee. There were more fees to do other things if one opted to, $5 got a visitor admission to a public street.

There was a really good band playing and the place smelled great with the food cooking. It wasn’t all bad.

The Smiley Face Store

This Reminded Me Of The Store With Smilies

Love stress ball over sewer drain.
Love Stress Ball Over A Sewer Drain

This love struck smiley face stress ball laying over the sewer reminded me of the similar smiley face department store that I hate.

As I continue to watch the smiley store corporation stock plummet and see the truth about their goods revealed, this is how I view that corporation. The last thing I heard about them revealed so much about the level of corruption in our country. It involved huge farm subsidies going to corn, soy, and cottonseed mega farms. The overwhelming majority of food stuffs in their stores are made from these products.

We pay for the subsidies of these crops. The crops are grown, then processed in ways that are poisonous to us. Then, we buy the products at the smiley store. In essence, we pay for them twice, but they seem like a bargain. For some, it is all that they can afford.

I really wish I listened to the “whackos” telling us this 20, 30 years ago.

Winter Deer


Deer in a Winter field.
Deer in winter in an Ohio field.

These deer ran in front of my car on a country road. There wasn’t any traffic around so I stopped and watched them for a while.

Whitetail Deer Facts

  • Like common cattle, deer have four chambers in their stomachs for eating things like grass.
  • Deer can run 40mph, jump 9 feet high, and broad jump 30 feet. Kind of like woodland super heroes.
  • Their ears can rotate in any direction without moving their head.
  • They taste great.

Radishes Like I’ve Never Seen

Radishes were another adventure for me in gardening as I’ve never planted them before. The results are stunning.

Large radishes in the garden.
Radished in the garden.

They are about half the size of a banana.

Huge radishes.
Huge radishes.

I read that the longer radishes are in the ground, the hotter they get. It’s true, but they don’t get super hot. I’d say the flavor is just greatly enhanced if you let them grow for a few months.

Radishes were fast and easy to grow in my best soil. They were so easy that I may try them in some lesser quality soil in other places around the yard.