Thursday, September 7, 2017

Water and apples

Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help? See *** at the end.

So today.
First.. WE are in NC for Sherry's class reunion, not in our house in Deltona. Son Mark just drove down to day headed for Port Richie, he stopped by our house, sent us a picture, no damage yet, oh wait,...... it is not there yet! ;-) 

But Lisa (@ Away fromthe Office chair)  and we have a mutual friend , Robin, she is in the Dominican Republic, Right in Harms way! NOW!

 When you have a home in harm’s way, you pay attention.  So of course we are following the latest one hitting the Caribbean Islands now and is headed to the coasts of Florida.
                                                    (Picture from the internet)
That brings up water. Son Mark tells me that there is no bottled water left from Orlando south in Florida according to the news. This honestly amazes an old man.  I think Sherry and I, along with son-Mark, are the only ones in our family that do not drink bottled water.
           (The famous outhouse spring water, not #2)
I am shocked that someone cannot plan on a few days of tap water during an emergency. We always just fill some buckets or jugs with water. Some folk will not let their children drink from a water cooler. I guess I am too old to change, but I see folk that seem to think that tap water is snake venom, come on. I have known folks who have lived to the ripe old age of 55 (and 100) drinking tap and well water.

Now to a more pleasant subject, APPLES. From my earliest childhood I have loved apples. From green, the size of a quarter, until ripe. I break all the rules on salt, I’m sorry to offend, but my apples are best enjoyed with salt, especially the green ones. I carried some salt in wax-paper in my bib overalls or pockets,  most of my childhood. It is hard to eat raw veggies (turnips, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans) and APPLES without salt.
 Okay, what brought up the apples? I was raised on NC mountain apples. I do not know the names, but I favored what mama called ‘cooking’ apples because they seemed to be tart. Perfect with salt. If someone allowed me to pull green apples I never asked what kind.

Traveling in NY in our first small camper I bought some apples on the side of the road, they were  Empires. WOW when I tasted the first one I was hooked. I seldom see them in stores, but just a few days ago I found some in those little paper buckets at the grocery store. The Empire is tart and juicy. I am enjoying them down to the core, and sometime I eat the core, seeds and all.  The red delicious seems to be the only other apple that is consistent in its taste, and I do love them also.

Nite Shipslog

ps ****BECAUSE
MAYDAY comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'

                  1919 Nash truck 2 ton model.


Chatty Crone said...

Jack I did not know you had a home in Florida - I thought you always took your camper...I will be thinking and praying for you.

Apples: I try to eat one every day - so I do go to Whole Foods to get organic - I have to say I do not like them tart - I go for sweeter ones.

I can't believe all this weather and loss. Prayers going out.


Jean said...

I have a grandson and his family that lives in Deland Florida he wanted to come up here tomorrow and stay until things cleared out. I was kind of okay with it until he called today wanting to bring some friends with them. I had to go to Dothan to see my cardiologist this afternoon and having to do everything for my husband is more then I can bear at this time. We have only a three bedroom one bath house. I really hate to tell them no, this old lady is wore out I don't even fill like cutting the grass. What should I tell them? I hope your house will be okay and glad you and Sherry aren't down there.

Mevely317 said...

For the last 20-30 years of her life, my mother ate an apple every evening. Once I asked, "Do you really like them that much?" ... but no, it was for 'medicinal' purposes only. Even when she'd take the bus from Port Charlotte to my place in Tarpon Springs, she'd pack an apple. (Because she knew I'd never keep a piece of fruit in the house. LOL)

Texting my BF (in St. Pete) earlier tonight, she's under mandatory evacuation. They're headed for Columbus, GA tomorrow. Sure hope I'm wrong, but Irma sounds like a beast. Prayers for all along her path!

Lisa said...

I just wrote a hurrican post too! And I did not know Robin was out there !! Thanks for that little bit of info she failed to let me know about! Hope shes ok. Wow.
Glad you guys are not in Florida.


Paula said...

Hope your house will be safe. Funny to hear you carried salt when you were young. You were prepared. I wonder if you would have liked the bitter oranges our tree grew.

betty said...

Scary about Florida and Irma's potential destruction. I mentioned I think that I type for a group of Florida hospitals. Knowing they have to keep some medical personnel there, I'm wondering who draws the short straws for staying and who are the lucky ones that get to evacuate?

Hoping your house that took you guys a long time to find and then time to remodel weathers the storm and is left standing on solid ground.



Hope your Deltona house weathers the storm. And praying for everyone else in Florida. I like GALA apples.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Praying all keep safe in the storm. Enjoy those apples! They are good for you!

Unknown said...

I can't believe all this weather and loss. Prayers going out.


Dar said...

So many prayers for so many people from our home to theirs. I'm so glad to hear you are in NC right now and praying that your new home stays afloat.
This is a horrid storm going on. As for apples, I grow Wolf River, Sweet 16, and Bonnie's Best and love them all. Uncle Bob just sent 5 five gallon buckets home with Bill for the deer...ummmm, sorry deer, but I get first dibs on pie apples and sauce apples. My pantry is filling up.
love n' hugs from up north where we are so blessed to be safe from most weather turmoil.