SMP Farms..

Maybe the title should be “A Tale of Two Gardens”.  Last Saturday, my DW and I traveled to Annapolis, MD for a professional lacrosse game.  Wes stopped by SMP Farms to visit DS1 at work. He has been working at this job since last spring and we had never visited his work place. He works about 50 miles away from home. The GPS took us over the river and through the woods since we opted to avoid toll roads. I wanted to see what the route that he drives each day is like. I don’t think I would want to drive that route everyday. I would suck up and pay the tolls and set the cruise control. His route has too many lights and 45/50 mph zones for my taste.

There are of course pictures from our visit. I will add a few at the bottom and a link to the Drop Box folder so you can see them all.  The farm/nursery is huge. I really had no idea how large the business was. We were both quite impressed. DS1 met us when we drove in and gave us an hour plus walking tour of the farm. We met the owner. He was a lot younger than we expected. I thanked him for keeping DS1 employed. I have a habit of thanking the children’s employers when I meet them.  We also met several of his co-workers.

We watched DS1 do his Saturday job which is being a salesperson to the plant needy populace. We also watched him drive the tractor using it to load a tree into the back of a pick up truck. DS1 shared some business wisdom with us on Saturday. He told us if the potential customer arrived in a pick up truck, the chances of closing the sale were much greater than somebody showing up in their car looking to “kick the tires”  We picked out a couple of Day lilies and a Sago Palm Tree to take home.  DS1 got the honor of delivering them to our home and planting them Sunday afternoon. The Sago Palm was not planted since it can not take the New Jersey winters.

Here are a few pictures from the farm.  Enjoy!  And thanks for reading!

The two gardens? Her (DW) has the flower garden. Him (me) has the food garden. Saturday’s visit was a flower garden visit.




Chaos, then quiet..

Today was a Work From Home Thursday for me.  Both of my immediate supervisors had the day off.  And, the traffic heading south towards the Jersey Shore is usually bad the Thursday and Friday before a holiday weekend. That certainly is enough incentive for me to work from home.  The past two days I took my lunch to the beach to shoot pictures of the beaches in several Monmouth County towns. Today for lunch? I stayed home and had a bowl of stone crab soup with my DW. We bought the stone crab soup from Keys Fisheries in Marathon, Fl. There were nice chunks of stone crab meat in the soup. And the soup was not too peppery.  Often we have found that pre-made “home-made” soups have a lot of pepper. I like the pepper, my DW, not so much.

My driving today was just one lap around the block. No, not just keep in practice. The town truck came by this morning to collect the tree branches that we stacked on the curb a few weeks back. The driver asked me to move one of the cars from in front of the house so that they could get the truck nearer to the brush pile.  Dinner tonight was chaos. DS1 arrived just as dinner was hitting the table. He backed his “red truck” into the drive without any incidents. The truck is full of trees that need to be delivered tomorrow morning.

Around the table for the first time since maybe Christmas were all the boys and us. It was loud. We (DW and I) usually eat alone since DS1 gets home late. So dinner is a quiet, relaxed, how was your day, kind of event. Tonight was closer to a MMA match. Who said what, who was where, who wanted something from the other end of the table.  I enjoyed the noise. I think the boys missed the camaraderie as well. Then, dinner was over, DS1 went to the gym, DS2 went to the high school to see a concert, and DS3 went to see a high school friend. 

No cars in the street, nobody in the cellar. Back to empty nest. Chaos to empty nest in 5 minutes. Wow!

Here are a few pictures from around the house tonight.  Enjoy!