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October 18, 2012

Fall harvest time is here once again

NORMAN — Fall vegetable gardens used to be gathered by the family.

“It must be done today,” a grandfather phones his children. “It’s going to rain buckets. It’ll be too muddy to get in the gardens, and those potatoes will rot in the ground.”

Plans get canceled and winter potatoes get dug in a day.

“How do I do this?” a grandchild says, anxious to help.

“Take this pitchfork and dig underneath the potato plant,” grandfather says. “Remember, the potatoes hang on the roots. You need to dig deep enough not to ruin them with the pitchfork. Turn the whole thing over and pick off the potatoes.”

Once potatoes were stored for winter, everyone could relax. Until they needed to gather winter onions, tie them and hang them up to dry.

These days, most folks don’t need to harvest, leaving time to update finances, closets and fun.

“What did we do at the beach last summer to get this much on our credit card?” Lenny says. “Perhaps I should let you write these checks, saving my blood pressure.”

“You do it,” his wife responds. “It wasn’t me who insisted we stay at the best inn we could find.”

“You took our daughter shopping and bought every beach garb in sight.”

“You told us to get what we needed.”

“But stuff’s more expensive at the shore.”

“Such as fishing lures, fishing hat, license and a boat rental?”

Husband writes the check.

“Minimum now,” he says. “We can argue about it later.”

Some find beach time expensive in another way.

Julie stares at herself in the mirror. “This is a size larger than I wore last year, and I still can’t fit in it.”

She tries another, modeling it for her friend.

“What do you think? Is this too tight?”

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