LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Garden Notes No. 62

We need rain at Red Oak House. But the new ice maker in the fridge seems to work. My mother would say, maybe when we kids were asking for something that might not be reasonable, “People in hell want ice-water.”

But a small celebration was held here when I scored a brand-new Margaritaville blender (our vintage blender on its last legs and I like smoothies) at a yard sale across the street from my sister’s house. Thirty bucks for an appliance that retails around $100-plus. We will share said appliance with the Walbys for family gatherings (and store said appliance in our pantry for such occasions).

And the circle of joy was completed when we sent the photo (me holding Jimmy Buffet album at the end of blog) to our old friend who has known Buffett keyboardist Utley most of their lives. No, we didn’t get to meet Buffett himself but that’s not the point. Utley graciously signed our vintage vinyl and we share the swag and joy of the concert in Minneapolis in the midst of a monster winter snowstorm and we returned home to Bismarck safely with wonderful memories of our first live Buffett concert.


Tomato juice making

Red Oak House rodents visit the back patio

Ruby-throated Hummingbird visits Red Oak House annual


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