Hello, Friends,

The weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse and, as much as I hate to admit it, it’s officially time to close up shop in the vegetable garden. So this weekend, I covered my vegetable bed with a mixture of shredded leaves and grass clippings, and then I mixed up a batch of my Fall Garden Bedtime Tonic consisting of 1 can of regular cola (not diet), 1 cup of dishwashing liquid, and 1/4 cup of ammonia in my 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, filling the balance of the sprayer jar with warm water. I saturated the layer of mulch over my vegetable garden and said “good night, sleep tight” for the winter.

Once the veggie patch had been put to bed, I decided to clean out my flower beds. But as soon as I began snipping back spent plants, it started to rain—and I mean hard! Well, by the time I got indoors, my sneakers were sopping wet. So I made a makeshift shoe-dryer. All I did was bend the corners of a wire clothes hanger straight up. Then I tied one shoe to each side, and popped the hanger hook over the shower rod. Problem solved!
A dreary Saturday afternoon might depress some folks, but not me! That’s because there’s nothing my wife, Shirley, likes to do more than serve up a pot of homemade stew and a loaf of fresh-baked bread on a cold, rainy day. (And, there’s nothing I like do to more than eat ‘em!) But when she reached into the oven to pull out the bread, she singed her finger on the pan. Ouch—it was Jerry to the rescue! I snatched a raw potato, sliced the end off, and gently rubbed the cut surface over her burned skin. It relieved the pain almost instantly. Then we sat down and dined on the best stew-and-bread supper in town!