we went to the sparks flea market yesterday. one stand owner asked “drove all the way up from Mayetta huh?” i said yeah, i do every year. must if they recognize me.
it took me three hours to walk the whole place. i checked out most stands. i pass on a few. i didnt buy much. nothing really caught my attention. i found a coupla of old wooden bats for a buck each. one was marked 1.99 but i asked the guy if he would take a buck. he said yeah. i use the bats to wrap roaches on. i cut them down to size first.
i found a button that said ‘i did time in Leavenworth, Kansas.’ i guess it was a play on the fact that prison is the main industry there. i worked there for 5 years. i had to buy the button. i added it to my collection. i have over a thousand buttons. i have political, sport, hippie, pow wow and advertising buttons.
i bought two reels for a buck each. the guy said he bought out the whole supply of them a few years ago. now he just wanted to get rid of them. said they might need oiling or other work. the two i picked both worked. we have rods that need reels. gotta have enough rod and reels when we take the grandsons fishing.
mary bought a couple of trikes for the grand kids. we dont have enough when the grand daughters and grandsons are all here. now they can each ride something. Andrew has a bike he rides. Samuel has a tractor.
i got hungry around noon. i ordered a rice bowl something or other from one stand. it was alright but not what i wanted. i had my heart set on a smoked turkey leg. they wont have them until today. i couldn’t wait that long.
some lady asked me if i found mushrooms. i said yeah three times now. she asked ‘i bet you dont sell them tho.’ i said no but they do on craigslist for 30 bucks a pound. she said they charge 80 in Kansas City. i just shook my head. damn.
i had mushrooms and scrambled eggs again today. it was the fifth time i had them for breakfast. i had them fried twice. we have maybe enough for one more supper. i gave some away. the prime picking is yet to come but i may be done with it. got my fill.
on the way back from the flea market we took a different route. i like to travel every road we see. that is so we dont have to go the same way every time. i started yawning because i was tired. i got up early so we could make the almost two hour drive. mary said she would drive.
i was just about to nod off when she said ‘theres a turtle’. i became alert right away and said pull over. i jumped out to pick it up. it snapped at me a couple of times. that usually dont happen. maybe them turtles know about me. i used one of the wood bats to pin the turtle down so i could grab it by the tail. i loaded it into the car.
i put it in a barrel of water. it is just the right size. they are tender at that size. the bigger ones have to be cooked longer. my first turtle of the year. i will clean it later.