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August 11, 2011

(still in rerun mode)

Last night, I was looking over the website Good Reads that I have never quite found a good use for, but I did find a quotes search function. One that popped up under Garrison Keillor was zucchini, namely if you leave the car door unlocked at a summer church service then you are likely to return to a find a pile of zucchini. I had to smile since this year I had that problem with an over abundance of squash and cucumbers, enough for a village it seems.

Sitting in the car eating ice cream this evening, we were startled by an elderly man banging on one of the closed windows (never mind that mine was open). In his hands were two cantaloupes. 'I've been giving these away at the Nazarene Church up the road, thought I'd give a couple to that young fellow.' He went on to explain that no, in fact, you cannot possibly eat or give them all away.

A quote comes alive.

Garrison Keillor says July is the only time of year when country
people lock our cars in the church parking lot, so people won't put squash
on the front seat. I used to think that was a joke ... It's a relaxed atmosphere
in our little town, plus our neighbors keep an eye out and will, if asked, tell
us the make and model of every vehicle that ever enters the lane to our farm.
So the family was a bit surprised when I started double-checking the security
of doors and gates any time we all were about to leave the premises.
'Do I have to explain the obvious?' I asked impatiently. 'Somebody might break
in and put zucchini in our house.'

— Barbara Kingsolver