Asa loves Aunt Melissa’s organic #blueberries


Asa Graham loves gluten-free blueberry cobbler made with his Aunt Melissa’s organic blueberries.

While the last two weeks of June are typically the prime blueberry season, with all of the rain we have had in the past weeks, there are still plenty of blueberries to be enjoyed this summer.
One local farm has produced blueberries, after several years of nurturing 200 bushes. Blue Mimosa Farms in Center Grove is continuing to sell fresh organic blueberries through July.
Ricky and Melissa Reed, along with Melissa’s son Brandon Aultman, are having a great time meeting people and selling their organic, pesticide-free blueberries. They have made it into a family project that is bringing them a little closer together this summer. Continue reading

Enjoying #blueberry season this #summer


For the Powell’s, blueberries have been a family tradition for over 20 years.

Blake Powell said his grandfather “was a genius.” Powell said when he established the blueberry trees he installed a special irrigation system that has kept the blueberry farm in business regardless of the rainfall conditions. But rain is a good thing for blueberries and extends the growing season through July. Continue reading

#FRIDAYFOOD I scream for ice cream!


“I scream, you scream, we all love ice cream” and in celebration of National Ice Cream Month, there’s no better time than July to cool down with a scoop or two. #NationalIceCreamMonth

I have always loved vanilla and chocolate together. Not a strawberry ice cream girl, due to a strawberry milk incident at Camp Garawaya when I was in the third grade. They had us make Brunswick stew out in the woods and had strawberry milk for us to drink. It was HOT that summer and strawberry milk did not set well. So there is NO WAY I would ever have strawberry ice cream. Even today, I am not so sure.

Do you remember back in the day when Sonic had swirl ice cream – vanilla and chocolate “swirled” together in a cone or a cup! YUM! It was my absolute favorite!

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Rocking Winona #662ROCKSWINONA


 It began about three months ago when Sherrie Palmertree found a painted rock on the window ledge of Hobby Lobby in Olive Branch.

She had read about the rock painting craze in larger communities and was so excited to find her first painted rock.

“I screamed with excitement,” Palmertree said. “I scared my friend that was with me she thought something was wrong. She had not heard of this craze.”

When she returned home to Winona, Palmertree looked the page up that the rock belonged to and began reading. She decided this was something fun she wanted to do with her grandkids in Winona this summer.

Three months later, the Facebook group, 662 Rocks Winona has received 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments and photos of local people painting rocks, giving clues to where the rocks are hidden and photos of people finding rocks. Most found rocks are re-hidden within the community to keep the fun going. While some people may keep their found rocks as souvenirs, most are back in the community for someone new to find them. Continue reading

Weaving a Twisted Tale


“In a small town in Mississippi, his pride killed his son. Now his pride has him on everyone’s hit list, including his own family’s.” – from “Sculpture: The Evil of Pride.”

Author Willie Frank Hobbs describes his latest book as “a fast paced twisted tale of suspense and mystery where Buford J. Lewis, Sr. aka “Daddy Bo” searches for the murderer of his son while the unknown killer is still searching for him.

The Winona native said he has always been a big “whodunit” buff. Continue reading

It was a big spider…



Well, as I am rinsing my hair in the shower last night, I see the largest brown house spider IN THE WORLD on the far edge of the tub surround.

I freeked out a little, but calmly turned off the water and opened the shower curtain to get tissue to get rid of the spider. I didn’t get a good grasp on him at first, but I smashed it back on to the wall to kill it.

Something happened while smashing the spider, and I fell out of the shower. I lost my footing and landed face first onto the toilet then onto the floor.

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