My Arkansas, Then And Now

My Arkansas, Then And Now

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fayetteville Farmer’s Market 2011

One of my favorite places to visit is the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market on the Fayetteville Square with its great food, fruits, vegetables, flowers, art and entertainment but my visits there were rare this year due to medical issues and the weather. After a very wet, cold winter that seemed to last through May with unusually cool temperatures and too much rain and flooding lasting for six weeks, Northwest Arkansas didn’t see any traditional springtime weather as we moved right into summer with the rains all but disappearing, driven away by weeks of very extreme heat with temperatures into the 100s and dangerously dry conditions. Arkansas farmers—including those who normally have such wonderful fare at the Farmer’s Market— took a huge economic hit as the extremes of weather were a disaster to the crops. The highest temperature registered on my thermometer was 117 degrees in August. Now, here it is September and the much welcomed cooler temperatures and light, pleasant rains have made their way back in. As the fall season approaches, I’m looking forward to visiting the Market again before it closes for the winter on November 19th, 2011.


Monday, February 21, 2011

For All You Kindle Users

Storytellin: True & Fictional Short Stories Of Arkansas... now available on Kindle. More information can be found at the Kindle Ebook Store. Click on this posting's title for a direct link that will take you to the Kindle store.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Who Knew?

I make most of the bread I eat myself but still, from time to time, buy loaves of bread from the store. I keep and reuse the plastic twist ties from those loaves for any number of handy, useful things. I had no idea the different colors of ties related to the day the loaf was baked.

Fresh bread, it seems, is delivered to the store on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The color codes are used to designate which day of the week the bread was baked on and aid stockers and re-stockers in determining the oldest bread on the shelf. I’m told all bakers use the color coding but that some may not use the same colors to designate the same day.

The basic rule seems to be this for the day the loaf of bread was baked:

Monday - Blue
Tuesday - Green
Thursday - Red
Friday - White
Saturday – Yellow

If you tend to buy bread from the same company, you can research and find out which color code they use. This would help guarantee you are buying the freshest loaf on the shelf.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Largest Snowstorm On Record...

…For NW Arkansas

And I’m right in the middle of it. It’s 8 a.m.; been snowing since 3 a.m., temperature is 18 degrees, wind chill is 7 degrees. Sky is so dark, snow is falling so heavy the nearest homes to me can barely be seen. Forecast is for snow to continue at a rate of about 2 inches per hour up until about noon today. Here’s a shot with an 18 inch ruler almost buried—just under 17 inches of snow and like I said, it’s still falling heavy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ice Covered Trees

One of the most beautiful and unusual pictures I’ve seen from Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas. Picture was taken by Park Ranger Doug and posted over on the Arkansas State Parks website. Thanks, Arkansas State Parks and great job, Doug.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Not often I see blizzard warnings for Northwest Arkansas, but here it is. In fact, I'm told this is the first one ever for this part of the country. So far, there's just over one quarter inch of ice and about three inches of snow and the snow is still falling. If that minus nine degrees actually gets here Thursday night, it will be a record cold reading for this area.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Marble King

"…the Logan County school was out last week and the return to classes wouldn’t begin again until after Labor Day. It was the first full Friday of their summer vacation and they were out to enjoy it.

Bradley was on the ground with a sharp stick drawing the circle that would be the ring for the marble game called ringer.

“Bet you still have that ugly, lame shooter don’t you, Larry,” ridiculed Bruce. He was busy chewing a wad of gum and flipping his own shooter—a black and white aggie—up into the air and catching it again like flipping a coin. Bruce considered himself the best at everything and that included marbles. He’d placed third in his first ever state marble championship last year and had a nice trophy and a fancy blue marble bag to show for it. He was a competitor and had no tolerance for those he considered inferior whether it involved marbles or anything else. He was a straight “A” student in school but in social situations, he might rate a failing grade for rudeness and belligerence. Many thought his attitude might have something to do with the fact his family had more money than anyone else in the small town. Larry thought it was because he had a wad of rude stuck somewhere in his body where good manners should have been…"

Excerpt from the short story “The Marble King” from the book “Storytellin’: True & Fictional Short Stories Of Arkansas”

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Twitter Arrives

At the suggestion of my daughter, I’ve joined the Twitter community and added Twitter to this website. Not sure how it is going to work but am giving it a try. If you are so inclined, follow me and this blog on Twitter @JackRCotner and I’ll become one of your followers.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Good Times And Christmas Cheer

Me And Adelinda

Another Christmas has come and gone and here we are in a new year. Hope everyone had a safe and happy set of winter holidays. Time to get busy with projects for the twelve months of 2011.