My Arkansas, Then And Now

My Arkansas, Then And Now

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.