Hot as a Firecracker
July 7, 2020, 3:26 pm
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July 7, 2020

Hard to believe that this picture was taken at night as the moon rose above the trees! This was taken on the 4th of July. It was a beautiful sight and all the “Fireworks” this old man needed.


This photo too, was taken on the 4th. Our garden is doing well. The corn meeting the knee high requirement with ease.

I finished our first cutting hay crop late in the day on Independence Day. Who doesn’t like baling hay on 4th of July?  I had a couple breakdowns, but that is okay. It is just part of farming. Thanks to good friends and good horses, we finished up before supper anyway.

The last couple of days have been very warm for us. The temperature is in the 90’s. I have been taking time in the middle of the day to just relax and ponder my next writing projects. I have passed some of the time watching hummingbirds come sit on the hummingbird swing that I made in my forge shop.


So very neat to see these busy little guys taking a break too. It even makes me feel a little less guilty about sitting around myself!

Idle Time…What’s that?
August 22, 2019, 10:28 am
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August 22, 2019

Summer is fading fast. The month of June was fleeting due to all the rainfall. The work of June got pushed into July. We worked steady in July and did a pretty good job of catching things back up. We even worked into the dark on occasion. The rising August full moon a few days ago, was beautiful. It made for a good time for reflecting on work that had been done, fun that we squeezed in and pointed towards the work to come.

The first parts of August were muggy and hot, even steamy. The rains started their pattern of coming about every two days. When it fell, it came hard with winds and fury. The grasses are growing, so more hay will hopefully get made. The field corn looks good and most things are staying green. I have been staying busy in the forge shop and around the farm.


Shelf brackets and twisted steel bracing, that I made for our daughter’s house. Fun project so far.


I put a new seat in the skid steer after sitting on a cat food bag for over a year! My wife and her little fingers helped with this project. Evidently, the workers at the “Daewoo” factory have much smaller hands than these old mitts of mine! In any case, we got it done. It makes me wonder why I waited so long. The cracked and worn seat gave me a wet butt for a year before it became so tattered that cat food bag was necessary, which got me another year. I can say that I used the old seat up! This one is much better.

The weather will break. Our early autumn and late summer days will be filled with plenty to do. I am mostly ready. The last piece of equipment needing attention is the corn picker. I will get it ready for the harvest soon.  First I need to finish the job of haying. Then clean and store the hay equipment. Following that job, I will move on to plowing and preparing the soil for our fall planted speltz crop. Then the corn harvest will commence. If the weather won’t allow for machine harvest, I will pick the 3 acres by hand…more on this job later.

Like the ant in the old fable, we are busy preparing for the coming winter. I suggest in the world of grasshoppers and ants…be the ant!