Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! ( a little early)
My crew will drive into town at 9 tonight to watch fireworks.  By then the temperature will drop to a cool 90 degrees.  Did I just use the word cool and 90 in the same sentence??

It’s been hot.  107 degrees hot one day this week.

Since this is my online scrapbook of sorts, I’m posting some crop photos to look back on. 

This year will bring a small harvest to many. We hold hopes for future rain to help the corn fields still holding on and for the soybeans. Others in the Midwest might have it worse than us, or remember too well a recent dry year.  Maybe many of us are in the same situation? It’s a wide-spread drought year for sure.

I also wish it would rain and cool down for the outdoor animals.  I'm thankful we have central air conditioning in our home. 

I don’t know farmers to be the “sit inside and watch the fields turn brown” sort of people.  This year brings opportunities of using heavy equipment on dry, hard soil. Filling in holes in field pathways.  Reworking waterways.

Busting up concrete foundations in backyards and hauling in soil for a future garden (I am really excited about this one.  This is my backyard I’m talking about!)
I dream of the coming spring where I plant broccoli and kohlrabi early. Then weeks later fill in the garden with green beans, tomatoes, sweet corn and sunflowers. Maybe a pumpkin plant for my G.

For 3 days this week, a track hoe has been parked in our backyard.  G now says backhoe (close enough) .  Sounds like “Bab-ho”.  If Hugabug starts whimpering in the evening, I say “G is there still a backhoe in the backyard?”  It’s a guaranteed mood changer.  We need it.  He is not happy we have to stay inside until after dusk.

G shows excitement to watch the fireworks this evening.  We previewed some on You Tube right after supper.

Big thank you to the local volunteer fire department for putting on the fireworks show tonight.  It’s a sight to see and a refreshing way to spend a hot evening!



  1. Thank goodness for crop insurance! I have a feeling that this year lots of companies will be paying out :) I have a younger brother interning with ADM in Wisconsin and he says that the crops are so bad that in some fields you really can't tell if corn or beans were planted there. I guess it could always be worse :)

    1. Yes I hope farmers bought insurance. Ahhh sorry to hear Wisconsin crops are looking sad. I hope your farm catches some good rains and keeps the corn a nice green (or in the green family!) Our chances of rain down here are improving next week. Come on rain!!! :)