Here are 10 things happening around here--just to quickly catch you up to speed...
1. The fields have been planted. We have soybeans in the front fields and field corn toward the back by the pond. The planting happened and that very night we had crazy rainstorms that soaked the fields. Now the soybeans are about 3 inches high or so and doing fine. They look a bit like English pea plants at this stage.
2. Memorial Day was spent with family here at the farm. Grandpa or "Poppy" as my 2 year old nephew calls him, gave each of the grandkids a ride on his tractor. It's a 1948 Farmall "H" beautifully restored to the classic, glossy, red color. Travis and Arliss are able to drive it solo, a watershed moment for any 10 year old. They have been driving it solo for a couple of years now.
|This is not my dad's, but it's very similar.|
4. Summer is here in spades! As is usual here in our section of Illinois, we had winter, then spring for 2 days or so, then bam! summer came with a vengeance. We have had temps in the high 80s and low 90s already and June just started. Yesh. Thank goodness for breezes on a farm.
5. My riding lawnmower continues to behave like a teenager. My dear dad has been spending time with it getting it to run and fixing the deck so it engages when it is lowered. Memorial Day he fixed it and it worked beautifully. I turned it off to eat with the family, got back on to cut a bit more-nothing. The starter died. Once the starter is replaced-by dear dad- it should behave itself.
6. Ticks. I know, it's gross to talk about bugs, but the reality is here on the farm ticks are a part of life. Arliss has found two on him so far and Travis found one crawling next to him. Before you start thinking about not coming to visit, relax. We do tick-checks after walking through tall grass or playing in the haymow.
|American dog tick.|
9. Barbecue chicken. Dearest hubby made the best chicken for dinner. Grilling is wonderful, the heat from cooking is outside and the clean up is easy!! No pots or pans to wash! Seriously, if you haven't grilled yet, what are you waiting for????
|don't you just want to eat it right now??|
|Peony is the flower for the May portion of my Farmer's Almanac calendar|
Sending love and the sweet smells of summer,
With love from the farm!