Saturday, November 1, 2014

American Farmer

FFA was a part of my husband's life when he was in high school and is still a part or Chris' life. 
He received his State Farmer Degree alongside a childhood friend.
A year and a half ago, he received a Proficiency Award alongside a teenage friend.
The highest degree FFA honors members with is the American FFA Degree.
This honor will be bestowed upon 3,764 young adults today.
While that number of recipients sounds large, it represents less than 1% of all membership in FFA. 
One of these young people is our son. 
 Another is the pretty blonde above.
 Hubby and Chris flew to Kentucky earlier this week and have been having a good time...Louisville Slugger Museum for two baseball players was a highlight...visiting Churchill Downs has the two horse lovers left at home a bit jealous. 
The award ceremony will be broadcast live this morning and I'll be there at least in spirit.
Congrats to all of these Future Farmers of America.
You make us very proud.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkins in the Nick of Time!

Pumpkins done...carved, tacked, monogrammed, drilled and marbled.
I even updated the wreath for Fall.

Harvest 2014

After a year of tumultuous farming, our walnuts were harvested. 
This season began with no water and proceeded with very hot temps which have turned into very warm days. 
These trees need some cold nights to tell them that it is time to let go of the nuts and prepare for the winter. 
That last part had not quite happened. 
Still needed a couple more weeks, but the dehydrator was closing on Wednesday and from there they are sold to our processor. 
We were between a rock and a hard place.
 The harvesters arrived and began the dusty process. 
 Remember, we have had no measurable rain in months and months.
The leaves are coated in dust and while we irrigated a couple weeks ago in preparation for harvest, it was still dusty.
Lollipop Pop's golf tourney was this day as well. 
Hubby and I both decided that watching our girl play one last time was more important than staying home and fretting over the crop. 
There was nothing we could do or change. 
My sweet sister in law picked Sugar Plum Fairy up from school and drove by the orchard. 
 She sent a picture of the nuts being loaded.
The trees are alive and while not producing nearly what we had hoped, they are alive. 
We survived.
We are fortunate.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Lollipop Pop's high school golf career is officially over and what a great career it was.
She had never played golf before her sophomore year and certainly held her own this year. 
Her team went undefeated for two years straight and won their League both years as well.
At the League tournament, 5 of the top 6 players were from our town...three were from this team...

 After the League tourney, the girls advanced to Area last week in which they faced the winners from the other Leagues in the vicinity.
From there, the team advanced to the Valley Tourney earlier this week.
It is here that one witnesses the complete domination of the sport by schools that are bigger, richer and much more competitive. 
Their Coach is a tremendous man who gives his entire being to supporting and encouraging these young ladies, day in and day out.
While they did not advance to the state tourney (I am so thankful), they deserve to be proud.
Their parents sure are.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm a Slacker

ACTUALLY, the bottom picture even has me beat...
...mine are still in the back of the car...
...since Saturday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Flies and Mutterings

Sunday dawned with blessedly cooler weather and flies. 
 It was almost as though they knew their end was near and they covered window screens and garage ceilings. 
Slow moving and creepy.
It will just take a couple cold nights and they will all die. 
Sadly, we are warming up again tomorrow. 
Not sure what this post is about other than I am tired of warm weather....
I want it to feel like fall for more than a couple hours every few days and that flies are driving me batty!
Oh...they are also harvesting our walnuts today...
...Lollipop Pop and her high school golf team will be playing in the Valley Championship Tournament.
Oh...and college applications are almost done.
Did I mention I detest flies?
My youngest says that she likes her teacher's fly swatters better than mine. 
She said her teacher's never is used.
Not sure if that is good or bad.
I am not certain if I am coming or going.
Today is my nephew's birthday...
The crying one is my son and the content quiet one is my nephew.
HOW are they both no longer teenagers?
Their Granddad would be very proud to see the young men they have become.
This marks the last of the October birthdays in our family.  
The first November one is next week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Test Your Awareness

This was shown in my daughter's psych class and is fun....

Will you share what you came up with?