Where have I been? Mostly just here “down on the farm” but definitely NOT in my happy place. As farmers, the last thing we want is rain in October. Murphy’s Law (in which anything that can go wrong, will) would require us then to have almost 6” for the month. And the next 2 days look rainy. Color us unhappy. Are you feeling my pain sisters? Here’s a little lookee-loo:
I know this is out of focus but I was a long way away and I blew this up so you could see the truck badly stuck in the mud. It doesn’t even look bad from this distance, but I would have wanted my TALL BOOTS to get up close & personal to that one. I worry about the men when the conditions are bad but I worry even more when they put 2 tractors on a truck. There’s just too much horsepower & opportunity for an accident. We had none, thank the Lord. The truck however, stayed in the mud that day.
These 2 trucks were moving under their own power. But it didn’t last very long:
This was a full time job. Always one tractor but often 2 like this to pull trucks from the moment they enter the field until they leave it:
Those guys WILL NOT be getting stuck. But he’s my contact with anyone in the field as I’m not excited about driving out there and sometimes someone needs lunch sent out. (I’m not naming names Mr. Picket Fence, I’m just sayin…….) He’s so far off the ground that he has to come part way down so I can hand something up. Sheesh. Those are some major mud pies on those steps too.
And can you imagine how long it takes us (us? what, do you think I help? Do you see the word “stupid” on my forehead?) to wash up the equipment before it gets stored for the winter?
There now, don’t you just wish you were a farmer? Are you bored yet? Well, I am so lets move along. And I promise, no more farm tales – even if you beg. Ya, uh-huh. Just like I’d beg for a root canal.
Moving on. I’ve always enjoyed Fertilizer Fridays and especially love when Tootsie gives us little lessons about all things gardening. I enjoy gardening as much as the next guy – and quite often more – but I’m stumped on what is wrong here. The nasturtiums are drooping. The black-eyed Susan's look terrible. Am I using the wrong fertilizer? Too much water? Too little water? Wrong light conditions? Help me out here Tootsie!
Wait a little more.
OK, here – these two definitely look funky:
A prize to the 1st one who answers correctly. Perhaps a bucket of snow???? Or maybe a dead leaf? It’ll be to-die-for. Get it? die-for? dead leaves? Well, if I’ve got to explain everything, what’s the point, I ask you? Anyway, the prize is nothing you’d want so I guess I won’t send it. (got out of that, didn’t I?)
Now this dogwood and monkshood don’t look too bad for being snowed on:
I’ve been raking leaves and shredding them to use as mulch both now (when everything freezes) and also in the spring as a soil additive. The container plants have all been cleaned out and pots put away. Garden decorations have been put away. If it ever dries up I may mow one more time to chop up any remaining leaves. Or not. We’ll see. I’m not going to drive thru water to mow. You with me? I’ve put all my tools in one spot so I can clean, sharpen & oil them for the winter. (talk is cheap) A gardener’s work is never done!
Loose threads didn’t meet this month because of harvest. We’re all farm women in that group and we all get October-depression. It’s always cured by wrapping up harvest. Unresolved issues this year! Maybe there’s a Dr. Phil show in our group. Oh, I can hear you now. You’re saying, “you mean he hasn’t already done a show on you wacko’s?” Or you might say, “go rob a drug train and take a pill”. Or, I know. Get together with the Woolies! So I did. Thank God--other females to talk to. About non-mud topics. Woo-hoo.
I was so excited about going to Woolies, I forgot my camera – can you believe it? So I’ll need to beg, borrow or steal pictures from Karen. When I get pictures, I will post them. We had lots & lots of eye candy this month too. Karen is off to Des Moines, Iowa to vend at an AQS show this week along with her friend Kari at New Leaf Stitches. Those 2 will make friends where-ever, so I’m not worried about them being bored! Hope it’s a great show girls!
Since I wrote this yesterday, we’ve added another inch of rain and now it’s snowing. October just isn’t as much fun as it used to be if you hear what I’m sayin’.
I’ve gotten really behind with reading & writing blogs this month. I want to say thanks to all you dedicated people who stop by and leave a comment. I truly appreciate you! :)
What are you dressing up as for Halloween?