Friday, September 22, 2017

I can Barely See.....

Near us in the parking garage

Oh, but it was worth every minute of it. Becky took us to see the High Kings last night at the Egg, and it was one of the best concerts I have ever attended. We have tried, literally for years, to get tickets to see them, but they always played where we couldn't go, or while we were at camp, or they were sold out. 

This was our anniversary present from her.

It was great!

Imagine if you will a theater stuffed with people, all ages and levels of fancy dress, singing along with Goodnight Irene. Hooting, clapping, foot stomping, singing along with lots of other songs too....

An a Capella song that brought cold chills with every note. I need to figure out the title of that and see if it's on one of their albums.

The rowdy Irish music had the whole crowd clapping for hours. I mentioned to Becky that I felt like I was in one of the pubs in Nora Roberts books....The only hard part was listening to that kind of music sitting still....

Some of my favorite songs were played, Whiskey in the Jar, Leaving of Liverpool, Marie's Wedding, which was the first song of theirs I ever heard..... New songs. Songs they wrote, tribute songs, including Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain. A couple of good, lively sets.

These are wildly talented young men and they worked the crowd like the pros they are. My arms are tired from clapping along with the songs and knees are kinda weak from all that foot tapping. I have a number of their songs on the main playlist on my phone and listen to them while I work all the time. However, hearing and seeing them live was an incredible experience...they are one of those rare groups that are even better live.

I could go on and on, but I am sure you would rather I don't.

So thanks, Beck for taking us and Ralph for driving. (He is not a music man, but he had a great time too.)

We got monumentally lost getting out of Albany, thanks to the b**ch-in-the-box, who has no idea where she is going, and they did not play Boolavogue, which is my favorite song if I had to pick just one, but what a night. Go see them if you get a chance


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In Case you Wondered





Why I love these little birds....I give you...the Common Yellowthroat. Many of them are just this tame and will come out to look at you while you look at them. I can often click my tongue and they will answer and come visit me. 

How Now, Brain-enhancing Cow

Now and then I get a little mulish

Sometimes I whine about the research that goes into churning out 1000 words a week for the Farm Side. I've been at it since March of 1998 and there are weeks when those words are hard to find. (Funny how it's almost always easy to find something to blog about.)

However, other weeks I encounter a pile of fascinating articles that surprise and delight me, even after all those years.

Here are some from this week's round of treasure hunting.

Surprising ways milk makes us smarter....read this one even if you don't have time for the others. After the death by antibiotics of every good thing that once lived in my innards I have no problem believing the stuff lower down in the article.

Study finds cognitive function improved by drinking milk

More on the same

Cows are not eating your food

Kids doing the right thing without being asked.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Edge of My Seat


I have long followed veteran Bering Sea captain, Jack Molan, on Facebook, mostly because I quickly became enamored of his stunning Bald Eagle photos....you know if there's a bird in it, I'm on board.

However, his stories of a life of adventure are fascinating as well and I have always read whatever he shared.

I was fortunate enough a couple of weeks ago to get the opportunity to read his recently released book, You Can't Make this Stuff Up.

I have to tell you, I could barely sit still to read it, so very dramatic are the descriptions of life in the Bering Sea as a captain of a fishing vessel. I admit to having read it in a sitting and to stopping often to tell the girls, who were sitting at the table with me, all about the tales.

When it ended I wanted more. That seems to be a theme in online reviews as well. These are great stories, well told, and so darned dramatic I truly had cold chills. The gentleman's philosophies bear thought as well.....if you get a chance, don't miss it.

There really needs to be another book soon. Or maybe more.

Farmboi Landscaping


After just enough frost to nip a couple of hostas and one lilac bush we are back to what feels like summer weather...the nicest weather we have had all year I think.




Despite not feeling the greatest due to a cold that has been passed around recently we went to the Landis Arboretum plant sale on Sunday....and didn't buy one single thing. Nice plants, but if I wanted 'em, I already have 'em. It was pretty though and I would like to go down there some day to bird.



The boss has been busy getting the place spiffed up lately, taking out some of the ubiquitous Box Elder trees that spring up everywhere and grow like kudzu. I had forgotten what it was like to be able to actually see the valley without climbing 7-County Hill! Sure pretty. I stayed out on the porch until the mosquitoes drove me in.



He also dug out the weedy patch along the Long Lawn so we can see the bird bath again. It is too rough for Jade to mow so.....he uses the tools he has handy. We bought the bird bath for his mama a long time ago and still enjoy it. Hoping this cold goes away before the nice weather does.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Montgomery County Sundae on the Farm 2017

Pics from previous SoF. We rode the school bus with this guy.
Don't you just love Shorthorns?


This is from a couple of years ago, but there will be free wagon rides today, also

Is today. It's free, it's fun, go ahead, you know you want to. I've been told everyone needs to enter from the Route 10 side. 

It's going to be a gorgeous day....enjoy! Info here.

Happy Birthday, Mama


How bout that smile!


Four Gen, pretty cool, huh?
And......last, but not least, A birthday goose for you

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Things you See

Peggy painstakingly put her glove on the door knob
and proceeded to high five it every time she went past.
School day and all....she loves school
I had noticed that all the tiny fathead minnows had vanished from the pond

Where they were spawned
Liz caught one of them but the other was too quick. Who knew that Garter Snakes fished?
They leave their tails on top of the leaves, evidently as anchors, while their front ends gobble fishies.
Dagnabbit
My aunt sent Becky some yarn her late sister left....
Becky crocheted this doll partly from that yarn and sent it to her

And, I think this link will work if you want to read this week's Farm Side

Pretty pups playing at the park


If you see this Guy today



Wish him a very happy birthday.....