Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Gramps

Yeah, and one of your little grandbabies shares your day, so a big happy birthday to her too.

Hope you catch some Zzzzzs on your special day, as I know you are tired from cleaning pens and splitting firewood yesterday.

Many Happy you.....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lookin' at the Ten Day

Starting cow handling training early

Weather forecast and it looks as if Thursday will be the next chilly one. Never got below forty here in Montgomery County last night, probably thanks to a thick blanket of fog that rolled in some time after I went to bed.

I'm gonna get her

Sure was clear at 10 though, with stars like beacons. Man were they bright! Even down near the horizon they were utterly brilliant. Spent some time on the stair landing just looking....and hoping that it wouldn't freeze.

Ma....I can't crawl yet and she won't come over

Every week without frost has its good points for nearly everyone. Corn and soy beans are still maturing across much of the nation. Here in the valley we saw a lot of crops yesterday that would benefit from a few more weeks of growing season to be their best. A hard frost would have turned a lot of grain into silage fit only for cow feed....

I'll try keyboarding instead

Spent yesterday frantically busy between visiting our longtime veterinarian's customer picnic, which was about the best it has ever been, what with great food, and wonderful friends, and lots and lots of serious farm discussion, catching up, and Peggy sharing. Thanks, Midvale for hosting this annual get together for area farm folks.....

And then there was the bringing in of the house plants...always a marathon!....and the picking of a lot of pinkish and whitish and greenish tomatoes. The table covered with them is now joined with two big bowls full. Guess there will need to be another picking Thursday afternoon....and family members and friend NW, I need to share with you. Does anybody want to come and get some? that's what happens when you press control alt delete.

The yard looks so bare without the geraniums everywhere.....

The boss got a pretty special birthday gift from our boy yesterday too. I won't go into detail, but it is something he has always wanted.....and deer season starts real soon. 

No, not this one but......

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sneaky, Sneaky

When we were growing up in this valley it was not uncommon for the first frost to occur during the fair. In fact that was fairly normal.

However, over the past couple of decades it has become much more usual for frost to occur the first or second week of October or even later.

And we have gotten plumb spoiled.

Thus I am utterly not ready for the frost advisory for least from some prognosticators. Weather Underground has been saying 40 all day, while other sources are warning of low 30s. Now WU is dropping their low forecast every little while.

I brought some plants in and picked all the ripe tomatoes, but there are so many more. So many plants. So many green tomatoes.

I hope it doesn't freeze.

Sunday Stills....Clouds

Moonset over starlings....with clouds

For more Sunday Stills...


More contrails

Storm moving in...with sundogs

Clouds of smoke at the chicken barbecue

Saturday, September 13, 2014