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November 30, 2011

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November 27, 2011

It's the way we roll, I have come to accept it!

Well I pulled my Mom card yesterday and insisted we were taking family pictures!  It is never met with smiles and shouts of joy but I have learned to ignore it - so in a matter of 30 minutes I snapped 71 pictures of my family to end up with 1 - yes just 1 - good one, but then I really only needed 1!

A got my camera last year for Christmas and the very first thing I bought to go with it was a remote - I had spent years taking family pics with the self-timer - it only proved to aggervate the family pic situation and wear me out running back and forth - so I love my remote control!

So while I set the camera up all I ask is that they sit still so that when I am ready I merely have to place myself in the picture - these are the ones I snapped while setting up the camera -

Having some trouble deciding when the remote was working - obviously holding it up, pointing at the camera makes it work!

Truly the funniest thing about this pic is that it wasn't posed, they didn't know I was pushing the button, I really didn't know what I was taking a pic of - I was just checking to make sure it was centered!

Chris taking his turn with the remote - everyone had to have a turn - none of us are good at non-chalant!

Cole's turn at the remote!

Aren't the holidays fun!!!!!

November 24, 2011

I am Thankful . . .

. . .for these 3 turkeys!

. . .that they love homemade gingerbread cookies for breakfast as much as I do!

. . .that my Mom put ice cream in my hot chocolate when I was little no matter what time of day it was so that I could do it with my kids!

. . .for my friends and our traditions, Bloody Mary's on Thanksgiving morning!

. . .for the family that I married into, that they still gather as an extended family and eat dinner together - even if there is always that one crazy cousin (Hi Jim!!!!).

. . .that my Mom still hands me the spatula, beaters and bowl to lick after she mashes the potatoes!

. . .that the house is loud when our family gathers at my parent's, we still laugh and have fun while the kids run around and play!

. . .for Chris, he loves me unconditionally and is my very best friend in the whole world!

I truly hope that everyone feels as blessed as I do every single day!

November 11, 2011

Rip'in It Up

Well not really because we aren't using a ripper we are using a chisel plow but I just liked how the title sounded!

We have done quite a bit of fall tillage this year, some with a vertical tillage tool and then also with a chisel plow.  We fall plow corn fields that we intend to plant back to corn next year, continuous corn. Mixing the heavy residue into the soil promotes decomposition, reduces disease pressure, and allows the soil to absorb more warmth quickly next spring. The soil mellows over the winter as it gets wet and drys, freezes and thaws.

We used an Outback light bar guidance system in the 9200, which spaces our passes evenly, preventing overlap, maximizing the width of the plow. Plus we skip passes so we don't have to turn very sharp, then we come back through plowing the gaps we left.

I'll be honest - I LOVE PLOWING and PLOWED GROUND!  I love the look and the smell of fresh turned soil.  I know that there is a lot of talk about no-till, but if I were that little seed and I had a choice between a soft, warm, broken up seed bed or a slit in the hard cold ground - I am going to choose plowed every time!  Happy plowing!

November 8, 2011


I hate changing the clock - not the physical act - but what it does to my body!  I have an internal clock and it doesn't like being *($&&%(# around with!  I don't use an alarm clock - I don't need one!  During the day I can tell you what general time it is without looking at a clock - so nothing makes me madder than messing around with the clock!

LEAVE IT ALONE!  I don't care which way we go - time is time - YOU DON'T GAIN AN HOUR - there are 24 hours in a day no matter where you set the clock!  If the majority of people feel the need to have an extra hour (on the clock) of daylight so they can play freakin' golf after work - fine, I have no problem with that then set the clock that way and please leave it for the rest of my life!

I really don't care which is chosen:  Fall Back or Spring Forward - just pick one and leave time to stand!

And quite frankly if you don't agree with me that is cool but this is my blog and this is how I feel - and you will not change my mind, so don't waste your time typing me a comment about how great Daylight Savings Time is because I won't waste my time reading it because I don't know if I have lost an hour or gained one but I still don't have time - not to offend anyone I just had to get that off my chest!

November 7, 2011

Super Good - Super Fast Supper

Here we go with Gooseberry Patch recipe #9 from Church Suppers!


So the other day we had one of those extremely busy days, you know one that at the end of the day when you sit down you know you have been on the move all day but you can't remember what all you had done - and then a kid or your husband says those dreaded words "What's for supper?" - well that was the day I had had - I won't lie - I panicked a little - but then remembered that I had marked this recipe and had sausage (Campbell Grain & Livestock sausage) thawed out!

I don't have any pictures, I was fighting off 3 kids and Chris with my feet and cooking with my hands - just be thankful it wasn't the other way around - but this recipe is so simple you won't even miss the pics!

Tuscan Soup

1 lb. ground pork sausage
3/4 c. onion, diced
1 slice bacon, diced
1 1/4 t. garlic, minced
2 T. chicken bouillon granules
4 c. water
2 potatoes,, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4 inch strips
2 c. kale, thinly sliced
3/4 c. whipping cream

Brown sausage in a large pot over medium heat; drain and set aside.  Add onion and bacon to pot, cook over medium heat until onion is almost translucent.  Add garlic; cook for one minute.  Add bouillon, water and potatoes; simmer for 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Stir in kale, sausage and whipping cream; heat through over low heat without boiling.  Serves 6 to 8

Things I learned making this recipe:
1. Kale is in the cabbage family and not very common in Franklin Indiana - so really any green leafy thing will work!
2. 1 slice of bacon?????   REALLY???????  Use your own judgement - 1 is not nearly enough especially when you consider the grabby hands that will be wanting some before supper is ready!  Are we the only family who eats bacon as a snack - no joke - my kids fix bacon after school for their snack!

Update:  I made this soup again tonight for supper, I came in from the barn at 6pm and had the soup ready by 6:45 - and that included thawing out the sausage too!

November 4, 2011

Trying to clean Typhoid Mary!

So the other day Chris "jokingly" referred to our beautiful home as Typhoid Mary!

I'll be honest - I had to Google it - then I was slightly offended but mostly laughed out loud because it is so true - so I decided I had better clean!

Why are there 2 boxes of shot gun shells by the coffee maker?

Why is there a rusty railroad spike on the kitchen counter?

Why after Chris brought his new glove in the house that the dog chewed up and he rubbed in my face didn't he throw it away, why did he put it on the Hoosier kitchen to just sit?

Why is there a burnt up plow point on the floor?

Why did the middle child text me from the bus upset with me that the sweatshirt she pulled out of the dirty laundry smelled like hogs?

Why does the boy feel the need to eat his cereal every morning out of a serving bowl?  There may not always be clean cups but there are clean bowls!

Why do I always go in the basement at the beginning of October and bring up the box of Halloween decorations only to have to turn around and take it back down to the basement at the beginning of November untouched?

Why are there 12 pairs of shoes in my kitchen, each of which has at least one kind of manure on them and some have both kinds (cattle and hog)?

Why, why why do I have to clean all this up?

November 3, 2011

Transmissions and Chicken and Manure

A conversation with Chris!

So this past weekend Chris and I got the chance to work together - he as the combine operator (when a kid wasn't trying to push him out of the drivers seat) and myself as the grain cart operator - we filled a semi and decided to head in towards the bins with it, meet the other semi coming back to the field and switch - so being in the semi together gave us time for some meaninful conversation!

I will go straight to the meat of the conversation and skip the prelimineries:

Chris:  We really need to get busy hauling manure - the pits are getting full!

Me:  I have told you before I will do it!

Chris:  The way we have it set up the hoses are really heavy and I am not sure that you could lift them plus you end up with manure all over you and it just doesn't seem right to ask you to do that!

Me:  Well you can't say I haven't offered, who else is there?

Chris:  With the spreader being on that older tractor you really have to be careful shifting and not ruin the transmission - which reminds me I didn't really know how to word this but . . .

Me: great what?

Chris:  I have been watching you shift the tractor when you come up beside the combine and I just have to say that I can see the whites of your fingertips when you shift!

Me: Ummmm OK

Chris: That's a good thing. Yeah, it means that you know when to shift and the transmission slides easily into gear, you are not shoving it into gear!

Me: Wow Thanks, but let me get this straight - the other night when I made homemade fried chicken that you said "looked, smelled and tasted like someone's Grandma walked into our kitchen and made it - but I hate chicken on the bone and it just tasted to chickeney" but when I can shift a tractor and you can see the whites of my hands you are amazed?

Chris: Yep pretty much!

Me: Well OK then, are you ready to admit I drive with my butt?

Chris:  Not Yet!

Well it took 20 years to get that compliment, it may take another 20 years to get him to admit I can drive with my butt - I am willing to wait!

Nice call on recognizing the John Deere clutch pedal by

November 2, 2011

I sat on my kitchen floor and cried this morning!

I did - as I was drinking my Diet Dr. Pepper out of a measuring cup (the only thing clean - at least I am pretty sure it was) and eating my Chips Ahoy cookies (yes the breakfast of champions), I suddenly realized I was sitting on the floor of my filthy kitchen crying!

I AM TIRED!  I reached up on the counter and re-read this article that my Mom had sent me in the mail - it just so happened to arrive yesterday - perfect timing - just the cut out article with a post-it note on it that said "Didn't know if you had seen this - Love, Mom"!

As I sat on the kitchen floor reading this I was still wearing my pajamas and Carhartt jacket from going out to feed the 8 calves (6 of which still need broke before Hoosier Beef Congress in a month!) - the house is a disgusting disaster - seriously - the other day the boy said "Mom just call Merry Maids" I laughed out loud and said "Merry Maids would run screaming from this place"!

But we are 40 acres from being finished with harvest which is wonderful and should be finished today (unless I just jinxed us by saying that), we are healthy and a good cry always makes me feel better - so I am going to get my balls out of my purse and put them on - maybe I will even change the sheets that haven't been changed since way before fair week - yeah that made me laugh because I probably won't - I love it when I crack myself up!