Friday, July 31, 2009

Anxiously Waiting

Summer is for fairs. This really brings back memories. These ladies are patiently waiting for the class at the 4-H fair. They have worked for over a year and now comes judgement day. They seem calm enough. There are a lot of different exhibits - it's good to see the younger generation involved with 4-H where they can learn how to interact with each other, build teams, and learn leadership skills. Good luck to all! Remember that you are a winner by just being there. (P.S. Did you notice the pink ribbon in the tail of the dark horse? This is a universal signal to be careful - he may kick at you!)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Old Time Town

I just love living in rural America. The little town near our house has a long history. It is on the old route US-12 from Detroit to Chicago. The local paper was established in 1884 and has been publishing for well over 100 years! By the way, the drive on US12 is a wonderful way to see rural Michigan. There are many interesting little rural towns along the way and many fun places to see as well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Man's Best Friend

Summer is for getting together with friends and family. Last weekend we went to my family reunion. The interaction of this dog and the child caught my attention. In fact, this is an awesome dog. He was the center of attention all afternoon - and so patient with all the kids. Toward the end of the day he was wishing we would all go home, so that he could have piece and quite and not have to share his toys.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Help Our Economy!

What more can I say? We found this truck parked in a new car dealership sales lot. It wasn't there the next week! Hummmm.......

Monday, July 27, 2009

Land of Good and Plenty

Ever wonder what happens after the wheat is harvested? During harvest the grain is removed from the stalk. The stalk can be collected and has many uses - bedding, ground cover etc. The stalk can be baled - sometimes in small square bales that are easy to move by hand. At other times it is roled into huge bales which have to be moved with a tractor. Large fields have many bales in them. They are a sight to see - especially with the sun just right - they glisten.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Beginnings

One of the advantages of having to get up early in the morning to go to work is that you are up early in the morning. During some parts of the year this is way before sunrise. But during the summer we get to enjoy the sun as it brings a start to a new day. It's quiet and a good time to reflect. One morning last week I sneeked back to our pond to try and catch a photo of the sandhill cranes sleeping in the water. I almost succeeded, but their friends the ducks told on me. They left in a huff - making a lot of noise as if they were scolding me for disrupting their sleep. I can't blame them.........

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Yep. This is about as much excitment I want from the midway rides. But I do love the horses. It doesn't seem right to ride a pig or cow or other such animal. I can smell the fried onion rings and polish sausage. What great memories.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Good Ol' Summer Time

What could represent summer more than a carnival? What fun. However, I only enjoy looking at the flashing lights and experiencing the smells. Elephant ears and carmel corn...oh yeah......
This is as close as I get to riding on a Ferris Wheel. Not way. By the way, did you figure out what yesterdays picture was about? It was an abandoned barn with the camera pointed up toward the loft. Notice the ladder?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Brain Teaser

What is this? Greg took this picture over the weekend. He does have an eye for the unusual. Can you guess what this abstract is? Send me your guess in the comment section. The answer will appear tomorrow. Enjoy your day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Art Fair Week

You can always expect it to rain during Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. This year was no exception. However, the rain wasn't as bad as in the past. The weather was cool. It's a good place to go if you want to see quality work by artists in many different media.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Big is Better ?????

Big is better? That is the question. Yesterday I watched as a 60 acre field of wheat across the road from our house disappear. Eaten by this huge machine. Compare that to the 30 acre field that took all day and two teams of horses. Check this link if you don't remember what I am talking about. Both have their place. At any rate, I really enjoy watching the fields of wheat and oats turn from green to gold. However, it does mean that the summer is half over. Big Sigh......

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I took this picture last week in the back field near the pond.
This small clump of wild flowers stand out in a field of grass
and weeds. They add beauty in an unexpected place. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ten Gallon Hat

One of our favorite places to visit is west Texas and attending the Alpine Cowboy poets gathering. Every now and again we get the strong urge to go back. But for several reasons we haven't been able to make it for the past three years. We miss seeing our friends, the campfires, the poetry and the music. The best we can get right now is to go thru the thousands of pictures we took over the years while listening to cowboy music on a CD. Yes, cowboy music is different than country western! Greg thought this little guy was really cute. It just goes to show that wherever you are, kids will be kids - and little boys like to dream of being a hero, fighting fires and triumph over villians.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Can you guess what this is? Here's a hint. I found it on an antique wagon at the Steam Show in Wauseon. If you want to take a guess - hit the "Comment" button below. Smile! Have a great day.

Friday, July 10, 2009


I pass this sign on the way to work every morning and finally the ivy appears to be taking over. There are many (poison) ivy's that can take over our life if we don't stop them. It's never too late to clear the path and start over.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Universal Duct Tape

There are thousands of uses for duct tape - and you can find it being used in many surprising ways. This well used roll was located on the combine which was being pulled by a team of horses deep in the heart of Amish country. It just goes to show that duct tapes crosses over culture lines and can be used by anybody.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Harvesting the Wheat

Another picture from this past weekend. It takes a lot of work when you don't rely on modern technology. This 30 acre field took all after noon to cut and shock with two teams of horses and many family memebers gathering the bundles and placing them into shocks. Greg really liked the fact that this teamster carried duct tape on the binder. I guess he could relate to that. The role of duct tape has no boundaries.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Team Work

This weekend we were driving thru the countryside and we came upon an Amish family who was preparing to harvesting their wheat crop. The horses are used to pull the binder. The binder cuts the wheat plant then binds the wheat into small bundles and throws the bundles off onto the ground. The workers follow the horses around the field and collect up the bundles then put them together in a "shock". After a week or two of drying and maturing in the field they will come back with a thrasher and seperate the wheat from the shaft. This is a family activy. The whole family is involved. I think there is a lesson to be learned from the Amish. If you would like to see (many) more pictures click here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Birthday America

God Bless The USA
by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife. I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin here today. ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee. Across the plains of Texas, From sea to shining sea. From Detroit down to Houston, and New York to L.A. Well there's pride in every American heart, and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American, where at least I know I’m free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In Memory of Uncle

This past weekend we went to the National Threshers Association 65th Annual Reunion in Wauseon, Ohio. This year they featured Russell Steam Engines and John Deere equipment. My Uncle was really big into these engines and he took great delight in attending this event. We often made this a family reunion of our own by meeting at the fair grounds and and spending the day looking at all of these old steam engines, listening to the noon whistle and smelling the coal burning in the fire box. Even though Uncle has been gone for a number of years, we still go back and never fail to remember him and the many great memories we had because of his interest in steam engines. These memories will be with me forever.
If you would like to learn more about this event click here. If you would like to see a few more pictures click here.