Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Recycling Down on the Farm

No words can possibly explain this!  What a sense of humor this farmer must have.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Got Milk? Sky Watch Friday

These Purely Michigan cows are contently eating their noon meal, totally oblivious to the storm brewing overhead!  What a life.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Is In The Air

Harvesting corn by hand is hard work.  This team has been trained to quietly (and patiently) move down the rows as a young boy gathered the corn stalks and loaded them on the wagon.  Then they would move ahead a few steps and repeat the process.  It's amazing to me that a few words from a young boy weighing about 130 pounds had complete control of this pair of horses - each horse probably weighing about 1600 pounds.  We enjoyed stopping and watching them work the field.   

Monday, September 12, 2011

Remember When........

Do you realize that some of today's youngsters, have never seen a pay phone....lived in a house with just one land line......never experienced a party line....telephone numbers were only 4 numbers long.....never had to dial "O" and talk to an operator in order to place a long distance call.  I can't even imagine what new technology the future will bring for the next generation.  It's exciting and frightening at the same time.

This particular pay phone is still  used and is a very important connection with the outside world to the local  Amish community.  The true Amish people do not have this modern convenience in their homes.  They drive their horses to a central location and share one phone with the entire community.

Team Work Pays Off

Working together makes everything easier.  This team made it look easy, while others were floundering.  Step by step they had their act together, and their teamster was using words of encouragement.  He was rewarded with the top prize.  Perhaps there is a lesson in there somewhere...........

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Love a Good Fair Sky Watch Friday

One of the best things about summer are the county fairs.  I just love a good fair.  The sights, sounds and smells. I usually skip the midway and head on over to the livestock barns. Looking at all of the livestock and farm exhibits is the highlight.  My favorite fairs are agriculture based.  You can see farm produce, flowers, quilts, antique farm equipment, livestock, 4-H livestock, tractor pulling and so much more.    The kids getting their animals ready and showing them at their finest -brings back great memories.  The Fulton County fair in northern Ohio surely is a fine example of an agriculture based fair - in case you missed it, the  fair grounds has a giant grain elevator in the corner of the parking lot. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let's Get Ready

I liked this picture for two reasons.  Fairs are a great time for the kids to show off their hard work -having spent months taking care of and training their animals.  This little girl was working hard to prepare her pet goat for the show ring. She was doing the work herself - not her parents - who often do the work for their kids - which I think it totally wrong - it defeats the purpose.  The second reason; I liked the fact that this girl's hair matched the color and texture of her goat.  Which in this case is a good thing!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Wouldn't this be a wonderful place to take a break.  Maybe soon I can find the time.  These people have really got their marketing right.  At least in the summer!  I'll have to check out their landscape in the winter and see what they come up with.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Go Blue! SkyWatch Friday

Would you believe it.  Football season is here.  The University of Michigan's first home game is this weekend.  There are a lot of really dedicated football fans in this part of the state.  They believe in their team - win or lose. 

Some fun facts about the University of Michigan's football stadium:

Michigan Stadium is the third largest stadium in the world.  It's nickname is "The Big House"

On September 4th, 2010, 113,090 attended a game at Michigan Stadium between Michigan and the Connecticut Huskies,  the largest crowd to see a college football game since 1948 and an NCAA single-game record.

In 2004, Michigan set an NCAA record for average attendance at home games, with an average of 111,025 fans.

The first night football game in the stadium is scheduled for September 10, 2011.

Go Blue!

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