Farm News August 14 2014
The Anderson Reunion was held at the farm last Saturday. My mom had 5 sisters and 2 brothers which accounts for so many cousins and those cousins now have grandchildren. It was very fun! The kids had a blast driving the golf carts through our grove and we all got to talk and reminisce about going to Grandma Andy’s house on Hobo Day. Charlie, a young golden retriever from Texas, spent several days here with my cousin and Telly loved him. Four additional dogs came with guests, too, which was really fun – at least, I thought it was fun!
Last Friday night this kitten showed up in our yard and Telly assumed it was vicious and chased it. I coaxed him down from the tree about midnight and put him in the Civil War building so the kids could play with him on Saturday. One of the little girls named him Colton – ha! I’m hoping to find a home for this very, very friendly kitten who purrs so loud I can hear him across the room. Stop by the farm and meet him if you might like a sweet young cat.
My yard got hydroseeded on Wednesday and the irrigation will be started on Friday. The guys came on Monday morning and tilled up the whole area and then spread fertilizer. In one week I should be seeing grass.
It is sweet corn season in North Iowa and we have a bumper crop this year. Rick always plants more than we need but he always wants to be prepared if some doesn’t come up. He outdid himself this year and it is so delicious, we eat it raw in the field. When it’s just me at home, I microwave the ear in the husks for about 2 minutes. When I pull the husks off, all the silk comes with it making it very easy to clean and quick to put on the table.
Tomorrow I’m going to the Iowa State Fair with my church girlfriends. I haven’t been there for 30 years! This feels like a real outing to me and Rick even scheduled his trucking to get home on Thursday night so he would be here with the dogs.
Remember the baby goose? The mom wandered away from him so I brought him to the house but later that afternoon she returned to the nest. I decided to give her another chance and took the gosling back to her. He is doing great so far and she is actually watching out for him. I’m glad I gave her a second chance.
Bentley will be here all next week while his parents go on vacation. He stayed here on Sunday night when Charlie was here – there’s a pair of jumping, jivin’ young dogs!! Wow – we could not keep up with them but when bedtime came, they simply collapsed. It was such fun to see Telly, Charlie and Bentley all playing together!
Becky started school yesterday and the kids go back next Tuesday. It seems like summer just started. We have had such perfect weather but if history repeats itself, it will get very hot as soon as school starts and our schoolrooms do not have air conditioning. Many times they have to let school out early because of heat.
Emma can always find a comfortable spot in the shade.
Talk to you soon on the blog!