Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ever since I came back from that two day tractor ride I have wanted to take the GLBH to the Princeton Ill. area where we left the tractors overnight. So Friday was our day chosen for our date day. We have a gal who started her teaching career in our local town who now is retired and has a antique shop there, that was my stop, GLBH has very little interest in old things except maybe me!
Next stop was the dress shop, Four Seasons. They have a few stores through Ill. and Iowa. She thought she was in heaven, just don't have anything quite like this in Northern Ill. anymore. They did have a few real comfortable chairs to sit in but after an hour would have much preferred a couch. It took me all of two minutes to do duties on my cell phone and from then on all I had was an advertisement for their jewellery. She came by ever few minutes to wake me up an ask for my opinion and then ignore what I said. Oh what us men get put through. Did get several nice outfits for fall-winter otherwise would have to stay home or go nude! Little too cold for that. I guess they were free cause she said I didn't need to even look at the charge ticket.
Then went south of Princeton to Hornbakers flower farm, not near as pretty now as when we were there with the 60 tractors last month but still great. We walked around and she found a Hibiscuses and mum that we could handle in the car. I just love Hibiscuses plants so I was happy. Went back to town and ate at a local owned Chinese restaurant on main street, quite a treat.
I even got to stop by my favorite Case-I-H dealership on the way home to converse some.
Got a great big good night kiss for such a nice date day, never too old for that.
Better close, I'm getting real close to " getting in trouble again".
Have a great weekend my great Spark friends!
The ole Farmer Skeeter
Sunday, February 17, 2013
For some reason that # has been pooping up in my brain space lately. Seems like everywhere I turn I've been seeing that ole # 55. Popular T V show the 5, speedlimit signs, speedometer hilighted on the 55, even read in the paper the other day about the history of 1855. 1st. bridge was built over the Mississippi. Singer sewing machine motor was patented.
1955 Churchill resigns, Jaun Peron was ousted, who were they you young bucks ask? West Germany became a sovereign state. Rosa Parks refuses to sit in the back of the bus. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof wins the Pulitzer.
My first tractor was a Farmall 400, I recently bought one to restore, you guessed it, It's a 1955. My brothers first car was a 55 Chevy, took my beautiful bride to our first prom in it, have a picture of us in one of my past blogs.
I kept hitting the 5's on the Spark wheel and even hit 500 one day this week, I just think someone was trying to remind me of how important that # is Feb. 16th..
O K, It finally HIT me! My Good Looking Better Half and I have been married 55 years, for that I congratulate her, she's a good one and a "keeper". Marriage is a hard job but so is anything in life, you have to put forth over 100% effort 24/7. Thank you Sweetie for 55 good ones!
Leave you with this sermon for the day.
Happiness Keeps you Sweet!
Trials keep you strong!
Sorrows keep you human!
Failures keep you humble!
Success keep you glowing!
But only God keeps you going!
Have a GREAT day!
Monday, October 15, 2012
October 15th. 2012.
It has been a bad week. Death won't wait because I'm busy harvesting.
Lost two very special friends and two acquaintance .
Might have mentioned Jack before, was 90. Gave me my start in farming as a 21 year old, about to be married. always wanted to farm, heard he was managing a farm that might be for rent. Stopped by his office to see if it was available. Only contact I had ever had with him was when he subbed as Agriculture teacher when I was a student. Was really surprised when he said I could have it, almost to good to believe. Told me, look around, all the farmers are getting old, we need some young ones like you to carry on. About a month went by and first one neighbor said he had it rented then another. Made me nervous. Went to see him again and mentioned all the rumors and he replied, I told you you had it rented and his handshake was good. Not long after he called and had me sign a lease, still have it today, 54 years later and live on the same farm.
Uncle Bud was another special guy in my life. Very outspoken,generous, caring in many ways. He and I traded jabs all the time, really loved that guy. He suffered so much pain the last few years. Sure wish I could have helped him more. So sad, just couldn't handle the constant pain anymore.
Many years ago I and all my boys and in later years as the G K's came along refereed to him as "Uncle Bud", he actually was a first cousin to my FIL. All started as a joke I told him because we were related I should be in his will. He would always bark back "Warner, while shaking his fist at me, and say all your going to get is one dollar", and then we would laugh. Just for the record the last time he saw me he was all the way up to $5.00, sure never wanted to collect that inheritance. GS's 8 and 11 upon hearing of his death were overheard saying "oh no, not Uncle Bud I really liked him, he was awesome, I want to go to his funeral".
When I was a much younger man, I had this neighbor farmer who thought I went out of my way to do him a favor. was the type that didn't give out too many compliments. He told me people usually wait until the casket is in front of the church and tell them what a great guy he was, he said I'm telling you now, while your alive, your a good one. Never forgot. Have only gave this compliment to 2 people, am sure many more are deserving, and they died a day apart.
I have always done fundraisers for various events through the years and both were VERY generous, both always saying, don't tell anyone where it came from, always wanted to be anonymous .
Life goes on and is for the living but somehow our little village will not be the same.
RIP "Uncle Bud" and "Jack"!
The Ole Farmer Skeeter
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