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Dancing with the Ole Duffers!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Has been quite a week, light showers about every other day, makes the corn planting a real challenge. Did get one farm done, the smallest, 65 acres, but that's a start. It's my driest farm, have it tilled every 100 feet. Tried to start early this morning but more rain. Oh well the joy's of being a farmer.
We will be going to our 1st.GS wedding Fri. an Sat. in Ind. sure hope I have the corn planted if not , were gone.
We went to the Elks dance the other night. Sure nice to go places other than the nursing home where everyone is older than us. It tells me dancing is very good for your health, although I was sure tempted to go around and hand out my Spark cards. I didn't see anyone dancing with there air tanks but a couple were sucking on them when they sat down. Sure love that dancing, glad the GLBH makes me go.
Always have been a local history buff. Pumped ole people for information, someone has to keep "history alive". I looked around one day and realized I was the last "ole guy standing". Now it's up to me to keep the past history alive.
Old age is great, you can forget peoples name and they think nothing of it.
I just love this Sprinkle web site, Chris your awesome!
Don't forget to Bloom where Your planted!
Thank you Lord, see you in church tomorrow?
I almost forgot the big news, I stayed the same weight for the week.

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BLACK_UNICORN11 5/9/2008 4:59PM

    Well, you got more done than my family. My husband doesn't even have his planter put back together yet (no hurry since it's so wet right?), and my dad only got one field dug - not planted.

I'm supposed to go to my cousin's wedding in southern Iowa next weekend. It'll be interesting trying to get my husband to go if the weather's nice. I'm such a bad farm wife - I'm praying for rain!

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SEESKO 5/4/2008 6:25PM

    first off congrats on mantaining.
I am glad you went dancing. It sounds like fun. My husband and I belonged to an Elks lodge when we lived in Texas. I laugh because I remember a man with oxygen on always sitting at teh bar. He would occasional take the oxygen off so he could smoke a cig. We never really attended many functions there. We mostly joined because they had a great pool for our family to use and all there support of the boy scouts which we know our kids will be apart of some day.
On the farm front I dont know how you do it. I have spent teh last week trying to figure out the planting season in these parts and I am only going to do a small garden.

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ANNE403 5/4/2008 9:57AM

    It sure has been rough on farmers trying to get the corn planted! Your have done great glad to hear you have 65 acres planted. My dear MIL always comments on planting corn with horses & when the corn grows she is shocked to see the corn almost out to the road & SO CLOSE together. With the big equipment it takes no time to get the crops in I tell her & she loves to drive through the country & see the tractors & equipment working.
Enjoy your GS wedding I know you will & have a safe trip.
I heard you were at the Elks our neighbor whom is 86 & her man friend is 96 & they LOVE TO DANCE! She is going to have a knee replacement this year & sure hates to give up her many activities!
I am always so proud of you & how you are keeping SLIM! You are my inspiration & many others! Anne emoticon emoticon

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MCCURDY63 5/4/2008 7:18AM

    Congrats for being a successful maintainer! Agree about keeping the history alive, we can learn a lot from past generations. Hope you enjoy the wedding and the weather dries up for you soon.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 5/3/2008 8:28PM

    Congrats. emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 5/3/2008 8:08PM

    Congratulations on staying the same weight. Must have been all that dancing!!

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Never too old for a date night!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

GLBH and I discussed at noon what to have for dinner. Always like to eat leftovers so as not to go "bad" I suggested hot dogs that I remembered grilling this week. I went to the east farm to work in the machine shed during another rainy , windy and gloomy day, in fact the whole week has been this way delaying our corn planting days. I thought we needed a "pick us upper' How about asking the GLBH for a date tonight? It was worth a try, although sometimes my last minute ideas fall like a ton on rocks. Put my tools away and headed home in light rain with high expectations. Came in the house earlier than usual and asked the GLBH "how about a date tonight honey"? She said she just stirred up a batch of cookies and they have to be baked, I responded we could go after that, I had to get cleaned up and when your old that takes awhile. She says where we going? I say we have those coupons for BK that are about to expire and then I thought we could go to Farm and Fleet to pick up a few things, I know how she loves to go there, some times she hides from me in there, she's short, and I have to call her on her cell phone to get her to come out from her hiding, sorry for digressing . Everything was going to my plan until on the way to town asked GLBH if she had the Burger King coupons? She said, Oh I forgot them, I knew right then she pulled a fast on me. she says, I guess we'll have to eat at Culver's her favorite , she hates BK. What a date!
Going to #10 GS B. S. Warner second birthday party tomorrow, so wrote a day early. There is a story that needs to told about his name, another time another story.
I know your going to hate me, I lost a lbs. this week, sometimes this maintaining is hard.
Have a super week and I hope I wake up on the right side of dirt. Skeeter

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BLACK_UNICORN11 5/2/2008 2:09PM

    I would have to agree that BK isn't much of a date! :) Us women can be sly sometimes, but I guess I don't need to tell you that.
We're having the rainy weather here too. Actually snowed 10 inches last weekend and now it's raining. No field work getting done, but the wheat we got in before the snow is doing great! It's kind of fun having the only green field in the county! :)

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SLINKIECAT 4/26/2008 11:41AM

    Hi, Skeeter! I love reading your blogs. You have such a good sense of the real world and how we fit into it.

I'll bet your sweetie loved the date. My dear hubby takes me out to a nice restaurant at least once a week just because he knows I love to dress up and get out of the kitchen. No BK for us - we like seafood and veggies.

A little romance is important in every marriage, even for us "seasoned" citizens.

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ELLENIRENE 4/26/2008 11:10AM

    Congratulations on losing that pound. I'm not jealeous (well, o.k. maybe a little --not fair!!) I'm more envious and more determined than ever to reach my goal. Today is my second anniversary here at Spark--No congratulations are needed, because I should have been at my goal long ago. I've had a serious discussion with myself and now that I have my head screwed on straight, I'm going to do things a little different. My food and exercise journal are online for the world to see!!
Best of luck in this planting season. We were hit with 6-8" of snow. So planting is delayed here, too, although a few fields had been worked up. I'm glad that we have nothing but prairie hay to contend with. Snow is good for that!!!

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MCCURDY63 4/26/2008 9:52AM

    Congrats on the loss! I don't hate you, I lost 2lb's too! I must admit I'm with your wife here, don't like Burger King. What's Culver's? We don't have that in the UK. Hope the weather improves for you very soon. Bye for now.

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Uneventful week, not worth reading!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Some days, weeks and even months seem the same, that describes this past week. rained some, wind blows your hair piece off, but not dry enough to get in the fields. Did do the garden and GLBH put in onions and radishes. Worked on yard bringing in dirt from field to fill in bad spots. Made a management decision to to hire Tru Green to treat our lawn this summer. In the 50 years our lawn never looked this bad, GRUBS. If you never take any of advice seriously please do now. Treat your lawn for Grubs early summer. They get in the soil and the skunks dig and root for them making one "heck " farmer term ,of a looking lawn. We reseeded last fall and again this late winter. Does look some better but not like we want it.
Now for the good news, I lost a couple lbs. this week, I suppose the next thing is I'll become anorexic.
Have a good week and I hope to do the same. Sparks is great!

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MCCURDY63 4/25/2008 9:23AM

    WOO-HOO! Congrats on the 2lb loss - well done! I love your sense of humour, your blog is SO funny. Btw, What does GLBH mean? Have a great weekend :)

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BLACK_UNICORN11 4/24/2008 2:29PM

    The weather here sounds like yours - wind but not enough to dry the fields and today it started raining. The wheat we got in before the snow came is sprouting, but my father-in-law buried (and I mean BURIED) the new tractor and the fertilizer spreader yesterday. My husband wanted me to go and level out the ruts since they're right along the highway, and his pride can't handle people knowing they buried the tractor I guess. :)

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SEESKO 4/23/2008 11:21AM

    Great job on teh two pounds. Even your uneventful blogs make me smile. We have been doing a lot of lawn work here too. A good way to burn calories while you enjoy the great out doors.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/22/2008 8:58AM

    Congrats on the 2 lb. weight loss! Sorry to hear about the grubs messing up your lawn. My sil had a bad problem with them also. Think he's about to win out now...but, took alot of work on his part.

Definately know about things seemingly being the same days on end...especially on a farm. Then, other days...you work your butt off. Here's to a good week ahead!

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ASHWARN22 4/21/2008 3:45AM

    Good luck with your lawn! Don't ask my dad what to put on it...if you recall, he and a couple of his co-workers decided to kill their lawns a couple years ago with this special mixture. At least they work for an agricultural chemical company...haha I will never let him live that one down! Oh, and there is no way possible you could ever become anorexic...everyone knows how much the Warner family enjoys food! Love you, gramps! emoticon

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Ah Schucks!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

You know your living in the mid west when you can go from snow one morning to bright sun the next. Course it's still 31 this A. M. but this bright sun will worm us up somewhat.
Ah Shucks is a technical farm term, used when things have not gone as planned. It comes from when we used to have ear corn storage on the farm. It is the outer part of an ear of corn. Big corn sheller on a truck frame would come to your farm and you would have to feed ears of corn into the sheller to shell the corn from the cob, leaving corn on trucks or wagons and cobs and schucks on the ground. Schucks and cobs were used for bedding, burn in stoves to heat the house and water tanks so livestock could get water in the winter. Cobs were also used for a few other projects that I better not get into here. While shelling out of the corn cribs the rats would run wild, was always advised to tie bale twine around pant legs so they would not run up your legs, I never had this happen to me but saw it happen to my Dad when I was a kid and later to my nephew, that's probably why I always "tied my legs". This is the feeling I had when I weighed in this morning, AH SCHUCKS, I gained 2 lbs. I'm not known for telling a short story, sorry about that, this "old duffers" mind just had to reflect on the past.
This week will be a good one, sun shinning, will get to the 70's and some field drying might take place.
Life is great and so is Sparks!

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ASHWARN22 4/17/2008 2:17AM

    Grandpa! I just love your blog posts. It's 2 a.m. and I'm taking a break from my homework at the good 'ol Indiana University. I knew I should have waited to read something written by you because I'm sure my laugh distracted the other night owls here. Who was the nephew who had the rat run up his leg? Ridiculous! I haven't shucked corn for YEARS!! I'm pretty sure your 2 little, blonde farm boys took care of that the last time I was there. =) Please tell grams I said hi! Missin' and lovin' you! Oh, and GO CUBBIES!!

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GRAMMACATHY 4/16/2008 11:50PM

    You are just plain fun. Being the child of a farmer from the midwest I grew up on these stories. Thanks for reminding me.

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SEESKO 4/15/2008 4:04PM

    Those two pounds will be gone in no time and next week there will be no schucking aloud (i have no idea if I spelled that right...lol). I love reading your blogs...they always make me smile. Have a great day! emoticon

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BLACK_UNICORN11 4/14/2008 5:06PM

    Rats running up your legs? Yikes! Glad I didn't live in the days of shucking corn! I thought climbing the ladder through the hole into the hay loft was bad - the spiders would build their webs across it. And yes, the good old midwest. 14 inches of snow on Friday - it's all gone, and they're forecasting near the 70s this week and thunderstorms on Wednesday. But hey, we got 50 acres of wheat planted on Wednesday and Thursday! Should come up pretty good!

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PUPPYDOG21 4/13/2008 1:36PM

  hi from east central illinois, yeah they are predicting snow here too. it is cold.
hope to get some spring here someday.
have a good day, i like the story on your blog.
i didnt grow up here but love hearing stories from people who did. helps me feel a little more at home to know the history, as things are so built up and generic now around where we are. boring!

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What, a male stripper?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Wow what an exciting week. Started the week by being reminded how it was to be, let's say "over weight". Had to drive my old cab-less tractor over 8 miles in freezing weather. I put on all kinds of layered clothes, topped off with a snowmobile suit and helmet. As I walked past doorways bumped the sides and when walking, more like a waddle, to trying to pull myself up onto the narrow opening on the tractor. All that was missing was the two thirty lbs. bags of bird seed on my shoulders, try that for a day and see if you want to go back to the "good ole days".
The weather in Northern Ill. is finally turning to some beautiful days. It is sorta like this "life style change" thing, you have many long and disappointing days, but you hang in there and all of a sudden, great news, you do see progress.
Took about a 600 mile round trip yesterday to Ind. for a shower for 1st. GS's future wife. Sure glad we could go, by time the last GK gets married will be luckey if we could go, something like being tooooooo old. I had a nice time with #3 son and !st. GS and #5,GS. Always nice to see family . The shower went real well too, The rumor was started that a male stripper was going to show up, let me tell you there was some real disappointed looks on their face's when he was a no show. Must have been just a rumor, I wonder who started that? It just goes to show you, women can have a good time even without the star attraction.
Sun is shining temp. going up,I guess spring is acomming.
My weight stayed at my goal another week, sure can tell I'm doing more physical work, down on the farm, cause I ate like a pig this week.
Life is great, have a good week.

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M3NOMOFAT 4/9/2008 8:46PM

    I think I could enjoy your farm for a day. Whew! You are living a great life. To GOD be the glory!!!

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SEESKO 4/6/2008 11:57AM

    good job keeping your weight in check. What a nice observation of how you "Used" to be. I know you will never go back there.

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