Sunday, March 22, 2009
I know everyone in these tough times are concerned about the price we pay for different products. Thought some of you might be interested in what my local Ill. Farm Bureau does once a year. They put on a breakfast for anyone who wants to come for the exact cost the average farmer receives as income.
8 oz. glass of orange juice $0 .05
8 oz. glass of Milk $0.10
pancakes [two] $0.04
Syrup [one oz. serving] $0.03
Sausage Patties [two] $0.19
This breakfast is designed to educate consumers that only $.50 of a breakfast that would cost approximately $5.00 in a restaurant would be the farmers income.
We the farmers, are very small in number and can not always complete with the Giant Food Company's press arm. Just thought some of you might be interested.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Haven't bogged for awhile so have some thoughts piling up.
Been real busy this winter just doing "things", running to Dr's getting some teeth pulled , there wearing out, that's what happens when you live so long, and painting at my N house that he and his family will be moving into this month, wanted to do all the painting before removing old rugs to expose the beautiful hardwood floors.
Always have trouble with wild animals in my machine shed where I live, no cement just gravel floor. I put a big live trap in there and put some bait in usually a apple. Two weeks ago I found a dead skunk in it, figured he had been in there for some time and probably froze to death. Carried the trap outside and dumped it out over the nearby fence. No big deal, I've carried them out when their alive but that's another story. Yesterday I was checking the status of my dead skunk and guess what, he was not there, figured some other wild animal or bird had drug him off UNTIL I went back in the shed and checked the trap, and there HE was. I guess he wasn't dead just hibernating . He sure must be a dumb skunk to go right back in the trap. He now is woke up so will have to use extreme caution when taking him out side. The joys of living on the farm.
Went to my favorite Wally-World the other day, and doing what Ole Duffers do at the urinal when I heard behind me a lady's voice say in a VERY excited manner, Kylie, this is the MEN'S bathroom. As old as I am I know she was more embarrsed than I. So the Ole guy's advice for the day is " always cover your rear".
Have a great day.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
It sure has been a busy fall for this Ole Duffer. For those of you not familiar with the life of a farmer you wouldn't understand. We are so dependent on the weather and God's hand when trying to keep the food on our tables. This growing season was too cool so crops didn't mature before the cold came. I finally finished with harvest and tillage just in time to go to our #1 S and family in NC, for Thanksgiving. It is a 900 mile trip, take two days out, hate to cross the mountains in the dark, but come home in one 16 hour? trip. Had ice covered roads on some of the roads with many minor wrecks and delays and bypasses off main road. But enough of the good news.
Had a wonderful time with family for the week, always so nice to spend time with them. We only get to see them a couple times a year so is really special. Oldest GS is in an apartment while working and attending JC and oldest GD goes to NC State, and then there is the END GD who celebrates her 17th. birthday while we were there. You might remember she's the one who sold me this telephone that keeps falling off the kitchen wall. She's the trouble maker. She is sure cute so it's only natural that the Ole Duffer GP always has his eye out for a nice good looking young fella for her. Went to the neighboring Ace store and this nice young man asked me if I needed any help. I took a long look at him and thought what a neat clean cut young man he was, garbed his muscle and asked if he worked out he said no just helped his D a lot with well drilling, I found this out later. So natural I said do I have nice young lady for you, my GD. Then that's when I start to get into trouble, my #1 S comes up to him and calls him by his first name, has him in Church sponsored group. It seems he also is dating my GD friend, well I say minor detail. But not to them I guess. My #1 S promised not to tell the GD about this little conversation, that promise lasted until he first saw her. It seems to me she has had her eye on him for some time so was somewhat embarrassed , I don't know why. Well seems she's on this face page thing on the enternet, and he contacted her that night saying he met her GP and D at the store. I sure had to do some fast talking to get out of that one/ It didn't help any with my #1 S present always telling her the truth.
Isn't life great?
Sure hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and have a Very Blessed Christmas.
I gained 5 lbs. for the week so it's time to get back to Ole Sparkie.
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