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Keep your eye on your rear!

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.
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DOLLIE6 1/10/2010 1:47PM

    I love it.

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SDEHNKE 3/21/2009 1:37PM

    That's my motto too "always cover your rear" for reasons we won't go into here. emoticon

Great to see you blogging!


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CAROL_ 3/21/2009 5:43AM

    That was so funny! Hope you made out okay with the skunk and other wild creatures . . . hope you didn't get the wrong end of them, like the ladies at Walmart got yours.

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ANNE403 3/19/2009 6:55AM

    You gave me a big laugh so eary in the morning! You can tell your story so great! You have a very interesting life! Have a great day! Love Anne emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 3/18/2009 8:36PM

    You always make me laugh. Thank you for giving us the heads up about your blog. I can't decide whether I liked the skunk story or the rear story best.

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MELINKY 3/18/2009 11:05AM

    You live a very exciting life. Watch out for those skunks. Did you know possoms can play dead up to six hours? Son and I learned that a few months ago. =)

It's so good to hear from you. Blog more as you have the time.


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RAVON27 3/18/2009 10:57AM

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning. I never even thought about the fact that skunks hibernate hahaha! Be careful out there. It's a good thing you left him in the trap until you dumped him.

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I've got a nice good looking GD just for you!

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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ANNE403 12/16/2008 4:57PM

    I agree you are a cute skinny hoot whom I am very proud of & always have. Your looked great on Thursday also! We are just never completely satisfied are we. But I feel the gain can continue & I am like you I want to get back where I want to be.
Happy you had a good Thanksgiving & I did not hear you say about your trip home so glad you made it home safe. That is something we never know when we take off for where ever.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. I could not believe the site has changed & I was not sure my blog was even posted! We have a wonderful family great grandchildren.
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MELINKY 12/14/2008 12:36PM

    You're so right, I think we city folk forget what it's really like to deal with the weather and the effects it has on our food.
Just recently I bought a book, (it's on my to be read list) on how to live on the land and "do it yourself." I'm very much looking forward to it.
I loved your grand-daughter story! Oh that is so sweet. I wish I had a Grandfather like you. I also think you're right on target on this guy if she has had her eye on this fella for awhile. It is a sticky situation dating a friends boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. There's a code see, but I think if some time passed and then they dated that would be okay.
Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.

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URSULAVAN 12/3/2008 9:52PM

    Wow! You sure are a liberal Grandpa! My grandparents would come down to stay with us for a week every winter, while my parents went on vacation alone. When I was 17 and they were staying with us...it was Valentine's Day, and my boyfriend sent me flowers. My Grandpa went ON and ON ALL WEEK about how I was "too young to be dating, and too young to be getting flowers from a boy". Guess I showed him... that "boy" has been my husband for 10 years.

As always, Thanks for the smile!

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/3/2008 9:06PM

    emoticon So you're a match-making GP are you? Let us know what happens next! That's too funny...you are a hoot.

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MKLOMBARD333 12/3/2008 7:14PM

    I feel like I'm in a rocking chair on someone's front porch after reading that! That's better than "comfort" food!!!


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RAVON27 12/3/2008 6:33PM

    I love it. I thought I was the only meddlesome person when it comes to finding love for family members that need help. Great job. 5 pounds isn't too bad. I know you'll be back on track soon as possible. Hope you have some more great holidays.

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Who's Hiney?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

As I lay in bed and couldn't sleep last night I thought of all the blessings the Lord has bestowed on me and the thoughts ranged to my GLBH's 1st cousins 60th. wedding anniversary open house this afternoon. Thats quite an accomplishment in this day. Went to our favorite large Hallmark store and found we had the choice of one card. I think that tells you something about the times we live in. I wanted to buy them two 30 years cards but GLBH said she was not going to spend $8.00 on cards. I found the owner and asked if she had any more hidden? She found one more with a dial-a-number. We ended up buying it. I told her let's sign it in pencil so they can use it again. The father of the groom was known as Uncle Hinney. Not sure why they called him that because he sure didn't need Sparks. My family still remembers he was famous for when sitting down would cross his legs and hook them around like a pretzel. All my family feels luckey to just be able to cross their legs. Funney what you think of when you cant sleep.
Have a great week.
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SEESKO 9/10/2008 9:54AM

    Lol! I have missed these blogs.
Wow 60 years is amazing. The neighbors I grew up with celebrated 75 years last year. Sadly we lost him shortly after, but wow! It is sad that in todays age so few marriages make it. Thanks Skeeter for a nice thought in todays crazy world.

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LDERSCH 9/9/2008 9:38AM

    Yes, 60 is great. Did you know that my parents celebrated their 65th in May of this year. My mother is in the dementia unit of the nursing home, and they had a ban on visitors at that time because of flu going around. They allowed my father to come in for a meal that day. They had flowers and cupcakes and a photographer to take pictures of them together. That was so special. My father is 90 and my mother is 87, and I don't know how many more they will have.

Here's to long and faithful marriages.

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MCCURDY63 9/8/2008 7:48AM

    LOL. Or you could have bought them 60 1 Year Cards! Congrats and best wishes to them. I love the idea of counting your blessings when you can't sleep, you're such a positive person. I needed a reminder to count mine, thanks. Have a great week yourself Skeeter emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 9/7/2008 10:41PM

    Sketter, I agree 60 years is very unusual today. Glad you had a good time and were able to count it among your blessings.

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RAVON27 9/7/2008 6:16PM

    60 years is quite an accomplishment. Glad you had a nice day!

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Never make a deal with a Slickey GD!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Where has the summer gone, ample rain and lawn always needs mowing. GLBH likes the new 62" GrassHopper we bought, cuts down on the time she has to spend sitting in the saddle.
Started walking my fence lines with my 3 gal. back pack sprayer on my back, use 24-D to get late emerging weeds like Giant RagWeed and Velvet or Button weed, and yes the GRW is as bad as the name implies. Can reach heights of over 10' and produce more than 1000 seeds per plant. Very good exercise, walked over 3 miles Sat. Have to wait until weeds are dry so always do it in the heat of the day.
#7 and 8 GK's are coming over after church to spend the day, they are 4 and 6 and such a joy to be around
Speaking of GK's I must give you some words of wisdom. NEVER MAKE A DEAL WITH A SLICKEY GK! This #6 GD won a phone for perfect attendance or something at school. She thought she would put in her room but parents wouldn't let her so had no use for it and wondered if I would like it? Since no one else seemed to want it in her family I said sure, I would take it off her hands and maybe even give her a few bucks for it. I figured I would get a bargin from this very sweet 14 year old loving GD. She then informs me she is going to put it up for a live auction. I thought thats OK, no one else showed any interest in needing one. Wrong, her Mom my very loving DIL started bidding against me. Needless to say I wasn't going to let this formally loving DIL out bid me! GD stopped the bidding several times to promote the many 'new ' features this beauty possessed. One of which was the ability to hang on the wall as well set on a flat service, this is important because it comes into play later. After putting my DIL in her place because she ran out of cash, it was a cash only transaction, I was the proud owner of a $30.00 phone. My loving GD #6 then produced a document she made on the computer of what I call a non-bind contract and forced me to sign it. This Slickey sure knows how to cover all the bases. When arriving home I proudly mounted it on the wall by our front kitchen door and found out very soon if you shut the door too hard the phone falls off the wall. After happening several times I call my formally loving Slickey GD#6 and politely ask for my money back. She then reminded me of the supposed contract she made me sign. What's a guy supposed to do, she had me! To add insult to my ego my GLBH found the same phone at a local discount store for $6.00. Now you know why you NEVER WANT TO DEAL WITH YOUR SLICKEY GD! That just might be why I call her Skeeter!
Life has sure been good to me. A very Proud Grandpa Skeeter.

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BLACK_UNICORN11 8/8/2008 2:07PM

    Sounds like my grandpa. When I was showing horses in 4-H, we'd have a "ribbon auction", so the horse/dairy/sheep people could get some of the same benefits as the people with the market animals they could sell. The local businesses would bid on each ribbon, and the winner got a certificate. Anyway, my grandpa decides he's going to "bid up" my ribbon, thinking that since my dad is the president of the local Cenex station, they would buy the ribbon no matter what. Nope, they stopped bidding, and my dear grandpa was stuck buying my ribbon for $225!

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ANNE403 8/3/2008 11:19AM

    This is my 3rd try! Enjoyed your blog & we got a big laugh as usual. You are a great Grandparent & the children will always remember YOU! I am very proud of you also. We had a good afternoon yesterday. Nancy, Phil & Eva came about 2:30PM & we played cards & I cooked dinner. Today we go to Maytown for DH Leffelman's reunion. Looking forward to Thursday for our breakfast out! Love you Anne emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEESKO 7/31/2008 10:14PM

    Boy, I got behind! Just now saw you had a new blog. As usual very entertaining. I was telling my husband about you after reading this blog. We have a friend who can tell a story. I mean the guy can tell you about stubbing his toe and your glued to him. I feel the same way about your blogs.
Kids sure grow up fast. Mine are 5 and 3 and I keep wanting to slow it down. I know you must be a proud grandpa....lucky grand kids!

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LYNNWYNN 7/31/2008 11:14AM

    What a *wheeler dealer!*

While I'm not a farmer, I had to visit your SparkPage. I grew up in Flanagan, in Livingston County. I was a "townie" but my dad was the local veterinarian and our best friends were hog farmers and dairy farmers, so I spent LOTS of time on farms and around animals. I've got to congratulate you and your wife for deciding it was time to get into a healthier lifestyle. I know you'll keep it up. SP is such a great place to meet new friends, find support and get such positive feedback for progress made.

Thanks for the laugh, Skeeter!


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MKLOMBARD333 7/28/2008 10:06AM

    She has a future as a lawyer, used car saleswoman, or politician!!!



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RAVON27 7/28/2008 9:17AM

    emoticonfor sharing. It's amazing how quickly kids grow up nowadays and how smart they really are. I don't think you'll be having to worry about her going out into the world as an adult. emoticon

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Guess the neighbor not having electricty affects our eating habits?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Been busy these past two weeks trying to get my Nitrogen on corn before it gets too tall. Would only get about half a crop without it.Too much rain at the wrong time. I promise not to complain after seeing many acres under water on our way to our #5GK high school graduation in Indiana last weekend. Had a bad storm Friday night, one neighbor lost a wall of his machine shed, roof stayed intact, good thing his machinery was not damaged including a brand new never used $250.000 + combine. Another neighbor lost their electricity for 12 hours, I guess thats why we have to eat out all the time. I'm thinking about leasing out our kitchen. With the price of gas it would go a long way for paying that $4.00+ a gallon.
Happy Fathers Day to all you fathers out there. For those of you whose Dad are still with us, celebrate with them, honor them and most of all love them . For those of us who's Dad's are departed, be the Man that our Father always knew we would be. Thank you Geo.and I love you.
Another couple weeks have gone by and still 1 lbs. under goal. This ole Sparks thing is the Real Deal!
See you in church tomorrow?
Have a good week.

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BLACK_UNICORN11 6/25/2008 2:29PM

    I'm with you on the rain. Had more than we needed during planting, and now we can't seem to get any. We got our alfalfa bales picked up last night - about 60 acres - took 3 weeks to finish with the strange weather.

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AXISLADY 6/21/2008 9:46AM

    I found your Spark page in the midst of searching. The hub and I have chuckled over your blogs. Thanks for getting our morning off to a good start! We live in rural OH but don't farm. I used to live on a farm. Did the whole thing and raised 4 great kids. Now I live on a glacier lake with the best hub in the world!

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URSULAVAN 6/14/2008 11:32PM

    Happy Father's Day to you!

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SEESKO 6/14/2008 9:53PM

    Happy Fathers Day Skeeter! Hope you have a great day of relaxation with your family.

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RAVON27 6/14/2008 6:50PM

    Happy Father's Day to you! Great job staying under goal! emoticon

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