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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Catch Up

Yes I am still alive, but it's all I can do to keep up with my life these days.  There is a bit of a break in the action before things go crazy again, so I thought I would try to catch you up on the goings on around here.

First off the bat, I want to give a big SHOUT OUT to Little Indiana  I have been following Jessica's wanderings around Indiana for quite a while, and I love the fact that she speaks about the small town life that I know and love.  She featured me in a post a few weeks ago, in the middle of all my back issues, and I haven't been able to properly say Thank You!  Stop by her site, and add it to your fav list.  It's on mine!

Now for the daily stuff.
One reason I am not blogging so much is that I started walking in the morning again.  I SO needed to get back in my tennies to help my back heal and to start fighting the weight gain battle I have been losing for a while.   The back is healing, but it is slow, and I still cannot sit for too long without it becoming uncomfortable.  Patience right?  sigh....

Our county fair starts this Thursday, and Tink and Bear have been busy working on their mini 4-H, or Cloverbuds as we call it around here, projects.  They both made baskets and took pictures.  Nope, forgot to take a pic of their baskets before they went in for judging, but here are their pictures.

Tink's picture of Sadie:

Bear's picture of Goldie and one of the kittens (still can't tell them apart!)

Tink has also been going over to a neighbor's to learn about showing cattle and hogs.  As part of our cloverbud projects an 8 year old can pair up with a 4-H member to learn more about showing livestock BEFORE committing to such a big responsibility.  This young lady working with Tink has done such a great job teaching her about the calf.  Here Tink is with the short horn milking calf, Tom

and here she is trying to "steer" a pig.  She seems to like working with the calf better than the pig.

Hannah is going to participate in the Little Miss Benton County pageant, so we are working on talking slowly.  I'm afraid she takes after her mother in the fast-talking department.  It's all for fun, they receive cute goody bags, and I like the experience it gives her in getting up in front of people. 

We are trying to get the fairgrounds ready for the fair.  Many of you may already know this, but it takes a huge team effort to get the grounds ready for the fair.  We have been working, more Tall Guy than me on the labor part, full steam for two weeks painting, building, weeding, cleaning, and all that stuff to shine for our week.  I've also been wokring on filling the commercial tent and advertising for the fair activities.  As of today the tents are up, and the guys are out in thise heat building a deck for our new women's building.  We also proud to present The Eli Young Band in concert Friday night, July 22.  If you are close and would like tickets, e-mail me and I can make it happen for you!

There is some action on my new bird feeder.  Some blackbirds and sparrows are starting to show an interest.  I'm hoping the cardinals and finches will take take notice and join in the eating.

Corn in Benton County is tassling and silking.  Sure wish we could get a nice rain to help the pollinating along.  Can't believe I am asking for a rain with our track record so far this year, but it's been pretty dry for over a week!

Remind me to tell you about what happened to my sweet corn.  It's a long sour story!  GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

The garden is looking good because we are watering it now, and the same goes for the new landscaping.  I still cannot get on the mower....DRAT!  That is the best mental therapy for me, but apparently it is not good for a healing back.  Soon little green tractor....sooon.

Just for fun, last night I snuck out of the house  went to see the last Harry Potter movie, and it was AWESOME!!!  Want to know one of the best parts?  I went here to see if for $5,

bought a large $2 root beer, and had a refill for $.25!  Our theater is a historical building, and the theater peeps are in the process of renovating the inside now that they have the outside looking all nice and spiffy.

Ok,  I'm off to take Bear to her interview and picture moment for the Little Miss Contest.  I will try to get a few more posts up before FAIRMANIA sets in.

Have a great week and stay cool.  Sounds like we are all going to have to increase our water intake in the next few days!


  1. Good luck with fairmania!!!
    Glad i just have to go tomorrow (some gals and boys show our calves) and that's it! But we have other mania's going on!

    And yes thank you for Little Indiana for featuring us.... hehe!


    big hugs

  2. I'm feelin' for you, sister!
    Our fair is (finally!) here, and all the projects are checked in--so there are a few things to check off the list now!
    Unfortunately, it's going to be a scorcher!
    Good luck to Bear on the contest.
    And I hope your back gets to doing better. (Achy backs stink!)

  3. No wonder you have been MIA girl. You are running constantly it sounds like. Glad you are able to get back to walking tho and hope it helps you heal faster. Matter of fact, I need to put my tennies on and take a quick walk in this crazy heat.

  4. Hi Lana, Sounds like your summer is moving along fast and furiously.... Between walking to get in shape (congrats) and all of your kids' activities, there just isn't much time left. Glad you did take time to see that movie though...


  5. Well, with a Shorthorn, you can't go wrong! I love the photos! Sure hope you feel stronger each day.

  6. I'll be thinking of you this week. We survived our fair last week, but it sounds like yours will be much hotter. Hope your back gets back to normal soon... whatever that is. :-)

  7. Whew...you do have a lot going on. My daughter is also quite a fast talker. Maybe she is your distant relative. lol

  8. Hey Lana,

    Thank you, thank you!

    Once I can figure out why that blasted badge isn't working, I'll be in touch.

    Thanks again! :)

    (didn't know you also had a little theater--I really need to get that way!)

  9. Summertime is so busy, isn't it! Love the photos of your girls and their 4-H projects! That's a great pic of Sadie too. :-)

  10. you sure do have a lot going on right now! so glad your back is healing, however slowly it is.

    i am a fast talker too! yay! if you would have told me i would be doing public speaking for my job, i would never have believed you. i got the standgest compliment the other day-it was on my enunciation. so tell her it isn't the speed, it's the clarity of the words that count.

    good luck!

    ps-LOVE that theater! can they come and design my basement like that??



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