Corn Rows

The growing season on the farm can be measured by the corn rows. 

See at first when you first plant the corn you anxiously wait to when you can start to ‘row’ the corn. When I say row the corn, what I mean is that you can literally see the corn up and you see the actual rows of the small corn plants peeking through the dirt. Now sometimes this is good… and well sometimes this is bad. It’s good because you know that your planter monitor was working and it was actually dropping the corn in the field rows. But it can also be bad. The reason that I saw that it can be bad is because if you didn’t drive straight when you were planting the corn, not only will you notice it but I’m telling you that your neighbors and friends will also notice it! 

Next comes ‘filling in the rows’. Now this one is a good one if you didn’t plant straight and a sure sign that your crop is really taking off. Filling the rows means that the corn has grown so much that you can’t see the ground in between them. And up until now it’s just a habit when you’re driving by the fields to always look at the corn rows to see how it’s growing. Kind of sounds weird I know, but I’m betting more people do this than don’t do it! So with the warm weather last week and a couple of good showers to go along with that, the rows finally filled in late last week by us. 

Soon it’ll be the 4th of July and with that comes the ‘knee high by the 4th of July’ check. This one is pretty self explanatory and with all the advancements in the seeds these past year, you sure hope it’s much higher than your knees! But in a couple of weeks we’ll go out in the fields just like we did when we were kids and stand in the corn rows and take a picture. Even when I’m writing this I can feel myself smile. It seems like no matter what we’re doing, this is a traditional picture that you just have to take.

And finally in the fall when the corn is really drying down and ready to be harvested, you can get a good feeling about how dry the corn might be by looking at the stalks and noticing that you can start to row the corn again.

This process happens every year and stays pretty true every year. So now when you’re by someone who you know isn’t a farmer – just casually say something like ‘man the corn will sure be knee high by the 4th of July and it seems just like yesterday you were able to row them’   :-) 

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What a great weekend!

All the kids have been home for the weekend and we even had a couple extra friends of William’s that stayed with us for our town’s celebration. It’s funny how you can go from just two people in the house to 10 or 11! But that’s a lot of fun if you ask me.  

We used the Roadhouse for the overflow of kids and with the air conditioner on and a lot of blow up mattresses all lined up on the floor  – it worked perfect! 

After a bon fire on Friday night and some games with the kids after it, I knew that I needed to get to bed before I go up the next morning to make breakfast. I ended up frying 4 lbs of bacon and 3 lbs of sausage with about 2 1/2 dozen eggs scrambled – I was a little surprised that they weren’t able to eat it all :-)

We didn’t see them much after the parade on Saturday until later in the afternoon. Then we had a chance to spend some fun time with them at dance downtown.  

And after church and breakfast on Sunday, when we got home all of the kids friends were gone and we spent a good part of today with our kids. It was a great way to spend Father’s Day! And guess what we did first? Well there was a dead tree that blew down when some wind went through the area and the guys had cut it up and got it moved. Hopefully it’ll work for some summer bon fires this summer. The tree fell perfectly in between two others which made the clean up a little easier. 

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I got the boys and Daryl together before William and Jude had to leave to head back home. It was a fast picture but I really like it. I haven’t seen it so much in the past but I’m starting to see a lot of resemblance in these three guys lately. 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

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Our Towns Celebration

It was our town’s annual celebration this weekend and honestly it couldn’t have gone any better on Saturday. 

The weather was overcast which made it perfect for the hour long parade that was going on through Main Street. The sidewalks were packed and it’s such a great feeling when you see that because so many people work so hard for the past 5 years putting this together that it’s so nice when it pays off in the end. 

So like I said the parade went over so well and all the activities during the day kept a good amount of people just hanging out for the afternoon   I Loved it! With our town only of a little over 400 people it takes quite a few of us to pull this weekend celebration off. And this year we’ve even been noticing that we’re drawing people in from Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Rochester MN, and Chicago. And what they all seem to be saying is that the venue for the Irish Fest weekend is so great! OK,  now how cool is that! 18557251_10211543092046358_3594974604079045904_n

But it’s really true that the only way that this works is if everyone helps each other out. I mean that we had 3 or 4 people come up to us while we was volunteering in the Main Tent and said that if we needed their help to just let them know. Now I can’t say if this would happen in a large city or not, but it happens in our town a lot. And seriously $5 per day to see all these great acts? I think that is an unbelievably good deal!!  

The night ended up with a lot of different bands playing in the Main Tent and it was once again a late night for not only our family but also a whole lot of other families! 

Tomorrow morning there is a breakfast after church and then the festivities will be over  for another year. I’m not sure what they are serving for the breakfast but we’ll go to support the church group putting the meal on. 

I’ve added a couple of pictures that Kyle took during the day below. For tons more pictures check out the Lawler Irish Festival Facebook page.

Hope to see you in our town next year! 

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Was it a Sign? 5k Race & Corporate Sponsors

I believe in signs and fate so when I had a couple of things happen to me on Friday, well I took it as a Sign. 

See I planned on getting to bed early tonight because we have a very busy weekend coming up and I just had it in my head that this is what I needed to do. Now I mean that I wanted to go to bed early, I’m talking like 9:30 or 10:00. But there was a couple of things that I really wanted to get done and so guess what time I got to bed? If you guessed around 2:00 then you are a winner. 2:00 is a far cry from 10:00 don’t you think! 

I even amazed myself because I really wasn’t too tired as the day went on and then came the second sign. I was shaving my legs for the big run tonight, you know so less wind resistance :) and then I dropped my shaver in the shower. Now no big deal and because I was in a hurry it didn’t surprise me that it ended up on the floor. But then what happened next was a bad thing. See as I moved my feet to see where the shaver went, I stepped on it. Have you ever stepped on the blade of a shaver before? If you have I really feel sorry for you because when it cuts the bottom of your toes that REALLY hurts! So now I’ve got blood all over and once I got the bandaid on it I thought I was OK. Yea, not so lucky! It bled through the bandaids and now what was I going to do? Well I ended up finding a pile of old bandaids tucked away in one of the containers in the bathroom and was back in business again. After putting around 5 or 6 of them on my toe to give it more of a wrapped brace it seemed to work much better. AND I was able to walk again. 

The next sign for the race was when I was registering. I went to the table and said Hi to everyone and was going to pick up my shirt. After I looked around for a little bit and didn’t see one I found out that they didn’t have one for me. They said that one of our kids had picked it up for me along with my racing bib number. Not good. This wasn’t good because now it was at our house and I won’t have time to get there. They did get me another one and now I was in business. 

So with around 3 1/2 hours of sleep, a cut foot that won’t stop bleeding, no shirt, and no racing number … I was Ready! I thought is that all? Come on I could take even more if I was given it! And luckily nothing more did happen and after Daryl and Kyle sang  the National Anthem we were off and running. 

I was really nervous about this run because I’ve only ran maybe two times before the race and in those 2 times there was no way I would make 3 miles without walking. But with all the signs that tonight was going to be different was there and I just knew that I was going to be under 30 minutes. 

And guess how I did? Did I beat my goal of 30 minutes? Nope. I guess so much for signs huh? 

But check out the shirt sponsors, especially the 12th one! 

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Upcoming Soap Show

I’m in another show this weekend and I really like going to this location. See it’s a barn on a farm. Yup, just right up my alley right? 

Because of the Irish Fest happening in our town this weekend, I’m not able to stay all day a the show so I have set up my display and then the owner of the barn takes a percentage of the sales. It works good for her and also for me. 

And when I bring my handy dandy shelving unit, the setup is fast and easy! 20170615_193912_resized

Once I was ready to go, I stopped over at one of the two cabins that they rent out and I had to try really hard not to find a spot on one of the rockers for the night! I can see why these cabins are rented out almost every week and weekend!

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So when I’m driving home I noticed the really cool clouds that were forming in the sky and just couldn’t help but to take a couple of pictures on how I could see them change as I was driving tonight. I apologize in advance if your’e sick of looking at cloud pictures that people have been sharing  – but here are some more. And I’m thinking these are probably so much cooler than other ones that you’ve been looking at anyway :-)

The night ended with a lightening display that you can see in the last two pictures. There was quite a few storms in our area tonight with high winds and hail and luckily we only had a lightening display. 

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And I have come to the conclusion these past couple of days that things just look different when you’re riding in a farm truck. You know,  just in case you were wondering about that.

 

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Setting up the museum

This was the second night that we’ve spent in the local Hardware store setting up a pictorial museum for our town. See it’s getting close to the Irish Fest which will be starting on Friday and every year we have to set up the display with pictures of not only some really cool history but we try to include some current things going on in our town too. 

But this year we’ve got some awesome help! Check these guys out! 20170610_152122_resized

The setup has gone so much better than it ever has and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the help that we’ve been given to get ready. 

We even had some volunteers come and wash the huge windows that are in front of the building. Now how can you say that small town America is gone when you have these kind of volunteers? 

I had to snap a couple of pictures also of our local volunteer fireman who spent the last couple of nights washing the streets. I don’t know what it is about this, but I just think it is so cool. 20170614_192641_resized

So at the end of the night we were able to get the whole display set up and now the next thing to do? Well was to have a great time this weekend!  

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Rock Stars

We are Rock Stars. Now I’m not bragging or anything like that, but strictly stating the facts. Rock Stars.

See my friend and I have been golfing for quite some time now – we’re guessing around 14 years. And in those 14 years we’ve come a long way. For many years, maybe around 9 or 10, we never could seem to get all 9 holes done. We had gotten really good at the ole wave them by gesture and it usually started around the 4th hole :-)  

So after we had tackled actually golfing 9 holes (all in one night!) just a couple of years ago  we thought that we might be able to go to a tournament sometime in 2018. So our next challenge was to try to golf without cheating so much. And this challenge had gave us a run for our money. We would almost get to finishing up the 9th hole and then we’d cave and cheat.  

Well that was until tonight. So we played all 9 holes and we didn’t even cheat ONCE!! Now was our scores something to be proud of? I can honestly say …. no.  But we didn’t cheat and that was something to be proud of. 

Now I’m sure you are asking yourself what was our next challenge? Well our next challenge was to pay all 9 holes, hitting our own balls ( not playing best ball), AND not cheating. Whew! I sure hope we are able to do a lot of golfing this year because we’re going to need the practice!  

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It’s raining!

Yesterday was another one of those crazy windy days so we were glad that we were able to haul our new mattress home for the 60 miles from the store and not have it blown off. We had it strapped down pretty good and it stayed put until we were about a half of a mile from our farm and then started to lift up a bit.

And guess what? We bought the mattress in good time because today there was some storms that ended up blowing through and dumping about an inch of rain on the area. And to make it even better we didn’t even get a storm with it! Yup, it was a good day.

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I brought the dogs in early before it started to rain and do you think Kaiser is making himself comfortable? I don’t remember giving him one of our good couch pillows so he must have thought he needed one.

20170612_185848_resized While Reno just lays quietly and doesn’t cause any trouble. I think she just wants us to  forget that she’s there and will be able to stay in the house longer.

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Todays the day!

Today is a big day in our house and I mean a BIG day!  Now I’m sure you are wondering just what makes today so special? 

Well today we are getting a new mattress set!  S C O R E !!! 

See we have been talking about getting a new mattress for about 23 years. Yup, you read this right – 23 years. And do you know why we never can buy one? Well it’s because we couldn’t agree on what we should get. 

Should we get a mattress that is a Sleep Number kind? Or should we get one that has a pillow top? The ones I liked he didn’t and the ones that he liked I didn’t. 

So to help with our decision I’ve been talking to my chiropractor and he recommended buying a Beautyrest Mattresses. OK. It’s a done deal. Today we are going to town to get a Beautyrest Mattress. 

With Daryl not so much of a shopper, he said he only wanted to go to 2 stores to ‘shop around’ it wasn’t much of a choice where we should look. We tried to find stores where they sold Beautyrest mattresses right? 

After we checked out the first store – off we went to the second store. This mattress store had big signs in their window – Beautyrest Mattresses sold here. OK, here we go. 

Well we both knew that we were not leaving without a mattress and when we were walking up to the front door of the store Daryl turned to me and said let’s make some salesperson’s day. I knew that it was go time! 

After laying on a couple of mattresses in the store and at this point remembering that we are supposed to look at Beautyrest mattresses – well we found one that we both can live with and we bought it. And guess what? It’s not a Beautyrest. I don’t remember what it is but it’s got cooling gel in it and each spring is double wrapped or something, along with a list of why it is going to be so awesome! 

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Now the big challenge. Can we get it upstairs? See this is also another reason why we haven’t bought a new bed for so many years. The last time we did,  we had to take off all the woodwork going upstairs and even do a little ‘remodeling’ as we went inching our way up the steps of our old farmhouse with the bed set. It was terrible!

But we were determined to get this taken care of today and with luck on our side we didn’t have any trouble. But I’m thinking the split box spring helped us quite a bit this time. It was $50 extra which in our case was a no brainer! 

Next on our list? What to do with the old box spring. We both knew that it wasn’t going to go back downstairs, so just like that Daryl had an idea. And soon I could hear the chain saw just a humming in the upstairs hallway and he had kind of a funny look in his eyes as he started to cut up the bed. I swear I would not have been surprised if all of a sudden Chevy Chase would have shown up. It was definitely one of those moments. So with the old box springs propped up against the banister and Daryl using the chain saw upstairs in our house, I was just waiting for our banister to be cut in half. But with good luck there was no problems and soon we had it downstairs and the vacuum was just humming upstairs to clean up all the sawdust. Check this off our list! 20170611_185458_resized

 

 

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Wind please GO AWAY!

To say that it’s been windy here is, well, it’s an understatement! I have no idea just how many days it’s been windy, but seriously this is just about enough don’t you think? 

With the weather in the 90’s and around 40 mph wind every day it’s really hard to stay positive. Because you know how much I just Love wind right? Wrong! 

But I haven’t freaked out yet and I’ve even spent pretty most of this Saturday mowing lawn. I had the hardest time mowing today than I’ve ever had in my life! See the wind was blowing the grass so hard that I didn’t know really where I was supposed to be mowing. And then when I turned around to mow back again I saw how terrible of a job I did. I know it sounds really dumb, but it’s true! So at the end of the day I think I did an OK job ? Seriously at the end of the day I really didn’t care :-)

 

 

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