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
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!