Thursday, November 11, 2021

Farm Days

This last weekend we took the 3 hour trip to one of Travis' old coworker's family farm. He was begging for us to join him. It was good to get away, for a bit.

Is it mandatory for all farms to have 1 red barn? I'm not complaining, I love the color red!

The farm didn’t have animals, but they did have a lot of old things to look at, history, and squash to pick. 

If you lived on a farm what animals would you wish you could have? I'd love horses, goats, chickens, alpacas, a few farm cats, and a few farm dogs. Mrs Allergy sufferer can have animals if they are outside. Right?

I did ask Tom, our friend if he had his wife and son hidden in his trunk. I was bummed that they didn’t come along. His wife is from Russia. Since she wasn’t there to define herself I made jokes about how he’s really married to a spy. I’ve watched too many episodes of The Americans. We made Tom watch the first episode during breakfast. Not typically a show one would watch with children, but hey it's given us more reasons to talk about sex more openly. Really Tom's wife was back home with their dog and their son is only 11. He had a friend thing to do. 

I guess these go unused on their farm:

I think this is my favorite shot:

It was in Iowa, and one thing is for sure, all farms in Nebraska and Iowa are usually full of corn. 

What made this farm special is that it was owned by the same family, for many generations, they had relatives that owned areas all around it, and that it was right by the lake. What water hobbies would you take up if you lived there? I'd like to fish, and go paddle boating. 

They rent out their land for other farmers to grow things. At this time pumpkins and other squashes were there. Tom said after Halloween they sit there and rot. We could take what we wanted. I took too much. Fully intending on canning pumpkin puree, but I found out that it's not a good idea to do that. Ya learn something new everyday. Reason? Every squash has a different water content. Pumpkin puree in the store has all the water content removed practically. It's best to cook, puree, and put it in ice cube trays to freeze. 

Tom drove us around to show us all his family's property, and let Travis take Mica and Isaak down to see a special spot I never did see. Mica's driving. I'd like to say he learned how to drive a stick shift, but I don't think he drove it long enough to learn the standard H. 

Isaak's big about wearing these coveralls. Funny because he hated them when I bought him a one when he was about the age of 5. He thinks they are artsy. Kids say he looks like Michael Meyers or a farmer. I think he looks like one in the Blue Man Group (without the make-up), or an auto mechanic. 

Travis with Mica. They took one of me, but I look so out of it and I'm not posting it. 

We found a few of these caterpillars. I heard they mean either we have a long winter ahead, or a short one. I don't know that I believe such tales, but if you do we found them. 

We got to stay in their old farm house. Lots of cool things, but I like the door handles the most. 

Have you been to a farm lately? 


~ Noelle said...

I wish we could go somewhere, but it seems like one of us has something every single weekend right now. Love the photos!

Theresa Mahoney said...

What a fun trip for the family! It seems like you all had a great time!

When we start a farm, Jason insists we have a red barn. I'm more partial to white or gray though. I'd like to have a few highland cows and a few alpaca and maybe some black nose sheep on my farm and lots of dogs and cats.

Mica looks like such a grown up these days. I think he looks a lot like the actor Finn Wittrock. It's crazy how he's driving already. Allison goes for her driving test tomorrow. She'll probably fail because she doesn't practice enough. She's had her permit for over a year now. She'll be 18 next month, so she's trying to get her license before her birthday.

mail4rosey said...

Ohio has a lot of houses with those door handles and skeleton keys. They also have a lot of farms with corn. My aunt and uncle lived next to one. One of the grands got lost in the corn field and everyone panicked. My cousin (the child's mom) climbed up on the roof and the child followed her from up there. :) It's a funny story now, but it wasn't at the time. I like the large land. I don't like the upkeep that goes with it. ;) Glad you had a nice time out. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I don't think my comments are coming through on here. I know I commented on this post already. Stupid blogger always messing with me.

Anyway, Jason would love a big red barn. I'd like a white one. We're watching Yellowstone right now and he has two big white barns that I envy every time I see them.

I think it's lovely your friend made your visit so accommodating.

If I ever get my farm, I'll have alpacas, highland cows, and a few sheep. Oh, and lots of dogs and cats, too!


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