Sunday, September 14, 2014

Town and country

Travis, Arliss, and I went out to do some errands yesterday.  As we drove into Lincoln, we stopped to check out this amazing piece of sculpture.  Being a staunch Farmall/Case/International Harvester family you can imagine our delight! 

There are farming tools, attachments, and at least a half dozen grills from tractors on this piece.  It's a veritable "I Spy" game all in one place.  

We loved it.  Travis was checking out the undercarriage and the various mechanical parts of the truck as well.  

Sending love from a Red Nation,
oxoxo

That's Travis to the right checking it out.


The old typewriter and wooden chair are in the cab of the truck. 


Make and Model


The grill of the truck


View from the other side


View from the back


Love the old plates


Front view and Travis checking out the undercarriage


One more view of this beauty :)




Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Drive in the Country

Today the boys and I did some errands and decided to "meander" for a while. Even though we live in Lincoln, we can be completely out of town within minutes.  A quick right turn and a few minutes later Arliss, Travis, and I had the windows down, music turned up, and were taking in the wonderful smells of clover, fresh air, and simplicity.  I know simplicity doesn't have a smell, but if it did, it would be the smell of farms and open country roads.


We drove east for 15 minutes or so, quickly finding gravel roads and wide open spaces.  We talked about the corn crops and soybean fields we passed.  We talked about the farms we drove by, the livestock they had, and the machinery we saw in their fields.  


The drive wasn't far and it wasn't for hours and hours, but when we drove back into Lincoln our spirits were refreshed and refilled.  I have a feeling we will be taking drives in the country more often.  

Sending love from a future farm, somewhere in Nebraska. :)
oxoxo

Friday, August 29, 2014

Changes

Shortly after my post "Yay for Saturday" my family experienced some major changes. My husband and I made the decision to move off the farm to another state where we could have some property of our own, live closer to his side of the family, and start over.  During our four years on my family farm our immediate family experienced the loss of our jobs, our previous home, and too many things to mention here.  
Travis and Arliss on my dad's 1948 Farmall "H" at our old farm

So, we sold our ducks, geese, and chickens to a young couple were just starting their farm nearby.  After weeks of trying to find an alternate plan, we finally had to sell our sweet, hilarious goats.  Many dear friends and family members came and helped us pack and finally we pulled out of the drive and headed west.  
 
The goats loved sneaking into the garage at the farm to rest on the covered car.

Our 20 foot U-Haul carried the most important things, as I drove the minivan that carried suitcases and coolers of food.  Our journey was messy and hard, but we arrived in Nebraska two days later.  After a lot of discussion my hubby and I decided to live in town for a year while we looked for the right piece of property to farm.  

In the next ten months or so we will search for acreage that will allow us to hobby farm.  In the meantime I have created a board on my Pintrest page called Our Future Farm.  We live near fields of golden corn and acres and acres of soybeans and in town there are fields of hay that are cut and baled into the large round bales like we had on the farm.  


People in Nebraska are kind, courteous, and helpful.  We have a strong church and solid jobs and a chance to start over.  In the meantime, Arliss and Travis attend the large high school near us and participate in sports like they did "back home."  It has been a long process, but we will make it.  In the months to come I will collect ideas for our new farm and be grateful for the time we had on our old farm.  



I won't be ignoring this blog, but my posts will definitely have a different vein for a bit.  I am including some of the new pictures I have taken of our new home state.  

Sending lots of love,
oxxoxooxox

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yay for Saturday

Today has been sunny, breezy, and perfect so far.  The animals are grazing and soaking up the sun.  
Laundry is hanging on the line, I am wearing my favorite overalls, flannel, and baseball cap.  
Birds are singing, tractors are driving by with discs, plows, and harrows to finish up field prep before planting... All I want is a hammock and a good book-- but there is always something else to do here.  
And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Hooray for Saturday! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Spr-ummer?"

Our weather this month has had my closet in an unroar-- one day wool sweaters and long skirts, the next short sleeves and capris. It's just proof that we live in Northern Illinois.  
The animals are enjoying the daily grazing on the new grasses and our little ducklings, goslings, and chicks are getting a taste of the fresh air.  
My extended family help repair an unused chicken coop and Travis has been helping till the garden in preparation for the seedlings.  
We are grateful for a life on the farm and look forward to more sunshine and the blessings that come from country living. 
Enjoy the pictures.  
Sending love and sun-warmed kisses from the farm.
oxoxox







Monday, April 14, 2014

Adventures continue

Farm life is seldom boring.  This spring continues to prove this is true.  We have experienced golf ball sized hail and near-80 degrees only to have the temperatures drop to the mid-30s with snow in the forecast, all in a matter of 48 hours.  
The goats will explore any place available to them, including our kitchen, my husband learned when he didn't close the outer door completely.  
The ducks are getting sneaky when it comes to laying their eggs.  I have found them in the yard like an Easter egg hunt and behind straw bales used to block the wind at their coop.  
The geese are checking out the greener grass in the cow pasture, going through the fence like Harry Potter in search of the platform to Hogwarts.  
Such fun we seem to have here!! 

I hope your spring isn't too eventful, in the meantime, sending love and weather-whipped kisses from the farm.
oxoxxo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring is springing

The animals are starting to play outside and investigate the farm after our long, brutal winter.  The goats have been exploring the grass and greenery farther and farther from the safety of the barn.  
Our first cow and calf have arrived.  The momma is the same red one as last year- Curly Sue.  Her calf has a beautiful face too. 
Hubby has enjoyed playing with our little goat and her momma has grown to trust us more and more over the last couple weeks.  
I'm looking forward to more proof of the seasonal change as the weeks go by.  In the mean time, enjoy the pictures. 
Sending love from the farm,
oxoxox