Eighteen Shades of Blessings Update

Yesterday, I shared my Things That Make Me Happy list.  That was the Reader’s Digest version.  In the interest of not putting you to sleep, I kept it short. Besides, it changes almost hourly! Like right now, I’m looking out the library window towards the hills and the trees are sparkling with dew.  Almost like G -d said, “Let there be glitter.”

Today’s list includes things that tickle a farmer’s or rancher’s or Big Boss’s fancy.  Some days, it seems like pretty much nothing or nobody is happy…tires go flat, engines blow up, cattle get out, fences are down…I’ll stop there. At this moment, cattle pens are being ridden and checked, feed bunks are being filled with silage, wheat is being planted, grain corn is being harvested and a new alley at one of the feedlots is being smoothed and graded.  That’s just on our place. And since everyone is out working like crazy on the farm today already..and have been for quite a while…it’s nice to remember what makes their day. What floats their boat.  What makes them smile.

1. Doughnuts anytime, anywhere. Just doughnuts. Please.  Update: food. just food!

2. A tractor that starts the first time. Update: Also new tractors are highly sought after!

3. Planted seed that comes up.  And lives. Update: And rain. We’ve had a record year!

4. Irrigation wells that don’t’ go dry. Update: Because of the record rains, wells are recharging!  YAY!

5.  Less government regulations.  A party might break out that one. Update: We now have more. Go figure.

6. New feed trucks.   Update: Not so new now but still running.  That is a plus.

7. Roads that aren’t dusty.  Never will happen but nice to think about. Update: Still dusty but, again, rains have minimized that.

8. Keys that are found.  And stay found.  Update: Yeah,  we’re still losing keys.  And phones.

9. New caps. You can NEVER have too many.  Kinda like shoes for us gals. Update: I’m pretty sure that we could now open a hat museum.

10. The smell of freshly turned dirt/ground/earth.  Beats Chanel #5 to heck.  Update some things never change!

11. Broke in jeans…for BB, the jeans would be the cheapest on earth, whatever those may be.  If they’re not the cheapest, I just keep my mouth shut. Update: He’s on a new jean kick…certain brand that I lightly bleach “so they’re not hot.”

12. Gas in the pickup.  Cardinal rule: keep the tank FULL.  At all times. Update: Again, some things never change.

13. A clean desk..no wait, that one makes me happy.  Sorry, I got carried away completely!!  Update: addd to that a HUGE dining room table AND 2 side tables beside favorite chairs.

I could get in BIG trouble over this one…the things I do for this blog!! Actually, my side isn’t much better.

14. A hot cup of decaf on a cold night and a fire roaring in the fireplace after a day in sub-zero weather.  Update: a  nap  also  please?

15. A new piece of land…Oh, the possibilities!  Update:  Just when you think they”re done, they’re not.

16. Tearing down stuff to put new stuff up…that could range from fences to old barns. (BTW, farmers were green before the green-elites out there were just a glint in their father’s eyes.  Old barns build new houses and sheds and garages, etc.)

Not torn down!

old barn

Not torn down either!

The house that barns built!

17. Hearing, “Paw, can I ride in the feed truck with you?”  That’s THE Big One!  The one that will continue to get him out of bed each morning for a long time!!!!!!!  Update: Hearing, “Paw, I’ll drive the truck/tractor FOR you.”

18. Having a full silage pit at the end of summer.  That’s a REALLY good thing, Martha!  🙂 Update: Still working on that. Every year.

Not full yet but working on it!

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4 Responses to Eighteen Shades of Blessings Update

  1. Jana Rima says:

    Old barns are dear to my heart!! Driving thru the country on our trip to Maryland and back I truly enjoyed the beauty those old barns gave the countryside. When we were first married my dad gave Jerry some old corral fence wood to work with. Most of it was in our shed/shop thru the years until our daughter got out of college. Jerry made her home furnishings by her request from that wood. Candle holders, shelves, etc. He made her a huge table with benches to feed the girls she cooked for during pre-season from wood he purchased not far from us . It was wood from an old barn and is extremely heavy. It doesn’t travel with legs on as he has a regiment of placing the screws in the legs, etc. Lifting in out of our trailer requires 2 people. LOL and you latch onto metal holds screwed onto the back side. Very unique and a very precious labor of love. Those old barns can be full of life and the wood continues to serve its purpose. Just say’n. LOL


    • The Queen says:

      I’d love to see that! I just wish I had a pic of my grandparent’s barn. I’m pretty sure it was less a barn and more of a shed, but still…that pic of the barn with the writing above the door was Ronnie’s great-grandfather’s.


  2. Melinda Strickland says:

    You are going to see old barns in New England–big and small, red and weathered, still in use, and ready to tear down. Get ready!


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