Batteries and Hummingbirds

| 10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM

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Rosedale Garden

Fall is slowing making an appearance in our area. The fair has been in town. Farmers are finished combing corn and have started combining soybeans and planting wheat or canola no till over the stubble. I finally saw one field of cotton today. I was beginning to think that for the first time in my lifetime I was going to experience a summer without seeing cotton. When I was a child that’s all we saw as far as row crops. Cotton is no longer King. With the dry weather we’ve had the last couple of weeks; the combines are really raising the dust. Coming home from work last week a lady in a convertible was in front of me driving next to a field being harvested. You could tell she thought she was hot stuff, looking in the mirror and primping her hair at each stop. The combine was right next to the road and was raising a huge cloud. Cars were in both lanes in front of her and slowed down because of poor visibility in the area. She was trapped; either pull off the road and raise the top or drive on. I had to chuckle as we drove through the cloud.


The pears and figs are ripe and the Hooligans have been busy getting figs off of the lower limbs. I ran out of diesel one day while mowing and picked up a pear on the way to the barn. I laid it on the table at the end of the driveway, got a galloon of diesel, walked to the tractor and back with the can. After getting my JD started, I drove up to the barn for more diesel and there was half of the pear by the fuel cans. It was nice of them to share it with me.


When I left a local home improvement store one night recently, my check engine light came on. I had gone there to pick up the wall rock for the screen porch I’m converting into a garden room, but the company had shipped the wrong stone. It was right on the ticket, but the company shipped what they had in stock. I kept telling the guys that it wasn’t what I ordered and they just kept loading. Finally got their attention, then they had to un-load. The light stayed on all the way home, but my truck was running fine. When I got home, I left the truck in the driveway in case it needed to be towed in the morning.

10/21/2013 8:41:13 AM

Mary, so what you're saying in this post is that you had a normal day on the homestead? :0) I've been reading your posts long enough to know that there's always excitement going on around your place. I do hope you get a rest once in awhile. ***** batteries are always a pain. Some cars the battery is buried under other things or even in the trunk. Weird. You can buy some goop specially made for the battery posts to keep them from corroding like you describe but I just use some good old Vaseline. Works good. I'm glad to hear it wasn't an expensive fix. My truck is getting to be almost 10 years old and is starting to have major expense fixes. The clutch was once such expense. I suppose I should feel fortunate the original one lasted 160,000 miles. I guess that's pretty good for a clutch. ***** Have a great normal day if you can.

Mary Carton
10/20/2013 1:49:52 PM

Yes a lot to be thankful for. Fall colors are just starting here, maybe about 2 or 3 weeks until the peak. Road trip planned for fall foliage around old barns and old home sites. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

10/19/2013 5:31:22 PM

Yeah, nothing like a field of crops. Plenty of work but plenty of satisfaction too. And the little hummingbirds add a real bit of delight. Also, don't forget about the beautiful fall colors coming into play now. Add all that up and you've gotta lot to be thankful for.

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