Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Thirteen #530

I live in a rural area, and we all know from the holiday commercials that farmsteads and such are supposed to be the idyllic places that everyone yearns for down deep in their soul.

And while it is very much a lovely space that I live in, it is not all unicorns and butterflies. So I give to you 13 things about rural living that can be - though may not always be - a nuisance or frustration.

1. People set off fireworks. Big fireworks that go "boom" and scare the beejezus out of the cows.

2. People shoot guns all ... day ... long. I shoot guns myself, sometimes (just a .22), but not all ... day ... long. After a while it wears on your nerves. I don't mind a little while. I do mind hours on end.

3. Big cement trucks run up and down the road, because a big cement plant is about five miles from me. They are very loud and I can hear them even though I am 1/4 mile off the street.

4. Hot air balloons sometimes fly over the farm. They are pretty and I like to look at them, but again, they scare the beejezus out of the cows. Nothing like a stampede when the hot air balloon goes "whoosh" to heat up the air to stay aloft. (Fortunately this has not happened for a long time and I hope I'm not bringing the sky gods down on me for mentioning it.)

5. Thistle. I know this is good for some things that ail you, but thistle in the pasture is not good for the cows. It's not good for my clothes, either.

6. Bad weather means the roads are among the last plowed. My husband and other farmers sometimes plow the roads in front of their farms before the state comes through.

7. Round Up. I hate weed killer but my husband uses it liberally along the fence row, mostly because we have an electric fence and the weeds will short it out. I make him strip all of his clothes outside and water them down with a water hose and leave them, literally, for weeks out in the sun and rain to get the chemicals off of them before I will put them in the wash.

8.  Wild animals. I enjoy watching the wildlife and it is exciting to see a bear in the backyard. It is not so exciting to watch deer nibble my rose bushes to nothing, or to grow a garden only to find that the wild animals got to it the night before harvest.

9. Stray animals. I don't know why people think farms are the places to drop dogs and cats, but they are not. We can't take care of them and the barn only has so many mice. They ultimately end up at the local shelter, which is where you, whoever you are, should have taken them in the first place if you couldn't keep them. Better yet, if you can't take care of an animal, don't get one.

10. Dead deer. Unfortunately, we find dead deer in the fields quite often. One year I counted 21. We bury them because (1) the state takes forever to come along and get them; (2) usually they have run out of the state's right-of-way and the state won't take them anyway and (3) you can't leave them in the fields for the buzzards because then the bones, etc., get into the hay and can damage the machinery. We have a special dead deer cemetery area.

11. Poor cell phone service. There are towers near the interstate, but out here, the service is poor. For a long time I could only get service on my cellphone in the garage. It's a little better now, but still not great.

12. Poor Internet service. I have DSL and that is all I will have unless I got to a mobile hot spot or something. It doesn't pay the phone company to run a fiber line down this way because it has so much space to cross for too few people.

13. No Christmas lights. This may not seem like a hardship, but I really like Christmas lights. And out here, where so many people live a long way off the road, we simply don't see that many. We have to take tours of the subdivisions.

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Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 530th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Turkey in the Persimmon Tree


We came home Monday evening to find not a partridge in a pear tree, but turkeys in the persimmon tree.

This was, by far, the largest flock of turkeys I have seen on the farm. We counted over 30, although not that many show up in the photo. I believe they are this year's hatchlings, because I saw several hens with chicks this summer. It looks like they've teamed up for the winter.

I shot this with my little Nikon Coolpix that I keep in the car (still not used to reaching for the smartphone for the camera). It's a small, thin camera that I picked up for $60 at Walmart a few days after Black Friday about five years ago now. It takes great photos to be so small and slender. I slip it into my coat pocket frequently because it does such a nice job.

Still, I need to remember that I have not only Nikon cameras at my beck and call, but also a smartphone with a decent camera in it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Little Frosting

Saturday morning we woke to a light blanket of snow. The kind that makes things look pretty and then goes away (the best kind, really, if you must drive and work in cold weather).

Obligatory snow pictures:





Photos taken with Nikon Coolpix P500.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Stealing: Bah Humbug

Sunday Stealing: Bah Humbug!

Bah Humbug!  Before we get all warm and cozy for the upcoming holidays, here's a chance to let out all those angry feelings you've been harboring.
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Country Dew says: Words like "loathe" and "hate" are very strong words that I seldom use. They are reserved for important moments. So I have changed those to "dislike."
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TV show I dislike: Anything on Fox.

Movie I dislike: You Don't Mess with the Zohan, or basically anything with Adam Sandler in it.

Music genres I dislike: I'm not a big fan of rap. Mostly, I don't understand it.

Magazine which annoys me: Any of them that have smelly advertising in them.

Makes me cranky at restaurant: People talking on their cellphones instead of gazing into one another eyes, or at least keeping a check on their kids.

Makes me cranky in public: The public.

Makes me impatient at home: Having a sick husband.

Makes me impatient at work: I don't have a job now.

Celebrity I dislike: I'm not fond of Clint Eastwood or Adam Sandler.

Music artist I dislike: I really don't know. If I am not fond of someone I don't listen to them.

I could not care less about: the lives of celebrities.

Blogger's habit that annoys you: Do you mean like Blogger the program? Or a specific blogger? The answer is "nothing" in either case.

Feature on your blog you dislike: Nothing.

Politician that you dislike: Bob Goodlatte, 6th District Congressman for Virginia, and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Saturday 9: My Church

Saturday 9: My Church (2016)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a woman who loves singing along with her car radio. Is that something you enjoy?

A. Yes, I enjoy doing that.

2)  The video begins with Maren Morris finishing her cigarette before getting behind the wheel. Do you allow smoking in your car?

A. I do not allow smoking within visual site of me. So no.

3) In this song, Maren admits she's lied. What's the last fib you told?

A. Well, it's Christmas so there is lots of sneaking going on about purchases and such. Little white lies to be revealed on the big day. I try not to tell big lies because it can get complicated, trying to keep the story straight. The truth doesn't require any such transmogrifications.

4) She mentions having her radio on the FM dial. Are you loyal to a single radio station? Or do you spin the dial?

A. I mostly listen to Q99 or Steve FM (both adult top 40) on our stations, but depending on my mood, I might hit NPR.

5) Maren was inspired to write this song while on a long car trip from Nashville to Los Angeles. When do you get your best ideas? (In the shower, behind the wheel, over lunch with friends ...)

A. I'm not sure I have a particular time. The shower is good, but so is that time just before you're fully awake and the dreams are still catchable. Inspiration comes anytime I am open.

6) She performed this song on Saturday Night Live last year. The host that week was John Cenna. Do you follow professional wrestling?

A. I do not. My grandfather was a big fan and he watched it when we were kids. I remember watching it with him sometimes. That was a very long time ago.

7) In 2016, when this song was popular, Alex Rodriguez played his final Major League Baseball game. He has embarked on a second career as a broadcaster. Would you be comfortable on camera?

A. Not unless the camera can make me look thinner.

8) A 2016 study revealed that 43% of Americans own mutual funds, many in their 401(k)s and IRAs. Are you involved in the stock market?

A. We have our retirement accounts in the stock market.

9) Random question: You have something awkward and embarrassing that you simply must tell a pal. You know your friend will not be happy with the news. Would you prefer to deliver it by email, in a phone call, or face to face?

A. I would do it face to face, if it is that bad.

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