Friday, October 29, 2010


I don't exactly know when it started. It was before I came onto the scene twenty some odd years ago. What I'm talking about is "the Big Yee Haw."
But first, let me digress just a bit:
When I first married a cute, young, buff farm boy, the farm had two-way radios. It was before the days of cell phones and that's how we communicated with each other. The equipment all had radios in them, and our houses did, too. We shared a band with our neighbors, so we could hear them and they could hear us. We had to initiate a conversation by stating our "call letters." I still remember them: "K O K seven-twenty calling Ted..." This system worked great...if the person you were calling was actually near a radio at the time.
Anyhoo, You can imagine my startlement when I was sitting at home that first year, minding my own business, when all of a sudden someone breaks protocol and just hollers a very loud "YeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaawwwwwww!" over the radio. (It was my father in law.)
When the hubby came home later, he explained to me that that was meant to express the joy and exuberation one felt knowing that the last of the crops were out of the field. One no longer had to fret over rain forecasts and broken equipment. It was a moment of pure relief.
Well, the two-ways are now long gone, (well, actually, they are probably sitting in a box somewhere, but you get my meaning) so it's not as particularly penetrating, but the big Yee Haw now comes over the cell phone...but it does still come! I just got the call this evening.

I absolutely treasure those words! It means that the hubby will be more relaxed. It means that he will work shorter days. It means that we will spend more time together doing fun things as a family. It means that I could write a list of honey-dos and they might actually be taken seriously. It means that this hot young buck:

Could take this cute young thing:

Out on a REAL DATE!!! Complete with dinner, drinks...the works!

But for that, we will leave these gorgeous beauties at home!

(sorry kids!)

Thursday, October 14, 2010


How big is a combine?

This video helps to give a little perspective.

Monday, October 4, 2010

You gotta try this!

Pepperoncini Beef!
I like amazing things. This is amazing.
Take a 3 pound (or whatever) boneless roast and cut 6 shallow slits into it. Stick in 6 cloves of garlic. Plunk that sucker into a crock pot.
Open up a 16 ounce jar of pepperoncini and dump it over the top of the roast...liquid and all.
Cover it and cook it on high for about 6 hours...or whatever.
Shred the meat with a couple of forks.
Serve it up on grilled buns with a few of the peppers and some Monterey Jack cheese.
Good heavens but this is good!
Take note: I am one of THOSE kinds of cooks that will give instructions like "cook it 'til it's done." I realize that drives some people crazy, but it's how my momma raised me. I don't believe in exact measurements or cooking times unless I'm baking. I really don't think this recipe can get messed up too much. Enjoy! It's fabulous.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Corn Harvest

Corn harvest has been ongoing for a couple of weeks now. The corn dried down early this year (despite the late planting) because of the excessive, prolonged heat we had in July. Regardless of the corn being ready, we couldn't begin harvest because it started raining just as soon as the corn was ready. That's the way it goes sometimes.
I snapped a few shots the other day as I was performing one of my daily duties...lunch delivery. This is the grain cart unloading into the International grain truck. (Farmers call it a straight truck. One of these days I'll learn all of the terminology...)
Here comes Ted in the combine. (He must smell food!)
He normally wouldn't drive back across the field, but I wasn't driving a farm truck. (I had errands to run, kids to take to town, tractor parts to pick up, yadda, yadda... And there is no way I'm driving across a corn field in MY car!)

" Hello, Honey! I brought you some leftover pizza and a gooey homemade cinnamon roll.)
This is the thanks I get!