Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer On The Farm

A note from Delores Miller

Here it is the first of July, 2013 is half gone.  How fast time flies.  Attached is a picture if you can open it of Russell and his garden.  Stakes hold up his climbing peas and pole beans.  The rest is lots of potatoes, carrots, beets, dill, cucumbers, watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, etc.  With all the hot humid rainy weather, everything is really growing.

Summer on the farm and the hay fields are growing.  Late this year and Russ swathed down two fields, so later in the week, we should
be baling.  Even this year, I will try and hoist myself on the Oliver 1650 and run the baler.  Last year, I didn't have the strength, because I was in the midst of chemo treatment for my breast cancer.  I am feeling much better this year.
Russell tends the garden

Even my hair grew back, and I got a curly perm.  Cut the grass every few days, some places had standing water with all the rain. 

Richard and family return from London, England and Wales tomorrow night.  Talked to him briefly and he said everything was going well, had two days of rain and cloudy.  He rented a car, but didn't ask how that was going on the other side of the road from what we are used to driving here in the USA.

Went to the June Dairy Brunch on a big farm one Sunday, lots of good food, many kinds of cheese, scrambled eggs and ham, cinnamon toast, milk, strawberry sundaes, etc.  Thousands of people were there under all the huge tents.  Got my fill of seeing cows, calves and manure.  Nice operation.

Strawberry season locally here in Wisconsin, so good compared to the California berries.  Only last a few weeks.  Made 30 small jars of freezer jam, which will taste so good in winter.  Blueberries, too in the grocery stores, froze 10 pints to make pies in winter too.

Father's day was June 18, the children came home and took us out to eat Indian food.  Packed a picnic lunch one day and gave Keith and family the 4 hour Miller Historical tour, where Russ and I grew up.  Took lots of pictures.  Helvetia, Shady Grove School, Symco and it's antique machinery, many cemeteries, the Miller farm, Big Falls, Little Falls, Marion, the Chief Waupaca Indian burial ground, etc.

My 75th birthday was recently, got lots of cards and good wishes.  Where has the time gone?

Went to an old car show, had brats and sauerkraut.  Concert at a church, with a big lunch.  Oh, what busy people we are...

Computer is acting funny, some things disappear, never to show up again. So better quit and 'send'.
copyright Russell and Delores Miller, 2013

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