Category Archives: Childhood

Dividing the rain

I always somehow think that when I go to the farm in September, Fall will have arrived. But no, last week there were temperatures in the low 90s and a fair dose of humidity. It seemed more like July. But … Continue reading

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Board by Board

I got down to the farm for Memorial Day weekend. Most people use that holiday for going to the lake or for other recreation. I used it to cart a pickup full of tools and other stuff halfway across the … Continue reading

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Shade tree sentiments

There was a turn toward fall the last week of September at the farm. The days were still summery—in the 80s—but the nights were cool. September in my childhood was always the month of planting wheat and starting school. True … Continue reading

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Rain delay

It rained off and on on this last trip to the farm a week ago. Which is a good thing. This part of the state has been in a drought. The wheat will only make a half a crop this … Continue reading

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Heartbreak Hill

This farm has a history of breaking hearts. The first heart belonged to my great-great Uncle T.C. He bought the farm in 1909 just after his father died. Uncle T.C. moved down from Iowa and bought this farm with his … Continue reading

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The work begins

We had our first work party at the farm over the Labor Day weekend. It took a little getting used to to even be on the place that had been out of the family so long. The “look around” on … Continue reading

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Some years later

When Mom and Dad sold the family farm in 1991 and moved to town I was okay with that. The farm, with its eleven old buildings, including two houses and a large old hay barn, represented a load of maintenance … Continue reading

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