Monday, November 3, 2008

In John Deere Green

In letters 3 foot high...and the whole town said that he should have used red, but it looked good to Charleen, in John Deere Green.

Remember that song? Anyways, Neil and I watched the John Deere special on Nat Geo channel yesterday. We saw how they make their combine. We were very dorky and enjoyed every minute of it. It did make us miss the farm. Although when I think about the hours Neil put it I am glad we left! So here is a little reminder of life when I was a farmers wife (as opposed to being married to a garbage man? Not really...he just oversees the garbage, recycling etc. for the county. Purely a desk job!)






Our favorite day on the farm was Sundays. Neil only spent two hours working (I know...only!), but Sundays we worked with him! We drove out to the farm and the kids played in the dirt while Neil check his potatoes for moisture content! (potatoes are actually a very complicated crop requiring lots of attention) The kids loved it when Neil let them sit on his lap and drive the truck and they loved running through the corn stalks. The stalks were a good 7-10 feet taller then them, so they were loving it. I loved seeing them get filthy and have a great time with daddy since most other days we only saw him for an hour or two (if we were lucky) Just so you know...these are pictures of one of Neils potato fields...not POT! I think the only resemblance is that they are both green...but wanted to specify! What do I miss the most? Lots of things...fresh corn and potatoes the size of my foot! Neils excitement with a successful crop. The smell of the dirt on Neil. I would wash his clothes and catch the smell of dirt which was so different then the dirt in the backyard. It smelled of the earth Neil was tending and caring for. It was a clean earthy smell. I have missed the smell maybe more then anything. Now he just smells like fabric softener and shaving cream. (thankfully he doesn't smell like the landfill!) I also miss the Sundays on the farm. Having him around from 4 p.m. on and eating breakfast with him every morning and having him here on Saturdays and Sundays more then makes up for what I miss.

6 comments:

Linz said...

Oh, Shelley - those don't resemble pot at all (weird that I know that?)

Anyway - Cute pictures and great story! It's always fun to remember when...

Marleen said...

Such pretty pictures. I love all the green.

Julie said...

Remember when we all drove to Utah and Neils car broke down? Ah good times. 4 of us squished in the cab of a truck.

Darleen said...

I had no idea you were a farmer's wife! That's so neat. Oh, how I would love to have fresh vegetables every day. I really want a garden. Are you able to have a garden in the desert? Why the change in occupation?

The Price Family said...

AH!!! Love those fields, I love how Toby smells too! Your entry really made me miss him! He's on a 12 day hunting trip. It's bitter sweet because he is gone, but it's also the beginning of 3 straight months with him around all the time!

Harts said...

Cute pictures of the kids.