We just got back from a quick trip to Colorado Territory for the Acme Automated Snowthrower's birthday party. We had a great family get together and barbecue, got to visit with my fellow brother's in law (outlaws so to speak), and enjoyed some typically wonderful Colorado weather. I had planned to install some cable for TV in their house as a birthday present, but that task was completed when we arrived, so all I could do was mow the yard. Just a couple of the weekends high points were the Broncos theft of their victory over the Chargers of San Diego, and listening to the radio broadcast as the Cornhuskers beat up some on New Mexico State. Nebraska sure has the right guy doing the play by play...what enthusiasm!
We've been making some progress on painting the barn. I've decided I'm the wrong guy for the job. The aluminum extension ladder used to reach the high points of the barn is downright scary to me. Call me a coward if you wish... I sure feel like one going up that ladder. During my phone company days, I worked on ladders a lot. Heavy duty commercial grade ladders that is. The darn things weighed a ton it seemed, but were very stable and I'd forgotten how wiggly one of these aluminum jobs can be. Most of the high work is done now, and I've got a new 16 foot sliding barn door channel and trolly wheels on order for the new door to be built next. I'm going to get the barn done one way or the other!
And the produce parade continues with neighbors sharing more tomatoes, melons, potatoes, and most recently a sack of apples. Our two tomato plants have taken over the front of the house with vines 5 feet tall covered with tomatoes of all sizes. It is going to be a challenge to keep the frost away, but the forecast is for warm days for the next week so perhaps the things will get it in high gear and ripen something!
A trip to Denver sure reinforces our decision to move to Nebraska! I'm amazed just how quickly we've embraced country living here away from the hubbub of the city. The farm is starting be a real farm too! My farming neighbor has agreed to farm some of our place as a win/win as far as I'm concerned. He gets use of the land to grow what he wants on it, I don't have to worry about mowing it and weed control. Yesterday found him getting ready to plant overwinter wheat I believe. I'm beginning to feel like the guy described in a John Denver tune... Thank God I'm a country boy, or at least I think I'm turning into one.