We really shouldn't need one special week for farm safety. It should be something we observe all year long. You just can't do enough to ensure the safety of everyone on the farm and in businesses, but if we need a special week to remind us, then it is worthwhile. There are many things that can be done to prevent fatal accidents or related illnesses. One of the most important of these is to be informed. Know your equipment and what possible injuries can result from misuse.
It doesn't seem possible that one year ago this week, my husband and I were waiting patiently in a hospital waiting room while our baby gave birth to her first baby. That little girl will celebrated her first birthday this week, and has been weaving her way deeper and deeper into our hearts as each day, week and month go by. First birthdays are fun and also monumental. It pretty much marks the end of the baby stage and the beginning of toddler times.
By Katie Erdman Hancock Record Born into a musical family, Adair Horgen has lived and breathed music all her life. For nearly 85 years, she has practiced, performed, composed, played and enjoyed music, especially piano music. Adair took her first music lessons at age 7, but by then she had already been enjoying experimenting with her mother and father in their music. Her mother played the piano and her father the fiddle and later in life, the cello.
We have gone beyond mid-August and summer is winding down. This is the month when we can really see the many beauties that nature provides. The multi-colored flowers, numerous birds and butterflies, maturing fields and garden crops, trees providing shade on hot days along with fruits and nuts, lovely streams and lakes, cattle and sheep dotting the hillsides and valleys, wildlife, children and pets playing in the yards - just to name a few. August beauty surrounds us if we just take the time to look around.
The stories were flowing last week as I accompanied my husband to his 40th high school class reunion in Morris. The class of 1968 did it up right when they planned this reunion, and in my estimation there was a great turnout. From his class of about 150 there were more than 70 in attendance. Coming from a class of 26, I thought that was pretty good.
This is a great time of year. Not just because of the warm temperatures or fun activities but because of all the sharing. The sharing I am referring to involves food, one of my favorite things. We have reached the point in summer when our diligent gardening and farming efforts are starting to reap results. Most of the garden vegetables are bearing fruit and the sweet corn in the fields is ripening quickly. I love this season. It means a little extra work for me as I put up some of the vegetables but it also means lots of great meals with fresh produce.
On Wednesday, I came to Morris for the Crazy Days sales, food and activities. It was a lot of fun and very different from the Crazy Days of my younger years. There are still lots of great buys, but what ever happened to the 'crazy' attire that the merchants used to wear? It just wasn't the same without the looney hats and clothing. Crazy Days always makes me think of drivers training. A strange combination but very real to me. Nearly 40 years ago, I was a young 15 year old anxious to get my drivers license. Since we lived on a farm I could take my test at 15 and get a farm permit.
Driving through the country on these warm summer days, you can almost hear the corn grow. You can definitely see the growth each day especially in the irrigated fields. These fields are glorious in their beauty and rich green colors. Now the tassles are reaching up to crown the stalks with a royal touch. Before we know it, the fruit will emerge in stately fashion. Over the last few weeks, I have been working with an area farmer who asked me to help him record his life story.
Last night, there was a very special event taking place here in Morris. The annual Relay for Life was held at Pomme de Terre Park, with hundreds of participants walking in honor or memory of a loved one or simply in an effort to help find a cure for this disease. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps.
Have you ever been suddenly struck by something that quickly transports you back in time? I don't mean physically but mentally. It could be a song from your past, a "new" style in clothing or hair that reminds you of your younger days, or simply running into an old friend. This is the time of year for those sudden events. As we take in the many reunions and gatherings, it is likely to happen. You will see someone you haven't seen for awhile, or hear a saying or song that goes back to your youth.