Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Green

The green in GriggsDakota has given up, except for the spruce trees in the yard.  
I take a trip to a nearby shelter belt to gather a few more touches of green that signal the holiday season. 
Butler, my faithful companion, comes along and finds the tracks and trails of wild animals. 
I choose and gather greenery. 
He races all over the field. 
He is happy to hop into the pickup and ride home with the gathered branches. 
The first thing is make an arrangement in my stone henge. It is the first season for this decoration. 
 The henge began the year as a worn out chimney. It had fallen off a long gone building. 
 It took a long time to convince Farmer Fred that we needed this beauty, but of course, we do need it.
 Eventually it traveled on the loader to our front yard.
Where it stands tall and stoic, just like the rest of us. 
Fresh and pungent, the pine is delightful, and reminds me of this season, full of promise and gifts. 
There is just enough green to get us through the year, I hope. 
As I hung our old favorite sign, I remembered that our cutter sleigh has gone to the museum. I hope that I always remember the sound of brass sleigh bells as our horse pulled our one horse, two seated, open sleigh. 
 We will have to make do with snowmobiles from now on, I guess. 
Happy December in GriggsDakota.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hauling Grain

 There are trucks on the road in GriggsDakota.
We knew last Summer when we put the wheat in the bin that it would have to come out. But on those hot days and nights, time was the deciding factor.
Hauling grain from a steel grain bin is not as difficult as it once was. Even though we do not have a modern automated set up, the grain vac makes short work of filling the grain cart. It vacuums the grain from the bin and up into the cart. The auger on the cart moves the wheat from the grain cart to the truck. 
The minimum maintenance roads will not see a snow plow through the winter, but they are still open. 
We have had about a foot of snowfall in November, but most of it has melted. 
 The roads have a little snow and ice in sheltered areas, but are in good shape.
An open winter, one when there is not deep snow cover over the land, is forecast for this Winter. Of course, on the Great Plains it is difficult to find a reliable forecast for the next 48 hours.  
For now, the open roads are nice for the grain haulers in GriggsDakota.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Time to Put Away the Combines

There were tracks in the muddy road. 
The combines were on their way to the shed for a long winter's nap. The year suddenly seemed over and it had passed by so quickly that I had to stop and think about our farming season in GriggsDakota. 
There was an early Spring with plenty of time to plant. 
Followed by a time of mud.  
 There was time to enjoy water with ripples forming in the breeze.
There was time to pick rocks. 
There was time for horseback riding.
 There was time to stand around and watch the world grow.
 There was time to watch baseball games.
 There was time to enjoy wild flowers.
The Summer weather was beautiful. It seemed that it was a little too beautiful. The fields began to dry out. 
There was time to worry about drought. 
It turned out that the crop came through the dry weather well.
There was time to harvest. 

The combines are put away now. The season complete.
The Ag Analyst has concluded that there will be more time to farm next year. 
Winter will bring time to plan.
When Spring returns, it will be time to start another season of planting and harvest in GriggsDakota.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Mackerel Sky

Altocumulus clouds are commonly called a Mackerel Sky in GriggsDakota.
 Do the little bumps of white with blue beyond make you feel as if you are at the bottom of the lake looking up at a school of mackerel?
 There is not much else to look at, so I will answer my own question. Yes, indeed, I am on the bottom of the lake. 
There are mackerel swimming above me. They are moving fast to get away from the cold weather that will surely follow this sky. Altocumulus clouds signal a weather change. This time of year, on a beautiful day, it means colder. 
Mackerel Sky reminds me of Huso, which is actually a sturgeon. The Huso Sturgeon produces buttery Caviar.  I have never tasted the caviar, but it is near and dear to my heart. It has the same name that I was born with.
When my great, great grandfather got off the boat from Norway with his brothers, they decided their name should be Huso. It was the district in Norway from which they came, I am told. If not for that stroke of good fortune we would probably still be called Oddson.
The Mackerel Sky just might carry a Huso Sturgeon or two as the weather changes in GriggsDakota.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We have so much to be thankful for including the gathering of all our children  and grandchildren along with Grandpa Sonny, Grandma Nola and others.  
Once again, the turkey was the best Farmer Fred had ever tasted. The holiday season got off to a great start in GriggsDakota.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thank You

Thank You for the world 
so sweet, 
Thank You for the food 
we eat,
Thank You for the song we sing, 
Thank you, Lord, for everything.
Happy Thanksgiving from the gang in GriggsDakota.