Posted 08-28-2002 at 06:32:48
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Eric, I'm only 49, but I can tell you a few things,, Digging the outhouse hole is no fun, Picking corn by hand is fun the first day, the next 4 weeks suck, Working horses on a side hill too steep for tractors is fun the first day, the next 4 days suck, SO MUCH FOR THE BAD STUFF!
All that you have planned sounds like a great life. Alot of work, but if you aren't planning on making a living then I can't think of a better way to live.
|DeaqCarp - wild geese and visiting Uncle Louie ||
Posted 08-28-2002 at 08:51:26
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Well there's not much how-to in this, but it captures the spirit of the times a little:
Years ago, we packed up the family in our old Chevy and made the trip to North Dakota to visit the relatives there. Altogether there must have been a dozen of us kids, and we were typical noisy, boisterous farm types. By contrast, Uncle Louie was really old, and still out doing field work. Soon it was time for ice cream so us kids were assigned to fetch him.
Now remember, Uncle Louie doesn't hear very well so you have to yell loud and get close or he won't hear you.. Well, he was hoeing corn. By hand. Somewhere. Louie and Ida's buildings were in the middle of a cornfield and that field was probly a mile across, and we must have criss-crossed it every yard in every direction. We followed tracks, tried every trick we knew, but alas.
It must have taken 2 hours for us kids to give up and round everybody up and head back for the place. Oh it was fun and exciting alright, and i think we came close a few times but we hated to admit that old Uncle Louie was nowhere to be found.
When we finally did get back, there Uncle Louie was, sitting on the porch with the grownups, finishing his ice cream! We were so glad to see him safe, never dawned on us that Aunt Ida had seen him go in the can and decided we needed a wild goose chase anyway. :)