|This photo was taken October 24. Throughout October when the sunlight was at the right angle, plain old bluestem grass turned into stained glass with the light shining through translucent yellow stems.|
But this week I've been housebound with a cold, and have really REALLY missed being outside. I'm reminded of a "Farmer Johnism" from one day a few weeks ago. Over his lunch break John had completed a couple of jobs from my "honey-do" list; a leaking faucet had been repaired and some needed items had been fetched from the scary basement. John does not bear being housebound any better than I, and when he emerged from the basement he didn't allow me time to think of another household job for him to do. "I've got to go do some farmerish stuff," he said emphatically. And he was gone! Well, this week I've been missing doing "farmerish" stuff.
I carry a notebook around with me in my "farm bag" because, let's face it, I'm more a writer than I am a farmer. When anything amusing happens (more often than you might expect), I jot it down for this blog. Here are a couple of Farmer John quotes from last week:
John protests loudly at my careless treatment of a wrench when I toss it aside so I can sit in the passenger seat of the truck.John has had to finish the combining without me and I really don't know how he managed (!). Next week I hope to be back on the farm!
Me: (sarcastically) Ohhhh, is that an important wrench?
John: If it's the size you need it is.
Me: I have GOT to clean this pickup out for you.
John: (offended) What do you mean?
Me: It is filthy.
He leans down and pulls an ancient container of Armour-all sheets from beneath the seat, extracts one, and begins to swipe ineffectually at the dash. When he is done there are now muddy swirls where there was simply a thick layer of dust before.
John: (martyred) There.