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Winding Roads: Beautiful fall

Thursday, October 12, 2006

When you're busy as I am right now, fall just kind of sneaks up on you. This past week found the combines whizzing right through the bean fields in a cloud of dust. From a distance if there is more than one combine in the neighborhood going, it almost looks like a dust storm.

I know farmers are relieved when the beans are out as they are more fragile than corn. One can go out and see ears of corn laying on the ground and pick them up if you had to but beans would be an impossible task.

I remember one fall when it had been fairly wet and damp most of the harvest season and combining beans was quite tedious. On this particular day I was visiting with a neighbor on the phone when she lamented that sleet was falling. I responded by saying that wasn't the case here but I walked over to the window to check it out and within a minute, I whined it was doing the same here. I think it was up to Thanksgiving before we got our beans out that year.

That's what creates stress for farmers---getting the crop out before it falls to the field. This year many farmers who had severe wind damage to their corn will have it slow going to harvest that corn. Many will have to combine in one direction to pick it up.

A couple of days ago, a young farmer's wife was hoping for rain as her husband said he was ready for a rest. Rain provides that so farmers are less fatigued. The rain gives them a reason to slow down for a day which otherwise could go on for 18 hours easily. Those types of days provide more opportunities for farm accidents when they are just too tired to think straight.

Another observation I have been making this year is the size of equipment, not just the huge combines but the wagons to haul that grain in with monstrous tires which must cost a fortune. With giangantic equipment, it doesn't take long to harvest a field.

This is also the time when many flowers are given new life and they seem much brighter than in the summer. Perhaps it is knowing they will soon die that we just enjoy them so much. Even the hollyhocks are growing new stalks with buds so if they can be protected from the cold, they will royally entertain us with their bright flowers.

I have dug my gladiola bulbs up and hope to get some tulip bulbs planted shortly so spring will bring new color to the yard. Speaking of yards, the leaves on the trees are showing off but several trees have let go of their leaves.

Now that we have a home in town, it brings back memories of raking up leaves--piles of leaves. As a kid we used to make leaf houses to play in. Now instead of raking, many of us will use the lawn mower to suck them up about twice a week to stay up with them. Of course the frustrating thing is once you get your leaves up, a neighboring tree doesn't drop its leaves till later making for several more rounds of picking up leaves. I like running the lawn mower and sucking up the leaves. It's like running a sweeper around the carpet making everything look so much neater.

On a separate note, I'm so happy the MMC bond issue passed in great numbers. It was a wise decision and it will be wonderful for the school district. It also shows how we can pull together when it counts. Now the planning can begin in earnest!.