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100 Years

On September 6, 2019, my husband’s Aunt June turned 100 years old.  She has outlived all her siblings now, yet she is not alone.  We live very close by, though she is in a nursing home, and we pick her up for church, then she comes to our house afterwards for lunch with Allen’s 93 year old dad and we have a great time visiting and catching up with the news events of the community and family.

She also has nieces and nephews who adore her and stay as active as they can from a long distance.  For her open house type birthday party we held for her, they came from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and far eastern Missouri.  Over 80 people came to visit and she was animated and the life of the party.  June thrives amongst people and activity and she was still talking about it when Allen arrived back to the nursing home with her about 10pm.  Not surprisingly, she was so exhausted, that the next morning, she couldn’t be roused for church.  What a wonderful and exciting day for her.

I decorated her home (where we held the party) with treasures she had from her past.  Daughter, Jessica, before she left for teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam helped me with the travel display (June and her late husband, Bill, escorted tour groups all over the world from the late 70s through to early 90s (he passed away in fall of 1991), then she continued until she was 85!) and also found this lovely quilt pictured below.  We were so excited!  So i figured a way to display it for the party.

The quilt, as the sign says, was completed in 1946 and given to her and Bill as a wedding gift.  It features all of the extension clubs in the county as of that time along with all the members’ signatures embroidered.  What a thoughtful and clever gift.  Only one person of those listed on the quilt is still alive – Martha Murrell – who now lives in the same nursing home as June and just across the hall from one another.

June Lamme has been so important in our lives and our children’s lives, we are thankful for the opportunity to support her now.

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Antique Farm Machinery

So, i didn’t find any buyers for the old farm machinery i found on one of my farms last fall, so i put it on display!  Crazy, i know, but it’s either that, or they go to scrap iron for 4 cents a pound.

The two smaller pieces were fairly simple to wrangle into place, but the riding one bottom plough required the use of tractor and front end loader to lift into place.  Son, Dallas, took care of that.  He also was the muscle behind getting the shaft on the big wheel rotated so that it would set level.  I applied liberal amounts of rust buster stuff as well as loosened the rust around the opening with maul and punch.  Thankfully, the set screw came loose easily.  Using an old wagon jack, i lifted the low side up, then we started with the big pipe wrench, then as the shaft moved closer into place, i switched to a smaller wrench and a cheater bar.  Like i said, Dallas put all the grunt into the actual move.

There is one more piece i plan to move into my antique garden – maybe i’ll have time next week.

Life on the Farm!

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My John Deere 267 horse drawn Stag Sulky looking quite lopsided.
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Looking very dapper in its level ride position!
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“John Deere never saw a green tractor
From the time he revolutionized the plow in
1837, John Deere continually looked for ways
to improve equipment to make life easier for
farmers. While steam engine tractors began
to appear in the 1880s, when Deere died in
1886, the world was still using the walking
plow as its main means of turning the soil.”  The Plowshare

 

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Antique cultivator