Monday, June 30, 2008
In about 2 more weeks we will have vine ripes. And just in case your wondering, these tomatoes don't have Salmonella.
They get dumped into this big tub of water to be rinsed off before packing.
They get a second rinse off here as they are moved out of the tank and onto the conveyor belt, or maybe they are getting sprayed with wax to make them shiny. I'm not really sure. I'll have to get back to you on that one.
Here they are being sorted and counted and put into boxes. I think they put 52 cucumbers in each box.
Auntie Lisa took a quick break to see Tony.
Look at him sitting up all by himself.
I'm guessing they are packing squash later today. I passed about 5 or 6 trailers just like this one sitting in the shade by the barn.
They are making boxes here. That box machine causes Todd a lot of headaches and is responsible for many of his grumpy moods in the summer. It always breaks down at the most inconvenient times and they always call him to come and fix it.
They have a whole barn just for making boxes. Those are palates of boxes waiting to be glued together by the box machine. It saves them a quarter a box to put them together themselves instead of buying boxes already put together. Doesn't seem hardly worth it, but apparently it saves them many thousands of dollars each summer.
These are 4 of the 7 puppies that chase me everyday on my runs. Luckily they are harmless, but they are getting rather big, seems like they should be going to new homes by now.
Even though Todd works such long hours, it's nice to be close by because we see still him a few times a day, either he stops in for a few minutes or we pass him on the road when we go for walks or jogs.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
And in pool news...
For those of you who wonder how I find time to blog, this is what we do sometimes after breakfast.
He watches Baby Einstein, while I blog. I can get about 20 minutes of computer time before he loses interest in the TV. Notice he has outgrown the bouncer seat, so I have to prop it up with a pillow.
*Fool's Gold was a big dissapointment. They filmed the movie in Australia, the same time we were there visiting in October 2006 and even in the same town we were at. We never spotted Matthew McConaughey, but he was around and in town when we were there. The scenery pictures are exactly from where we were, but in the movie they are not in Australia.
Friday, June 20, 2008
They've had 3 female longhorns for a few years now. They have a pretty good life for cows. They have more than enought room to roam and grass and hay to eat. There are no intentions to butcher them for meat. They even got a new barn built for them this year. They used to just have a little red shack of a barn for selter, but it was only big enough for 2 cows at a time. Jane and Lucy would always stay inside and leave Molly out in the cold. A few years ago Molly got really sick (probably from being out in the cold with no shelter) and had to have the vet come and see her and tranquilize her in order to give her antibiotics, but she recovered thankfully. I was so mad at those white cows, I think they were prejudice against Molly.
She was having so much fun, I called to have Katya and Ben come over. I thought they would enjoy seeing the chickens and cows too.
Even Tony wanted in on the fun.
Here they are feeding bread to the cows, they are quite tame. Here they all are up on the hay.
Ben was a little afraid to feed the cows, Katya however was not the least bit scared (not surprisingly) she was reaching in to grab the horns. That little red shack is the only shelter they used to have before the new cow barn was built.
Olivia was even a little shy about feeding them. Katya had to refrain from taking the bread out of Olivia's hand and feeding the cows herself.
I think Ben and Olivia were a little annoyed by Katya's fearlessness. Of course it probably had something to do with the fact that Katya kept saying "why are you so scared? It's NOT scary"
Mountain Jack is a little scary if you ask me. I wouldn't feed him.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This morning while I was putting laundry away (I had to pre-clean for the cleaning lady) I put Tony in the rocking chair. He was perfectly content to just sit and watch me.
He actually started to sit forward in the chair, I had to recline him so he wouldn't topple over. I think he will be sitting on his own very soon. As soon as he does I'm taking him in for some professional photos. He smiles easily right now, so it's a good time.
We went for a swim today after his nap. He has been 3 times this week already and each time he likes it more and more. The first two days he didn't cry, but didn't seem to be excited about it either. Today he was laughing and smiling. I'm glad he likes the water because I love getting out in the sun. I have 2 friends with pools and a cousin with a pool I can go to, so usually someone is home. We plan on spending lots of time there this summer. They say you can teach babies how to swim, I wish I knew how. I checked into swim lessons at the YMCA, but at this age all they do is water introduction classes, which is pretty much what I'm doing on my own for free.
He doesn't seem to care for the brightness of the sun too much. I think the heat and bright light makes him sleepy. Usually after he spends a half hour or so in the water he sits on my lap and falls asleep.
I love this picture. I think it's a framer.
Oh and as far as the sleep issue were having, I didn't follow through like I planned. The last 2 nights he woke up twice and I was too tired to listen to him cry, so I just fed him. So tonight is the night, I promise. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.