Monday, August 9, 2010

Good morning friends. Yes, another new banner and background on this blog. Unexpected and not really wanting to change, I found myself loosing my previous background and stuck with a little white box on the top left hand corner, from Photobucket. My daughter took the time and expertise to create this new look due to the fact that neither of us could retrieve my last background after we discovered the problem that "hotbliggityblog" come upon. For some reason we cannot rid this blog of the Photobucket box, so that will remain until we can. Thanks to my daughter for taking time out of her busy schedule to help me find a new look, because of loosing the previous one. I want to take some computer classes so that I do not have to depend on others for unexpected glitches in blogging. On this Monday morning, I am sure you have much more important things to deal with than this, but I thought I would share it anyway.
Do you like my tiny old salt shaker filled with marigolds? I received a gift of some of these crystal salt and pepper shakers and I like using them to display my garden flowers.

On Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of riding motorcycle with my husband, on a gorgeous summer day. I will tell you the thoughts that went through my mind the most, as we were touring the beautiful countryside of our area, was just how grateful I am for today's farmer and farm family.
Mile after mile of lush green fields, robust corn fields, alfalfa fields, and the abundant gardens created the backdrop for our relaxing ride. I cannot imagine the dedication, expertise, and hard work and skill that go into producing a successful farming operation.

The contour farming, the rows of perfectly planted crops, the timing used in knowing when to harvest each all is so impressive to me. Even the children were working in the fields, and being taught the farming skills at an early age.

I read lately, that nearly two million people farm or ranch in the United States. Almost 90 percent of U.S. farms are operated by individuals or family corporations. American agriculture provides jobs for 15 percent of the U.S. population.
On an average, every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, around $ 6million in U.S. agriculture products--grains, oilseeds, cotton, meats, vegtables, snack foods, etc., will be consigned for shipment for exports to foreign markets.
~"General facts about agriculture" from the NC State University

Growing up I spent hours on family farms of relatives and friends. That, along with the fact that I live in the heart of some of the most productive farmland in the U.S., has given me a real appreciation for this wonderful way of life. I have discovered some outstanding blogs on farm life and I want to share a few of them with you. I know you will enjoy the privilege of visiting life on the farm, via these blogs;

I am sure there are many more exceptional blogs out there on farming life, but these are a few of the ones I discovered and always enjoy visiting.


Rach said...

Love the new look.

Sounds like a great afternoon ride!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I've gotten in the habit of reading food packaging to see where the food was grown. It amazes me that when the food has several ingredients, the people who produced the foods may never have met, may live in far flung places and yet, here it is, ready for me to enjoy.

I pray for the people who farmed and ranched and say thank you for their work.

Lovella ♥ said...

I so enjoy driving by beautiful fields of corn and grass freshly cut, waiting to be baled.
Farming is a wonderful way of life.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Lovely farming scenes from your area. Rolling fields and picturesque buildings...a great place to ride motorbike.

Maybe it's time I posted a few farming pic's again! They are busy harvesting grass here this week.

Happy@Home said...

Your new blog looks is very nice. I have seen that photobucket square on several blogs recently.
Your motorcycle ride does look to be very relaxing. Such beautiful countryside you passed through. I would love it as I have that secret yearning to live on a farm. In reality, it would probably be way too much work.
I have visited a few of the blogs you mention, but will have to now check out the others.

Sonja said...

Beautiful photos, I always enjoy yours! Also, your daughter did a great job! I just love the bucket of drinks and the background. It looks like summer.


Country Dreaming said...

We do love out=r farmers--cause they have yummy goodies for us to purchase.
When you are ready for a new backgroud just look for another free site to choose from.
I had to change mine too so I found a new site with fun goodies


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Yoiur new blog look is very pretty, Judy.

I have a great respect for farmers as my grandmother was a young widow who raised 6 children alone all with the produce, milk and eggs she raised on her small farm. She worked hard from dawn to dusk but loved her farm chores. I had so much fun visiting her as a child, and helping her feed the chickens or braid onions or dig up potatoes.

Charli and me said...

What a beautiful area to take a ride. Lovely pictures and I really like the centerpiece of flowers on your table. Your new blog look is very pretty. The leaves are beginning to turn and fall in some places in our area. We are also seeing other signs of fall even though it has been so hot. The crickets are out at night in full force. In a little while summer will be over for another year.


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