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We enjoyed the wonderful “May” weather in February by doing family things outside.

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Today we went to the Rock Island Arsenal for a tour.   We enjoyed the museum. We hadn’t been there since JP was young but he remembered this wall of guns & rifles from America’s whole history.  Of course, he remembered.  In his blood from early on!

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This is where all the DOD targets are printed even today!  Isn’t that amazing?

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I liked this quote from Mark Twain describing the island… 3 miles x 1/2 a mile.  Still the vast stone buildings and a lot of trees. Beautiful!

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The National Cemetery
The chimes were playing “God Bless America” while we were there.  I enjoy chimes, even the worn & minimal ones.

 

 

 

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With all the spring weather, the pussy willow bushes were opening!  There were 2 large bushes at the walkway to the Confederate Cemetery.

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The Island was a POW camp during the Civil War and in close quarters about 1/3 died from smallpox going through very fast.

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Stones 1, 2, & 3 ~  One hundred stones per row.

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Confederate cemetery in the bright sunshine.

 

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We also walked an artillery park there. The men enjoyed it and I sat on a bench with the sun on my face!

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I had suggested another stop at a lock so we could park and look for eagles.  I was vetoed.
However, we saw 2 sitting on ice that still remains in some backwater of the Mississippi River.  Beautiful!

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Afterwards, we took a short walk through Target, had mid-afternoon food at  C-fil-A, and headed home.  A good 6 hour day out & about and soaking in the warm air & sunshine!

 

 

 

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This has been a cool & wet spring!  Planting has been more than challenging!

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through dirty tractor windows….

 

Corn was planted on
April 23 – only 5 acres
April 25
April 26
note 8 days off…
May 6 until 12:30 a.m.!
May 7 from 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.!
May 9 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Finished!

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I rode along on 4/23 when he started.

And the rain came at 4:30!!  A half-hour after he finished corn on 5/9.  Whew!  But ugh on more rain.

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Here are some of the monitors, Mom.

So we are stuck here.  No soybeans have gone in yet.

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Somewhere…. over the hillsides….
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March Sunset

Many evenings in March have given us stunning colors in the west sky in the evening.  Finally I grabbed the camera and ran out for photos!  As you know… the photos don’t do it justice!

the 11th ~

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And I had a few walks outside…..
The Farmer is working on the planter a bit at a time…. and these wimps think they need a cushion and to keep him company!

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He took this photo on his phone another day ~
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And while I almost got a photo of the dog & me upclose with P in the background, the dog just doesn’t like selfies!!  So P came to help me…. and we have a family of 3 photo!  This was the best I could get.  Such a goofy dog!

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White Dog or Not?

Is the farm dog white and clean?

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Or does she….

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go wading/swimming on a 55’F day (real feel was 43′ though)

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in February?  (whoa!!! Such a heat wave!  When does that happen here??)

 

Or does she mostly go digging and come inside at supper time like this?  (she didn’t stay in the kitchen after photos!)

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Winter Views

She just loves, loves, loves the cold and snow.  I don’t want to even be out.  P just does what needs done and comes in.  The dog thinks ….. ‘ahhhh….. my perfect life….. here on top of the ice-encrusted snow…. just basking’.

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Sometimes she aims her big nose right into the cold wind.  Just loving the cold air!

She does like to come in with me on the below zero days for a few hours.  Her big dog prints after our bit of the HUGE store to hit the east coast. (1/20) So glad we didn’t take all the snow before it got to the east!  🙂

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Be shocked…. those mornings when the sun arises so late, I saw a sunrise!  I know people talk about them.  It just isn’t something I aim to see in my life.  😉

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And one day I could see a cardinal from the computer all the way to the bushes.  There are berries that grow in there for them.  Another day I saw 2 females in the birch tree closer the house.  I finally found the bird feed and the bird feeder and have it outside.  I hope they find it.

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Mud Month Arrives

Today it was 40′ F so I took advantage of the warm temps, sunshine, and fresh air.

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Mud is here and snow is melting — it is all good!  I didn’t wear my Muck Boots…. I didn’t want them mucky!  :p  These are my painting, fabric dyeing, outside shoes… but usually not mud shoes.  I cleaned them off in the snow on the way in the house.  All is well.  The lane… a sinking, muddy mess.  This too shall pass!

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This female kitty has been requested!  Another farm home needs a good hunter.

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I was getting supper ready and saw what a lovely sky!!  Out my east window!  With a moon rising!

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If the sunset is pretty enough to reflect all the way around from the west, the actual sunset must be stunning.  Love my open sky concept!

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