August 9, 2015

Sooner Farm was plenty busy in July. We enjoyed the company of our daughters and grandchildren. The kids enjoyed swimming with cousins and just with us. Even little Caleb got into the act. The catfish in the pond are always fun to feed and riding the Ranger is tons of fun. The paddle boat is great as far as Will is concerned and he is pretty sure he will be captain of the ship as soon as he can reach the pedals

The peaches came on and we enjoyed the bounty with jam. pies, and cobbler. Okra may be an acquired taste but we love fried okra. One night we had fried okra and harvard beets fresh from the garden. Becky brought us fresh green beans, and the corn was right out of the field. We finished off the meal with a peach cobbler right out of the oven. It was a feast fit for a king.

The Cox family of Crossville are the most generous people you would ever hope to meet. We got a call one morning and were told to come on over and pick all the corn we wanted. We all jumped into our cars and hurried over. Jennifer, her boys, Doug, me, Kimbrell and her little girl picked enough corn to literally fill the entire back of my car. Kimbrell would point to an ear and Will would pick it for her. We filled our bags with wonderful sweet corn. When we got back to Sooner Farm we set up an assembly line to freeze our golden treasure. We shucked corn on the back deck while the older grandkids conducted quality control tests. First one and then the other would grab an ear and taste it. They were finally banished into the house with me and baby Caleb so they would stop eating the raw corn. It was so sweet and wonderful it did not have to be cooked. Silking was made easier with veggie brushes but still a big job. Doug was brilliant. He devised a system to blanch the corn in the outdoor grill. We set giant pots of boiling water on the grill and filled a cooler with ice water to stop the cooking. The corn was carried into the kitchen to be cut off the cob and placed into freezer bags. We put up nearly sixty two cup bags of corn. We divided them among our three houses so this winter we will have wholesome food. It took us all day, but it was lots of fun.

We also took a family trip to Lake Patoka in southern Indiana. We hiked the lovely forest paths,
visited Marengo Cave, boated, played cards, ate and just generally had fun. We loved swimming in the warm water and tubing behind the boat. Even the two older grands got to go tubing with an adult. It was big fun for us all.

Now Doug and I are off for our big adventure. We are going to camp our way across country to Yellowstone Park with a stop in the Badlands along the way. I cannot wait to see how this works out. Doug had to call Kimbrell to find out how to put up our borrowed tent on its test run. Doug however has pointed out to me that in event of a bear attack he can easily out run me, so I will be the bears dinner.

We are Into the Woods!

We are Into the Woods!

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Marengo Cave

Marengo Cave

We found a nice winery.

We found a nice winery.

Swimming off the boat.

Swimming off the boat.

Mr. Independent climbing back on the boat.

Mr. Independent climbing back on the boat.

Tubing

Tubing

Even little Caleb enjoyed the lake.

Even little Caleb enjoyed the lake.

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