Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Fun On The Farm

When we got to the Morrow farm. . . at least Marilyn was glad to see me.

SOR (Son of Ralph) and SORSO (Son of Ralph’s Significant Other) along with the kids met Char and I there. Actually, Cliff was glad to see us too. Cliff and I have to work pretty hard to get this serious when we are together.

I attended a board meeting with Cliff. Cliff was running the meeting and it was underway when I walked in and took a seat in the gallery. Cliff stopped the meeting, pointed at me and in serious tone said, “Ralph, if you cause any trouble we will call the Sheriff.” That’s my idea of a proper introduction.

Cliff also needed to be interviewed for a promotional spot for the Midwest Producer. Cliff writes a column for this paper and I had the opportunity to look around and meet some of the people there.
One day the weather was not the best and the “full farm experience” had to be put on hold. So, we went to Pelican Point. For years, every time Char and I left Tekamah we would say, “Next time we come out we have to go to Pelican Point”. Finally, thanks to some bad weather we had a chance. In August 1804, during the Lewis and Clark expedition, they encountered the river being white with feathers. An area wider than a football field and three miles long was covered with pelican feathers. It happened just outside Tekamah.

Back at the farm there was no shortage of things to do or experience. SORSO and Shannel helped Marilyn at the kennel. Being the dog lover that I am I never saw this but Char said they were both grinning from ear to ear.

I taught a 7 year old how to drive a tractor (right after Cliff taught me). Of course, he had to give everyone a ride. The smiles started and they just never ended. Driving the tractor was followed by driving the four-wheeler. I’m just thankful, nothing got broke (equipment or bones).

Of course, there was food. Cliff made his world famous barbecue chicken. You may be wondering just how good his chicken is – well, let me tell you. It’s been rumored that when Colonel Harland Sanders (made famous by Kentucky Fried Chicken) wanted some good chicken he would go get Cliff’s barbecued chicken. I know that rumor is going around - I started it.
Then there was riding the horses. This was just another fun, fun time that added to the full farm experience.
The only down side to the whole trip was an injury I received in town when jumping off the merry go round. Don’t worry; I’ll be okay – maybe.

Our thanks to the Morrow’s for hosting us and for yet another wonderful visit.


Anonymous Sorso said...

Bubba told me that you had to be jokeing about your injury on the merry go round.

I was also told by Bubba that he had to show you and Nathan how to start the four-wheeler...LOL

I am gald that we got to take this adventure together.

Great Post !

8:16 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

It looks like a great time was truly had by all, especially the kids! I hope your injury is healing nicely.

4:09 AM  
Blogger possum said...

They say envy is a sin - so I guess I must be sinning to envy your fun time at The Farm. Of course, I am new to sin, so I am not sure just how I should be feeling about this. (Stop choking, its not becoming!)I'd get on my knees to ask for forgiveness, but with my knees, I might not make it up until someone comes home to help me. So I will put it off and say - sounds like you had a wonderful time. Everyone should be so lucky! (Can I go next time?)

8:03 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Like possum, I'm envying too! What a fun time!! How great that SOR and SORSO and kids could be there.
Horseback riding, grooming dogs, driving a tractor, and a 4 wheeler, AND Cliff's world famous BBQ chicken!! Terrific!!

I hope the merry go round injury gets well quickly. I think I would be sick from spinning around! In the picture you look like you are about ready to get thrown off anyway!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

In the picture it looks like Cliff on the Merry go round. What were you "old men" doing on a merry go round?? At my age I take the grandkids to the park and let them play on the merry go round with Grandma helping to spin it.

It sounds like the "Ralph group" and the "cliff group" had a great time together. I hope Cliff cooks some of that famous BBQ chicken when we come to Blogstock. Hear that ya.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Ralph! It sounds like fun was had by all. I agree with Possum and Rachel. I wonder if Cliff has room at the inn for three more??? I guess the injury is worth it if happens while at play. Anyway, I am glad your back and had a great time. Lisa

7:33 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Yep, nothing funner than fun.
A great time for all of us.
PS:You forgot to take a horse home with you.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Jerry said...

Where are the height measurements behind that picture of Cliff? Haven't I seen that picture hanging in the Post Office?

Glad y'all had a good time at the Morrows. It's kinda hard not to, isn't it?

5:26 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Thanks, Ralph, for telling us. I knew you would. Rumor has that Cliff is hiding out in Colorado at or near your home right now. Any truth?
I sure am glad you were able to enjoy THE GOOD LIFE. That is the Nebraska state motto, THE GOOD LIFE. Iowa is WHERE THE EXCITMENT BEGINS but I have never found anything exciting there at all.

Hurry and get your planning done, I feel we are in for some work and not just all play.
Oh yes, tell Cliff I interpreted his recurring dream the best I could. And that I thank him for the opportunity to practice up.
Last week I played golf three days, is your course coming out of the snow yet? Cliff said you two would be playing.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I sure hope that injury wasn't serious. Those merry-go-rounds can be deadly! They always make me too dizzy to function.
Sounds like a good time was had by all at the Morrow's farm.
I must say, that in that first picture, you and Cliff look like you are heading in for a kiss. Yes, it is quite disturbing, but that's what it looks like to me.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

What a great time! Tell the truth now: was the 7 yr. old the better driver? *G*

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing visit! Nice to see everyone enjoying themselves. How is that injury healing? I admit to being quite envious of the horseback riding, in particular... oh, and the chicken sounded pretty tasty!

4:31 PM  

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