Monday, October 29, 2012

The Smell of Cow Manure

I walk between four and six miles every day. If you call where I live a town, part of that walk takes me out of town where I walk along side approximately forty acres where one of the neighbors pastures thirty or so head of cattle.

I like the smell of cow manure.

Well, not in my house or on my person, but in general I like it. I guess I like it because it reminds me of home. Smells bring memories back like few other things do.

Farm kids never like manure; it's just a fact of farm life. So let's not think I'm crazy because I like the smell of manure. It's probably better to say that I became used to it at an early age.  Livestock create it on a regular basis--constantly. There really is no avoiding it. But for some reason the smell of cow manure never really bothered me. Dad never had hogs, except for a short time when I was in elementary school, so I was not exposed to that. I hated the smell of pig manure as a kid and still do. Chickens are an entirely separate issue. Grandma always had chickens, and frankly, nothing smells worse than a chicken house. Nothing. I helped clean out the chicken house on more than one occasion and while it took less time than cleaning out the cattle barn the smell was always worse. Always.

I won't write too many posts about manure. I promise.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I Think We Are Back...

When I started this blog, I had grand visions of posting something on a regular basis. Obviously that has not happened. This blog was a place where I intend to post those things that I am tempted to post to Facebook, but are too long for Facebook and may potentially irritate some of my Facebook friends.

Not that it really matters, but I don't like Facebook wall posts that turn into Facebook wars. I've also been thinking about things I want to post to this blog that are not genealogy related.

I always am at my most profound and witty when in the car with the radio on. Unfortunately that does not allow me to effectively create blog posts. Somehow the creativity will have to be transferred to my keyboard.

Stay tuned.