Before we left on vacation, I had to fix another water line in the barnyard. This has been happening too regularly the past few years!
We spent a week at Shawnee Bay Resort on Kentucky Lake for the 30th Annual Family Vacation. The Oldest Farmer and my mom are still able to make the trip, so there were four generations present. It was a hot and humid week, so I spent a lot of time indoors. With four grandchildren present, I did my share of babysitting, I read three books and started a fourth, and went swimming a couple of times. I didn't fish because the experts said the fishing was bad. Most of the family made it for at least part of the week.
I did go out shopping a couple of times. One stop was at the Aurora General Store. They had a huge selection of vintage and obscure soda pop. If it existed in the past, there is a good chance that they have it available. If you've never heard of it, they have it. Several of us bought some exotic flavors to try at home.
Since the old farmer and his wife were traveling alone this year, we decided to stop in Vandalia at the Old State Capitol on our way South. I had driven by it several times before, but had never stopped. The building was built in 1836 replacing a previous one, and used until 1839, when the Capitol was moved to Springfield. Abraham Lincoln served here when he was a state representative. We enjoyed the self guided tour and appreciated how much simpler state government was in those days.
We also stopped at Paducah Shooter's Supply and had a gunsmith do some warranty work on my .30-06. We had ice cream and shopped at Rural King while we waited the half hour for the repair to be completed.
Back home I've been catching up on work and walking soybeans with a hoe and a backpack sprayer in several fields, I have been wading through neck high soybeans! I've seen a lot of chest high bean plants over the years, but I think these are the tallest we have ever grown. That's not necessarily good, because rain and wind will cause them to lodge.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.