Each trip out to the new house gets me more excited to see it completed; I'm confident that it will be as warm and welcoming as the old house.
My IT guy (Joe) got us a wireless "aircard," so hopefully the blog posts will be more regular. We're going to try and do without TV until the "real" move. I'm fine with the occasional Netflix movie, but I'm not sure that Joe is equally as happy. I may come home one day to find that he's figured out a way to hook up one of the antennas that are up on the roof!
One of our outings was Mill Day at the nearby McCormick Farm. Back in History class in elementary and middle school, it used to be standard to teach about inventors Eli Whitney, Robert Fulton and Cyrus McCormick. I wonder if they are still part of the modern curriculum? Cyrus was born and lived up in the northern part of the County; he's the one who invented the mechanical reaper which pretty well revolutionized grain production in America and changed the scope of agricultural production in the mid 1800's.
|The trademark red McCormick Farmall eventually became International Harvester|
|Water Wheel at the McCormick Mill|
Once a year the water wheel on the old grist mill is allowed to operate and "Mill Day" is held to celebrate and encourage folks to come and see the site.
It was an unusually cold windy weekend and we were bundled up but still had fun strolling around. In addition to the gristmill which was grinding corn, local folks were demonstrating their old McCormick Farmall tractors, early small engines, alpaca farming and blacksmithing/forge work.
The Raphine Volunteer Fire Department was cooking the most delicious BBQ Chicken that I've EVER tasted!
I'll travel to find them when I hear that they are firing up their pits again!!
We've been doing more riding, but today it was on my old trusty steed John.... as in John Deere.
The big tractor is still at Paige and David's in LA but we've got the riding mower here. The drawback to renting a house with 4 acres is the grass, and I'm here to tell you that mowing on hills slows down progress considerably!
Gone are the days of daydreaming while mowing and cruising along with one hand on the wheel!