Our little Blueberry has been asking for a little brother or sister for about a year now. I keep explaining to her that we have closed that factory, laid off the workers, and burnt the buildings to the ground, but she will not listen.
Ok, so I will show her. Enter in Big Baby.
is was a 5 lb zucchini that got away from us while we took a few days off away from home. Before shredding this monster, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to draw a little face on it and call her out from her bedroom to look at her new sibling. She came running out excited to meet this little human only to end up both disappointed and thrilled. She gave it a few caresses, a kiss, and then threw me a mad look and told me that wasn’t nice. She was probably right, but I am pretty sure that it’s my parental right to poke fun from time to time. Bon voyage Big Baby. Thanks for the laughs!
Blueberry goes back to school within the next week and both Sheldon and I find ourselves scratching our heads wondering where this shortened summer went. As relatively new farmers, we haven’t been able to take a vacation since the great vacation of 2012 (because visiting family does NOT count as we all know!!), but we do try to do little day trips here and there. In the last week, we have tried to visit a few places that were within driving distance from the homestead including:
As you all know, Wilbur crossed the “rainbow bridge” last weekend. Blueberry and I were in charge of taking care of his remains in a humane and legal way. On the way back, she talked me into a last minute side trip to Fantastic Caverns. I’m glad she did! If you are ever near this part of the country and want to take a very easy tour through a lovely cavern originally explored by a group of twelve brave ladies in the 1800’s, I recommend it!
Woolaroc is a pretty cool little (ha! 3700 acres little) historical site that includes a wildlife preserve, old buildings, lots of art (including quite a bit of Native American art), and some fun stuff for the little humans like a great play area and a small petting zoo. Woolaroc isn’t quite as great as say Promised Land Zoo in terms of getting close and personal with the animals, but it’s pretty interesting all the same! And since you are going to be in the area, you might as well check out…
Bartlesville is an interesting town much like any small city with a large corporate presence. Interesting mix of people, some good restaurants, and lots and lots of artfully decorated Bison statues including this one.
Blueberry couldn’t quite figure out what was going on with his undercarriage, but we had a laugh about his “disco balls.” Well played Bartlesville!
So, that is the extent of this year’s summer vacation. It’s not quite as exciting as going to Europe or visiting the House of Mouse (depending on your perspective), but for budding homesteaders, it’s enough. Now, on to our next adventure…first grade!