Much Love

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

We've had rain on and off this week. Yesterday though, storms rolled through bringing lots of lightning, wind, and of course, more rain.

We weren't the only ones that got storms yesterday. My parents received 2.4" of rain in just under 2 hours. The little creek in the pasture quickly outgrew its banks.

Guess who's in town

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For the past week, we've been watching the activity at the hotel a couple of blocks from our house. Extreme Home Makeover has been here, checking out some families that were nominated for the show.

Today was the big reveal. As I drove past the hotel this morning on my way to work, the parking lot was bustling with activity. The family was supposed to find out this know, when THE BUS pulls up to the house and Ty shouts in the bullhorn?

The bus has been here all week, but I've yet to see any designers.

As I was heading back from field work in southern Illinois, I heard on the radio that the family chosen was from Philo, a small town just south of here.

As luck would have it, I was traveling through Philo and let me tell you, there were people everywhere. Streets were blocked off, cars coming and going. The turnout to help this family is just incredible. I can't wait to see how this week unfolds.

On the Go

Friday, August 14, 2009

I've not been the best blogger lately. We've been in full work mode around here. Ron and crew have finally finished up root digs and insecticide evaluations. Their summer work will be slowly winding down over the next couple of weeks.

I've been busy writing grant proposals/workplans. I finished 6 workplans in the last week...its really no wonder that I don't feel like writing much by the time I get home.

Yesterday was the University of Illinois' Agronomy Day. This is where researchers share project results and news with producers and industry representatives. Ron spent the day sharing the results of their corn rootworm trials.

Today I've got the day off (well earned in my mind). The house needs cleaning and we'll be getting ready to freeze sweet corn tomorrow. This afternoon/tonight we're heading over to the state fair. I'll be checking the livestock barns for old friends, making sure we get a state fair corn dog, and checking out Lynyrd Skynyrd.

We'll turn around and head back Sunday for more fun and food. And 4-H judging. We'll be judging the entomology, crops, and soils projects. Yep, we're always on the go.

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

(Even if you are a bit goofy now and then.)

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Erik!

It's your day....have a drink or two!

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Surveying for Emerald Ash Borer

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Last week, we had the opportunity to check out one of our EAB-infested communities in Illinois. Emerald ash borer has been present in this community for quite some time, but was only discovered last year (which is the same for many communities that are finding EAB).

Many ash trees are showing distinct signs of infestation. The city is in the process of removing the ash trees and we were given the chance to peel some bark to look for larvae. Adults emerged earlier this summer and will be present for a little while longer. We didn't see any adults, but found a lot of larvae feeding just under the bark.

Macro Monday

Monday, August 3, 2009

Stay tuned - tomorrow I'll let you know what this little bugger is....

Sunday Stills: Fences

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The challenge this week for Sunday Stills - Fences. Another great challenge!