Friday, March 16, 2018

Out Back

I sometimes forget that there is a lot of nature very close to me, so after remembering this, I decided to get a little more local with my pictures this time. These pictures today are from the very back end of my property.

One year my dad planted the whole field back here with potatoes. He had a nearby neighbor help with that. The neighbor had no idea what to do with so many potatoes because he is from a country that doesn't really eat potatoes very much. Being Irish, and from around here, my dad loved potatoes more than any other food. He ate them all.

I've been letting things grow a bit back there because that's the way I like it.Most of the junk is left over from my dad. He loved junk. He always found creative ways to make just about anything useful.

A couple of years before I got here my dad had cows back here. He eventually herded them all to a farm he had in South Dakota, so I never saw them. They were probably all turned into steaks by the time I got here.

I don't do much with the land out here. That's mostly because I grew up in the city. I'm used to a lot less land. I don't want to try to be a farmer so I let the land go kind of wild. I do cut a lot of wood though. There aren't lots of trees in this part of the country, but there are plenty for what I need.

I mentioned my dad a couple of times because I can't help but think of him whenever I walk around the far ends of this property. This was his place. I don't know that he particularly loved this property more than any other he had, but it was his. It was where he chose to live his last days. So it will always make me think of him.

I'm still not posting much because I injured myself right after my last post. All I was doing was moving furniture around in my living room and I hurt something in my back. The pain made me sleep for two straight days. Now I don't feel it unless I move too quickly. So I'm staying kind of close to home until I feel just a little better. I'm almost there.

I've only shown you a little bit of this place out here. Since I can really only get around close to home right now, I'll show you more of this place in my next post or two. I try not to reveal too much about my own stuff because that's kind of boring, but I have some cool nature stuff out here. I'll share more of it when I talk to you later.


  1. That property is a nice connection to your dad. I like the potato story. Potatoes were a staple for my family back in Poland and Lithuania during the famine, so we know a LOT about meals planned around the potato.

    Hope your back is feeling better soon. Be sure to move a little each day. Sitting or laying down will just stiffen it and make it worse.

  2. Sorry about your injury. A bum back is a real pain. Glad that you are recovering well.

  3. I would put some potatoes in on Good Friday, I am with your dad, the more the merrier.

  4. I hope you are back at 100% soon. I'm looking forward to seeing more around your property. We live in a very big city, so nobody has that kind of acreage around here.

  5. Glad that you are recovering well. I like potatoes!

  6. I rather like the overgrown look of the first picture. Nice to have the property to remind you of your dad. I would have gladly helped him eat those potatoes :)
    Back pain is no fun. Get better soon

  7. oops, I meant the second picture. Somehow I totally missed that first one when I read your post.

  8. Hope that your back pain is getting better.
    But the best part is that it brought your dad back.

  9. It's nice you have some space of your own to roam and reminisce.

  10. Your backyard (acreage) is anything but boring -- it looks like a great place to roam about. And I hope you feel well enough soon to enjoy it. I kind of forget about potatoes being part of our Irish food heritage, but of course I remember the stories about the long-ago famine. I would rather eat a baked potato than corned beef and cabbage which is all you seem to hear about these days..