John is Leaving on His Mission? Better Get a Tractor!

For the past few years, I’ve been watching Craigslist for tractors, knowing that at some point our operation is going to get so large that we’ll need something to help move hay and even till the ground. . .perhaps even move some earth or cut, rake, and bale hay. Not to mention doing things like digging post holes, moving large objects, etc.

Well, last Saturday, as John and I were driving home from Orscheln’s, we saw a couple tractors for sale. We stopped and checked them out, called the owner, talked with Mom, and decided to get the John Deere.

So today John and I went and got it, and John drove it all the way home from Hardin while I followed in the Escape. It’s a 1952, but I’m not certain which model it is–I’m thinking a Model B. We’ll try to figure that out in the next few days.

I’m just glad that we finally have one–especially since John’s soon leaving and so I’ll be on my own as far as farm work goes in two months! 🙂

Here is John, driving our 1952 John Deere tractor into our north pasture
Here is John, driving our 1952 John Deere tractor into our north pasture

John Tractor 1

Mom says that I'm really a farmer now! :-)
Mom says that I’m really a farmer now! 🙂

Dad Tractor 3

 

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Getting Prepared with Fuel

So, for the longest time I’ve thought that it would be great to have a supply of gasoline at our house because the gas stations are all so blasted far away. And sometimes, late on a Saturday night, we realize that one or both of our cars are low on gas and need to be filled up before our travels the next day–although we have gotten better at keeping them filled the past year or two.

And so I’ve been watching for above-ground, free-standing gas tanks on Craigslist.com. And earlier this month, I finally found one that was a good deal. So, while Bob was still here, he, John and I all went to buy this tank over in Kansas. It was quite the journey–especially since our Escape started to have real problems on our way home–but we were able to get this 550-gallon tank and its stand back home. The only problem is that it has been used for diesel fuel, so we had to clean it out using chemicals, water, and our air compressor. Once we get it all clean, we’ll be able to hoist it on its stand and buy gasoline in bulk.

This tank is the largest one I could find. Most of the other tanks I found are 300-gallons or less--this one is 550 gallons.
This tank is the largest one I could find. Most of the other tanks I found are 300-gallons or less–this one is 550 gallons.
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Target Practice with John

Some of us may remember a couple years ago when some raccoons and ‘possums  got our chickens. It was at that point that I decided to get a gun. So shortly afterwards, I became the owner of a .22 rifle and about 70 rounds of ammunition. Later, John inherited a shotgun from Grandpa Brown. Both of these firearms have pretty much remained untouched. . .until now.

Earlier this week, John and I went out and shot the .22 at some targets we set up against a hillside. It was a blast! (No pun intended.) 🙂 I had forgotten how much fun it can be to aim and shoot at stationary objects. We actually used up all our ammo and can’t wait to get more and go shooting again.

Using our .22 for the first time
Using our .22 for the first time
We actually went farther back than this
We actually went farther back than this
One of our targets after we both had a couple turns
One of our targets after we both had a couple turns
There's our other target
There’s our other target
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Typical View of John

During the Call Boys reunion, we visited the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Independence. We found some really cool stuff (and even thought we might have found some awesome doors for the library), including an old sewing machine. Because John periodically needs a sewing machine for one of his many projects, we went ahead and bought it for him.

Later in the day, shortly after we arrived home, I just had to take this picture of John tinkering with his new sewing machine. It’s such a common site: seeing John, with items spread out in front of him, creating yet another gadget, a time-saving device, something to make tasks or life in general a bit better. We love our John D. Call!

John and his new sewing machine
John and his new sewing machine
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Call Boys Reunion 2015

For the past 10 days, we’ve had a Call Boys Reunion here in Missouri, and it’s been a ton of fun!

John flew back home from Provo on 14 August 2015 after finishing the Spring and Summer terms at BYU. I happened to be in Utah the week school ended, so John and I flew back together. The next day, the two of us went antiques shopping in Lexington while Mom hosted the monthly stake presidency wive’s luncheon here at the house. We certainly didn’t intend to purchase anything, but when I came upon this armoire, I just loved it. It’s very well built and has beautiful birds-eye maple veneer.

Outside of armoir
Outside of armoir
Inside of armoire
Inside of armoire
I had John stand next to the armoire to show its size
I had John stand next to the armoire to show its size

I texted these pictures to Mom and asked what she thought of them. . .she said she had seen the exact armoire a few weeks ago and loved it. So we bought it! 🙂

Once we got it home, John and I brought it in, and then we helped Mom decide where to put it. We ended up taking it upstairs and putting it near the top of the stairs–to the left of the air conditioner/heater. Although it’s a bit of a tight squeeze, it looks great.

Then, on Sunday, Bob flew in. Mom and John picked him up, and I was able to get home at a halfway decent hour to spend some time with the family before retiring to bed.

We had a great time during the 10 days or so that Bob was home. We went to Independence, to the Far West Country Store, and to some antique shops. We played games, talked, and watched Shark Tank and some other great shows. We are so proud of Bob and John, and we are glad we were able to spend some time with them!

Mom and the boys playing games
Mom and the boys playing games
On Tuesday we ate at our favorite barbecue place. It's called A Little BBQ Joint, and words can't express how delicious the food is!
On Tuesday we ate at our favorite barbecue place. It’s called A Little BBQ Joint, and words can’t express how delicious the food is!
 Bob and John are digging in to their brisket melt sandwiches. Yummy!
Bob and John are digging in to their brisket melt sandwiches. Yummy!
Bob titled this one "Modern Parents" because he thought it was funny we were both using our smart phones!
Bob titled this one “Modern Parents” because he thought it was funny we were both using our smart phones!
Trying to pose without tickling each other
Trying to pose without tickling each other
Is it really that hard to pose for ONE photo?
Is it really that hard to pose for ONE photo?
Quick--take the picture! None of us is laughing!
Quick–take the picture! None of us is laughing!
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Boys Playing Pool

On Friday, 14 August 2015, I packed up my things from my week in Utah and headed to Bob’s and John’s apartment. I was picking up John to fly back to Missouri with me so he could make final preparations for his mission. When I arrived, I was happy to see the two of them shooting a game of pool! What a great experience this must have been for the two of them to spend the summer together. We love our boys and are so proud of them!

"Eight ball in the corner pocket. . ."
“Eight ball in the corner pocket. . .”
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Pix from MAC

Yesterday we received a bunch of pictures from Mary Ann! What a wonderful servant of the Lord she is as she labors in Southern California. We are proud of you, Mary Ann! 🙂

Mary Ann and her new companion, Sister Martin
Mary Ann and her new companion, Sister Martin
Sister Mary Ann Call and former companion, Sister Day
Sister Mary Ann Call and her former companion, Sister Day
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August Get-Together in Springville

I was in Utah last week for business, and on Thursday night, 13 August, the Utah kids and I got together at Rachel’s and Anthony’s apartment in Springville for the last time. That’s because Rach and Anthony are moving later in August to their first home! 🙂 We are so excited for them.

And because it was the last time in Springville, we took some pictures. A bit blurry, but they are still fun!

We are trying to fit us all in. . .
We are trying to fit us all in. . .
A bit goofy at times! :-)
A bit goofy at times! 🙂
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