I love tractors. I’m really just a country girl at heart . Tractors and big open crops in the field with cows mooing in the barn. That’s country.

One of my fondest memories with my dad was when I was just about five years old. My dad and I went to my great grandparents house to collect some pine straw to put in the flower beds at our house. “Pine straw” used to be the hot item to use the way “cedar chips” are today. Anyway, we had to use the tractor to haul the straw to the truck. Dad had told me stories about riding the tractor when he was little working on the farm. While we were working that Saturday, he plopped me up on the tractor seat. I remember thinking it was so high, but I was so excited because he was letting me drive! Dad was on the side of the tractor pushing the accelerator pedal and gently guiding the steering wheel when needed. I was forever hooked.

Since we live in the city now, we “go to the country” type events around the area so that Alyssa can have a country experience. I want her to see the simple life and enjoy the peacefulness of it.

This is one of my favorite songs and I am sure that most of you will think the video clip is as exciting as Lethal Weapon (Not!), but it has the “post appropriate song” on it. Come on now, just click it and listen to the song especially if you haven’t ever heard it before – it will widen your horizons!

On one of our outings, we went for a ride in the “country” and happened upon a BIG piece of farm equipment. Well, it was none other than John Deer Green. Alyssa just “had” to sit on it, so it made the perfect photo opportunity.

In the spirit of my farm owning ancestors with their hidden moonshine in the barn, I want to show you some “country” and let you listen to some (and I don’t mean crickets and bullfrogs.) There’s square dancing and then there’s tractor square dancing, but you haven’t ever seen anything like Tractor Square Dancing (click here)

I’m sitting here laughing because I know my mom is going to totally dislike everything in this post except for the picture of my daughter! Mom had to pick cotton, peas, corn, etc. (you name it, she has picked it or dug it out of the ground) and had to do this the whole time she was growing up to help the family on the farm. Of course, back then, jeans were worn as work clothes and she had to wear them too. Mom absolutely hated wearing “unfeminine” jeans and overalls and after she grew up, she just stopped wearing them. Guess who STILL doesn’t own and wear jeans? Hard to imagine someone that doesn’t like jeans!!! Anyway, I think it is impossible for her to get excited about a tractor whether it is John Deere Green or alien purple with pink polka dots.

Life is all memory except for
the one present moment
that goes by so quick
you can hardly catch it going.
~Tennessee Williams~


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Navyvet August 9, 2009 at 5:48 am

Your Mom may not today's entry, but I love it…AND jeans! My brother thinks John Deere tractors are the epitome of farm machinery.


2 Oh Sew Good August 9, 2009 at 6:02 am

No, I haven't seen nor heard of tractor square dancing until now. After this, I don't think anything will surprise me anymore. 🙂


3 Vicki August 9, 2009 at 6:03 am

I love the country too. I wore nothing but jeans while in school. But you can tell your mom she's not alone, I haven't owned a pair of jeans for many years.


4 Kimberly August 9, 2009 at 7:00 am

I have fond memories of my grandpa on the farm and my grandma still lived there. But I need to be close to the mal, LOL.


5 Eileen August 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

I just love reading your blog. Your daughter is gorgeous by the way!


6 Scrappy Girl August 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Beautiful girls…I love the country too…just wish we lived closer to stuff.


7 Amy August 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Oh what a wonderful post. My little one really loves tractors. She yells it out when she sees them…


8 Nikki @ Blasian Baby August 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

How cool to ride on a tractor. Maybe one day I can do it also =)


9 Jen August 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I just found you by way of Margaret's NGIP and I think we might have a little in common not the least of which is alliteration. I can't wait to read more of your blog.


10 Melissa Miller August 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Oh I love it! Your blog and every single post always makes me smile. You are such a talented writer my friend.

Thanks for the sweet visit.
Have a blessed Sunday.
~Melissa 🙂


11 Suzie August 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

My summers were spent on my grandfathers ranch, branding cows, going on roundups, DRIVING TRACTORS, making homemade noodles and pies with grandma. Those were the days. Thanks for reminding me of them!


12 Ter August 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Hi thank you for the comment you left on my blog today, I hope you'll come again soon!

Also congratulations for being my 100th follower! I've been waiting for you so now I can have a giveaway! 🙂


13 Ashley August 9, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I love tractors and the country. Both my husband and I are from smaller towns and therefore could never live in the suburbs for life. Are heart is settled to live where you can smell the diary cows from a mile away 🙂


14 Shelley Munro August 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I'm a country girl, but funnily enough we never had tractors. My father used to use horses for all the heavy work. At haymaking time we'd hire contractors. I do enjoy checking out the machinery at the agricultural shows though. We have the "Dancing Diggers" that perform to music. That's always fun. Loved your post. 🙂


15 Deb August 10, 2009 at 1:36 am

Oh yeah, I've heard that song before.

And I've picked peas, butterbeans, and okra.

But I still wear my jeans.

Thank you for awarding Teresa at toomanyheartbeats a blog award; she deserves it.

Have a lovely week!

Sweet dreams.


16 TJ August 10, 2009 at 2:12 am

put,put,put,sound from a distance,my little 15 year old heart pounds. he is comming, we have a date. I can hear it from miles through the forest. he rounds the corner, dressed in a white shirt, black slacks, penny loafers and i am just a puddle as he gets off the john dear tracter. your dad, thanks fot the memory. mom


17 So Not Mom-a-licious August 10, 2009 at 3:55 am

You and my son would get along fabulously! He is obbsessed with tractors! Well, basically anything that has tires or wheels. But tractors are like Number 2 on his list of favs!


18 ? Braja August 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Me? I just love the cows mooing in the fields :))


19 Tractor Mom August 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Being the Tractor Mom I am, I am offended that you didn't choose "International Harvester" by Craig Morgan!! That's a TRUE tractor song.

And to think that you put your child on a GREEN tractor…God forbid!! I'll just have to say a LOT of extra prayers for those poor girls! They must learn that GREEN is for crops, RED is for tractors!!

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