Monday, June 25, 2007

A Slice of My Life



This is the view out my front door. That's my mailbox in front of a corn field. My husband can hit a golf ball all the way into those trees on the other side of the corn! He loves golf and football, so now I do too!

I grew up "barnin tobacco" and even have an old tobacco barn behind my house that used gas to cure the leaves. Tobacco Barns are 2 stories high and we used to hang the tobacco sticks on the rafters in them. They aren't used anymore and you can see them all over the country side falling down, a sign of times gone by. At the end of the road I live on at the stop sign are several acres of tobacco. When I was 8 years old I drove the tractor that pulled the tobacco harvester and when I got older I sat on the harvester and tied the tobacco on sticks. Now the whole process is more automated. They have machines that go through the fields to "crop" the leaves and they are cured in bulk barns. There are also plenty of corn fields, tobacco fields, cotton fields, soybean fields and produce such as squash, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and peanuts in this area.

3 comments:

Littlepenpen said...

Feels like home to me.... I love your view! Pine trees and corn fields! I tried my hand at "putting in" tobacco as a teenager. I don't think I was a very good worker, but the neighborhood farmers seemed to tolerate me anyway. I hated it and did not like getting dirty... tobacco gum on my hands, yuk! (not to mention the men throwing tobacco worms on the girls to hear them squeal)

ancient one said...

I started "putting in" when I hit fourth grade. I "handed"! That was before the tobacco harvesters.

Does the corn field continue on in front of your house? I was just thinking yesterday, how thankful I was to have a neighbor directly across the road from me, and not having to look at a wall of corn.

My first visit to your blog.. I will be back!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Debbie,
I would love to live out in the country. I am mailing your package tomorrow.
:)
Hugs,
Elizabeth

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