This is in response to all the comments I got the other day about this post. You guys must be getting to me. Last night I got home and Mark (as he is sometimes known as) aka the Farmer was standing there in the kitchen in one of his old plaid shirts, albeit a nice plaid J. Crew shirt, a gift from my sister Jenn. I said to him “So where have you been?” Yes, he had a clean shirt on and he had been to the bank. I have gotten so used to him wearing that old and very stained Carhart insulated jumpsuit and jacket that I don’t even notice the shear tatteredness of it any more. I thought about getting him a new one for Christmas but since money was tight and I wanted to buy Julia some cute new clothes, I decided against it. After all, it just would have gotten stained (lamb poopy, after-birth, sileage, etc.) and trashed in a day. Not even the best stain remover can compete (not to say I try too hard). Maybe next year, I’ll feel more flushed with cash and buy him a new jumpsuit. But at least he is warm.
That said, I have also tried to make him wear handknit hats. I knit him a rather nice multi-colored one last year and he wore it a bit and then left it somewhere so it rotted into the ground in a pile of manure. I found it not long ago and gave up. As for the gloves, if they aren’t leather and insulated, they don’t last. Manure and sileage are nasty things. So I give up there also. It's hard to dress The Farmer in handknits - unless it's for dress-up. He does have one aran sweater that he wears for special occassions.
Truth be told, when he needs a hat on the tractor, he wears the most disgusting acrylic bright orange hat so the hunters don’t shoot him. I have commented to him in the past about the ugliness of the thing but I gave up there too. Evidently the fluorescent orange hat is nice and loose and comfortable. Thank goodness most people around here don’t know what The Farmer’s Wife does!
There's been some fun stuff I've been alerted to by internet friends. Here's an amazing crop circle made of sheep! Thanks Diane. My guess is that there was food involved. Here's a photo of my Farmer with a grain bucket nearly being swept off his feet by the sheep. He is experimenting with feeding dried corn to the mama ewes (instead of the grain pellets he sometimes feeds). The cost of grain has skyrocketed and this is a little more economical. For a few days, they wouldn't eat it but now, it's a mad rush to put down the corn and move before they knock him over.
This rooster is too cute! I suggested to Storey, my publisher, that perhaps they should introduce a line of knitted farm animal patterns. After all, they are the leading publisher of books for country living, farmers and farmer wannabees. Check it out!