Friday, December 13, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Descendants of George & Agatha Hinrichs held the annual family reunion in with SD, CA, CO, MN and WA cousins represented, almost 70 in all.  Eating, swimming, volleyball and cards were enjoyed, with the party going well into the evening.  A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blake and Shaden

This our Great Grandson Shaden at almost 6 months,
 and my nieces's son at almost 9 months.
They are a pair of cute little boys, and growing like weeds.

First Snowcone

This is our Great Grandson getting his first snow cone.  He was experiencing ice for the first time!  What faces, but he kept coming back for more!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Anniversary--74 years

June 7th, 1939.  It was a nice sunny day in SD, comfortably warm.  Two young people, ages 24 & 25, at the end of the depression, get married at her parents home at Crow Lake.  The families of both of them are present.  He wore a 3 piece double breasted navy suit, and she wore the gown she had made, a floor length  light lacy blue fabric with short puffy sleeves with  a robins egg's blue satin under slip, making the lace stand out.  Today, 74 years later, here they are together with old friends, reminiscing about the days gone by.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Horse Radish Party

Today we had a small group come to our farm, and we had a Horse Radish Party....Sound like fun??  It starts with digging horseradish roots, some very deep roots, out of wet soil, dug by the 3 guys at the party.  The roots move on to the 4 gals, starting with hoses of water to get the first mud, moving on through lots of pans of water. Now everyone gets into the act, including our 8 year old grandson...lots of scrubbing, lots of water changes.   After about 4 hours, we moved on to the grinding.  Grind first through a coarse grinder, then thru a grinder to make it finely ground.  By now the fumes are starting to get to everyone, we move the work table out of the garage entirely, to the outside.  We grind for awhile, the burgers and brats are on the grill, and we take short break for a potluck lunch.  Back to the grinders, and we grind for a couple more hours, filling ALL the jars we have, plus freezer bags.  The fumes rise up even with little SD breeze we had, but in particular it send fumes to the grinders and those filling the jars.  The jars are filled with the horseradish and white vinegar to cover.  We ran out of jars and froze pint bags of ground horseradish as well.  The final count is 47 pints!!  That is a LOT of horseradish, considering it takes less than a tablespoon for most people on their hamburger!  We did have a good time, sinuses are cleaned and drained, eyes are steaming, but we got it done!!  Time for coffee!!   Note below all the pans of the root.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Great Grandson Shaden

This is Great Grandson Shaden, age 4 months, in the tractor with his Daddy.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spring IS coming to SD

Spring IS coming to SD….April 27, 2013.  Here are the signs.

**Two nice days in a row, no wind, mild temps, in the 70’s.  Our new little calves are enjoying these days.  Now the rest of cows need to take advantage of this weather.

**Another sign of Spring…Farm and Consignment sales.  Roger’s Dad loved going to sales, and Roger has the fever as well.  Now if he could just get a job going to sales for people, bidding with someone else’s dollar….dream job for someone close to retirement!  He has been to 2 sales in the last two days.  I said to him this AM as he left…”Have fun!”  He said, “I will!”

**Yesterday I was in Mitchell, and while there, went to the car wash, got in line at 1:47.  I was 10th in line.  I worked my way slowly to the front, but the line never got shorter than 10 vehicles while I was there.  In front of me, some town cars (not so dirty as mine) and definitely dirty farm pickups.  One pickup (truck to you CA people)  was red and the only way I deciphered that was by the cab of the pickup.  The red across the top gave the color away!!  One hour after I got in line, I was in the car wash.  I got the works, even though our road is still soft, and any little shower will make driving it a mess again.  But for the time being, I have a rather good looking car. 

**Another sign of SD Spring..3 HS graduation invitations, one college grad invite, all in different towns!

**I also took a couple of pictures of my garden, from the same viewpoint as last week.  If you look very carefully in the foreground you can see the horseradish peeking thru last year’s  foliage, and there are also winter onions in the first raised bed.  I can quit buying onions…we eat a lot of them.   The bed behind still is snow covered.  Not very exciting yet, I will keep you updated.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Our Great Grandson at age 3 months.
He weighs 17 pounds, and is sitting in a rocking chair made my by Grandfather Ellsworth Workman
 and given to me in 1944.  Isn't he cute?!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Five Generations

We are a lucky family to have the following five generations for this picture.
The first generation, Belle and Jim, are 98 years old.
Behind left is Kim, Jim & Belle's granddaughter;  Kim's daughter Amy with her son, Shaden James;
 and Myrna, daughter of Jim and Belle.

Photo was taken by Allison, another granddaughter of Jim & Belle's, and owner of Twisted Wire Design.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Grandpa Jim & his Farmall Tractors

This is a new wall hanging for Mom and Dad's rooms.    I was thrilled to find this, it so well represents the farm where we grew up.

Dad looked at it, and said….”A Farmall… says C, but it looks like an H!”    
I loved the remark.   Still has the farmer in him!

We had geese, chickens, dogs, we milked cows and our swing was north of the house in the old pine tree….that tree was there when we moved to this farm when I was 5 or 6 years old.   And of course, we had red Farmall tractors.    (We had no silos and our barn had an addition on each side, not just one.)

I hope this brings back memories for my 98 year old parents, it did for me.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Great Grand Son

Our first Great Grand Son
Shaden James.
Here he is, 4 days old.
Isnt' he just the cutest?