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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "Fall Activities, Gun Auction, Local Activities, Important Lessons Learned On The Farm"

Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.

With the nice weather we've been have'n around these parts a lot of field work has been accomplished. Fall harvest seems ta be on schedule and tillage progresses on a timely basis. The landscape is change'n steadily.

Those what don't farm are enjoy'n yard work and the great outdoors. Soon, if'n not already they'll be tend'n ta leaves as the trees give up their factories fer the summer. I saw some young chillen recently play'n in the leaves and try'n ta cover one another up with a motherload of leaves. This has been a time honored activity in the fall by young folk fer as long as I've known. Why it seems so much fun, with all the giggl'n and laugh'n, I cannot answer. It's one of nature's mysteries I suppose, but I well remember participate'n with my siblings in the activity as well as enjoy'n watch'n the sport while my chillens and grandchillens engaged in the simple fun.

The annual fall firearms consignment action took place over at the Sullivan Auction center last Saturday. Over 400+ guns, Indian artifacts, wildlife prints and sport'n related items were auctioned off. Recent talk of propose'n more gun control created an enthusiastic attendance.

My neighbor bought three guns which now can be given fer government takeover, should some of the confiscation laws that are frequently being proposed are passed. My neighbor sez that will happen only after they pry his cold dead fingers off of the weapons. It can be assumed he is only try'n ta make a point of his respect fer the constitution of these United States.

My neighbor points to the over 4,000 babies per day that are killed by government sanctioned abortion in this country and feels the politicians themselves, or at least those that support or wink at abortions ta obtain votes and get reelected, are somewhat callous ta lives of those unable to defend themself's and/or vote. In his opinion the gun issue and lives pale in comparison. I listen ta his thoughts and arguments and intend ta dwell on them fer a spell. As fer me and the boys, we are not advocates for more gun control or abortion.

Congratulations ta Tarique Khartri on purchase'n R & D Food in La Harpe and best wishes to Delbert and Rhonda Kreps as they move on into the next stages of their life with the continuation of their catering service. It is always gratify'n ta see folks like Mr. Khartri and the Kreps our own small communities the special places that they are.

Our condolences go out ta the Allaman family in the loss of their combine ta fire. Neighbors come'n in ta help demonstrate what makes us love our local communities so much.

It's time ta share some lessons learned on the farm first hand:

Well that's it fer this column. Some lessons are learned the hard way but they do last a long time! I have more important lessons I could share with ya but fer now we can just let these settle in fer a spell.

Hope'n to see ya in church this week.

Wherever ya is, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"

Keep on Smile'n

Catch Ya Later