Category Archives: fun

The road christening

In 1987 our blacktop road was finally finished. This column tells of the joyous reaction by the Gardner Road children.

It started out as fun but poor Rachel ended up bloody.

Listen and hear what happened after the road crew packed up and pulled away.

If it wasn’t Rachel who ended up hurt, it would have been someone else. She was the unlucky one this day.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

Before blacktop

This column from September 1986 tells of a dirt road on its way to being blacktopped.

Rain changed the dirt road to mud and made an adventure for children getting to school.

No photos, but tons of memories as a neighbor, Buddy Wojciehowski, came to the rescue and got the Gardner Rd kids to the bus.

I watched from the house but wished I had been on that pickup with Buddy. From the whoops coming from the ten children, it had to be a fun ride.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

Early Balloon Ascension

I was up early and suddenly remembered that the balloons were in Seymour this weekend. After feeding my pets, I drove to town.

As the sun rose in the sky, the balloons were unfolded and grew with air, first cool and finally hot air.

They went east, so not toward my home this year.

When all the balloons were up in the air, the area around the takeoff grounds seemed so quiet.

I did not follow them, but went home for my breakfast.

Early morning viewing is the best.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

Past Burger Fest

One year we had balloons land on our farm two days in a row, a record as we are northwest of Seymour. They usually don’t come this way.

Below, the pink balloon was flown without a basket. The pilot rode the gas tank!

It floated in soon after our wheat harvest was finished.

Burgers and balloons will come to Burger Fest on August 14, 2021, in Seymour Wisconsin.

This was 2014

Children of all ages love the parade. It starts this year at 10:45.

Wyatt wearing hamburger hat at Burger parade 2019

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

Lawn Jenga

The blocks went up and up, wobbling a little with each move.

And then the inevitable happened.

Rachel lost.

More Jenga builds went up that evening. Eli, taller than Harrison, helped his competition when Harrison could no longer reach the top of the wood stack.

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