Category Archives: work

A special bouquet

Here’s a special handmade gift I received.

If you are looking for something handmade by a Wisconsin artist, I can recommend this. The large flowers are made of wood! Sectionals can be found on sale in Bria Bella.

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Just thought I’d share this today.

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

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke. All rights reserved.

Blowing leaves

Don’t get dizzy watching this video.

I’m behind a railing on the upper deck as I use a blower to empty the rain gutter.

Standing on this deck is easy.

Going out through a window to get to the front deck and gutter isn’t easy. I’ll send one of my kids out there when they visit.

There are still a lot of leaves to fall so this will have to be done again and maybe again after that.

I love trees except when leaves gum up gutters.

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

Copyright 2021 © by Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Superman Meets the Invisible Man

My husband was a workaholic. This column from 1987 tells how he attempted to do everything, except sleep. During his night shirt at the canning company, he was found a time of two sleeping standing up–this is not an exageration.

For summer and fall, I lived as a single parent, which wasn’t easy either. Often I felt I was being pulled apart when I was needed on the farm knowing our children required at least one parent some of the time.

Anyway this is what I wrote about Bob during those hectic times.

Watching Bob work himself to death wasn’t easy to witness but no one could stop him from any of his work adventures.

Today, I’m missing him and wishing we had more time together. It was a good thing he did eventually slow down, finding time to enjoy more than work.

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

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

A minute with Susan

Work, work, work. No time to write, so just a short video.

Don’t be scared. This is how I look coming in from mowing.

Time for water and time to kick back.

Mosquitoes came out of the bushes! I’m back inside for a while.

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

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

Bob’s farm vehicle

My columns tell about our lives on Sunnybook Farm. Today I read one about Bob.

It’s no secret that all our machinery was old. Bob never bought new, except one Ford tractor when he was in Illinois and in a partnership with his dad. Otherwise, everything was used.

Today I share a tale about a family van that was turned into a farm repair van.

Bob much rather work on a tractor than on a car or a van. He preferred big machinery.

Every machine was worked until the end of its natural life. Some were used to fix another, but that didn’t work with cars or vans. They just went to the big junkyard in the sky.

This van was nearing its final days when I wrote this column.

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

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved