I arose the other morning, headed for the bathroom and, as I usually do, looked out the window to see what the weather looked like. There sitting on the pasture fence posts along my yard were several turkey buzzards. My first thought was, “I hope this isn’t a bad omen!” I knew of no dead animals close by and there was no odor of any in the air. They were just sitting there, preening their feathers, calm as could be — just watching the house and waiting — for what? Why were they there? At my age I couldn’t help but be a little nervous!

As I brushed my teeth, took my shower, combed my hair and put a load of laundry in to wash, they just sat there — watching and waiting! They were still there when I headed to the kitchen for my morning coffee and toast. When I went back to put the laundry in to dry they were gone. Had they been traveling and just stopped to rest? Needless to say, I was very careful in everything I did the rest of the day! Superstitious? Not me! Maybe I have been watching too many old Western movies!

My hummingbirds are almost all gone. I had so many that I had to fill two feeders every day, but suddenly this week the feeders started lasting longer. They have left a week earlier than last year. I am going to miss them. I enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching them, especially that feisty one who sat on top of the feeder and did his best to rule the roost. There was one that would come right up to the sliding glass door and flutter there until it caught my attention. When I saw it I would check the feeders and one would always be empty! I hope they will all return next spring.

The Canfield (Mahoning County) Fair Ayrshire/brown Swiss/milking shorthorn shows will be Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. I will be announcing two of the dairy shows at the Canfield (Mahoning County) Fair next weekend: the Holstein show on Friday, Sept. 31, beginning at 9 a.m., and the Jersey and Guernsey shows next Saturday at 9 a.m. The judge for all the shows will be Adam Liddle, Liddleholme Holsteins, Argyle, New York.

The Stark County Fair will be Aug. 28 through Sept. 3 at the fairgrounds in Canton. The dairy show will be Friday at 9 a.m. The Belmont County Fair will be Sept. 4-9 at the fairgrounds in St. Clairsville. The dairy show will be Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.

The Ohio Fall Elite Sale will be held Oct. 27 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster. Consignments are currently being accepted. For information, contact Dave Gunkelman at 330-464-3259, email drgunkelman@yahoo.com; or the Ohio Holstein Association, 330-264-9088, email oholstein@sssnet.com.

“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” — John F. Kennedy