Rusted weathervane near the old barn where we picked up another 25 bales of hay yesterday. I think it’s saying it’s going to be a long, cold winter…….


  1. Tracey In Paradise Pa. says:

    That is all your cool pictures!!

  2. carol says:

    Oh Suzanne!!! Honey, honey, honey!!! You’re a farm girl now and you have to know the difference between a weathervane and a wind mill. This….what you have taken a lovely picture of, is a wind mill. It has lots to do with the wind but it’s a millthat pulls water up to water livestock and farmers alike!
    For a wonderful education on old wind mills, you can visit the Wind Mill Farm at Tolar, Texas. Or, if you are short on time, just go to
    We just visited there in October and it was a wonderful place to go and learn about these old mills…way out in the country south of Dallas.
    Weathervanes were usually put on top of barns so farmers would know what direction the wind was coming from.
    I voted. Every day I vote. Every day I pray for you to get this job. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and to everyone who reads your beautiful blog.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      LOL! I had a feeling I was wrong about that and I knew somebody would tell me. Thank you!! (By the way, I used to live near Tolar. I didn’t know about the Wind Mill Farm. I lived in Granbury for many years when my kids were little.

      • carol says:

        Toler is about 15 minutes from Granbury (also another place I love to go visit!) and Glen Rose is very close also. Living in Dallas, a huge and unruly city, it’s extra nice to have a place like Toler and Glen Rose to go to. I’ll send you a link to the pics we took when we were there in October. What is so very neat about this place is that there is a ‘gift shop’….things like books on windmills, t-shirts, caps with their own logo….and even miniature windmills…but the little shop is unattended. There’s a price list for everything and a wood box with a slot where you can deposit your cash or check. Amazing.

  3. Berta says:

    Oooops! Looks like Carol beat me to it. I was just going to post:
    “Ask 52 what this REALLY is…surely he knows.”
    Before rural electrification these were everywhere, pumping water
    and/or producing electricity. We should all have one!
    Thank you so much for your beautiful site.
    Voting every day!

  4. Dawn says:

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, the end with the single blade points into the wind (I think! I never needed to ‘know’ that!) and you can tell which way the wind blows that way. Love your blog.

  5. B. Ruth says:

    That looks like one of those reproduction wind mill weather vane thingys that are now coming in small, medium and large all over the place…flea markets and farm stores sell them for rural yard decoration….and yes, my neigbor uses hers for a weather vane, vine prop… plopped in the yard.. in the middle of her flower bed with morning glories growing up the 7′ foot triangle corner irons….There were times this summer she said she could have used a pipe contraption for watering the flowers….just sayin’…so you were particially right Suzanne….!
    I want one tooooo….

  6. Nancy in Iowa says:

    When my photographer daughter moved here to rural Iowa over a year ago, she thoroughly enjoyed driving around, taking pictures of all sorts of farm equipment – all of which she confidently called “farm thingies”.

  7. Chic says:

    Oh I LOVE those windmills…I want one so bad here on the farm I can taste it! We have a smaller version but I want a biggy…hubby says it will have to work and pump water…I don’t care…I just WANT one!!!! To me…having one of those means…I have arrived! :hungry2:

  8. Catherine says:

    Suzanne, you never fail to cheer me up.

  9. Jodie says:

    My favorite rural town to visit in North Texas is Ponder. The best chicken fried steak to be found. Of course, every part of Texas claims the best c.f.s. For the best BBQ, I recommend Central Texas small towns.

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