Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hillbilly Delluxe....

I have a little brother, his name is Bubby boy, we threw him in the river to see if he could swim. He didnt drink the water, he got all full of mud - now our mamma wants to kill him and throw out all his cloths....

My baby brother turned 21 on the 16 of April....but only his body turned 21 - When he was little he told our mom that he was always going to be 4 - I think he has accomplished that dont you? He is forever going to be the baby of the family, even though he is 6'2 and 225. Me, I am always going to be the sultry 5'3 130 lbs I have always been - Pam C. if you say one word.... well, just dont say one word! Pam is a friend of our family and her family have always been our friends.. confused, I am.

My sister, BC - she knows what it means - was supose to marry this guy AC, does not stand for air conditioning. We had her paired with him for years, litterally since they were baby's.

BUT - NO she had other ideas, like this one..

Truth be told, either would have been a great addition to our family. But the one she picked - JC - is great... but AC is great too - glad I didnt have to pick. PC, AC's mom is my moms good friend - PC has been such a blessing to our family, she is ALWAYS there when you need her! LOVE YOU PC!!!

Anyway - it was Bubby's birthday party and we had a blast!! This is a hillbilly/redneck birthday party..

Mud, blood and gas....and food... lots of food that I didnt get pictures of! DANG IT!

Our dad had his 'four wheely' out too....

Well, thats it for right now. I have gotten a rotten cold and so has Milk Dud. SO Karen from Fresh Fixins... later today you will get your post about a mustard plaster!!


Domestic Diva said...

Those are the BEST kind of birthday parties!

I SO want to go muddin now! It's sure been wet enough, but too wet, unfourtunatly. The farmers can't even get into their feilds right now. Same as last year. The government ended up declaring it like a natural disaster or emergency or something to that extent so that the farmers could get disaster relief money and such. There's some definate worry it will happen again this year, and a lot of the little farms won't be able to make it another year.

Next party you have like that tho... I'm crashing it! *giggle* wait, where do you live again??

*goes off in search of more coffee*

mondays.... :)

Susan said...

Nothing like a big family and fun times. I have always envied that.

COFFEE MAN said...

tell me did YOUR four wheeler consist of training wheels on the Harley " snickers" Looks like a blast was had by all .

and as for ac , pc , jc , mc , ac/dc, and the rest of the cra-c bucnc tell we all said

"Duuuuhhh Huuuuh "

DayPhoto said...

What fun Birthday Party!


Mrs Mom said...

Holy Hannah look at all those 4 wheelers!! My guys would go nuts over

Happy Birthday Bubby!!

Love you Heidi- catch ya soon!

Greenmare said...

dang that looks like fun!!!!

Ye Merrie Quilter said...

Yeeeehawww! Looks like a fun time!
I got a response from the Senator. I don't know if I understood it, but I could send you a copy if you would like.

Dawn said...

Looks like ya'll had fun!

Heide said...

Wish I could have been at the party, it looks like lots of fun. All of the xC references had my head spinning though. That's a lot to keep up with.

Willow Witch said...

Well, that looks like it was a blast... Dig your dad's ride! :)

Miss Annie Sew and Sew said...

2's, 3's, and 4's...are those ages or number of wheels on your rides? Both?!!!! Yeah, my kid said it was fun and muddy.

Ye Merrie Quilter said...

This may be long, but you can feel free to copy it into a word doc and then delete it off your blog. This gets around the whole address exchange with strangers... :)
Thank you for your e-mail regarding dairy farmers. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me with your concerns.

Because of the Legislature's concern about the very large drop in milk prices received by milk producers, the following study of alternatives for stabilizing milk prices is being pursued by the legislature.

"(2) Within the amounts appropriated in this section, the department of agriculture shall convene meetings with the dairy industry representatives and affected groups to consider alternatives for stabilizing farm milk prices. The department of agriculture shall provide a report of findings to the appropriate committees of the legislature and the office of financial management no later than December 15, 2009." (SSB 5600 p. 88).

In the last two years, milk prices followed escalating feed prices and rose to high levels. However, in recent months, milk prices received by farmers have dropped to below cost-of-production levels. As a result, most dairy farms are now losing money and it is unknown when milk prices will rebound.

The goal of the study is to provide the legislature with a better understanding of the factors that are leading to the increased volatility of milk prices and to determine whether there is support for government action that would help to moderate these price swings. Earlier in the legislative session, there was no consensus within the dairy industry as to what actions would be effective, and what alternative might receive industry and public support.

In respect to farm size, Washington's farmlands were originally settled beginning in the 1880's as 160 acre farms under the Homestead Act. As the industrial revolution expanded job opportunities in manufacturing plants in the cities, rural residents moved to the cities and mechanized farm equipment became available to the farming industry. The result has been farms have increased in size.

Though many of Washington's farmers are the "survivors" of the early homesteaders, some farming operations have taken advantage of economies of scale and have grown quite large. Then, as now, the price of most agricultural products has been largely determined by the market forces of supply and demand. Many in agriculture prefer having the market determine which farmers stay in business and are generally opposed to government programs that control over-production to improve prices.

Finally, I wanted to address your question about the sale of milk products. Generally, milk is pasteurized to kill pathogens. However, raw milk can be produced and sold in Washington State, either directly by the farmer or at retail outlets. The dairies where raw milk is produced are regulated for general sanitation, subject to periodic inspection, labeling and testing requirements. Though this does not guarantee that raw milk is safe, it provides consumers the choice to decide whether to buy raw milk or not.

Though it is possible for a dairy farmer to produce and sell pasteurized milk and milk products by themselves, economies of scale usually make this alternative economically infeasible. The study mentioned above will examine whether the current situation of high retail milk prices and low farm prices is a temporary situation, or if there are other factors at work.

Milk prices will be monitored to see if they self-correct to above break-even prices for producers prior to next legislative session. If not, the Legislature will have an opportunity to evaluate and act upon the findings of work group.

I hope this is helpful. Please contact me if you have further questions.


Senator Steve Hobbs
44th Legislative District

Ye Merrie Quilter said...

Another letter from another rep dealing with Washington State law. I don't know what the laws are in your state, but perhaps dairy farmers from your neck of the woods can push your state to mimick those in place here to allow you to sell directly to the public. Good luck!
Dear [me]:

I would first like to thank you for taking the time to write. I welcome and appreciate your comments. They are very important to me.

The Milk and Milk Products Act (Chapter 15.36 RCW) governs the sale of milk and milk products for human consumption. The intent section of this chapter indicates that special licenses are required for selling milk or milk products in order to safeguard the public health and welfare by protecting consumers from milk or milk products that are unsafe, produced under unsanitary conditions, or do not meet certain bacterial and quality standards.

Every milk producer, defined as a person or organization who operates a dairy farm and provides, sells, or offers milk for sale, is required to obtain a Milk Producer's License from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). "Milk processing" is defined as the handling, preparing, packaging, or processing of milk in any manner in preparation for its sale as food. However, milk processing does not include milking or producing milk on a diary farm that is shipped to a milk processing plant for further processing. In addition, every milk processing plant, defined as a place, premises, or establishment where milk or milk products are collected, handled, processed, stored, bottled, pasteurized, is required to obtain a Milk Processing Plant License. As such, milk producers with a valid license from the WSDA may sell their milk or milk products directly to the public.

I am unfamiliar with any specific provisions of the state code that may apply to this situation, and with local milk laws (if any exist), but this is a summary of the general state laws applicable to the sale of milk and milk products.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you need any additional information on this issue, I would be happy to look into any further concerns you have.


Rep. Hans Dunshee

Heidi said...

Merry Q! I dont mind you haveing my address!!! LOL I just didnt want to put it here for everyone else that I dont know!!! LOL Thank you SO Much for all you wrote and the information that you got! Your a great support and I truely appreciate it!! Thank you again!

Nancy said...

I came from a small town where this was THEE party!!! Fun, fun!!! I am so behind in reading blogs so playing catchup tonight. Checked out all your pics and skimmed through your posts....I need to come back sometime and really catch up! Loved the Easter pic of the boys!!!

((( HUGS )))

Sand Flat Farm said...

My kinda fun!!!