I ventured home this Labor weekend for many reasons - most importantly to see family. I love visiting the farm. I'm so thankful that my grandparents are still active. I think their new puppy is keeping them young. The land is drier here, the dust fills my nose (and set off my allergies), and the corn is ready to be shelled. I reckon it won't be a gorgeous autumn in Pike County because of how dry it has been here (I should have sent down some of the rain we've had in Chicago). Nevertheless, the cooler temperatures are most welcome. We enjoyed catching up with each other and watching the dogs play together in the front yard. Pictured above is my uncle, my grammie, and the new pup, Callie.