Feb 15-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: February: Feb 15-05
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Photos by Tina Hyrkas
This little piggy    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tina Hyrkas

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 05:03 am:

Tina Hyrkas and Susie look right at home on the farm, cavorting with the pigs and hamming it up for the camera! During the winter months, you may have to shovel your way to the pig-pen, but you don't have to shovel the trails for the piggies themselves, their little hooves pank down a trail all their own. If the snowfall gets deep enough, then you worry about them walking right over the top of the fence on a breakout! My hubby and I farmed for a number of years, raising cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys, but the pigs were always my favorite. Most folks think of them as dirty animals. But in truth, they really aren't if you keep their pen clean, they stay clean too. All that rolling in the mud during the summer months is to cool them down, since swine don't have sweat glands. Of course in the U.P., during the winter months, that's not something you have to worry about.

By Marko in OHIO on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 05:08 am:

How 'bout some HAM and eggs for breakfast !!!

By Chuck '65, New Jersey on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:12 am:

Farmers: special folks, they are. U.P. farmers: exceptional folks.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:29 am:

Hey, our FFA kids are beginning to show their piggies. The young man I help with got Grand Champion for the County showing. I'm very proud.

By garth mn on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:31 am:

No where else in the world/ That wonderful word PANK/

By Josh MI on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:48 am:

I am still told to this day that there is not such word as pank.... Little do THEY know! What ELSE can you do with all that snow besides move it and PANK it???

By Sue MT on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:55 am:

And for those of you who may not know what pank means, it is simply taking the shovel and ... well... tapping the snow down with it...panking it... or using your boot to pank it.. or if you are building something, like a fort, using your hand to pank it.

By Katrina, MI on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:59 am:

The "pank" discussion reminded me of this Yoopaneese Glossary...


By Missin the UP from NJ on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 08:00 am:

Cute farm girls, and animals, too! They work so hard and yet, they smile! Must be the UP air and good clean living! AND not having to answer to any boss other than the needs of the land and animals they must love.

Yeah! Pank snow, Pank the dirt! It's in the "Official Yooper Dictionary" -that lives inside the heads of former and present Yoopers everywhere!! So There!!

By Jean, West Texas on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 08:13 am:

Good morning from west Texas....it is sunny and 55 at 0712. We are in the thick of spring like temps but that will change tomorrow. So far, I haven't seen much snow here this year other than Christmas which we missed. I do get my fill through this site though!!!! Have a great day, all.

By rob in dc on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 08:31 am:

My mother sent me an article the other day from the Detroit Free Press about the fading of Yooperese. It mentioned "pank" as a Yooper term. That was news to me. Didn't everyone know what pank meant? Apparently not. I must be a Yooper.

By Sarah, Central WI on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 08:46 am:

Kudos to the girls! They look so happy!

By Daniel, Marine City, MI on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 08:54 am:

What I take to be a Southern form of "pank" is "tamp," although it is applied to dirt more than snow. I was always taught to "tamp down" the dirt around a newly placed plant.

By Fran, Atlanta, MI on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 09:21 am:

Pank is the only thing to do to snow - and I never found it in any dictionary. I worked in a library in FL and checked all the dictionaries and the internet. But it is a word! A former yooper now living in looper land. Not as much snow here to pank, but do have ice.

By maijaMI on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 09:27 am:

Fran: "looper land"--I love it!

By Missin the UP from NJ on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 09:40 am:

I 'Googled' Pank! If you're curious, see "What's UP"

By ts on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 10:04 am:

I panked snow at pine street ice rink--You had to soak and pank the bottom layer of snow--let it freeze then keep flooding thin layers of water to build the ice up

By cyn, algonac mi on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 12:26 pm:

I've had many conversations about the word "pank". Once my daughter argued with someone about it during a Scrabble game. The Yooper Alumni site has a growing dictionary of yooper words & terms. Pank is on the list!

By Debbie, Illinois on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 04:37 pm:

First you scoop then you pank then you take sauna! (Try explaining that to someone...)

By pam traver on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 04:38 pm:

Tina and Susie what is so wonderful is the Big Smiles on your faces! That's how we look when we live in the U.P. I have a big smile in all my pictures taken in the U.P. over the last 39 years. I just put one up to look at to remind myself how happy I really am! It's just not the same living downstate.... 5-6 more yrs. to retirement in Keweenaw!!!!!! Yes!

By Lowell Mo. on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 05:17 pm:

Nice Pics! Had my share of that on the farm. Its what made me decide that I for one did not want to be a Farmer. Especially with Cows and pigs. Didn't mind the chickens. But cows at 5:30 or 6 in the AM don't get it.
Had up to about 72 here in Missouri today but wind has shifted to the north and it is cooling down fast. No Snow just lots and lots of rain.

By Joel, Laguna Beach, California on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 05:24 pm:

This is a little premature, but how do you Yoopers handle the black-fly season? Is it really harsh or, not as bad as one would think. How long does it last?

By PART TIME YOOPER on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 05:34 pm:

Hi Joel speaking as a part time weekend yooper I think there is several ways to fight the black flies. The bestways are BUG NETS TO COVER YOUR HEAD, PLENTY OF BUG SPARY, AND PLENTY OF COLD BEER

By dave s Mad Wisc on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 05:50 pm:

dose yoopers really talk that way

By FLYIN on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 07:40 pm:

dey dooooo............and we are so envious....

By Tina Hyrkas on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 10:27 pm:

I wish I could say I worked hard on the farm, but I do not. I visit my cousin Andrea and her husband Loren, who together own these pigs. Their farming is organic. If you visited my page, there's a great picture of Andrea and one the piggies.

Panking the snow...Yes, I did not know until just recently that the word is not a word common to the masses!

Black fly season...It's really "not that bad". Some years are worse than others. Don't be afraid.

Thanks for viewing the pasty cam!

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 03:04 pm:

What's the difference between 'involved' and 'committed'? The chicken is involved with breakfast. (the eggs) The pig is committed to breakfast. (the ham/bacon) Are we committed to certain ideals UP here? Or are we involved? Just wonderin'.

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