Monday, March 31, 2014

The Boys of Summer

It's opening day!  All over the country fans and ball clubs alike are kicking off this year's baseball season.

I love baseball season.  Sunny blue skies, warm afternoons, and the crack of the bat.  (It sounds cliche I know.)  There's nothing quite like watching the Cardinals play in Busch Stadium.

Cardinal Nation

I'm sure it has something to do with the fact it coincides with summer.
"There are only two seasons, winter and baseball."  Bill Veeck  

Many of my summer nights growing up were spent on the softball field with my friends.  I grew up in a small town so our little ball fields were the place to be.  

Now that I have kids of my own I get to watch them learn the ins and outs of the game.  I love watching a grin grow when Orran gets a piece of the ball or when he makes a play.

I love watching the boys of summer.  Especially my own.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Room With No View

My classroom has no windows.  None.  I have a great classroom with a full lab facility.  But no windows.

Thankfully, my third job comes with a view!  (Yes, I have three jobs.  Mommy, teacher, farm girl.)  

The cows at our home place calve in the fall so we have a lot of babies around the farm right now. Often times I'll come home from school, hop on the four wheeler, and check through the pastures to make sure that everything is going okay.  

"What are you looking at?"

I look to see if any of our momma cows are close to having their babies, make sure they are not having trouble with delivery and need help, and if the new babies are up and at it.  

She's pretty protective of her new baby.

When you spend your days in a room with no view it can be mentally uplifting to be in the great outdoors, searching for new life, and enjoying the general atmosphere.  

One of my favorite views on our farm.  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Statistics Can Be Motivators

I haven't blogged regularly in over a year.  A year!

Today, after browsing through a blog, in awe of all her pictures, posts and thoughts I felt the urge to check out my dash board.

To see what there is to see.

Now admittedly these are not impressive numbers.  They are just minuscule blips really.  They are also encouraging.  Maybe I should return.  Do a little public journaling.  Share my story.  My love of our farm and our family.

Maybe you'll see me here again tomorrow.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Not Just A Field Of Corn.

To the lady who just stopped me on our road and asked that corn on the corner was ours and if I minded if she took "a few dozen ears" when it was ready....

I know that field of corn seems huge to you.

Let me assure you it's not.

And I'm sure you think that when it comes down to harvest we wouldn't miss your "few dozen ears of corn."

Maybe we wouldn't.

But here's the thing. That corn, those cows, that's how we feed our families, clothe our kids, and warm our houses.

Would you stop someone on the road and ask them if they would mind to give you some of their paycheck?

You seem really nice, I appreciate your friendliness. I really don't think you'd want to be gnawing on that field corn anyway. It'd be stuck in your teeth for weeks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Sea of Green

I love spring.  Everything starts greening up and the sunlight gets brighter each day.  I've been wanting to take a picture of this pasture for a few days now.  It's covered in rye grass that's growing in the prettiest deep green color. Since it is getting tall, and we're hoping to plant corn in this same field later in the spring, the guys moved several of our momma cows and their calves over to graze away at it. 

You've heard of hog heaven?  This is cow heaven! 

Another cell phone picture for your viewing pleasure!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Time Change - 5 Thoughts

So today was that day where the clock springs forward on us.  Here are five thoughts about it.

1.  I got up and about early today and thought I was doing great on time until Glen popped his head in the bathroom and reminded me about the time change.  In five seconds I lost an hour. 

2.  Summer is coming!  A long with the time change we see longer hours of daylight, sunny skies, and days at home while school's out for summer break.  This is definitely sweetness!

3.  Longer work days.  I've officially become a "farm widow."  With more daylight comes longer work days for Glen.  More daylight means more time to take care of cattle, fix fence, and take care of all those things that build up over the winter. 

4.  It's still light when we get out of church after evening services!  In the winter, by the time church is over it's so dark you just want to go home and snuggle down under the covers.  With the time change there will be time to do things after services too!

5.  I'm going to stay up way to late tonight because of time change lag.  My clock says it's bedtime but my body says no way!

Happy Spring Forward!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Baseball After Dark

Pardon the picture quality but I'm posting via cell phone...
Orran's playing baseball this year!  (Momma's very excited about this!)  Anyway, tomorrow he has tryouts so he can be placed on a team.  We have been practicing, working on basic skills, and he wanted to get some playing time in tonight.  We were running errands all afternoon so it was dark by the time we got a chance to play. So where does a farm boy go if he wants to take some pitches after dark? 
Orran and Ruby

The hay barn of course!  Perfect.