Wednesday, April 27, 2011

When is a tool not a tool?

We encounter and use all sorts of tools in our daily lives.  At school I use a computer to compile grades, activities, and build those lovely tests my students look forward to.  On the farm we use everything from mechanics to veterinary tools and anything in between.
Sometimes a tool isn’t always used in the manner in which it was intended.  You know, when you use a screwdriver as a pry bar or a pocket knife as a screwdriver.  Maybe you can even take it up a notch and use a tractor as a bulldozer!
But have you ever…used a bander as a robot hand?
Let me explain.  First of all, this is a bander.

We use it to castrate our male goats so that the brothers don’t impregnate their sisters.  Its job is to stretch a band so that it can fit over a certain area of the goat.  That, however, is an entirely different conversation. 
Last week Glen and I traded vehicles so that he wouldn’t have to drive the truck into town.  So, Orran and I hopped into the truck and headed into school.  Orran cannot sit still if his life depended on it, so he was looking all over the cab for stuff to mess with.  When he found the bander he decided it would make an excellent mechanical hand to pick things up with.  Much like you might do with this.

Needless to say, I got a kick out of him picking random objects up with a tool that was meant for an ENTIRELY different use. 
On a different note…Last night Glen and I went to Crowder College where he was asked to speak at their annual Aggie Banquet.  Glen attended Crowder before transferring to Missouri State.  While there, Glen was awarded with the Outstanding Alumni Award.  It was a great surprise!  Glen really enjoyed his time at school there so he was very pleased to get the award.  I'm pretty proud of him myself!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dear Blog,

They clean up nice, don't they?
I realize that it’s been a while since I’ve written, and in that I owe you a great apology, but things have been crazy around here! 
Two weeks ago I went back to work after having Katie.  As to be expected, there were mixed feelings, but overall it was good to get back into something of a routine.  Katie’s been growing like a weed and changing every minute!  She’s very alert and is becoming quite the talker.   Always cooing!  And the smiles!  When she and Orran smile it warms my heart!

O’s doing great.  He’s still enjoying school and is getting excited about being a first grader next year.  We went to his kindergarten program and he was quite the ham, bowing to the crowd as he entered the gym.  I really enjoyed seeing the kids he’s talked about all year.  It’s going to be a lot of fun watching them all grow through the next twelve years.  You can tell he’s enjoying the weather as spring has arrived and he’s able to get out and about more.  He jumps at the chance to go with Glen on the farm and loves working cattle.

Showing off his new boots.

Pushing cattle.


Glen’s as busy as ever.  More daylight means longer work days for him and I’ve once again become what I call a “farm widow.”  He works very hard. 

As for me, I’m just about caught up at school from maternity leave.  I had a wonderful sub which makes a huge difference!  I got back to work in time to take the A & P class on their annual field trip to Missouri State to tour the anatomy labs.  We’re in the middle of a stressful time of year as the EOC and AP exams are two weeks away!  Hopefully I’ll survive. 
Thanks for letting me catch you up on what’s going on in our lives.  I’ll try not to let this happen again!

All my love,