Thursday, August 14, 2008

Everything Else Q&A

Jenny said...
Are the chickens this year's 4-H project?

Um, no. In keeping with my title of "Meanest Mom Ever," I told the kids they could only enroll in 4-H if their projects didn't include animals. Our fair almost always coincides with harvest, so I would be camping out at the fair for a week with four kids and the livestock. I just don't see that happening.

Beth from the Funny Farm said...
HELLLOO... I have lived this. Now I say "Keep your cell phone on you and ANSWER IT!!"

Evidence that we truly live in the middle of absolutely nowhere: we don't have cell service. Our local teenagers are textless. We usually don't mind, but there are times when it would be nice to just call the parts store from the field.

Not Hannah said...
Thought provoking. Have you read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

I'm still trying to digest Omnivore's Dilemma. Life keeps interrupting me.

Dawn said...
This might be a stupid question... but seriously, they didn't label them somehow for you??

Nope. They come in a little cardboard box, cheeping away at the post office, with nary an ID in sight. Now that they are fully feathered, it's a little easier to identify them.

Treasia said...
Oh bless his little heart. Did he rebreak it or just have to change out casts?

He just had to change casts. And the big news is that it is scheduled to be removed tomorrow. If all goes well, he should have a few days of pool time before school starts again.

farmnwife said...
She's a natural. Is she showing anything else at the fair?

No. See the above cop out explanation.

Pony Girl said...
Is that Riley on Skip? How old is he?

I'm not sure which one you mean, so I'll answer for both. Skip is 11, and he is five months older than Riley (who will be 11 in October).

Andrea said... How many kids go to the local public school?

Our enrollment has dropped drastically in the past 10 years. I believe we'll have 65 in grades K-12 this year. My kids' classes have 3, 5, and 8 students.

Rose Davis said...
I was just wondering what your chores and responsibilities were as a mother and wife living on a ranch. I have a certain schedule I stick to~i was wondering if you also had a schedule that you follow.

Dawn said...
What is your daily routine like? Have you considered putting your posts together into a book about raising country kids, being a farmer's wife, etc.?

My schedule, just like my chores and responsibilities, varies with the seasons. My days usually begin at about 6:30 a.m. I'm just not a pop out of bed at 5 kind of girl (probably because I'm a stay up 'til midnight kind of girl).

This time of year, my first duties are to pack my husband a lunch and make some coffee before he heads out to the field. Then my days go by in a flurry of meal making, cleaning, mothering, yard working, chicken feeding, cow feeding, writing, and bill paying.

I keep the farm books and the cattle records, keep track of our finances, and very late at night, I write or do my other job as a layout designer and editor for an agricultural newsletter. In my spare time, I give a few piano lessons, babysit a bit, run the elementary religious education program at our church, and try to maintain a balance in my life.

During other seasons, I am more involved with livestock, and as the kids grow, I'm more able to help with that aspect of the operation. When Riley was younger, a schedule was imperative. Now that he is better able to cope with life, we strive for more of a routine than a schedule.


Rose Davis said...

We don't have cell phones either. It just wouldn't make any sense to get them. The 4-H programs sound very interesting. We don't have anything like that in the northeast. I like your routine. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions~God bless, Rose

The W.O.W. factor said...

...and just when you think you hve the routine down? have to create a new one, Right?!
I'm still in total admiration since the first time I visited you. What wonderful wholesome life you have! (got sort-of hi speed today, so maybe now your pix will load better for me.)

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