Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Note To Self

Next year when I'm taking the "First Day of School" photos, I should remember the following:

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a) Don't force the poor children to squint into the sun.

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b) Convince Matthew that I said, "Say cheese," not "Be cheesy."

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c) Keep in mind that sixth graders are not keen on Mom taking "First Day of School" photos (or subsequently following them to school and showing up in their classroom to take another photo with all their classmates watching).

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d) Try not to think that very soon, all four will be climbing aboard the bus.

Just when they're old enough to be good farmhands, they go off to school. Something's wrong with this system.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Boomerang

This time of year, my husband feels a bit like a boomerang. He is caught between the two major components of our livelihood: crops and cattle.


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We're midway through harvesting winter wheat, which means he spends at least 14 hours a day - and usually longer - in the field and on the road hauling the grain to storage.

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But when the weather prohibits harvesting, he's catapulted into the cattle side of the business, searching for cows.

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And searching for cows.

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And moving cows to new pastures.

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And searching for more cows.

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You can see why this is a time consuming task. Look closely; we actually found some cows!

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Then the wheat dries out again, and it's back to the harvest field.

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Back and forth. It's a grueling schedule.

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But it's a nice view.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Wondering where we've been lately?

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Gone fishin', of course.

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The fish bites were a bit sparse, but the experience was the stuff of which summertime memories are made.

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Digging worms, wading in mud, learning to cast with Grandpa. . .

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It's the way summer ought to be spent.

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