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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Talking about Tuesday: Hoosier Beef Congress

I'm not sure why I've started this week with a "Day" theme, but whatever it takes to get the writing juices going......I will work with it.

Hoosier Beef Congress was the first weekend of December.  We headed down to the Indiana State Fairgrounds just as observers to see what this gathering was all about.  I believe anyone between the ages of 8 and 20 may show here, and everyone says it's a great way to start gauging the calves for future events. The big show, at least for us, is our county fair.

Watching the kids show calves, especially the younger ones, was fun.  We also heard this event will help finally break calves into being show calves, and I have to say they were all pretty well behaved bovine, with a couple of stubborn ones mixed in just to show it isn't always easy for a 60 pound kid to get a 1000+ pound calf to move at the desired time.  Even the bigger ones can have their hands full!

The best experience for the kids has to come from chatting with the judges and getting comfortable with their calves.

I liked these two pictures because it shows a couple of points.  1.) the difference between a calf "set up" and one that is not. 2.) The difference of the size of the showman and calf can be distracting.

These ladies are getting the hang of it.

What was really fun was finding a bit of Benton County all grouped together.  There a few other BCers scattered around, but it's always nice to find a bit of home away from home.!

This family is Just.The.Best!  They have been in a lot of my posts over the years.  Big Sis shows cattle, and Little Brother loves to help get Sissy's hair ready for show.

It might be "all about the bass" in musicland, but here, it's all about the Bling!

We had a great day down at the fairgrounds surrounded by calves and people...now we need to decide if we can pull our act together and try it next year.  Anyone know when 2015 harvest will be over?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Montage Monday

I've been trying to get a post up, but life kicked in to even an higher gear around here, so here's my plan:  I'm going to give you a bit of a montage as to what is coming up, and then hopefully later today, I will find some quiet time somewhere to put down the words and stories behind the pictures.

As you can see, there is a lot of agriculture involved, and I didn't even include cow pictures.  There just might be some dog pics coming soon too!  Go get your presents bought/ordered/wrapped, and check back with me later today or tomorrow.  Gotta go pack for another trip; this one, though, is just overnight!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's a Bittersweet Day on the Farm

I love Christmas, just about everything from the Message to the music to the family and presents.  It all started long, long ago back when we had real trees.....and tinsel!

This would be my second Christmas, circa 1963.... and I supposed I could turn up about 50 more pics of Christmas trees, but I will just hit the highlights:

This one should be about 1964.....

Hmmmmm..... I'm going to go with 1970 or 1971...

My niece and nephews will be liking this on from 1989.

And our own girls circa 2008

But this year as we put up the tree, there will be one part missing.....

Pumpkin.....  She loved the Christmas tree from jumping in and out of the tree box, to smacking the bottom ornaments, to curling up under the tree for 14 Christmases.  Some days, I just look around the house thinking she will com strolling out from where ever, then plop down and give me that "I want...." look.  See?

She left us at the end of March, and I haven't really talked much about it......I had her a year before I had a husband or children; she was a kitten from here that I brought home right after my Grandma Phyllis passed away.  She reminded me of Grandma because of her coffee and cream coloring.  I told Steve that if he gave her to me, I was not going to choose between her and him if we became official. Follow that last sentence?  She was 14 years old, and lived a good life, but I am sure there will be a little sigh here and there as the girls and I put up the trees today.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sometimes Marriage is 50-50, and Sometimes it is 100%

I'm not sure I need too many words to go with this picture.  When he needs me, I go out, and when I need him, he stays in to help(as long as we are not in full planting or harvest).  Gotta love a farmer who knows how to run a sweep auger AND and canister sweeper!

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1 : Time to Take Time for Me

After chatting about Ag for the last 30 days straight, I think I had better be a bit more transparent about what is going on just below the camera lens.

I've been gaining weight.  It makes me cringe to say that because a few years ago, about 4 I think, I lost about 60 pounds.  I wasn't at my "suggested" weight, (Heck I haven't weighed 145 since I was about 27!), but I looked great and felt healthier and had dreams of getting down very close to that magical 145, but it wasn't to be.  Now, I'm not back to my heaviest, but I have gained a good portion of it back.  It's been a combination of me spending more time on my rear than on my feet, and this little (add a sarcastice tone here)  autoimmunal/fibromyalgia  issue going on just beneath my skin. Since I have started medicine for that, I have gained about 25 pounds.....I don't think the extra weight is helping my pain issues.  It's gotten to the point where I need to walk/move to get rid of the pain, but it's getting just about too painful some days to move at a pace where I would break a sweat and burn the necessary calories to move that scale back to the left.

Yes, I was moving while I helped with harvest, but honestly a lot of my time in the field consisted on time in a seat.  I did some climbing and lifting, but not for any length of time.  My eating habits weren't so great either, but I tried.  There were also two birthdays and two Thanksgiving meals to get through in the past two weeks.  But now it's a new month, the very first day of it and the week, and I am getting a jump start on that wonderful New Year's Resolution to get my healthy body back.  If you all have any words of wisdom, I would love to hear them.  I'm much better at moderation than elimination of foods from my diet.  I'm also adding more fruits and veggies in to the mix.

Today starts my mission to get back control over my body.  Tall Guy moved the elliptical into our room, and I just "moved" on it for eleven minutes!  I was shooting for 15, and at one point hoped I would get to 8, but I kept going until 11.  Tall Guy was sitting at his deck encouraging me, and that helps!  It's a start.  I was sweating, I burned calories, I moved!

Here's to a Healthy December!  If, will all the tempting, yummy foods coming from everyone's kitchen, I am setting a reasonable goal of losing 5-10 pounds in 30 days.  If you would like to join me in the fun, chime in with your goals.  I will not post for 30 days straight, but I will try to keep a log of lost pounds as they come off and post them at the end of a regular blog post.  'Tis the Season to Merry, and a healthy body makes everyone merrier!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

#30 Days of Ag November 30 : Coming Full Circle

WOW!  I've reached the end of my 30 days of blogging about Ag.  Some posts were definitely better than others, and on those "other" days, I just did what I could do with the time left at the end of the day.

Day 30, though, is one of my most favorite days of the year.  Twelve years ago my biggest wish came true:  I became a mom!  Today is Tink's 12th birthday.

I think our girls are the best reason why we do what we do here on the farm.  We try every day to save resources, be good stewards of the ground, grow and raise safe food to feed them and others, and we instill all the life skills needed to be a success at what ever they want to be.

If you've been following along these past 30 days, you will know that two weeks ago we were celebrating Bear's birthday.  They are two weeks shy of being two years apart, but it's getting harder and harder to see the difference.  After we had Bear, many asked if we would try again to have a boy so he could take over the farm.  We both said, "No!" for a couple of reasons.  #1 on my list went to the tune of " I'm 42 1/2~!!"  We both felt that we had been blessed with two healthy girls.  The #2 reason was that our girls, if they chose to do so, will be able to farm this ground when it comes there time.  I hope I've been able to show them that being a girl on the farm doesn't mean you run around in short shorts making picnic basket dinners for a boy on a tractor!  They will be able to drive any piece of equipment and be able to work with cattle by the time they go off to college.  Farming isn't just for boys anymore; although they sure are nice to have around to help ;-)

On this final post of my 30 day project, I'm going to turn back the clock a bit and share with you some of my favorite pics of the girls out here doing what farm girls do!

Those are lighting bugs on Tink's arm.

This one might be my all-time favorite pic of the girls.

Now don't go worrying if you don't see a post from me tomorrow,  I promise I will be writing more regularly than I have been these past few months.  Right now, it's time to eat some birthday cake!


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