We Real FarmWives of America were asked to post about holidays on the farm. After you are done here, click on the link above or on the top left of my sidebar to go to our Facebook page and read up on how my other farm wife bloggy friends kept themselves busy over the holidays.
Even though many of my readers have not been out to the farm for a while, our holidays were just as chaotic and crazy as most of yours, with a few little farm twists because.....
We raise these
and they like to be fed twice a day with some of this. Click here learn more about silage.
and some of this. Click here to see how we make these bales.
Oh yeah, and some of this! Click to read about the sacrifice I made with my body to help this go up the auger! Corn Gluten!
That means someone has to be around to flip these and push that and not necessarily in the order they are numbered! See, farming is sometimes a tricky business!
It's not a big deal. Someone has to be on the radio or at the TV station to deliver news, and we need to be around to feed the cows. I have been out several times, especially during the winter months, to do these chores while my Tall Guy recovered from back surgeries! So glad this last one in January seems to be the answer to our prayers. A farmer with a bad back is NOT a happy farmer!
Oh yeah, in order to keep our house extra warm and toasty for a fraction of LP costs, this has to also be fed a couple times a day!
Other than these daily chores, we have the same fun as you do doing this
and some of this
and a bit of that.
I love that we can make our own snow hills with a bit of horse power. Tink, though, has learned that our hills are not quite as soft on her backside as other hills might be.
All under the ever-watchful eye of our incredible farm dog, Sadie.......
Still Tink and Bear played their hearts out in the white stuff, and so we had to drink lots of this,
made from scratch of course, just like their grandma made for me and my brother way back in the day at the end of the Ice Age!
Yesterday, Tall Guy and Grandpa hauled eight loads of corn to Lafayette. We are starting to move our stored grain down to Staley's for processing. Beans are also on the move, but we just made it out on the roads Thursday because up until then then all roads have been pretty darned slick and snow covered, and those are not the best conditions for driving a loaded semi!
365 days, 24/7 farms are busy, especially those with livestock, but we make time for the important things and work some fun in when we can. (pardon me for posting just a few more pictures!)
Tink was an angel.
Bear, in the stripes looking a bit deceptively angelic
sang in the choir with her other kindergarten pals.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OUR FARM TO YOU AND YOUR HOME!
See you in 2011!