Saturday, November 1, 2014
November 1 : Balancing Life on a Big Small Farm
Good morning all. I'm trying to devote some more time to my blog, so I have joined up with Holly Spangler, over at Prairie Farmer, and taken her challenge to write for thirty days straight about Agriculture. Click here to see her post and connect with other bloggers taking up the challenge
It really isn't a hard thing to do, talk about Ag that is, but right now it's finding the time to do it! For those of you popping over for a first time visit, my husband, FIL, and I farm about 2000 acres in northwest Indiana. We also raise feeder cattle, a herd of barn cats, and two young ladies who will turn 10 and 12 this month! 2000 acres might sound like a lot of ground to farm, but with a bit of help here and there, we three can get it done.
Our farm from the back side (I'm in the tractor driving the auger cart and catching all the beans from the combine.)
My edited pic of the clouds using Snapseed
Last week,, however, it took that proverbial village to make things work out. Fall break carried over to Monday for our girls, so they spent a good chunk of those four days with my parents while we were up on my family's farm cutting about 150 acres of beans. Then we moved back to our home and started on beans. I am blessed to have several great friends, one of whom graciously asked if I needed the oldest (I call her Tink here) home from basketball practice. I took her up on her offer twice, and the last time she even took her to Subway for supper!
Yesterday was Halloween, probably the holiday I enjoy least, and once again we spent the entire day in the field until Mother Nature literally blew us out. I had posted earlier on Facebook if anyone out there wanted to take the girls trick or treating, I would be grateful. I was so proud of myself for having their costumes ordered and in the house two weeks before they were needed, but there wasn't any time to actually take them out, so another great good friend volunteered to take them to an INDOOR Halloween party held at a small town close by. I took her up on her offer as well.
Our farm from the front side (with a peek back at the field we are in). This time I'm in the combine!
So I guess my first installment and probably the rest of these 30 posts will focus on how we balance our lives on a big small farm. Time to get some breakfast and fight with my FIL over who gets to pick and who gets to catch the corn today.