Thursday, September 29, 2011

Snapshot of Our Day

Sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging and you get out of the habit.  I'm going to try to get re inspired to blog some more.  Especially about our farm and agriculture in general since John's now working full-time out here.
To start us off, I thought I'd start with a cool project called "Day in Agriculture." On September 29, Farm Journal is asking agriculturists to blog, tweet, update their Facebook status, take pictures/video all about their day and what happens.  So, I thought I'd give a rundown from my perspective as farm wife, mom, and off-farm income.  Here's how Thursday, September 29 went for me.

Got up a little bit earlier than normal (lots to do before school). Will gets in the shower as I'm getting out. I fix my tea and breakfast and read my online stuff and Kaity sits with daddy in his chair.  Fight with both over getting dressed and breakfast decisions. As Will's eating, John heads out to feed his steer and heifer for him. We get backpacks and lunches ready and check to make sure homework is finished and paperwork signed.  I get dressed for work and pack up my stuff.  Our family farm chores have to be done before we can leave - Bluebell and Oreo get fed in the house, Will unties the steer and heifer and checks their water, Kaity helps me feed the ponies and bunnies and checks their water, and Will feeds his hamsters.  John's weaning calves this week so he leaves for work without Bluebell.  Normally, she goes with him several times a day, but not when calves are in the pens.  Today is actually a special day for Bluebell and Oreo.  They're both getting fixed!  Which means we have to leave for school 30 minutes early so I can drop kids off in Micanopy and then head to Williston to drop the puppy and kitten off for their vet appointments before finally heading back to Gainesville for work.  But, before we can leave, I throw a roast, potatoes, and carrots in the crockpot for dinner.  Finally, we're ready to head out the door.  It takes Will 10 minutes to put his shoes on and tie his laces. I get out to the car with everyone, realize that Will didn't take his medicine, go back in (turning off and on the alarm) to get his medicine and head back to the car.  Will runs to the gate to shut it and we're finally off.

So, we've left the house and gone the 7 miles to school.  I usually walk at least Kaity to her class, but today we're early.  I drop them off and they head to the cafeteria to wait for school to start.  Back in the car and another 7 miles to Williston to the vet.  We have vets that are closer, but this is our farm vet's office and we really like him.  Normally, he comes to us, but these are surgeries so I have to go out of my way to take them in.  But, we have enough animals that we don't need any unexpected surprises.  After dropping them off, it's another 15 miles back to work for the day.

I check in with John on the way and they've fed all the barn animals, bulls, and cows and now they're working on getting calves in the pen.  They'll be at this all day - probably without a lunch break.

Finally, I make it to work (albeit a little late due to the vet dropoff).  I work on our Master Gardener e-newsletter, some video ideas, and other stuff before lunch.  In the haste this morning, I forgot to make my lunch so I head to Jimmy John's for a sandwich.  I work on some Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher stuff while eating my sandwich.  After lunch, I finish up a report for my professional development group and get ready for travelling next week.  I'm headed to K-State for a board meeting and will be out of the office all week so I need to have my ducks in a row for work.

I check in with John at lunch and all I got from him was cows in the pen and lots of mooing.

Head home a little early so I can pick up kids.  John had to go to the vet's to pick up cow medicine so he also got to pick up the puppy and kitten.

Get home and John's still working cows.  We all work on getting Bluebell and Oreo comfortable from their day at the vet.  We check over homework.  Kaity has a book to read and spelling practice.  Will has math, spelling, and reading to do.  We get those done.  Kaity's got tap and jazz class tonight so I send Will over to the barn to hang out until John's done working.  Kaity and I head to dance (which is luckily next to the grocery store).  We get home about 7:15 and dinner's ready (yeah for crockpots!)John and Will had fed and worked the steer and heifer while we're gone so everyone's ready to come in.  We eat about 8, which is normal for us, and then kids have to finish their reading.  Tonight, they're not that smelly so they don't need baths. They go to bed about 9 and John and I watch TV.  I head to bed at 10 and he'll head to bed about 11:30.  It's a long day, but a good day.

Couple things missing from my day: meetings and housework.  Normally, we have several evening meetings a week (farm bureau, cattlemens, 4-H, fair board, school board, etc).  And, no (which really means absolutely none) housework got done.  We've got 3-4 dirty loads of laundry sitting there, 2 loads of dishes, sweeping, filthy bathrooms, etc. I do a lot of this in the morning before school and John helps a lot with it.  But, it's weaning season, so he's not able to help.  But, weaning season creates a TON more laundry and dirt in the house and it quickly builds up.  When I get home next weekend after being out of town for a week, we're going to be knee deep around here.  Oh, well.  It's how life rolls on the farm.

Currently, this is how our days begin and end.  But it's good farm chores for the kids and is teaching them pretty big responsibility skills.  


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