One Year Later

I don't think of us as being survivors, but perhaps that's what we are. One year ago a spark gave way to a flame and fire engulfed our shop and the farm's first milk barn forcing us to sell our milk herd. Coming back from that has not been easy, and yet here we are... Continue Reading →

Hats

Some of us have a lot of hats that we wear. Mine, in no particular order, include father, husband, son, friend, farmer, and a few more. My wife would say I have watched too many of them! Wearing the right hat at the right time is not always an easy task. While many people can... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Morning

The new year started as normal with me getting up to bring the cows in from the night pasture.  I should've known something was up from the beginning. Several cows were huddled at the opening of the lane, but they were not going in.  Gently, I called to them and urged them forward. With a... Continue Reading →

Milk and Time 

Perhaps it was a social faux pas, but I couldn't help myself. Maybe it was the holiday spirit. Yes, let's say the holiday spirit came over me. That's why I had to ask Clara if she'd gotten me anything for Christmas. Clara, of course, is my favorite cow. She stared at me and swung her... Continue Reading →

Where Did The Rain Go?

The cows are I would like to know where the rain went. If you happen to see the rain, please give him, or her, directions here and remind them that we really, really miss them. Our pasture has faded away. Normally we receive regular rainfall this time of year. Normally we're often in mud. More... Continue Reading →

The Laundry Beast

Of all the creatures that go bump in the night, most of which are not real, I can assure you that the Laundry Beast lives at our house and is alive and well. Our family of five generates a lot of dirty clothes to keep him fed. A lot of clothes. "Seriously? You just wore that... Continue Reading →

A Little Rain, Please 

I jinxed us. I'm sure of it. After the fire, I never bought another rain coat. In July we had several rains and the two dollar poncho I picked up wasn't going to hold up another day. So I went and got a nice rain coat.  And then it stopped raining. Sort of like the... Continue Reading →

Labor of Love 

Perhaps there's no better day than Labor Day to show how farming is a labor of love. While many are enjoying a three day weekend, farmers have not stopped doing their chores. There are still calves needing breakfast. Dairy cows expect to be milked and eat hay.  And there might still be hay to bale.... Continue Reading →

Ackbar, The Suspicious Heifer

We had a hard time convincing a heifer earlier this week to follow us to another field. While we were moving her I thought about another particular animal who really had her own idea about where she was going to go! Part I Ackbar, The Suspicious Heifer See the heifer on the right? I'm naming... Continue Reading →

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