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April 12, 1998

Easter Sunday. Today Larry and I got up early to drive to the Antrim Methodist Church, in which I grew up. It is14 miles south of St. John, KS. It was a pretty drive and I always enjoy going to that little country church for Sunday services. It makes me feel close to God with its rural setting and close to my roots with the people that I grew up with still attending the church. The church service starts at 9:30 a.m. and it was over by 10:30 followed by a coffee hour of visiting with neighbors. We went with my Mother, my sister and her family, Rick and Rebecca Hunley, Gates, Reed and Frances to Hudson to eat at the Wheatland café. They have a very good Sunday buffet. We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting. We drove back to WaKeeney in the evening. It is about a 2 1/2-hour trip.

April 13, 1998

Larry and I went to Big Creek Fertilizer to pick up corn seed. We also received a free lunch and had a chance to visit with Keith, a cousin of mine and Julie, who were in WaKeeney visiting relatives for Easter. In the afternoon I worked at the hospital on some endowment projects. Our awards banquet is coming up April 30, so I needed to get my invitations in the mail.

April 14, 1998

Larry spent most of the day fixing fence. We had a bit of bad luck while we were at Mom's for Easter. The heifers got out and one was hit on the road. She received a broken leg. She was one of the bred ones so about the only thing we can do is have her butchered. It will be a lot of very lean hamburger. Larry took her to the butcher in the afternoon.

In the evening I attended a hospital endowment board meeting.

April 15, 1998

The fields are too muddy to work or to plant corn. Larry spent most of the day getting equipment fixed and ready to plant corn. He and Joe had to put the fertilizer tanks on the tractor that will be used for planting. In the afternoon I drove to Norton, KS for a meeting of the Northwest Library board. We worked on the budget so it was a longer than usual meeting. We never know what we will receive from the state. The legislature has to act on their budget before we know what ours will be. It makes planning hard and also hard to keep all of the services that the library has to offer going.

April 16, 1998

Today was a long day--we worked cattle all day. We worked the baby calves so they will be ready to go to pasture the first of May. My job was to give each calf 4 shots. Milo and Joe take care to the castration and the dehorning. Jason, our summer help home from college for the day, pushed the calves up the ally. Eric, another helper, took care of the implants and helped out when needed to bring the calves up to the pen. We put pour on insecticide on the cows, then paired all the cows and calves to make sure that all pairs go to the pasture together. We kept the cows that had lost calves or have not had a calf yet in the pens. The rest are ready to move out to their summer home the first of May. The weather was just perfect for this project.

April 17, 1998

Milo hauled the first calf heifers with their calves to their summer pastures. We didn't put the bulls in with them yet but they are in their summer home. We will take the bulls out May first. The weather was just beautiful. In the afternoon I had my bridge club meet at my house. That took a little bit of work since I spent yesterday outside all day. We all had a good time. I have been playing bridge with this group of friends for about 30 years. Over the years they have become very good friends and a good support group for raising our kids and enjoying our grandkids.

Larry spent the afternoon checking our fields and it may be dry enough to plant corn tomorrow.

April 18, 1998

The weather was beautiful. Big Creek Fertilizer sprayed the corn ground. Milo worked his cows. Jason was on a tractor using the fallowmaster on ground that will be planted to milo. Joe started to plant corn. The ground is just barely warm enough to plant corn. Larry feed cattle then fixed fence that had been destroyed by snowdrifts last winter.

I spent most of the day finishing up details for our church celebration tomorrow. I mixed up punch for about 200 people and picked up decorated cakes for 300. I hope we use all that food.