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.
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.
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.
the evening I attended a hospital endowment board meeting.
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.
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.
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
Larry spent the afternoon checking our fields and it may be
dry enough to plant corn tomorrow.
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.
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.