describe the breathtaking
panorama highlighted by
the Avenue of Flags at the WaKeeney Cemetary.
The flags and poles were
donated by the community, and installed by the
American Legion and V.F.W. posts.
of the High Plains
and green Christmas
trees lining the main
streets all lead to the
40-foot-high tree in the
main intersection of
WaKeeney, the "Christmas City of the High
Plains." The decorations have
was cold and windy today. The weather forecast was for rain,
but so far we haven't had even a sprinkle. A little rain
would be good but we do not need a big storm. We went to
church this morning then spent part of the afternoon working
on the financial books of the church. Later in the afternoon
we went out east of town to get a feed rack to fill and
take back out in the morning. We will really be glad to
get all the cattle moved out to summer pasture. Then it
will be my job to check and salt them each week. I will
have cows and calves in 6 pastures to check and salt. Along
with that job goes the job of checking and digging any musk
thistle or bull thistle that I find. Digging those weeds
is a never-ending job.
was a drizzle day--cloudy but not much moisture. It rained
a total of .05 inches.
I went to Great Bend to a Wheathearts meeting in the morning.
We discussed our web site and offered suggestions that might
help update it. I enjoyed visiting with other wheat growers.
So far we all think we have a pretty good stand of wheat--but
we have a lot of weather to go before we have the 1998 crop
in the bins. Larry was home today. The irrigation circle
got stuck! We have had enough rain to make a lagoon in one
area. He was running the circle to help get the newly planted
weather is definitely on a drizzle pattern. Today was again
gray and drippy. Larry spent most of the day at the Farm
Service Office. We thought with Freedom to Farm there would
be less paper work--I think there is more! Of course since
he is finishing up his Mother's estate more paper work is
generated. Larry is a third generation farmer at the same
location. Much of our farm and pasture land has been in
the Hixson family since the early 1900's.
weather is the same the third day in a row. We are getting
tired of this--I wish it would rain or let the sun shine.
Larry and I took the Ford Ranger pick-up to Hays to get
it worked on. We ran several errands in Hays, including
walking our 30 minutes in the Mall. It has been too wet
to do that at home. We both try to walk at least 4 times
weather was beautiful today. I got to do my first mowing
of the season with the riding mower. I will spend a lot
of time each summer mowing. I mow the back yard with a push
mower, the ditches and the big area South of the house with
the riding mower and the acreage in front of the house with
the old Ford tractor with a mower behind it. Larry was able
to fix fence in the afternoon. We hope to get the rest of
the cattle moved to summer pastures in the next few days.
I am ending my diary entries now. I will be back later to
give an update on our family and harvest. We are looking
forward to two new grandchildren in the near future. Krista
and Darrin, along with their daughters Emma & Chloe
are expecting a new baby the end of May. I will go to San
Antonio, TX. to help whenever they call. Heidi and Steve
are expecting their first baby the first part of July and
again I will go to Annapolis, Maryland as soon as they call.
If all goes as planned my summer will be Baby--Harvest (driving
a truck and cooking) and Baby. I hope all parties keep that
schedule in mind.
As I close I would like to invite all to come to WaKeeney,
Kansas. WaKeeney is the Christmas City of the High Plains,
located on I-70, half way between Kansas City and Denver.
We have our town decorated all year and a Christmas theme
is present in all of our stores. We also have a very nice
Christmas store that is open all year. Come and visit us.
The Hixson Farm is located just North of town. Stop by and
we will show you around a wheat farm that also raises corn
and milo and a 200-head cow-calf herd. Good bye for now.
& Larry Hixson
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