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February 22, 1998

Today was a cloudy dreary day. Larry and Milo decided that the calf they were trying to put on the cow that lost a calf wasn't getting enough to eat so they tried to get it to take a bottle. The calf wasn't interested. The cow seems to stand still and let the calf nurse so maybe we have a pair.

We went to church this morning and this afternoon I went to Hays to a quilt class. I learned a new technique, machine paper piecing, and hope to have time in the next few days to work at it and finish my small wallhanging.

It did sprinkle yesterday but east of town it rained .30 or .40. The roads were slick and muddy when Larry went to feed.

February 23, 1998

Larry spent most of the day in Hays. I was looking for fabric to make banners for our church's 120-anniversary celebration. Larry was looking for a new pickup truck. Our pickups have a lot of miles on them. The 94 Dodge has 94,000 miles on it and the '84 Ford has many more. We think we may trade and buy a new Ford. It will take a few more days of thought and pricing to know for sure. Milo and Joe fed the cows. Larry also bought seed for planting corn and milo. He is working on a master plan figuring out where he is going to plant corn, milo and have summer fallow for wheat planting next fall.

February 24, 1998

The weather was nice. Larry worked on machinery in the shop. Joe worked on the Dodge pickup. Milo fed the cows and tagged new babies. I spent part of my day preparing for the Bible Study I will lead for our churchwomen tomorrow night.

February 25, 1998

I spent most of the day at church. We served a funeral dinner for one of our members. She was 99 years old. She is the fourth member we have lost in the past year that was 92 or older. In the evening I lead the Bible study on the book of Job. It will be an interesting study. I lead the first lesson. We will continue through Lent with this Bible study. Larry is still shopping for a pick up. He took one of our old ones to Hays to see how much he could get in trade.

February 26, 1998

We are back to winter weather as it is cold and very windy. Larry went to Garden City to attend two days of meetings. He is on the American White Wheat Producers Association board. They have to come up with a plan to help with the distribution and marketing of the new varieties on Hard White Winter wheat that will be released next fall. I worked on projects here at home.

February 27, 1998

Larry arrived home about suppertime from his meetings. I worked at the hospital for some of the day. It was cold and windy. At least we have missed the snowstorm that was predicted.

February 28, 1998

It has been a fast month. We have had about 100 calves born so far. We have 19 behind our house from the heifers. About 50 from the cows here at home and about 40 from the cows located 9 miles east of WaKeeney. Larry traded for a "new" used swather this week so he spent part of the day trying to find all the parts for the old one he is trading in. We hope it is easy enough for me to drive. The old one was really hard to operate and broke down at least once a day. The new one will be an improvement. We went to the show in Hays in the evening with some good friends.


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