was a warm sunny day. It was fun to watch the calves behind our
house run and play and then stretch out and sleep in the sunshine.
Larry and I went to church, then delivered plates of valentine
cookies to the shut-ins from our church. We didn't stop to visit
because the flu is really hitting our community and visiting is
discouraged at the hospital and our nursing homes.
February 9, 1998
very rainy day. We had .75 inches of rain today. Then by the middle
of the afternoon it started to snow. Talk about cold mud--we have
it now. Feeding the cows went ok today but tomorrow might be a
problem. Larry spent most of the afternoon on our computer. He
had all of our records on a DOS system called Smart and was trying
to recreate most of them on Excel. When Krista was home, a high
school friend or hers from Wichita came to visit and she does
consultant work in Wichita on Excel. She spent several hours with
Larry and helped him a great deal in his work with Excel. I hope
to learn to enter the data once he has all of his spreadsheets
was right--the mud is really a problem. Larry took a big bale
of feed to the heifers and got stuck. He tried to drive on grass
instead of the road because he knew the road would be about impossible.
He got stuck in the grass.
We had our first calf in the garage this morning. He was born
about dawn today and was wet and cold. We have a heater we plug
in and try to warm up the new babies. Then I went out and rubbed
on him to help him dry off and warm up. Larry and Milo moved him
to the barn with his mother later this morning. Hope he gets up
After my calf chores I worked at the hospital. Our endowment board
has their annual meeting next Tuesday so I sent out meeting notices
to all board members.
temperature was cold enough to freeze last night. That made feeding
a little easier this morning. Larry went to Hill City this morning
for parts after he fed the heifers. In the afternoon he went to
Hays to check with our tax accountant. Our corporation year is
from March 1 to March 1 so he does a lot of year-end planning
in February. He also had a few parts he was looking for in Hays.
I went to Oakley this afternoon to attend the monthly meeting
of the Northwest Regional Library Board. I am serving on the board
as a representative of our hospital library. We are trying to
maintain our funding from the state legislature. It seems the
State of Kansas has lots of money now but still they want to cut
some of the budgets.
morning was very foggy but by afternoon the sun was out and it
was beautiful. It was very warm for February. Because it was so
foggy the ground was very slow to dry out. Our driveway is still
In the evening Larry and I went to a meeting in Quinter concerning
the formation of a dairy coop. We are interested because we could
market some of our grain or alfalfa crop through them. We would
own shares in the coop and if it made money would receive dividends.
Belonging to a closed coop is a way for farmers to move closer
to the consumer of their products.
fed the heifers and the cows east of town today. In the afternoon
he drove to Overton, Nebraska to pick up the hydrostat for the
combine that he took up a few days ago. I left at 1p.m. and arrived
home at 5:30 p.m. It was a fast trip. Now Joe can start to put
the combine back together again.
In the evening we visited friends who have a farm software package
that we are considering. The system keeps track of all their fields,
the work done on them, who did the work, and the chemicals applied.
We need such a system to keep all of the required chemical records
for our farm.
Valentine's Day. It was a cloudy wet day, almost raining in the
morning. A friend and I went to Hays to find fabric for a banner
we want to make for our church. Our church, the Presbyterian Church
in WaKeeney, will celebrate its 120th anniversary April 19, 1998.
We think a banner to help celebrate the occasion would be a nice
addition. We found fabric that we like; now we need to get busy
and get it made.
We now have 13 calves behind the house. They can run under the
electric fence so are out in our yard most of the time. Their
mothers stand behind the electric fence and bawl at them. We have
6 new calves at our pasture east of town that we call the Hillman
pasture. The home pasture has 6 new calves. We are making progress
but still have a long way to go. We have been lucky, so far we
haven't had any bad snowstorms or real cold weather--but the winter
isn't over yet.
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