was Jon's birthday, 27 years ago. I would like to wish him happy
birthday. He is in California attending a friend's wedding.
Larry & I drove to St. John to pick up my mom and then on
to Wichita to pick up my brother who flew in from Fargo, North
Dakota. We spent the night in Wichita.
Winter gives us some time to repair tractors and combines as well
as build a few items. Today was spent repairing our loader tractor.
We also hauled some wheat to our local elevator.
left Wichita early and arrived in Broken Arrow around 11:30 a.m.
It was a bittersweet day. I enjoyed seeing cousins I hadn't seen
for several years, but the memorial celebration for my uncle brought
to a close the life of a wonderful man who will be missed by many.
We drove back to Wichita, left my brother with a friend and drove
on to Mom's house for the night. It was a long day. We who live
on the high plains spend a lot of time driving. Three to four
hour trips are often necessary for machinery parts, meetings and
just getting together with family and friends.
and I drove back to WaKeeney in the morning. We stopped in Hays
for some electrical repairs on our way home. We both had jobs
to do when we arrived home. Larry had the church books to work
on and I had several things to do for the Hospital Endowment Board
meeting that took place this evening.
Milo and Joe kept the farm going today. We sold 28 cows and 1
bull. These are the old cows that have very few or no teeth. The
cattleman's terms for these cows are, " smooth mouth or broken
mouth''. When they can't eat, they can't produce enough milk to
raise a calf without special feed.
I started out early. I left home at 6 a.m. to attend a meeting
of the Kansas Hospital Association Board in Topeka. I am a new
member of that board. I didn't realize how long I would be driving
in the dark. It was 7:30 before the sun came up. I found the meeting
interesting, health care is a big issue in our community as in
the lives of all Americans. Keeping health care in rural America
is one of my interests. Without health care our small towns would
become much smaller and harder to live in.
On the way home I picked up Krista, Emma & Chloe in Junction
City. They had been visiting Darrin's mother and family since
last Friday. Chloe was a little confused coming home--she wanted
to go to her home in Texas. Emma slept all the way home. Chloe
was surprised we arrived at our house. She said "Mommy we
have been here before." She was glad to be back in familiar
The men are busy all day feeding cows and moving bales. With last
year's extra rainfall, our fields are wet and when it thaws the
ruts are awful. We need to get the bales on hard ground so we
can get to them in mud or heavy snow.
was a beautiful day. Krista and I took the girls to one of our
parks today. It was still cool but the sun was shining. Our calf
count is now at 9.
beautiful day and even warmer than yesterday. The ground is still
frozen so Larry was able to move some more bales today. The forecast
is for warmer weather next week and the ground will be too muddy
to move bales. We will feed the cows the bales that are close
to the barnyard.
Tonight Krista, Larry and I are going to Hays to eat & see
a show. Emma and Chloe are very excited about having a babysitter.
Guess they would like a break from Mom and Grandparents. I think
we can all benefit from a few hours apart.
we went to St.John, KS to visit my mother, sister, niece and her
little boy. Emma, Chloe and Braydon are 2nd cousins. The kids
had a good time. It is a 2 1/2 hour trip from our house to theirs.
It was a sunny day, but not very warm. Everyone had a good time.
Larry tried to feed cows, but the tie-rod broke on his pickup.
He had to go to Hays to get parts and hopes to have everything
fixed by Monday. The cattle all have feed but will be out by Monday.
Repairs are a constant part of a farmer's life. The mud and frozen
ruts we have this winter is especially hard on machinery.
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