were 85 at the Crawdad Feed last night - the smallest crowd for
several years. Lots of families were on vacation and a local high
school senior was playing football in the Kansas Shrine Bowl at
Hays last night. It actually cooled down about 9:00 and sitting
outside, talking to our friends, was really enjoyable.
Julie had to be in Hays by 10:00 a.m. to register for the High
Plains Band Camp at Fort Hays State University so we couldn't
sleep in this morning. On the way home, we turned off the highway
at Liebenthal and took the "scenic" route home. Even
though the pastures were all really dry, the canyons and hills
were fun to look at and drive through. I'd forgotten about Loretto,
Kansas, where the stop sign is right next to the church. The next
town was Galatia, where we detoured at the grain elevator to look
at the wheat still piled on the ground there (after the elevator
ran out of storage during harvest). It's always fun to take different
roads - even closer to home.
Since it looked like it might actually rain, we had to clean out
the machine shed so Dean could put machinery back into it. It'll
take awhile to wash and put away all the various things we used
last night. We have to buy a new volleyball for our neighbors,
too. Dean tossed it into his pickup last night so that our Black
Lab wouldn't chew it up. With the windows rolled up, it was hot
enough inside the pickup to blow up the volleyball!! No wonder
the homemade ice cream tasted so good at the church's ice cream
had to chase cows again tonight. Actually, once they saw the pickup,
they headed back to the pasture with Dean and our Australian Shepherd
following behind. They knew right where to go - even though they
had crossed the creek and ended up in the neighbor's yard before
someone reported them. The pastures are dry and they reach thru
the fences to eat green weeds or crowd together to swat flies.
Either way, they sometimes stretch or break the barbed wire fence
wires. From now until after milo harvest, it will be a constant
battle to keep them in the pastures and out of the milo.
night's rains - from 3/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches - came just
at the right time for much of the milo. Some of it was "shooting
the head" or "heading out", which stresses the
plant. The extra moisture from the rains reduced the stress on
the milo plants.
a new project in our neighborhood. Actually, it's a very large
project involving an underground natural gas pipeline that goes
from Hugoton, Kansas to Chicago, Illinois. There are 3 parallel
pipelines and the company is taking out the center pipeline. It
was put in over 40 years ago and crosses 7 different quarters
of land that we farm. In this area, the pipe is buried about 4
feet under the surface of the ground. After it was surveyed, the
company mowed the path - right thru the milo, etc. Now, a bulldozer
is taking off the top layer of soil - the topsoil - and putting
it to one side. The bulldozer cuts across the terraces which were
put in for soil and water conservation. They even put old tires
on the blacktop roads to help protect the roads as the bulldozer
just keeps on going in a straight line across the country.
Dean hurried around and they got the one alfalfa field swathed
and baled before the pipeline trench cut the field in two. They
had to move some round bales, too, that were lined up at the edge
of the field but were in the way of the bulldozer. We moved some
cows home from one pasture that will be affected. All the fences
have to be cut so that the mower, bulldozer, and excavation equipment
can go across country.
had a friend come out this afternoon. While Julie has been gone
this week, even the 14 kittens in the old garage haven't been
enough to keep him occupied. (They're from 4 different litters
and 4 different mother cats, one of whom was killed on the road
so her 5 kittens were raised by another mother cat - along with
her own 4 kittens.) In the evenings, we like to watch the kittens
come out to play. There are a few favorites that the kids can
catch - Pinky, Mo, Shaq, and Pussy Willow. Julie & Wayne name
them all - even the ones that they can't catch!
Wayne and his friend went up into the pasture and collected fossil
rocks. At one time, most of Kansas was one big sea so there are
lots of fossils in the limestone layers laid down as the water
receded. Even in the fence posts made out of "post rock",
you can find shell fossils.
was the big day for enrolling in school. Wayne will be attending
a new school this year and he's both nervous and excited. In Hoisington,
the attendance centers are divided so that Roosevelt School has
Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade, Lincoln School has 4th & 5th
Grades, Hoisington Middle School has 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades,
and Hoisington High School has 9th thru 12th Grades. If everything
keeps on track, Julie and Wayne will be in the same school only
twice - his first year of school as a Kindergartner and her last
year of school as a High School Senior. We went ahead and enrolled
Julie and picked up her class schedule, etc.
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