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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 11: Hmmmm........

I've been staring at a blank page for a while now, trying to think about what to tell you.....

I.Got.Nothing!  (Yes, my former English students, I meant to use "Got" in that way.  It's ok if you don't make a habit of it.  I can tell you that now!)

So what I would tell my kids when they had writer's block or BPF (Blank Paper Fear) is to find and idea and build from it....Don't write the first sentence first; start in the middle or the end.

This 30 Days of Ag project, started by Holly Spangler at Farm Progress, has been a two part challenge to me.1.  Can I write for 30 consecutive days about Ag.  2.  Can I continue this and up my blog entries that have been slacking this past year.  IF I can just take big ideas and break them down into parts, the writing does seem to flow.

That last one brings me back to my original idea of writing about Balancing Life on a Big Small Farm.  Here's how my day is balancing out:

Tall Guy is about 15  miles south of here working on 200 acres of beans and corn, trying to get them harvested for a friend before the nasty weather hits.

Grandpa is out trying out a new cultivator on a particularly bumpy, rolly-polly farm.  He calls it our "Kentucky Farm" because you can't go anywhere for very long and be on flat ground.

Finally talked Bear into going to school.  This struggle of tummy issues has been hard on us all.  WE believe she has a gluten intolerance, but even after eliminating wheat and barley from her diet, she still has occasional flare-ups.  I hate to admit it, but I watched a portion of Dr. Oz's show this morning because he was talking about a "New Gluten Diagnosis" and trigger foods outside the grain family...I'm going to have to do some more research before I buy in to this, but it's absolutely worth a look-see.

I have to clean this house, or a room, or just my desk today.  Seriously!  I think I have Post Harvest Disorder.  Symptoms are pretty much wanting to curl up with a good book and a blanket and tune out the rest of the world for at least a couple hours.

I also am putting on my Farm Bureau hat and attending a District 3 meeting  up at Fair Oaks Dairy. I'm kind of looking forward to this.  I have not seen the newest addition to this great agriculture attraction, The Pig Adventure.  We might not go through it, but I'm hoping to get at least a peek. We will also get to meet with our state officers and catch up in the latest Ag issues from the state house. It's also a great time to check in with other farms to see how harvest was and swap stories.

Well, look at that!  I filled my whole page with words.  This is a look inside the typical farmhouse as we try to bring Harvest 2014 to a close.  There are many of my friends out there still in combines, one had on the wheel and the other trying to link up to a weather page to see where the rain is.  Each day is a balance of activities and priorities.

I covered this final topic yesterday, but I do want to end with a huge gracious THANK YOU to all the men and women serving our country at home and overseas this Veteran's Day.  I also ask that you take a moment during your day to bless all of those who have served; some are with us, and some are not.  Without their sacrifice, I'm sure our world be quite different.  We can enter a discussion about politics or rights or even GMOs, and there is no fear for our lives, no fear of censorship.

Ok, Time to get some work clothes on, and make a dent in on of my "To Do's."  Make sure you also take some time tonight to find hats and mittens/gloves for all those kiddies venturing out to school tomorrow, and starting humming "Baby It's Cold Outside."


  1. It IS cold outside! I do hope you get Bear's tummy issues under control. Nothing as bad as having sick children.

  2. Thanks Michelle! We thought we had this nailed after a year of searching, but we are now learning there are now few all-inclusive answers.....



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