Saturday, May 31, 2014

First Pictures of Naomi's Calf

Naomi's calf was born sometime yesterday and here are the first pictures of her baby. Mom keeps her primarily in the back corner of our elk pen. Isn't she  cute! Naomi seems to be a good mom, tending to her baby well. Sarah is expected to drop any day now too. The bottom picture shows Samson's antlers growing and in the velvet stage.  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Hay Day

On this Memorial Day we'd like to thank all those who have given their lives for our country and to the men and women who are now serving....One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice  for all.

Hay Baling Day: The weather forecast was 30% chance of rain in the late afternoon, but the rain held off and it turned out to be a perfect day for baling our hay. Our neighbor, Steve, round baled our upper field and we square baled several of our fields.  Ethan rode the tractor while Scott walked behind in case some of the twine broke on the baler...which it did quite a bit that first hour. Scott made some adjustments to the baler and it worked better. Randy picked up most of the bales and I drove the truck. With all of us working together, the hay was in the barn by 6:00pm.  We still have our big field to cut in back, but that will have to wait for another three days of sunshine. There's something to be said of a hard day's gives you a sense of accomplishment. I look around at our farm and thank the Lord for allowing us to be stewards of this land.    

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Church Softball Game

Lets Play Ball! Several of our local churches are playing softball Sunday afternoons and today was our first game against Rogersville United Methodist Church. We attended RUMC before coming to East Rogersville Baptist Church so we knew everyone.  I sat by our dear friends, the Fugates, and cheered for everyone up at bat no matter what team they were on!  Anthony was the oldest man on the team, showing us that he can still hit the ball. Randy played short stop and had some good catches with the glove he borrowed from the Elkins next door. The Methodists ended up winning, but not by much.  We all had a ball and I enjoyed our time of visiting with friends from our old church family. It was a great day of fellowship.    

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Back On The Tractor

Memorial weekend is typically the time for the first cutting of hay.  Randy is home for the summer, helping us around the farm and today he mowed our top field. I can tell he enjoys being on the tractor again.  Many of the farmers are out cutting their fields and hopefully the sunny weather will last through Monday when we bale....we'll all be in the field on Monday! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Becky

I came home from work to find this banner on our porch and I was tickled to say the least. Randy gave the idea to Scott who went and bought the banner. Scott also bought a cake for me...cheesecake no less. Now all the men know I don't care for cheesecake and my husband is very logical.  He said, since I didn't really care for cakes (so true), he bought a cake he loved! I did have one small bite which was enough to last until Christmas.  We had a hamburger barbecue and I opened my cards. My sister, Brenda, sent me some beautiful kitchen hand towels. I feel so blessed to be turning 53, but on the other hand, I still can't believe I'm this old! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Chicken Butchering Day

Since I'm posting this, it means we're all done...we butchered 85 chickens today! Through the years we've got the process down. It took about 2 and 1/2 hours for the plucking and then another 2 and 1/2 hours for the actual butchering. We worked as a team and this year had help with Yeliz, our friend and Scott's co-worker from Turkey.  She got right in there, learning the process from start to finish like my sister did last year....missed you Brenda!  Josh came over and helped the men butcher the last couple of hours. While I bagged the chickens and sorted the livers, necks, hearts and gizzards, I listened to the guys talk, laugh and tell stories.  Before we knew it, the chickens were in the freezer.  It was one of those good days and of course I took lots of pictures for you.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Men Are Home

The men are finally home! It's been since Thanksgiving when we were all together last, way too long. They hugged each other and it was like time had been erased. They all mentioned it felt good to be home.  Charles heads to the river in a couple days and Randy and Ethan will be home, working. We are so proud of our men and I thank the Lord for this time together. Love you guys♥ 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Scott and Charles!

Happy Birthday to Scott (54) and Charles (27)! To celebrate their birthdays, we dined at Amis Mill, one of our favorite restaurants.  Brittney was able to join us and we spent the evening catching up on each other's lives.  We had a wonderful meal and Scott and Charles received a free dessert, delivered with a birthday song by the staff.  Happy Birthday to my men!