Friday, May 27, 2016

Hay Day Square Bales

We baled one of our smaller fields in square bales for the elk.  It's a back breaking day for the men. I drove the truck while they picked up the bales. We are all talking with Scott about purchasing a round baler for next year, eliminating some of the back work. Thanks men for helping today. We missed you Ethan! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last Day of School

The last day of school finally arrived.  It's a bittersweet that signals our long awaited summer break and a day of goodbyes to students and staff.  Below is a picture of my special student, Josh, who is also diabetic. I've been his school nurse four years, watching him mature, helping him become more independent in caring for himself.  To say he's in my heart is an understatement. I'm so proud of you Josh and yes, you are ready for middle school.  Thank you for blessing my life.  The bottom picture is a gift I received from another special student, who just happens to be my neighbor.   Thank you, Austin, for my bee flag which makes me happy. See you on the creek!  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Randy's New Hay Tedder

Randy bought a tedder rake for fluffing our hay, allowing it to dry much faster. Good idea Randy! 

Happy Birthday Becky

Today is my birthday, turning 55!   Yesterday, Scott surprised me and got our '73 Buick Electra out of the barn. He charged the battery the day before, making sure she ran and we drove to church in style! I always feel like we step back in time when driving this car  and the ride is so smooth.  Sunday drives with my babe are a pleasure♥

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Charles and Scott

Today Charles turned 29 and my babe 56!  Brittney, Charles' girlfriend, was able to spend the day with us, celebrating with a hamburger barbecue, gifts and then racing time on our go kart track.  Charles came up with a watering system for the track that worked wonderful and sure kept the dust down.  I loved watching them race each other, taking pictures and videos to remember our day by.   Happy Birthday men!  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chicken Butchering Day

The chickens are 8 weeks old and it's chicken butchering day! We got an early start this morning with Scott getting up at 6:00am to light the propane tank.  Before we started, Scott also picked out several chickens to save for later...the lucky ones!  By 8:30 the water was plenty warm for scalding and the plucking began. We've got this down through the years so the process went very smoothly, finishing the plucking in 1 1/2 hours.  This year Huri, an engineer that works with Scott, came to help us. She got right in there, experiencing each stage of the plucking. She shared with us how she helped kill chickens with her grandma when she was a little girl, growing up in Turkey.  We started butchering soon after and the guys showed Huri  what to do step by step.  I washed and bagged the chickens, putting them in the freezer. Our chickens dressed at 7-8 lbs each and we put 53 in the freezer with three more to come at a later date :)  We finished by noon, a record time. We missed Ethan all day and also thought of Grandpa Little, who's not feeling well.  No one can butcher a chicken like Grandpa and we're keeping him in our prayers. Thanks again Huri for all your help and delicious lentil soup. You are quite the country gal after all!