Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Baby Pictures

After five long months of waiting, Heidi kidded this morning! We expect Swiss Miss to kid very soon, so stay tuned.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

In Case You Were Wondering...

I have really decided on a breed of cattle, but it isn't the Watusi. I was just teasing them for their abnormally large horns.
Actually, the breed I've finally decided on is different than the breed I thought I had finally decided on last night. The breed I thought I had decided on last night was different from the one I decided on the day before, and so on. Now, however, I am certain that- within my finances- my choice of cattle will be the South Poll. It's characteristics and qualities fit my situation perfectly.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007


After hours of research, deliberation, debating, and frustration, I have finally decided on a breed of cattle suitable for our farm. Meet the noble Watusi.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Top 10 lessons that I’ve learned on the farm:

1. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. We’re trying to avoid having to follow this advice but somehow it just keeps happening!
2. The old saying, “life is simpler when you plow around the stump”, isn’t necessarily so. (What’s left of our old disk harrow would not agree! Oh and have the truck jack handy when you get the tractor stuck on a stump, twice.)
3. Smokestack’s honey bees really are considerably faster than a tractor but can’t catch Sherlock screaming and running through the pasture at full speed in a zig-zag pattern.
4. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you and if it’s got horns it’s NOT a good idea!
5. Silence sometimes is the best answer. Especially if everything you do is different from most everyone else. Just better to keep your mouth shut and let folks think you are ignorant. (Use the smile, nod and back away technique.)
6. If you get in a hurry something is going to break. Every time!
7. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. We’ve figured that it’s got something to do with dark clouds.
8. Always drink upstream from the herd. That ain’t lemonade!
9. Keep skunks, bankers and lawyers at a distance. Strategically placed foot hold traps work well for all three.
10. When visiting the local seed and feed, plan on spending some time listening to the friendly farmer that always seems to be there to tell you; prices are too high to buy and too low to sell; he’ll tell you it’s too late to plant, but told your neighbor it was too early yesterday. Oh, and then when he tries to give you financial advice………. Yep; smile, nod and back away.

Just a few quick tips I though some of you may need to know.