My cousin took a job as a truck driver which is more of where his heart is than working in the shop on the farm during the winter. He still helps us on his days off if we want it and boy did we appreciate the help when he was here! It seemed he was always here right before or at the beginning of a storm.
With the 2 of them gone, that left 2 of us to do chores every day. I am really not sure where January and February went. They really seem like a blur of kids activities, managing meeting schedules, calving, snow and ice.
The following phone calls that are usually held between the Farmer or I and his dad were not an option in January and February:
- We were up watching 2 heifers calve from 2am to 4 am. Would you mind checking them this afternoon so we can take a nap?
- We have a heifer that needs a C-Section. Can you watch the boys, so I can go to the PTO meeting while The Farmer takes her to the vet?
- Can you check over the calves in these 2 pastures while we do the others? The -10* temps doesn't give us much time to help any of the calves born this morning.
- We would love it if you brought pizza out tonight. I have no idea what we are going to eat. (Thank goodness for TV dinners and Blue and Gold Chicken Strips from the FFA chapter fundraiser.)
I usually write lots of blog posts, edit pictures and catch up on computer work while on long road trips. I had a whole folder full. I got through 4 pages of cattle records. I had planned to get through it all and write several posts.
The boys sat through meetings that no kid should have to sit through like 2 hours of political platform discussions for soybean farmers. They did amazingly well. In fact, there were men in the room that didn't realize they were there. Thanks to an awesome friend they were rescued from other boring meetings and went to see the Farmland movie and took a boat ride on the River Walk.
We came back right though the middle of an ice storm all the way from Dallas. Helping the hubs navigate the icy roads was not any fun at all. Keeping the boys quiet, so dad could concentrate became a challenge after 12 hours on the road.
keep calves warm. I on the other hand did a terrible job of remembering to sign where I was supposed to each day to certify their reading minutes. I am ready to be mom again. I am ready to have a few free minutes here and there, right after I get rid of the "Commodity Classic Crud" that I understand many of us are battling. The doctor today confirmed a sinus infection, bulging ears, red throat, and lungs that sounded like I should have a terrible cough.
I feel I am getting my precious time back just in time for the Spring Field work to begin.
-A Kansas Farm Mom