William moved out of his dorm today and after he packed his car, he headed to the farm for the summer. I have no idea how he ever drove with all that stuff in his car, but thank goodness we took his large speaker and some other stuff with us the last time we were at his college. Otherwise I’m thinking he would probably have to make another trip to get it all home.
I don’t think William could have gotten in one more thing in his car!
But the best part of the day was when William walked into the kitchen. I had just made some caramel popcorn and when William grabbed some to eat, he said, “it tastes just like home”. I’m thinking that for any Mom, this is a pretty cool thing to hear.
Well it’s that time of the year and tonight we cranked up the lawn mowers and started to tackle the lawn. Finally the snow had melted and now the grass is getting really long. We had stored the rider in the Roadhouse and it seemed to be a good decision. It started right up and it didn’t take long until Daryl was out in the yard mowing. When we were outside earlier this week we had to literally stop and check something out. We were looking at the lawn and just seeing what shape it’s in, when we came across the dog kennel. We looked at the grass inside the kennel and then the grass on the outside. Now I know that the chickens are always busy in the yard, but honestly I just thought they were eating bugs and rocks. But after looking at the grass inside the kennel where the chickens can’t get to, it’s obvious that the chickens are also eating the lawn grass.
It looks a little goofy doesn’t it
I made a quick trip to town today to see if I could find some casual dresses for our NY trip. I thought that I’d bring along dresses instead of shorts because they take less room in my backpack and no matter where we end up, it’ll work for the dress code. So I had really good luck. Now granted I counted that I tried on 29 different dresses in the course of the day, but by the time I got the last one on, I had about 7 to pick from that I kind of liked. I ended up buying 4, but one of them is still a little ‘iffy’. I also ended up ordering a couple of pairs of sandals. I have a friend who just swears that this one brand is the best – I guess we’ll see. They should be something that I can wear with about anything and also they’re supposed to be made with cork and are lighter than other shoes. Again – thinking about my backpack.
Then later in the afternoon, Daryl and I took the bikes out for a short ride. We really wanted to see if riding a bike was going to hurt Daryl’s arms and shoulders. He had the drag off of the field cultivator fall on him, and when he grabbed it he really pulled some muscles in his shoulders. And he’s been hurting since. But if he didn’t grab the drag, he could have got his face really cut open and that would have been worse! So we went for a small ride and it worked out pretty well. He said it didn’t bother him too much. While we were out on our bikes, we went to see the bridge that the county is putting in new. I took a couple of quick pictures. It’s funny when you look at the pictures because it doesn’t show how deep the hole really is that they are working on. They’ve rerouted the water and they’ve already started to pour some cement. Check out the pictures.
I am so excited that we’re going to New York to see Kyle graduate from college. He’s been going to the state college SUNY, and has been working on his Master’s degree. When he graduated from college with his Bachelors degree, he graduated early and was in China when they had that commencement, and wasn’t able to walk with the class. So I’m going to be thrilled to see him in his cap and gown. We’ve been working out the details of our travels, and we almost have everything ready. The only part that I just don’t like is that William won’t be able to go with us. He’s starting his summer job that week with the DOT and isn’t going to be able to get off. Yea, not liking that at all! But he’s living here for the summer,and he’ll be able to watch the farm and animals while we’re gone.
I was thinking of a conversation about our trip to New York that I had with one of my sisters. It turns out that she is going to be traveling to New York about a month after we’ll be there. When we were talking about our trips, she said that she wanted hers to be easy and didn’t want to have to set up or worry about anything for their trip. Well, I told her that it was really a good thing then she wasn’t going with us! Ours is something that will take some organization, timing, and maybe pure luck to get everything done that we want to get done. To give you an idea on how crazy our travel plans will be, here are the details. We fly into Syracuse and Kyle makes the 2 + hour trip to pick us up at the airport, he is going to take us to the only hotel in the area by Potsdam, New York that we could get for that night, and this hotel is beside the Saint Lawrence River about 25 miles north of where his college is. We’re just on the other side of Canada. The next morning Kyle drives back to pick us up and then we go to the college for the Commencement ceremonies. Later that night, we pack up his stuff to move out of the dorms and head back to Syracuse to our next hotel. This hotel has a park and fly, so we’ll keep Kyle’s car there, and put our suitcases also in it. We’re planning on backpacking in New York and will only bring with us what we really need. We need to do this because of time issues of checking in and out of our hotels. OK, so now we’re on a bus for I think 5 or 6 hours (not sure actually how long) and heading east to New York City. Once we get off the bus, we go to the Broadway show that we have tickets for. After that, we’ll get to our next hotel and check in. Whew! The next couple of days are also going to be a blur, and once we are ready to go back home, we need to go back to the bus terminal and get to Syracuse to the hotel. So if you are counting the amount of times we’re checking into hotels, you should be up to 4 times by now. In the morning, Daryl will be taking the shuttle to the airport and then Kyle and I are heading south in his car to Iowa. He plans on driving his car home, because for his summer job and also his fall teaching, he doesn’t want to pay to have his car out in New York. It’s really expensive to park your car off campus and he won’t need it anyway. So in about a month, he’ll fly back to New York.
So like I said, it’ll be a very busy trip – but it’ll be tons of fun! We decided that we’ll probably only go to New York once, and we can always sleep once we get back home, right?
The Roadhouse needed some love, and today was a good day to do it. I still had some Christmas lights in it and also a Christmas tree still up, yea…. I know, and it was about time to get it all cleaned up. Now to my defense, who would be looking in the Roadhouse to see the Christmas stuff? No one. But we’ve got a couple of days coming up that we’re going to use the building, so it was time. One of the things that we wanted to do was to get a new vacuum cleaner to keep outside. For some reason the one that we use in the house just gets kind of weird, and shuts off when we use it in the Roadhouse. I’m pretty sure that it’s not the best thing for it, so before I wreck my Dyson, we needed to check into some inexpensive one instead. I ran to town to check them out and also to buy one. My first stop was at a Good Will store, and I did find one. But for $2 you really get what you pay for. Yea, it didn’t work. So I went to a discount store I did find one that was fairly cheap and looked OK, so back home I went to see if it’ll work on our floor. Daryl got it out of the box, and it didn’t take long to realize that it was working well and the floor really did need a good cleaning. All the pillows and blankets are now in the laundry room, and all that needs to be done yet is to wash the floors and put back up the pictures on the walls. We took them down for the winter and brought them in the house just in case they’d get moisture under the glass. Even though fixing up the farrowing house was not only a lot of work, but also a little bit more money than we were thinking we were going to spend, man it was sure worth it. I think it was a really smart move on our side, and I can see us using this building for many years to come.
They always say, ‘If you don’t like the weather in Iowa, wait a couple of hours and it’ll change’. Well, that’s what’s happening. If you saw the picture of our backyard that I took a couple of days ago, you know that it snowed in May. I even heard that not too far away from us, people were snowmobiling. Now that’s just crazy! But last night it rained most of all the night, and by this morning, pretty much all the snow was gone. I’m not sure when the rain gauge was emptied last, but I dumped out around 2 1/2 inches of rain out of it this morning. The bad part of all this is that when we picked rock the other day and put it by the ditch where the water was washing away the dirt, last night the water went around those rock and washed away a new spot in the field. It looks like we’ll need to get back out and pick up even more rock. Daryl and I were talking about last year, and he thought that he had the crops planted by the first week of May. Hopefully we’ll get some sunshine, and then the farmers will get in the fields, and everyone will feel much better.
For some reason with all the snow we had, it really made the grass turn green. And not just a little green, but really noticeably green. I snapped a quick picture to show that maybe spring is actually not too far away.
Green grass just beneath the snow
May 2, 2013
Yea, it’s snowing, and then snowing some more. Now I know that it could be worse. There are a lot of towns near us that have been getting a lot more snow, and some of the major roads were shut down today for awhile because of it. But what is going on? It’s only pushing all the farmers back to get their crops in the fields, and with the amount of moisture that we’ve been getting, it could be a couple of weeks until everyone is in full swing of it. It’s hard to say that it should stop raining (and even snowing) because around July and August we’ll be wanting the moisture. But maybe it should stop for a little while now. Usually around the beginning of May, or once the crops are in, we also try to start riding our bikes to get ready for our annual bike ride. With only 79 more days until the ride, I’m thinking this weather better turn around soon! Both for the farmers and also for our training!
If you have been to our farm lately, or live in our neighborhood, there has been a pretty good chance that you’ve been hearing our peacocks. There is a couple of reasons why. The first one is that they hate fire and smoke. If you are burning trash and they see the fire or smoke in the fire barrel, they will scream all night. They’ve always done this, and I guess it’s a good warning signal for us. The second thing that they hate are storms coming through with thunder. With all the weird weather lately, it’s been giving them a lot of opportunities to let us know that they’re not happy. And tonight I took a picture of a cool cloud that looked so out of character. I’m not sure if it’s a ‘good’ cloud or a bad cloud so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The peacocks will get kind of edgy and unsettled, and will let you know that they’re not happy. I’m in the house tonight with all the windows closed and I can hear them plain as day. But I can also hear some thunder in the background so maybe my cloud wasn’t such a nice cloud after all huh? But if I can hear the thunder, I’m guessing so can they. I always wonder what other people think when they hear the peacocks screaming though. For us, it’s as common as hearing the roosters in the morning.
As I was walking around in the yard tonight, I was finding more feathers than I was expecting from the peacocks. Now some of them are from the dog scaring them and probably loosing their feathers when they’re flying around trying to get away. But I’m a little surprised the amount that I’ve been finding, and that they’ve started to loose their longest feathers already. Usually they don’t loose them so soon. Right now I’ve been storing them in the greenhouse. By the end of summer, they’ll be gone for someone’s project somewhere. I’ve included a picture of where the peacocks usually hang out. There was 3 of them on the rafters when I first saw them. But when I came back with my camera, only two were left. I wanted to show just how long their tails really are. For how long these feathers are, and how heavy they look, I can see why they would want to drop those big feathers as soon as they can.
Just hanging out
Well it’s that time of the year again – Rock Picking. After work when Daryl came home, he was wondering if I could help pick up some rock just with the bucket on the tractor. He wanted to get the waterways planted yet tonight, so I thought that it sounded like a good idea. I went on a stress eating binge when I got home, so the thought of trying to redeem myself with some exercise was a little promising. And it’s been a whole year since we picked rock, so the idea sounded good and that was the plan. At first when you start picking rock you think to yourself, man this really feels good. Getting fresh air and some exercise, it’s not so bad. But after awhile you start wondering to yourself, where in the WORLD did these rocks all come from? But it didn’t take too long, and I even talked Daryl into doing a little more than we were planning so we could get the waterways all done. During the time we were picking rock, we had to dump a couple of the bucket loads because the bucket was getting pretty full and we for sure didn’t want to get stuck out in the field. But at the end of the night, it was a good job done and the newness of the spring rock picking is already over for me. Hummm… when were the boys coming home again?
We have early church on Sundays in our parish, and that’s good. We had a couple of things that we needed to get done before we headed down to Ames to visit William.
The one thing that Daryl really wanted to get done was to drag the fields that he planted the oats & alfalfa in yesterday. They were talking rain for tonight and tomorrow, so he wanted to get the oats covered. While he was in the field, I made a quick run to town to pick up some things that we were needing. The goal was to have everything done and be ready to be on the road by noon. So after doing some errands, washing the car, getting it filled up with gas, and picking up dinner to eat in the car, Daryl had gotten both the one field and the strip by the ditch covered and we were ready to head out. We were going to William’s last concert for his Freshman year at college. He only has a couple of weeks left and then he’ll be done. Man, where did that time go? Well the concert started at 3:00 and we made it there by 2:45. We even had time to spare. The kids were working hard on the concert and it was a fantastic time.
All four of the college choirs were together for the performance today
After the concert and supper, we picked up some of William’s stuff from his dorm and headed home. What a busy weekend, but what a fun weekend!