It is a weird night

When I got home from work tonight I was doing house stuff. You know.. laundry, cleaning the upstairs – house stuff. Then the phone rings. It was someone who was looking at a blower that we had for sale. Whoo Hoo right? Well I knew Daryl was not going to be home any time soon, so after I got this guys name and phone number,  off I went to talk face to face with him. Well I never did get to meet this guy because when I got to the other farm they were heading back to their town. So I called them and gave them my price and they of course didn’t like it. I really wasn’t going to budge and they said if I changed my mind to call them back. It was kind of an odd conversation and when Daryl came home,  I had to of course tell him about it. Let’s call the person who was looking at the blower – Dave. (not really his real name) Now Daryl had to go someplace tonight so he was just getting into the tub after I got done with my story when the dogs were going wild. With all the farmers in the fields, I just thought they were acting up again and didn’t rush to see what they were doing or what was going on. So back upstairs I went and the door bell rings. When I open the door, I see someone standing on our porch and also another person in his truck. He said he wanted to talk to Daryl about the blower that we had for sale. Well this is the second year that we had this blower for sale and so just assuming this guy was the guy that I talked to on the phone – I said ‘oh you must be Dave’. He said yup and then I thought that this guy didn’t like my answer and he came back to talk to Daryl to get a better price. OK, now that’s not cool! So I tried not to be too crabby about this and then I asked him if he made it all the way to town and back already. (the first guy lived about 20 miles from us) He looked at me like I was some crazy person and said that he didn’t live that far away. How confusing right? Well, Daryl got out of the tub and back upstairs I went. I thought if he came all the way back to talk to Daryl because he didn’t like my price – well good riddance! So here’s the weird part. We’ve had the blower for sale for two years and tonight two different people came with the same first name about 20 minutes apart and wanted to buy it. It was like fate or something. The second guy said he might just take it tomorrow and send us a check. And guess what? I’m back upstairs and now the phone has rang twice since. The first guy said he would pay what we were asking and wanted to come tomorrow to pick it up. And after the second call from this first guy,  I’m getting the impression that he really does want us to sell it to him!

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Road trip to see William

We were able to get William’s car into the shop to get his brakes fixed and today our plan was to bring it down to him. And with this weekend also being the Iowa Barn Tour weekend, the plan was to go and visit this one barn along the way. Sounds like a great plan right?

With the car ready to go and the directions to the farm in hand, we were off. Now there’s quite a few barns on this tour, but the one that I wanted to visit was a round barn. It’s no secret that I really love barns and to see a round one that was restored – how cool would that be? Well after a couple of road construction detours along the way, we finally found it without much trouble. Since I’ve never been to a barn tour before it sounded like a great adventure! The barn that we were visiting was built in 1916 and was 66 feet in diameter. The silo was in the middle and the purpose of the barn was for milking cows. I asked how many cows they milked on the farm and they weren’t quite sure, but eventually they used it for pigs up until the mid 1970′s. I’m telling you it was so cool! They had a ladder that you could climb up into the hay loft and of course up I went. With the sun light coming in the windows and hitting all the wood work of the roof, it was definitely a craftsman barn! Here are some of the photo’s that I took

The Hayward Barn, Dysart Iowa

The Hayward Barn, Dysart Iowa

Downstairs in the main part of the barn. This is where they milked their cows

Downstairs in the main part of the barn. This is where they milked their cows

Silo unloader that they used for the cows in the later years

Silo unloader that they used for the cows in the later years

Barn ladder leading to the main floor

Barn ladder leading to the main floor

Upstairs in the hay loft

Upstairs in the hay loft

Another loft picture

Another loft picture

After we checked out the barn, it didn’t take too long and we were at William’s apartment at college. It seems like forever since I saw him because I didn’t get much of a chance to visit with him the last time he was home. We hung out there for awhile, switched cars and made our way back home again. Even though it was a quick trip, it’s always nice to stop in and see him!  DSCN8988

The photo of the day is that of one of our kitties. This kitty’s name is Smooch and she is always playing. She loves for you to hold her and if you check out the photo below you’ll know that it’s  hard to say no to her! All the little kitties play on the porch all day and I took the picture from inside our house looking through the french doors to the outside porch. I was a little worried that the doors might be showing up too dusty, but I guess they weren’t too bad.

Smooch hanging  out on the table on our porch this morning

Smooch hanging out on the table on our porch this morning just watching what was going on in the  house

 

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Today is the day. It’s RACE time!

Here we go right? It was the race day. Now in the past when I would talk with Daryl about sports people being superstitious about what they do before a big game I would say things like ‘that’s so dumb… or how could people think that this would make a difference….’ and most of it was just me razzing him, but some of it was me actually thinking that way. Well, up until this morning. I had my blue running shirt that I always wear – check. My regular head band – check. The running shoes that I like – check. New socks. Hum, new socks. Should I wear them or should I wear the old ones that I normally wear? Would this change the course of how I’m going to run? OK, this was stupid and I put the socks on and loaded up the truck. Of course I was early because they said that the race was timed by some kind of chip thing and when I asked a friend at work, he said that the chip goes on your shoes. But after checking in my packet like 6 times, I didn’t see any chip. Could it have fallen out of my packet or maybe they forgot it? So off I went to find out just what I was supposed to do. I parked the truck with my kayak sticking out in the back of it and then tried to find someone to answer my question on this chip thing. Honestly even for a little while I thought that maybe it was OK that I didn’t get one. That way I wasn’t going to be timed. But sooner or later I’d have to be in a race that was timed – so just get it over with right? I found some workers that I could ask and they said that it’s on your number bib. Pretty cool. Since I was in the building I thought that I’d hit the bathroom before the race started. I didn’t want to be thirsty during the race so I drank 4 glasses of water before I left home and 2 glasses on the way to town.  Next thing, blend in. I was hanging out just stretching once in awhile, and with me being at the race about 40 minutes early I had a lot of time to stretch. Now the first race was getting ready to leave. It was the 1/2 marathon people and after the Star Spangled Banner was sung, they were off. There was a music group playing the Rocky song in the background and it was really cool. OK, our race was now next. And I for sure didn’t want to have to go to the bathroom when we were racing, so back I went just in case. The announcer got on the system and said it was time for us to get ready. I got my IPod ready and started up Johnny Cash and set the time. Well the announcer talked and then talked some more and I kept having my timer reset on my IPod. I started to panic because I was messing it up with resetting it so many times and I was nervous, but he did eventually finish and then…. we were off. Now I’m thinking that the same group was playing Rocky in the background – but I had no clue. I was just trying to think to myself, don’t panic and run. The race was a 10k and even though I’ve run 6 1/2 miles more than once this past week, it sure felt different. I could feel myself worrying about getting lost or not being able to finish. I think that this running stuff is a lot like riding a bike. You just have to tell yourself that you can do it. So listening to ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny and telling myself that I could do this, I was able to get the race done. They said that it was a flat course, but there was still a couple of good hills in it I thought. The one thing that is really cool about the race was that the runners encouraged each other. If someone was getting tired or wanting to walk, the others would talk them through it. I set my IPod to a time goal for myself and even though I wasn’t over the finish line when it went off, I still felt proud when I did cross the line.  I’m not 20 anymore and I would never had guessed that at my age that I’d be running 6 miles in a race with Decorah people. After the race I saw a bunch of tables that the Physical Therapy group was sponsoring. I had no idea what it was and found out that they would do some post race stretching for you. SCORE! What you do is that you climb up on a padded massage table and they stretch out your muscles. The guy who was working on me said that this is a common thing after bigger races. He also said that the first race that you run like this is always the hardest and once I had today’s over, the next one will be easier. I don’t know if he went to class and learned to say things like that, but I liked him!  After the stretches, I asked someone to take my picture and when I looked at the picture it looks pretty bad. I was looking straight into the sun and it seems like I don’t have any eye balls at all! But guess how I did? I came in second in my age group. Oh yea….

After the race today.

After the race today.

Now to find someplace to change into my swimming suit and meet my friends for dinner. There was a total of 7 of us today kayaking and the water and scenery was perfect.

Life is Good!

Life is Good!

We didn’t have to do much paddling and we spent about 5 hours on the water.

So here is my photo of the day. I stayed back to get the picture of some of our group on the water this afternoon. Now I had to really paddle to catch up with them! IMG_2116

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Getting my packet

Off to town I went again to pick up my runners packet. First things first though. I stopped of at my nieces house on the way and dropped off the two boxes of apples that we picked for my sister and also 15 dozen eggs. I’m glad that her coworkers want our eggs because it’s so much better than the couple of times last year that we just threw them away! So after I got that errand done, I went to pick up my packet. I have never been in a race that is so ‘official’ and it was all pretty new to me. So I was trying to act cool and everything, but I’m guessing it was obvious that I was new to this. I checked out the map for the course tomorrow and really I didn’t know any of the roads that we were going to be on, but I looked anyway. I thought it would make me look like I knew what I was doing. But honestly, I think it made me look like I was pretty nervous. Oh well, it was too late to turn back now. I mean I had my runners shirt from the race and everything! I had a couple of other things that I wanted to do since I was in town and now to head back home. I wanted to get a lot of things done yet in both our house and the Roadhouse. Daryl’s brother and sister’s were all coming over tomorrow and even though I’m sure that they wouldn’t care if it wasn’t just perfect,I sure wanted it to be nice. After spending the rest of the night cleaning, now it was time to get my stuff in order before I went to bed. I had to pick my clothes what I was going to wear for the run. I wasn’t sure what was the normal stuff people wear, so I grabbed a short sleeved sports t shirt and some running shorts. I also had to get some clothes and stuff lined up because after the run, I was meeting a group of girls for dinner and then off to the river for kayaking. The weather was supposed to be in the low 80′s and in the end of September in Iowa, that is just perfect! Now to get some good sleep and be ready for the morning. Man I sure hope I do OK.

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Tonight’s activities

Tonight we had to grind feed for the cattle and it’s always funny when Daryl gets the mill out. The cows just kind of hang around by the cattle fence because they know that they’re going to get fresh corn for supper. IMG_2100The bin is getting close to being empty,  so Daryl has to scoop it out with a shovel to get the corn in the mill. IMG_2103Now I would go in there, but there’s not enough room for both of us doing this. OK, I really didn’t offer, but honestly he was almost done when I got home from town. As I was hanging out taking a couple of pictures, I’m not sure if the dogs thought I had treats or what. But Kaiser just came a running and then sat and looked at me. It was either that he was hungry or maybe that he’s just used to getting his picture taken. Which ever one is right, I thought I’d post the picture that I took and it is the photo of the day.

Just looking at this dog, how can he be so naughty?

Just looking at this dog, how can he be so naughty?

It was one of the few times the dog wasn’t getting yelled at for something around the farm! When the corn was being unloaded into the barn, I couldn’t figure out what this slurping noise was. And when I looked around I found No Ears just going to town on a salt/mineral block. They don’t get these too often and Daryl must have picked it up from town tonight.  No Ears was claiming it as hers I guess and poor Sassy in the background was just waiting her turn. I laughed later because No Ears later spent a lot of the night by the cow water. I bet Sassy was also grinning. :) IMG_2109

I’m getting ready to do my first 10k run in town on Saturday and wanted to get one more run in before it. So after the cows were fed and we picked a couple of boxes of apples for my sister, off I went. Now I knew that it was going to be a little dark when I got home, but holy smokes! It was pitch black by the time I got back.  I was worried that I’d see some skunks or bad things on the road and honestly if they were there, it was too dark to see them. Which is probably a good thing right? At the end of the run, it was so dark that I could only see the road and that was about it. But when I first started it was still light and I did see was a couple of different sets of deer with their fawns just hanging out. I wonder why they go out at that time of the night? You know what? They were probably thinking the same thing about me. Anyway, I made it home and I’m as ready as I will ever be for the race!

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Mystery Photo 9-24-14

OK, I’m going to give you an awesome clue that should help identify what this is.

The clue is that it’s something that I saw tonight while I was on the mower. Now I know you can do this!! Take a look DSC_0192a

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Mystery Photo 9-17-14

I can’t believe that no one guessed the Mystery Photo from last week.

I thought for sure that my clue that we use it every day on our farm would have helped. But I guess not. OK – here was the picture from last week DSC_0173aand this is what the item is.DSC_0173 It’s used to force air into our chicken coop to keep the air inside not only cooler, but it also helps to recirculate it. The top part uses the wind to move the bottom part so it is lined up with the wind and that’s where you get the wind blowing down the chute into the coop. Kind of an early fan for your chickens.

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Check it off the list

Right after work tonight,  Daryl and I headed out to the field to get the last of the hay baled. I was hoping that we’d have as good as luck as we did the other night and for the most part that was true. I kind of freaked out when I looked back at the baler and where the hay was supposed to be going into it,  it wasn’t moving. Now I’m a Rookie at driving the baler and I admit that. When I was growing up, there was 6 kids in our family and with me being towards the end of the line, I never really got to choose what I was going to be doing when we baled hay. I was always up in the barn helping stack the bales. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a really bad job. But it could be a very itchy job or scratchy job just depending if you were stacking hay or straw. So this whole driving a tractor thing and especially a baler is fairly new to me. So tonight when it wasn’t working like I said I kind of freaked out! But just as I hit the tractor breaks and Daryl came off the wagon to see what was going on – you guessed it, it was working again. So I started to second guess myself and thought that maybe it was working after all? But then it did it again and part of me was happy because I knew that I didn’t make it up and the other part was thinking Holy Crap now what? Then I started to wonder if it was broke or what? But I guess the pin sheared off and he had it fixed in no time flat. Off we went again and this time with no surprises. At the end of the night we had another good part of the second wagon full and it’ll be enough to keep the cows happy for those cold winter days. Daryl ended up unloading it down in the barn aisle and he said that it really brought back that familiar smell in the barn when the whole hay loft would be full of fresh hay. DSC_0186

The photo of the day is that of our apple tree that never has apples on it. For some reason this year she’s got a lot!

Both our trees are just loaded with apples this year

Both our trees are just loaded with apples this year

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Baling Hay

You know that you’re getting old when you’re kind of looking forward to baling hay! And I couldn’t even imagine that I would ever in my life time say that it was even kind of fun.  With both of us working off the farm, getting the hay raked in the fall and then making sure that it’s fit is always a challenge. But Daryl got it almost all raked up when I stopped in after work to see what the plan was for the night.IMG_2099 Well, after I saw him raking it, you didn’t need to be a Rocket Scientist to know what we were going to do. He thought that it’d be fit around 5:30, so I had about an hour before Daryl needed my help. I decided to go for a quick run. Now I haven’t ran for a couple of days and Holy Cow I could sure tell! Now the run was a little harder than I expected because I was out of shape or it might have been because we ate out a couple of times this past week and of course I had a couple of beers to go along with the meal. Yea.. you won’t find that plan on any Runner’s Web Page. I’m thinking that it might be a little bit of both. But after my run, it was time to bale hay. I was in charge of driving the tractor and even though I haven’t driven the baler for two years, Daryl said that I did a good job! I was thinking to myself that I pretty much rocked it, but it’s so much better when someone tells you it, isn’t it? We didn’t get everything baled because some of it wasn’t fit yet and then the sun was starting to disappear on us. The weather forecast is for sunshine tomorrow, so hopefully we can get the rest of it baled. We like at least one load of small bales for the winter because we feed it to the cows when the weather gets really bad and also we need it for the annual hay ride with Daryl’s family.

Before I go to bed, I’ve been promising Daryl that I would make some sympathy cards. They’re kind of simple, but they’ll do just fine.

Two Sympathy cards that we need to send out

Two Sympathy cards that we need to send out

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Getting the combine ready & auction stuff

Daryl and I spent the day so differently. He spent most of the day getting the combine out of the shed and checking it all out for the harvest season. Now doesn’t it just seem like we just put it into the shed not that long ago? The first thing that he did was to check out the corn head for the combine. I’m not sure what that all was but he was pretty busy working on it most of the morning.  After a late dinner, he said he was going to bring the corn head to the other farm and then work on the bean head. DSCN8959He drove the combine to the other farm and after dropping off the corn head, he was back in the yard hooking up the bean head. It just makes me smile because if you ever want to know what’s going on with our farm, just check out what equipment is in front of our barn. Today it was the combine with the bean head. He’ll take the beans out first, so it has to be ready when he needs it. The beans are not ready to be combined just quite yet, but it was a nice day outside and there’s no better way for a farmer to spend the day than getting ready for the harvest season.

Working on the bean head for the combine

Working on the bean head for the combine

And as for me? Well I worked on the boxes of things that I got from the auction yesterday. I wanted to sort out what I was keeping and what needed to go to the Good Will Store. I was able to find quite a few treasures so it was a lot of fun going through them. I also had some laundry that needed to be done and with the weather sunny and breezy it was a great day to hang them outside.

The night ended by bringing William’s car to the repair shop. This was the first appointment that we could bring it in since his break lines broke and he’s got our other car in the mean time. Since we were in town we needed to pick up some dog food and cat food. We ran out last night and even though they loved the scrambled eggs that they got today, I wasn’t too excited about making them again tomorrow if I didn’t have to. We wanted to get to town before 7 pm because we thought that this one discount store might close after 7. It must have been quite awhile since we’ve gone to this store on Sundays, because they weren’t open at all on any Sundays. OK, we thought that we’d just go to the gas station and pick up some food to get us by until tomorrow after work. This sounds like a good plan right? Well, the price of the largest bag (and I use the word ‘largest’ very loosely) the price was very expensive and we would have to buy a couple of bags. Kaiser eats things by swallowing them and doesn’t even taste them and he’d eat a bag by just by himself tonight. What a waste of money this would be. So we drove to the next town about 20 miles away and there a grocery store was open on Sundays. We picked up a huge bag of dog food,  along with another bag of cat food, and some other smaller groceries that we’ll need for the beginning of the week. Back home we went and tonight everyone’s bellies should be full.

We’re thinking if the weather holds out tomorrow, we might be able to rake the hay up on the outside rounds and get some small square bales made. I guess we’ll see what the weather is going to do. As for tonight? Well it’s time to get ready for the upcoming week.

The photo of the day is that of our little kitties.  Kyle shows his classroom in South Korea the pictures of the farm and with his kids in preschool grades, they were looking for more of the kitty ones. So here are 3 of them tonight on our porch. DSCN8958

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