Over the past two weeks, I have failed at blogging. The days passed in a hurry and my tired voice found little strength to share. Thus, I put Feed Yard Foodie aside, pausing to put my thoughts together and hopefully find inspiration.
I plan to spend the rest of the summer figuring out the future of Feed Yard Foodie — whether to continue as it has been, modify it going into the future, or retire from social media for a indefinite period of time. After 4 and a half years, I think that it is time to reassess and figure out a vision for the future. I am open to all of your thoughts, so please feel free to share your opinions regarding the blog site in the comment section below.
In the meantime, I figured that I would update you all on the happenings of the farm. About ten days ago, the feed yard had its annual third party audit. June and July are also filled with maintenance work, and my guys taking turns being on vacation. When you have a “4 man crew”, it is always a bit hectic when you run short on help. My blonde cowgirl has stepped up to help fill in the gaps, and I have been glad to have her smiling face around.
Here are a few family tidbits from the last few weeks:
Our family adopted a student from Spain for the summer. Carlos arrived just over a week ago. My mom lived with his grandmother’s family in Spain more than 50 years ago, and our families have gone back and forth across the ocean visiting periodically for more than half a century. My favorite farmer is very excited to have a boy living in the house and we look forward to the next month that he will share with us!
In addition to working on improving his English, Carlos has already learned to water ski and also been introduced to various farm chores :)
The end of June brings the harvesting of prairie hay to the Feed Yard Foodie farm. Some of this hay is baled in large round bales to be fed to our cattle, and some is put up in small (60#) square bales to be fed to both our cattle and horses. The small square bales require some good old fashioned labor to transport them to the barn where they are stored. I always view this as a great project for the kids to help with — They likely disagree, but I see it as a character building experience. My favorite farmer still slings small squares like a teenager. He commented after we finished the project that even though the girls are bigger than me, that I still unload and stack bales faster and better than they do. I guess that means that I am not finished parenting them yet :)
June also brings on the main season for the Haymaker Swim Team. I am proud to report that our team finished the regular season with an undefeated record! Over the next three weeks, we will head to the Qualifying Meet and ultimately the Championship Meet the third weekend in July. I have a great group of swimmers this year and we are well positioned for some awesome performances in the latter part of the season. In addition to coaching, this year I am competing in the 19 and Over age group to celebrate my 40th birthday — I suppose that this is my “mid-life crisis”. Thankfully, my body still remembers how to compete in the pool :)
I hope that this summer finds you all making great memories. Happy 4th of July to each and everyone of you!