Wednesday, October 31, 2012

30 Days of "What's That?"

I will write about weird stuff....stuff many of you have never seen, as well as showing some of those things you may have "heard" about, but don't really understand.  There is a multitude of these things on the farm, and so I will try to explain why we have different tools (and maybe I'll throw a few recipes in to explain what cut of meat we are using).

May the interesting stuff we find around the house be of interest to you in the coming month!

May 30 Days of "What's That?" begin!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Back from Leave.....

I'm guessing you are aware of why there hasn't been a post in over a month, but I'm back from Maternity Leave from the blog, and will be trying to post more regularly as Ainsley is sleeping in my lap (she finds my blogging boring I guess!).
Some catchup:
-We finished corn silage the day before Ainsley was born. (Thank Goodness!)

-We spent 4 days in the hospital (41 hours of labor, 4 hours of pushing) awaiting her arrival and recovering from said marathon labor (I know there are those who have had worse, but believe me, it was discussed on more than one occasion how much easier this is in the animal world!).  On September 15, we were blessed with a baby girl - Ainsley Rae Pollard - 7 lbs, 14 oz.  We are adjusting pretty well, and I'm anxious to get back into the barn (anybody know of a monitor that has greater than a 2000' range?  - I can make it to the corner of the bull pen & the edge of the heifer barn, but not to the parlor or the calf barn to actually do any choring, and Ainsley thinks milking time is eating time)

-Harvest is nearly fact all the crops on the farm near the dairy are gone

-My grandpa passed away (that will be another blog when I have a box of Kleenex nearby)

-There has been lots of events about agriculture in the news - here and here

I am committing myself to join in Holly Spangler's blog series for November and am debating between 30 days of Pork, Beef & Dairy Recipes (pretty self-explanatory as I experiment with new recipes since I'm actually in the house to make supper, at least when someone cooperates, or dishes that can be prepared one-handed) or What's That?, a pictorial display & explanation of various tools, equipment & "stuff" on the farm that many people do not know about, as I've been asked many questions through the years that makes me go - "Oh, Yeah.  If you didn't grow up on a farm, you probably wouldn't know the difference between hay and straw." or a multitude of other objects.

Any preferences?