Last week was crazy busy

I hope everyone is enjoying the heat wave we’ve been experiencing this past week.
It won’t last (it never does so I get frustrated when people complain about it).
Meanwhile, what a crazy busy week it was last week. Our soil and crop tour on Thursday was very successful and those who didn’t make it, you missed out!
We visited some extremely good crops and though we didn’t even realize it at the time of planning, all our stops were young farmers! How exciting!
A big thank you to those who participated in the tour, either by attending or hosting.
Our open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station that evening also was successful. Although I think the participation might have been a bit lower, I was happy with the many people who did show up.
I understand how hard it is to do these types of things when you busy at home. We are still haying, as well, so trust me I get it.

My weekend was all about making hay and training cows. On Saturday, my boyfriend/partner was up bright and early and off cutting hay before it got too hot.
Meanwhile, I decided to tackle my lawn since I missed the week before and it was looking rough. The lawns actually are starting to get rather dry but no complaints from me.
After about five hours on the lawn mower, I was off to see what my job would be. But my boyfriend/partner reminded me that we had a retirement party to attend.
The funny thing was as I was cutting grass that morning, I was thinking to myself, “Wow, I haven’t had many weddings or anything to attend this summer.”
The retirement party was awesome and we wish Bob McTavish many happy retirement years.
So many people take Sundays off but like I have mentioned before, Sunday often can be our best day of the week to get a lot done. I was up and had chores done early, then waited a bit for the dew to dry and off I went raking.
My brother came to the field and said he would rake, so I went home and picked up the other disc bine and joined my dad to finish cutting the last of our first cut hay—finally!
The hay was nice and dry, plus we had a pretty good crew around, so we decided to make some square bales (on the hottest day of the year).
My brother and my almost step-kid volunteered to load the wagon while my cousins, Darren and Stacey, and my mom were the unloaders! My dad was round baling and we were rocking it!
We successfully made two loads and were working on our third when and I noticed a black cloud in the sky. I hollered over to Shane and asked about the weather, but he said, “Nope, we are good.”
It was only about five minutes later that we were drenched. At the same time the rain came, we also broke a piece on the square baler so we just trucked straight on home.
My boyfriend/partner welded up the baler and we decided to go get our fair animals in. The cows came in nicely but I noticed some extra water in the pasture.
I looked around to find the cows had pulled the water bowl off. So now we had another job to fix.
Fortunately, my dad and brother rescued me and fixed that up.
One of the calves was tied up for the first time and I was trying to adjust her halter, and she was bouncing around and stepped badly on my ankle and got away.
Alas, the gate wasn’t shut properly from fixing the water bowl so the calf went off running. But with the help of “Roxee,” we gathered the calf and tied her back up.
Shane felt he had quite a day of experiencing farming at its best: work, fix, chase cattle, weather. And my response was, “Yes, this is the life and tomorrow I will go back to work to help pay for all this.”
So tomorrow came and it started all over. But upon doing chores, I found a dead lamb.
But all our hay is cut so I can’t complain—it always could be worse, right?

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