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Thirty-five random lessons learned

I’m nowhere near where I expected myself to be but exactly where I need to be. At three and a half decades old I’m feeling a bit wiser, like “hey you twenty-somethings …. pay attention to your elders”. Today [April 4th] my momma celebrates 35 years of being a mom as I celebrate the years of growing into the hot mess I’m learning to love. By wiser I also mean like knowing this blog post should be in list format because I feel like lists are a big thing; easy to read, easy to skim through when you don’t feel…

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Phrases I can’t help but say to my cows

“Every day girls, every damn day, TWICE a day!” This phrase usually escapes mid milking, mid grumbling about needing more coffee or my lazy feet tripping over themselves going in and out to the holding pen. These cows crack me up, they are SO familiar to their routine and yet I still have to escort half of them into the parlor. I think they just crave the one-on-one time with me 😉 “Moooo-ve bitch, get out the way” or “I like big butts and I cannot lie”, and sometimes “come on girls, I feel like a woman” 🎵 Lyrics and…

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Potato Soup, love momma

As an Amazon affiliate I may earn a commission from qualifying purchases made through product links provided in this post.{Clicking on the photos or the links provided helps support my blog} With the weather being all wonky my household is full of snot, headaches, and picky eaters. It’s fine, I’ll take sinus pressure and ailments all day over the other viruses floating around but I still like to be prepared — when I order from Amazon I make sure to add these to my cart before checkout: The other way I stay prepared is with all the fixings for this…

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The future is [more] female

As I was saying goodbye to my husband our youngest child asked his dad if he was going to work? The response was yes. “Like get in your truck and drive down the road to work?” I suppose on one hand I like the idea that our children don’t consider the farm “work” and that at 4 years old my littlest is seeing his mom carry out the farm chores. But on the other hand, I’m sad that I’m doing farm work alone more often and that one of us working off the farm isn’t so much a choice but…

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She stays

The cattle trailer backed into the driveway and we each held our tattered piece of paper. We walked up around 20 head of breeding age heifers, the females over 14 months old, and stood in the doorway. We’ve sorted cattle for over 10 years together, generally our hands at our sides and our conversation is hushed, we know how to work together after all this time. This morning though, our bodies are shivering, clouds of heat from the girls make it hard to see, there is another person in the barn, and he is rattling off ear tags. Man who…

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Best barn books – winter 2019

Chores have taken a turn; I’m doing more on the farm from the tractor seat and by myself; working dirt and hauling manure, milking cows and feeding heifers. I love it – but what I’ve found I love more is listening to my books on audio while I do my chores! I have always enjoyed reading, but then the job and babies took priority and finding time to sit and fall into the latest novel just didn’t happen… until I tried my first book on audio, and then I was hooked. I want to share my current 5 favorites with…

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5 easy tax tips

5 easy tax tips for those who half-ass it — Like me Every year I make the promise to myself that I will tackle the farm paperwork like a boss babe AND every year I fizzle out after April when the field work picks up. Between keeping the kids hydrated and being the go-to person when parts need to be picked up I never make the time to sit down and do THE paperwork when farm life gets busier. That usually means when December rolls around I start to realize that come January I’ll have a lot of time at…

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Life changes

There will be several times today I ask myself the same question, am I strong enough for this? The tone will change and the question will sometimes morph into an answered statement, but it’s truthful that in almost every task and challenge I underestimate myself, whether right or wrong I assume I’m not alone. A year into our dairy farm I was debating the idea of going back to college. We decided that it would be a few years of pulling our lives in too many directions and instead we could just focus on our business of farming together. Fast…

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The udder truth

When someone gives you the blog post title “udder truth” it can only lead to a heartfelt and honest, middle finger to the year that was. When 2018 began I was hopeful of a dairy turn around. I was optimistic {and I’m rarely optimistic about anything} I was really anticipating that the price of milk would increase and I was wrong, with milk prices at $14.64/cwt with a $2.46 ppd swinging to $15.77/cwt and a $2.42 ppd {there was a $13.97/cwt with a $2.87 ppd in there too}. *For my non-farming friends CWT means for every 100 pounds of milk,…

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