MIA Due to All Kinds of Things


| 12/8/2014 10:05:00 AM


Tags: Farming, Improvements, April Freeman,

April FreemanI’ve been sorely neglecting this blog.

Part of this is that most of my writing the past few weeks has been paid work. Blogging is fun, but sometimes, especially when Christmas is on the horizon, I need to work on writing that helps pay the bills. Not as much fun, but it does help the bank account balance. Just last week, I wrapped up a couple of several-week-long projects, so perhaps, as paid writing slows down for the holiday season (and it usually does), I will be able to focus on writing other things.

Another reason my blogging has suffered has been the farm work that has been accomplished in the last couple of weeks. Starting in October, we tackled some massive farm improvement projects. We installed electricity in our barn, put a pump in our well, and dug almost a half-mile of trenches to feed automatic, insulated waterers for our livestock. This project will allow us to fully utilize our pastures, since the fields at the far back of the property do not have water access. We could add a pond, but then at lowest spot in our back field, a sinkhole opened up.

Thankfully, the project is mostly complete. We still have quite a bit of fencing to do, since adding sheep means changing our fencing. I do realize that most people fence the property correctly before buying the sheep, but we are not most people.

It is nice to have the automatic waterers completed. I don’t wake up at night wondering if I remembered to turn off the hose going to our troughs. (Yes, I’ve left them on more times that I care to count.) Also, we had an unusual cold snap a couple weeks back, and amazingly, none of the waterers froze up.

We have completed our calving season too. Many calves have been born, and they are all healthy and whole. Our fall calf crop looks amazing. The Man of the House’s special care in selecting herd sires looks like it is starting to pay off.

NebraskaDave
12/10/2014 8:30:51 AM

April, farm life can get very active. Even my urban existence schedule can get over crowded at times. Of course mine it due to having a truck for hauling, a chainsaw for tree work, and a handyman set of skills that makes for the first call when friends need something done. I wouldn't have it any other way. Retirement has been a blast being able to help others. ***** Have a great writing/paying the bills day.





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