Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Thanksgiving is a holiday of  giving thanks for our bounty of blessings and
gathering around the table with family and friends. Like most families,
we will take the opportunity to tell family stories and reminisce about
those who we are missing around the table.

The woman in this picture is my Great Grandmother Harral holding my 
grandmother. Their farm was just a little over a mile from where I live 
today. I would imagine that they enjoyed a home raised turkey for
their Thanksgiving dinner in the early 1900's.

By the time I met my Great Grandmother, the turkeys and apple
orchard were gone but she always had marshmallows in the 
cookie jar waiting for little hands to pick for a sweet snack!

I'm thankful for the memories we have to share with others
and the opportunity to make new memories for the next generation.

Happy Thanksgiving 
from down on the dairy farm!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Farm Story Anniversary

My Undeniably Dairy  Farm Story began when
I said "I do" on 
November 24,1984.

It's been thirty-five years of  loving a dairy farmer,

making a home and raising a family

 working everyday with my family to produce nutritious 
milk for your family and mine.

                                                     You can't make up stories like ours!

                                               Just as my sweet anniversary card said,
                                         "love takes work, and time, a Lifetime, to be exact."

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Our three farm dogs are usually the first to greet any visitors with
a chorus of barking that unnerves most UPS and FedEx drivers.
It's not a bit surprising that many of the delivery drivers carry
a lot of dog treats  and are now considered on the OK list by 
our farm trio.

No matter what I am doing on the dairy farm, the dogs 
wait patiently outside the back door so that they may follow me. 

They are not trained to do anything helpful but it's 
obvious that each one of them loves me unconditionally
 and are happy to contribute  a tail wag or a hand lick
 to improve my day.

Even though the dogs don't understand that it's okay for the 
cows to stand close to the fence or gather around the hay manger,

I'm thankful for the devotion of our farm dogs
that provide their own kind of  daily love and encouragement 
 for dairy farmers down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Arkansas is known for unpredictable weather changes but 
this week has been ridiculous!
Our cows and calves had less than 24 hours to adapt from a 
beautiful 70 degree fall day to what felt like January bone-chilling
twenty degrees with a little sleet and snow. 

We prepared as best we could by unrolling hay
for the cows to rest on and bedding calf hutches  
with extra hay or shavings for warmth. 

I'm thankful that this baby was born on the 70 degree day
before the chilly weather

and all the calves survived with no symptoms of  illness
or hypothermia.

                                                  I'm also very appreciative of  and thankful for
                                              the warm insulated coveralls that  kept me warm
                                                                  and a little less cranky!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thank a Veteran

Bill Anglin, my father-in-law, served in the Army during
World War II.  Part of his service time was spent in Japan
as a medic.  Bill never talked about his war experience but
we know that he witnessed much pain and suffering during his
time of service.  He was like many others that returned to their homes
and communities and went about living life to the fullest with
their families. Although  returning home was a victory ,  there was
a great awareness of and appreciation for those that gave all for 
the protection of freedom.

We continue to enjoy the freedom to farm and
live as we choose because of the brave men and women
who have served and are serving to protect our freedoms.

                                                           Many thanks to every Veteran!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

I returned from a trip to Little Rock just in time
to check on the calves during their afternoon feeding.
It was a dreary,rain threatening afternoon and already getting
dark when I made my way to the hutches.

The calves were already finished with their afternoon milk
and were enjoying the grain that had been added to their feed
bucket.  With the threat of rain, I was glad to see that 
each calf  had their head down in the feed bucket.

I'm not quite adjusted to the  Daylight Savings time change that 
occurred this past Sunday but 
I'm thankful that our calves don't seem to be bothered at all.

Their  growth and development goes right on
as long as we provide milk and grain twice daily and monitor 
closely for any illness.