Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Conversations in the last few weeks, no matter what the subject, often ended
with "I'm just 91,you know!"
It is hard to believe that my Mother is now 91.
Our party was a sweet celebration with family and friends.
Our expert candle blowers were ready for the task even though
the total of only  10 candles represented the big 91.

I celebrate not only the fact that my Mother has made this 
91 year milestone, but that she has lived her life to the 
fullest.  Her life has been full of working and serving 
others in the community through church and civic involvement,
 caring for her family, and cherishing her many friendships.

I also find it a fitting time during Women's History Month
to celebrate a few of the  achievements of  my Mother, Mary Baggett.

Mother has always loved her home town, Bentonville.
That love led her to become involved in the local politics.
She was the glass ceiling breaker for Bentonville becoming 
 the first woman elected to the Bentonville City Council in 1972.
and the first woman elected to the Benton County Quorum Court in 1982.
I am proud of the investment she made of her time to 
make Bentonville an even better place to live for all of us.

Most of all, I am thankful 
for all  the love Mother  gives so freely to me ,
my family and  all those who know her.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Winter's Last Hurrah

With the end of February and the turning of the calendar, we all have that 
hope and realization that spring is just around the corner.
However, March seldom gives up those last winter weather days.

As I faced the north wind and blowing snow this morning, I
was pretty sure that Winter was shouting its last hurrah and 
probably having a good laugh!

Fluctuating temperatures like we have experienced this month
are very stressful for the calves and often bring illness
such as pneumonia and scours. 

Providing  blankets to keep them warm, providing
warm milk twice daily, bedding the hutches with straw 
 or shavings and monitoring each calf  closely is 
 our everyday farmer job.

These jonquil blooms earlier this week
were just a little bit early for real spring

                                  but they did confirm the hope and promise of  spring is real!