Monthly Archives: June 2010


Wheat Harvest

The sun is shining in a cloudless sky
Strong winds are blowing hot and dry
The smell of summer is sticky and sweet
Fields are full of ripening wheat
Heads turn golden and then droop low
It’s harvest time and it moves slow
Big combines turn into the fields


Like lumbering giants with spinning reels
They devour all that’s in their path
Then separate the grain from chaff
It’s augered to the bin on top
And when it’s full then they must stop
Another auger slips into gear


And moves the wheat to a truck that’s near
Then while they cut another load
The full truck hurries down the road
To the elevator and drives on scales
Check moisture and wheat with sample pails
Now dump your load with truck bed high
Then hurry back if grain is dry
At supper time a lunch is brought
Sandwiches, fruit, dessert and pop


Then long into the night they cut
‘Til it gets tough with moisture up
This scene is repeated every day
Just work and work, no time for play
‘Til all the grain is safely in
And this year’s pay is in the bin.

By Marjorie Maydew Bell

Poem found here.

(I didn’t write this poem… but it fits harvest so perfectly. Really. This is how it is.)



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What I’ve been up too…

Life has been crazy busy right now. I’ve been running around like a crazy lady again… Actually, I would argue that I always am running around like a crazy lady. It’s my forever state.

Here’s are a few things that I’ve been up to:

11/365 Sir Justice
First off, Justice is really angry that I didn’t pick a picture of him for i heart faces yesterday. For some reason, he thinks all my attention should be on him. Anyway, I apologize to my best doggy friend. I hope he forgives me for picking a picture of a cat over him.

2.) Wheat harvest is underway again.


We had a short break while the irrigated wheat finished drying. Colby took me on two dates in forty-eight hours. It was blissful.

But now we are back to the real world. I made chicken fried steak, potatoes, and corn for supper. For dessert we had homemade apple crisp with ice cream. It was so delicious.

And then I skipped my run. We will talk about that another day though. Let’s just say that I’ve been skipping my workouts a lot lately.



The corn is no longer little. It has been jumping in leaps and bounds… This makes Colby smile. And what makes him smile makes me smile.

Life is good today.

How are you guys? Is your summer half as busy as mine?

Head over to Communal Global to read what other people have been up to this fine Tuesday.


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I heart kitty faces

This week i heart faces is focusing on pets. I know, I should probably post pictures of my amazing dog, but he’s not very photogenic right now. Instead, I’m going to submit one I took yesterday. This is Vergo and she lives on the farm.


Isn’t she a beauty? And so sweet to.

Head over to i heart faces for more great pictures.


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I just discovered the most amazing thing in the world.

Well, not the most amazing. I mean, I didn’t win the lottery or find a cure for cancer. That would be the most amazing thing.

But I did find my missing underwear. Remember, when I thought I left my undergarments in my apartment during my move?

Well, I didn’t. I apparently packed them up into a small duffle bag. I then placed the bag into my closet, stacking several larger bags on top on it. Apparently I didn’t search everywhere.


And that makes me feel like a man. Do the men in your life have problems finding stuff? I mean, Colby sometimes has to ask where his shoes are. And they are right there in the closet… where they belong.

I didn’t mean to turn this into a man-bashing post. Really. I’m just so excited about finding my missing panties. It’s like the planets have aligned. Everything is right in the world again. I will no longer have nightmares of my undergarments being sold on Ebay. (By the way, thanks for that Steve.)

I’m off to bed. Tomorrow, I vow to completely reorganize my closet. I mean, one really should be able to loose a complete set of underwear for an entire month. That’s ridiculous.



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Our Rings

I don’t know if this is against the rules or anything, but I took some pictures of Colby and I’s wedding rings today. It was quite the experience. I accidently dropped my engagement ring in the grass and was searching like a crazy for two minutes before I finally found it. After that, I moved our little session into the house.

7/365 Our Rings

My rings are amazing. When we went to buy my band, we were surprised to find that they didn’t make one for my engagement ring. We searched and searched, but couldn’t find anything that fit the slope of my ring. We finally went to another jewelry store where we found a double band that they fit to my engagement ring. My lovely engagement ring was sent off for two weeks while they fit everything together.

I spent those fourteen days huddled in the corner, pointing to my finger, crying. I missed My Precious.

But then I got the set back and I was AMAZED. Everything together looks so huge… and shiny.

Colby is a rockstar jewelry shopper. I can’t wait to get married, so I can wear my set around every. single. day.


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I have the hardest job…

Dear Blog Buddies,

I have a huge confession. I have the hardest job out of the entire harvest crew. Honestly, I’m not even sure how I pull it off day after day.

See- my job is also the most important one. Sure, Colby and Travis are the one’s actually cutting the wheat. And their mom, Pam, is in charge of the grain cart and transfers the wheat into the big truck, where their father, Terry, takes it all to the bins where it is sold. But I have the most important job.


I’m in charge of food. And it is no small job. Seriously, have you ever hosted two picnics a day for six people? It takes a lot of work.

(No, I do not do breakfast… I can’t exactly function before nine a.m. It’s just not possible.)

First, I get the supplies for enough food for an army. Remember, I live far far far from civilization. I’ve been two Sam’s twice (2 hours- one way), Walmart (1 hour- one way), and a smaller grocery store (45 mins- one way). Yes, I know, I could have planned a little better, but my pick up was full every single time. I currently have more groceries in my house then I ever have before. It’s amazing.


Twice a day, I’ve assemble a complete meal and take it out to the field. For lunch, I’ve been making sandwiches, but with fresh deli bread and meat. Served with fresh fruit and a tiny bag of chips, they are absolutely delish. For supper, I make a complete hot meal. It usually takes me about an hour and a half to make. So far, I’ve made enchiladas, lasagna, and BBQ sandwiches. Dinner is always served in carry-out boxes, because they are so much easier to eat out of.


I then load up the carry-out boxes, along with any sauces and drinks that are required. I sore plastic forks, napkins, and cups in my pick-up in a handy storage container. I then carefully travel about twenty miles to the field. For some reason, our roads are always bumpy and I have to try my hardest not to dump a completely meal on my leather seats.

We eat on the tail-gate of the pick-up. Lately, it’s been 100 degrees by noon and super windy at night, but it works. Everyone is full and happy. We laugh and talk for about fifteen minutes. Then, everyone else jumps back into their job while I go back to mine. I loud all my stuff up, drive back home, and get ready for the next meal.


Of course, I also have to take pictures. That part is probably the hardest thing that happens all day. It’s just no fun at all. 🙂

4/365 God's artwork

Please, leave me with some recipes and dinner ideas. I’m running out guys.

And remember, I have the hardest job.


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It’s here!

Wheat harvest has come to the farm. Things are suddenly much crazier around here.


“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

3/365 Harvest is here

“There is no substitute for hard work.”
Thomas Alva Edison


“Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”
J.C. Penney


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