Happy 4th of July to all!
The Farm Wife
Last night we were on our way to the other farm to take care of chickens and grab eggs. We usually make this a family outing if at all possible because first of all, the chickens need to be taken care of, and secondly the farmer enjoys looking at the corn as if it was his own flesh and blood. Although, I do know how he feels because I walk out to my garden every chance I get to just look at it and note its progress.
Anyways, last nights taking care of chickens turned into hot air balloon chasers. There is a balloon company in a popular tourist town about 20 miles south of us that gives hot air balloon rides. It is a rare occurrence that the balloons will get as far north as us, but it does happen. Well last night was one of those nights. There was a prevailing south wind and there were 2 balloons in the air that kept coming closer and closer.
When we first saw them, they were still quite a ways south, but seemed to be coming closer. I told the farmer to get closer so we started our balloon chasing adventure. We zigged and zagged down the country roads trying to get the best views we could get. We were having a good time and those balloons kept heading north so we kept chasing.
When is was all said and done the balloons ended up on our neighbors hay-field just across the road and about 3 football field lengths from our field. The deal is, if the balloons land in your field and you are there to witness you get free tickets to go up on a balloon ride. It was pretty close we were so hoping but when they started to descend we knew we were out of luck. It was still a fun Sunday night activity to chase a hot air balloon.
The Farm Wife
p.s. All these pics were taken with the farmers Iphone because I always break blogging rule #1. Never leave home without your camera.
Today during my morning garden scouting, (that’s what I call it when the farmer calls for me looking for his breakfast) I saw something dash from the cabbage to the peas. Was that my rabbit? I have an old farm dog who’s arthritis hinders him from effectively performing his farm dog duties. This is the first year I have ever had rabbit issues in my garden. So I go over to the peas to investigate and there was a tiny little rabbit hiding for his life. I called the kids over to see and with a quick swipe I was able to catch it. The kids are thrilled to have a pet baby rabbit.
The rabbit, on the other hand, couldn’t be less thrilled.
The Farm Wife
I don’t fancy myself the Pioneer Woman. I want to say that right off the bat. I do look at her blog from time to time and I think that it’s great. Her photography makes mine look like someone handed a chicken a camera and said “here do your best”. When I first started blogging I found out right away that having an active blog takes some commitment. Pioneer Woman has a VERY popular blog, a cooking show, her children are homeschooled, and is the wife of a rancher. I don’t think for a minute she does all of this on her own. Of course she has help. I don’t think that makes her brand a fraud that is just the reality that the popularity of her blog has brought her. If you have never looked at Pioneer Woman’s blog please do it’s worth a read.
I have recently read some blogs (that are not worth the read so I will not mention them) that accuse the Pioneer Woman of not being completely honest about her life and how she portrays herself on her blog. That got me thinking. I may have been a little misleading in my blog and although I don’t think I have made huge blunders or gross misrepresentations I would still like to take this time to clear a few things up. I also am not narcissistic enough to think that anyone out there is really losing any sleep thinking about my blog, but none the less it’s very important to be honest with your readers.
First of all, let’s start with “The Farmer”. His name is Chris and I call him C. While we do own and live on a running working farm and C is the farmer, he also has an off-the-farm job. This job is the main source of our income. I do have friends that have farmer husbands who are stay-at-home moms, but not too many. Our farm is not a farm that has been in our family for generations. We are the first generation of our family to run this particular farm. We both love our farm and the lifestyle we have because of it.
The next thing I wanted to clear up is I guess my blog name and the “Farm Stories”. While I am a Fourth Generation Farm Wife, my mom and dad were divorced. I spent my summers and half my time, growing up, on the farm and the other half of the time in town at my mom’s house. Mom is not in “Farm Stories” very much because she, at that time, was going to school to get her degree and working so she could have a nice house for us when we were with her. She worked very hard and it was difficult for her to be away from the farm and us in the summertime when we were working with our 4-H animals. I’m sure if you have read “Farm Stories” you have thought “Where was your mom when all this was going on?” Well, that’s where she was. She helped me immensely with my bread and cooking projects and my sister with her sewing and art projects.
Those are the main things I wanted to clear up. And man do I feel better! Just kidding, I mostly feel the same. I much appreciate all the readers I get. I average about 35 hits a day. Definitely not Pioneer Woman, who probably averages 1,000′s of hits a day. I don’t plan on becoming a professional blogger I have other goals and dreams (read the About section for more on that) I blog because I like having a record of my gardening and basically I just have a lot to say on the subjects of farming and gardening. Having a few laughs in the meantime, that’s where “Farm Stories” comes in, just makes it that much more fun. Thanks again for reading and please come back again.
The Farm Wife
I’m a foodie, and I think that every good foodie enjoys a good cup of coffee. Along with enjoying a good cup of coffee, you have to have a good coffee hang out. Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop is my coffee hang out. . Our Church has a regular, running,come-in-sit-down-and-hang-out, coffee shop ministry. It is really quite unique. I don’t know of any other church that has something like this, although maybe I’m not a good one to ask because I don’t do a lot of research on what other churches are doing. But, even those huge 3-services-on-Sunday type churches, I don’t think have a coffee shop. We are a small church in a small town, and we have the coolest not-for-profit coffee shop ever!
I volunteer at Sacred Grounds whenever I can. People ask me why I volunteer and I say “I’m doing Gods work.” Although, it helps that Gods work comes with a free latte! The coffee shop has been in existance for 6 years. My good friend Katie started the coffee shop and still runs it today. She has dedicated so much of herself to this place. Amazing! I just drink coffee. If you want to come in and talk while I’m drinking my coffee that’s fine too. That’s what we are here for, and that is exactly why God put this little coffee shop where it is.
The Farm wife
I need someone to look at my blog and after my description of “Farm”, “not cutsie”, “Antique”, “Country” they will say here is your blog design and this is how you use it. This person would be my best friend. I know there are people out there like this, I think they are called computer geeks. Computer geeks and garden geeks don’t often run in the same circle.
Then when they are done with that, they can move onto my hair. Similar description style “mom”, ” pony tail but not always”, “less homeless, more chic”. See, I know what I want I just don’t know how to explain what I want. “a lot less crappy” should be a perfectly acceptable description when someone asks you what you want in terms of hair. Can computer geeks also do hair? If they can this person would be invaluable.
The Farm Wife
Over the weekend, I went to the garden expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin. It was all I hoped for in a garden expo, there were booths of all kinds, landscaping, patio, garden art, and those are all fun to just walk around and see what everyone has to offer for all your garden and landscaping needs, but the nice part of the garden expo are the seminars and demonstrations. Every class I went to was very full, grape growing was especially full with standing room only. There were demonstrations about brewing coffee, pruning evergreens, starting seeds you name it there was a demonstration or seminar about it. I took in three seminars, native plants, grape growing, and top five tips for a productive garden. Then I sat in on a couple quick demonstrations, Coffee brewing and a pruning demo. All were well worth my time very educational.
There were a couple reasons I decided to go to the garden expo #1 and most obviously I enjoy all things gardening. #2. I wanted to pick up some good blogging material and ideas, and #3. I wanted to meet Kyle Cherek, the host of Wisconsin Foodie which is my new favorite show. I believe Wisconsin Foodie is in it’s fourth season and is just a fantastic show about Wisconsin farmers, farm to table restaurants, cheese makers, produce growers and the list goes on. Please check out their website www.Wisconsinfoodie.com. I did get a chance to meet Kyle and armed my mom with the camera and also got a picture with him. All my reasons for going to garden expo were checked off.
I will have more indepth posts about the specific seminars I went to in the near future. Just to give you a teaser there are now 80-90 wine grape varieties now in Wisconsin. I know, I know, now you can’t hardly wait for more on that subject. Don’t worry it’s coming soon!
The farm wife