and organizing our little classroom,
because, kids are messy. Once re-organized
and cleaned up, Seth gets the
kids going on their school work while
I hit the laundry room. That evening,
chores are done, animals are happy
and kids are off to bed.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
My in-laws are coming this morning
to help us with the garden. My mother
in-law, Kathy, grows all of her own
food and sells her produce at the farmers
markets. We don’t get to see them
very much, so she enjoys coming over
and teaching the kids everything she
knows about raising a garden.
Today, they came over and helped
us get rows marked off, raised beds
set up and the millions of quack
The 2018 Y4 branding crew – (L to R) Seth, Rachel, Wyat, cousins Jared & Dillan, Uncle Joe,
Aunt Heather, Dad Michael, Mom Mary, kids Lance and Katie up top on the load out, and the
author’s brother Matt and his pregnant fi ancée Katrina to the right.
grass roots removed from the tilled
up earth. We planted three rows of
tomatoes, two rows of potatoes, half
a row of peppers, one row of lettuce,
and transplanted strawberries.
After the in-laws left, we drove out
and checked the pastures, observing
the animals for signs of illness
or stress, making sure the salt and
mineral tubs were fi lled and the fl y
rubs were re-charged. The minute we
returned to the house, it was time to
bring the horses in again.
The fi nal group of cows and calves
are brought up to working pens for
the last time of the season. We easily
sort the last handful, load them up
and head out the drive. My daughter
Katie had made us peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches while we were sorting,
so we had a nice lunch on the
way to the pasture. Once the cows
are unloaded at the pasture near my
parents’ home, we lure the bulls up
from their pens at Mom and Dad’s,
and haul them to our house.
The kids do a quick schoolwork session
before the horses and bulls are fed.
The sun is setting and it throws redgold
hues across the sky. It’s a beautiful
sight to see while serving up dinner.
THURSDAY, MAY 24
Seth has a dental appointment at
the VA; it’s an hour and a half away so
it takes up a chunk of our time. A few
hours later, everyone is home and the
house gets picked up. Seth is outside
directing the driver delivering the
fertilizer and storing the grain truck
under the hoop shed to protect it
from the imminent rain storm.
I’m rearranging and cleaning my
offi ce. There are piles of papers to
go through and dust everywhere. It
makes it easier to clean when I just
move the furniture around; plus, it
spruces up the room a bit when you
don’t have to look at it from the same
angle all the time. Lunch is served
and the kids hurry to clean up the
counter so they can get to work in
the class room. There are only four
days left of school for them. They are
getting antsy and tired of being inside.
Chores are done and it’s back to the
offi ce for me to tackle some of that
paperwork before dinner.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
Exciting news! My nephew was
born early this morning! Little
Clayton will be one spoiled little boy.
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