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Wicked Storm

Storm rolling onto farm place in Nebraska, cloudy colorful skies.

Storms are beautiful and unpredictable. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a storm rolling in, temperatures changing, wind picking up; it’s a reminder that we are not in control. While I hate when a storm causes destruction to homes and fields, I can’t deny my love of rolling thunder and lightning strikes (and yes I love the Garth Brooks song too).

Storm rolling onto farm place in Nebraska, cloudy colorful skies.

My husband, cousin and a few of our friends were working on a project over at my parent’s shop so I went to check on the progress. All of a sudden the signs of a storm coming began and the clouds started to roll in.

Storm rolling onto farm place in Nebraska, cloudy colorful skies.

I hopped in my vehicle and sped rather quickly the 2 miles back to our house to grab my camera, and luckily caught some pretty powerful views of my parents home place when I headed back up over the hill. Luckily this storm didn’t cause much damage, and we only heard the sound of a few tiny pieces of hail hitting our windows.

 

The Good Life

Nights like these create the visual for why Nebraskans call it “The Good Life”. The sun is staying out later and more often than not we are blessed with a gorgeous sunset to end the day. It’s not a bad day when you can walk up the hill to check cows and get a view like this. I think a few more people in this world could use some nights like these. Peaceful and quiet providing the perfect place to reflect on this beautiful thing we call life.

Summer making her rounds checking that everybody is safe and sound.

The daily routine for the herd is being developed as of now they are coming into the yard about 3 times a day as far as I can tell. 7:50 AM, 1:00 PM and around 8:30 PM, so fun to see them develop these habits.

Lighting AKA: The Flash or Barry Allen. This little guy has a lot of names and I’ll save the explanation for another day.

#PLANT17

Just like every other year, #plant17 was a rushed effort to get the seed in the ground whenever an opportune moment presented itself. Cold weather and rainy days caused farmers this year to pace in their offices or drive around from field to field checking soil temps and moisture hoping they could make progress some way, some how. From what I’ve gathered people were in a similar situation all over the state – at least we didn’t get snow like our friends out West. So this year getting pictures was not easy, everybody in a hurry moving from field to field quickly, doing a trial runs here and there. But I chased down tractors when the sky took on the look of a beautiful backdrop and avoided the days filled with ghastly wind. Which really didn’t give me a lot to work with, but here they are my favorite captures from #plant17.

 

 

Storms a Comin’

Today was one of those days where you want rain to come, but it’s also dreaded hail season. So in these times the only thing you can do is say a prayer and hope for the best.

Dear Lord Baby Jesus keep the tiny crops safe tonight during the storms, Amen!

Big Wheels Keep On Turning

Farming isn’t just about spending time in the planter and the combine in the fall and spring. All the days in between are spent making sure conditions are ideal for growing a successful crop; including applicating herbicide to make sure those pesky weeds don’t take over the fields.

 

Out to Pasture

The ladies and the babies are all out to pasture, and they are making themselves right at home. It’s pretty satisfying to see the sun setting over the pasture while the cows graze in the open space. Summer is pretty excited about this change of pace, cows in the pasture mean more walks and ranger rides for her. Anyone who says a free-range farm dog isn’t as happy as a house dog has never met our Summer. Just look at her smiling with pride as she watches the cows, farm living is the life for her. 🙂

 

 

Fertilizing the Pasture

Tonight another rain decided to come our way, so still no tractors in the field. However, we took advantage of the rain and put fertilizer on the pasture. Let’s just hope the sun starts to shine soon so we can get seeds in the ground!

Baby Jean

This little, spotted cutie arrived on 4-20, and I was so very excited to finally have a calf with some personality in her markings. However, what we didn’t know was that she would immediately become a magic escape artist, finding every way possible to escape and go find a place to lay down on the pasture lane. Hog paneling finally kept her contained and she gained the name, Jeannie (AKA: Baby Jean). Inspired by “I Dream of Jeannie” – because for a while it seemed she magically appeared and disappeared to wherever she wanted to go. At least her Mom was bellering loud enough to notify us of her mischevious behavior, so we could find her and return her to the patch.

Is this not the same face Simba makes in “The Lion King” when his Mom is cleaning him up? This little one is chock full of personality.

 

Spring Cleaning

What do farmer’s do when they’re not planting or harvesting? Well, there’s a variety of things and one of those is cleanup. It seems like there’s always a never ending list of overgrown trees to clean up, fence to fix, old buildings to take out and CRP to burn. Since this year hasn’t been ideal for planting yet, things are getting done!

Cleaning up trees in the South Pasture.

I am SO excited to see this old chicken coop go – it was beyond repair. Building #5 down … and several more to go.

Burning CRP.