Saturday, May 9, 2015

Gettin' busy with it...

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, gettin' busy with it, na, na.....nevermind. I'm not here to channel Will Smith, I'm here to give a farm update!
We've been really busy the past month or so, now that it has finally stopped raining. Now we need some rain! We cleaned the chicken houses out to the ground back in April.

We're still in the process of getting that chicken litter spread everywhere!

Of course, when you clean out, you have to clean up! Lance likes to recruit young help, so he'll only have to pay them in tractor/truck rides.

After you get the houses nice and clean, you have to spread fresh sawdust/shavings for the chicks.

Here's Lance finally paying Reed for all of his help earlier with a spreader truck ride.

We had to move some hay around and everyone wanted to ride.

Then, we finally got to plant something! It was so cool and wet this Spring, we sent our corn seed back and will probably plant those fields in soybeans later.

We did plant a whole acre of sweet corn behind our house and in our garden. Having a 4-row planter sure makes gardening easier, haha.
Peanut seeds are also going in the ground!

It is a very slow go when you have to refill the seed hoppers every few acres.

But don't worry, Wiggley is overseeing all the work to make sure it's getting done.

You have to catch a nap when you can this time of year. Since we plant our peanuts using gps and autosteer, you may see Lance napping in some of our bigger fields ;).

See how dry and dusty it's starting to get out there?

We've also managed to get over 100 acres of cotton planted so far.

Uh oh. Here comes the "boss." Better wrap it up!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Young Farmers in the Big City

Last catch up post!
So, last October, the Blount County Young Farmers won a "County Activity of Excellence" Award from the American Farm Bureau. We won it for having "Farm Safety Day" on our farm. To learn more about it, here's a blog I wrote a couple of years ago about it. Our "prize" was getting to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in San Diego!
Here's a recap of our trip...
 
One must not venture on a trip without matching t shirts. They say "All women were created equal...Then a few become farmers." In case you don't recognize my good side, I'm in the purple shirt lol.

Our hotel was right on the bay...pretty views of the marina in the morning!
Here's our group that could make the trip. The guy in the middle is Bob Stallman, AFBF President, presenting our award. The reason we get to attend the convention is that we have to set up a booth telling about our activity to teach other states/counties how to host it.

What's a convention without a little fun??

See? haha

Look who we ran into at the hotel? Jack Hannah! We met him at the AFBF Convention in Nashville in 2012. He says he remembered us, but you never know, lol.

We had very little down time during our 3 day trip, so the one "touristy" thing we chose to do was tour the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier/museum. It was pretty neat. We tossed Lance and Chris in the brig while we were there.

I'm not sure Lance would fit in the jet if the top was all the way on, haha.

This was on the deck of the ship. I accidentally ran into that guy in the yellow and said "excuse me." He didn't hear me, mainly cause he's a mannequin, hehe. 

This was the view from our hotel room. This part of town was called the "Gaslamp Quarter."

Thurston Howell III would like to tell everyone we had a great trip!




Saturday, March 14, 2015

Christmas 2014

I'm so close to being all caught up blogging! I couldn't leave out pictures from December 2014 though...
 
Reed's church Christmas play. Notice who played the part of the trouble making camel sitting in the floor.

Our yearly family Santa photo. Reed still won't take one alone!
 
We also took a trip to Pigeon Forge in the camper right before Christmas...


 
 
We also had an ugly sweater party. Check out our awesome outfits! I made my skirt and Lance's shirt!

Reed left some milk and cookies for Santa...

got lots of presents from Santa...

and had lots of fun with family!
 
Santa also brought Reed a new room!

I removed some drawers from an old dresser, chest of drawers, and night stand and painted them with chalk paint.

He got a "new" bunk bed...

and new Farm/Ranch themed decorations. He loved it!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Announcing...

Oh, you didn't know I was expecting?? Sorry about that, lol. I am still behind on my blogging! She's due August 12th!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Henry Reports on the Blizzard of 2015

If you don't know who Henry is or would like to read about his past adventures, click here.
 
Last week we had a freak snowstorm here in North Central Alabama. Henry was one of the few brave ones willing to report on current weather conditions....
 
 

We're currently located in Snead, here in northeastern Blount County, where conditions are rapidly deteriorating. In a matter of 30-45 minutes, the weather has changed from a hard sleet to a heavy, wet snow that has now covered the ground. Travel is not advised. This has been Bananaologist, Henry the Sock Monkey, reporting for MNKY 1 news.
 
Reporting live once again from the Snead Metropolitan Area. All roads in Blount County have been declared impassable. Not all drivers are heeding the warning. As we were setting up for this live remote, a truck hauling a horse trailer jack knifed. Horses are running a muck in the streets. The driver declined to comment. For MNKY 1 News, this is Bananaologist, Henry the Sock Monkey.

 

Just out here checking the snow depth at our live location in Blount County. The total is around 6".... OH YES! WE GOT IT BABY!! THUNDERSNOW!! WHOOO! WHOOO! YES!!! LISTEN TO THAT!! THAT'S BETTER THAN WINNING A MILLION BANANAS IN THE LOTTERY!! Reporting once more in Blount County, I'm Chief Bananaologist Henry the Sock Monkey for MNKY 1 News, back to you at the studio.
 
One more report tonight before we find shelter at the Snead Hilton here in Blount County. There have been reports of around 8" in this area. Sir, can you tell us your experience in this storm? Yeah, uh, I, uh, heard somethin' that sounded kinda like a train, so I uh, went outside to look, and the sky was green....OK, thank you sir. Strangely enough, I think I also interviewed you last Spring. This has been Henry the Sock Monkey, Chief Bananaologist, MNKY 1 News, back to you.
 
Road crews are out in full force this morning in the town of Snead, in Northeastern Blount County. They are sanding roads, plowing, and shoveling snow. Conditions should start improving this afternoon. Travel is still not advised in this area. Henry the Sock Monkey, Chief Bananaologist, MNKY 1 News.