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Gentle Rain

Friday, April 15, 2011

We have been going nonstop for the last few days. Most of the corn ground has been disked, and we even planted a few hundred acres of corn. Yesterday evening, rain and severe storms were looming. If it rains too hard on corn seed, it forms a crust and the corn won't come up. Watching the radar, my MIL kept us abreast of where the storms were, but eventually we were rained out. Thankfully this morning it looked as if we got nice gentle rains. And we did need a little moisture. The town hit by the tornado in Oklahoma last night was so close to my family, so I am thankful it missed them.

Today is going to be a restful day, I hope. I got up at 7, which is sleeping in for me. I felt like a Mack truck had hit me, but managed to make scrambled eggs for DH, youngest DD, and Greg, who is still here. The guys working here showed up at 8, but DH is having them fuel and grease the tractors, and then will send them home. We guarantee them 40 hours a week, but during the busy times, they will average 85 hours a week. DH doesn't feel bad about sending them home today. Besides, we have two single guys working for us, and getting groceries for their lunches is hard when we work so late. There are stores open all night around, but who wants to shop when you put in 16 hour days? I just bought 8 pounds of lunch meat, but when we are in the field, we go through that in about a week. I pile on the meat for DH, and put onions, banana pepper rings, bell pepper, jalapeno, and tomatoes on the sandwiches. It is amazing how good you can make a sandwich taste. I have started cutting my sandwiches in half and eating one every two hours or so. Then I snack on veggies, pretzels, fruit, granola bar, etc. in between. It keeps me from eating everything at once!

Oldest DD is at State FFA Convention, and just found out her ag teacher is not coming back next year. He's going back to farm. I knew this Wednesday night from the school board meeting, but respected his wishes that he be able to break it to the kids. I think it hit him harder than he thought it would when the kids were SO upset about him leaving. I felt bad that DD didn't have warning, but I couldn't be certain that she wouldn't have told her best friends. Tears fell when she texted, "so he's not coming back?" I knew immediately what she meant, and I was so sad for her. She has such a great FFA project, and he is really excited about the opportunities for her, but he does have to follow his dream. Not many young people can get into farming, but he's able to farm with his dad. He is good friends with my nephew, so I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of him. And I know he will help us find a good replacement.

Today is the first day that I will be able to exercise since Monday. I have tried getting on the equipment one other day, but DH called me to the field. I am excited. Also, I have written down what is in my lunch box most days, and I want to log that to see what I have eaten. I should have gotten on the scale today, but didn't. I don't think I have gained, except maybe from all the sodium in the lunch meat and pretzels. But I weigh those things when I pack them. And it is tough to get all the water I need. I take a thermos with 64 ounces of water, but the tractors are not smooth riding by any means. It is hard to drink on the go. And then I hate to stop and go to the bathroom every two hours. Sometimes it is hard to find a place to hide!

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LAURALOOHOO 4/18/2011 11:14AM

    Just reading your blog makes me tired. And I thought my life was busy with working full time and 2 kids in sports! Boy, you have me beat!!

Hope things are going well and you were able to exercise. I know it always makes me feel better...can't believe I even said that, but it's true!

So sorry to hear about your daughter losing a great teacher. I know it can be really hard for kids when that happens.

I bet you haven't gained an ounce. You are working hard!

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TERESA159 4/16/2011 11:38PM

    Hey Farmer's wife! Sounds like you've been really busy but also that you didn't give up your healthy eating, that's great! I didn't track at all last week, would have been hard with all the eating out I was doing. I will weigh myself Monday morning and hope I didn't do much damage. I tried to eat healthy but then I did give in and have a burger and fries and beer the last night there. You really had no choice to not exercise given how busy and how hard the work was you were doing. You'll get right back into the swing of it once all is planted.
We planted some things in our garden today. Some broccoli and cauliflower starts and spinach, lettuce and kale seeds.

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HEALTHYME47 4/15/2011 7:06PM

    7 AM is "sleeping in"..LOL....You sound like you are tired, but the GOOD kind of tired, if that makes any sense. Thanks for the glimpse into a day in the life on the farm.

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LISAINMS 4/15/2011 2:48PM

    "Sometimes it is hard to find a place to hide!"
Ok first I thought you meant hide from your DH so you don't have to go work in the field. Then I realized you meant hide behind a bush! Hahaha

Glad you got that gentle rain. We were slammed this morning with huge storms and tornados. Two tornados were within a few miles of my daughter's college campus. They were shuttled to the basements for nearly an hour. My friend with the husband that farms... she was mad because he was in the house under her feet being grumpy instead of out in the field where he belonged, LOL.

So sorry for DD losing the great teacher to a career change. I bet you won't see any difference on the scale. You're probably sweating off all the extra water retention! Miss you my sparkfriend!

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