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7/21/14 2:28 P

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As for me. well in a nut shell I am busy as always. The kids are at fair with the horses...4-H and it's been hectic around here getting them there. We got the first cutting of hay in for the horses, but it's always grown and ready for a second cutting. I am hoping to put it off one more week...to get fair out of the way and then tackle it. Another 2500 bales or so to get cut, baled, and stored. Hard work but it's a must to get done. The hubby is still working on my sons game trailer....which I will tell you all about at a later date. I am getting headaches for that project from both the son and hubby. It's not like I have enough on my plate but they both want to complain about what is or is not getting done fast enough. I am contemplating on letting my sister move back in with me. It does not go good for long periods but I keep hoping for a moderate change and that it will last a while longer before her bi-polar personality flairs up and she leaves again. Most of the family is telling me not to do it but well I guess I am all she has left and her kids are not helping her out they don't even talk to her so I feel a little obligated. I can ignore her but others seem to ignite the friction. Where she is at has run its course and she has no money to find a new living arrangement. I have a cottage I build on the lake for my granddaughter as a play house...it's 350 sq feet I am thinking of having her move in there instead of the main house. It will be private but she will still be close for me to keep an eye on her. I just have to convince my granddaughter to give up her space. With her busy schedule and school she will not be spending as much time as in the past out here in the country so it will be a trade off...I am just waiting to see what it will require for me to make this deal. Savanna does not bargain easy she always comes out on top.

Ok ladies I am going to call it a day and get some things done around here. This is the most I have written this year but I felt it was fair to try to catch up on all my spark sisters. I love this team it's my favorite on all of SPARKPEOPLE.

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7/8/14 10:37 A

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Today a down pour but the fields need it so I am not complaining. I am a little sad we had to postpone so many other projects. The Farrier was suppose to come and trim the horses hooves. They at least a few of them need it badly. In the summer months their hooves grow faster than in the winter and when they have white feet instead of dark they seem to break and chip away it left long. We also need to work on finishing up the paddock fencing. That is turning out to be a nightmare for me. I just don't know how long it's going to take and how much it is going to end up costing me.

I do have some chores I can run even in the rain like banking, shopping, and bill paying. Not that I like the last one at all but it needs to be done. I have to go into town and pay the property taxes so I guess I can do that also. Ok, it looks like I just gave myself a list of things to get done so I will be off and busy for the next few hours. I hope all is well with everyone. Don't over exert yourselves and have a great day.

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7/6/14 6:19 P

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Ok, we finally put the last of it up...just a little clean up and it's over for the next two months and then we have to do it all again. We got a little over 2500 bales out of the one field....and 1100 out of the other one. So over all that's pretty good. Now if I didn't have to use it to feed the horses I have I could sell it and make quite a chunk. It would bring in close to 28,000 dollars, but no I have to keep it and feed my horses and hopefully get another 2200 when I cut next time. Each cutting I get a little bit less but richer...it thins out but it come out greener. I keep all the second cutting to keep weight on them during the winter months. In most seasons I can get three cuttings but not thing year because the winter cut to much into our spring. So I will loose the last 800 to 1000 bales I usually get. That comes to about an 8,000 dollar loss.

I am tired off to shower and see whets for dinner. The rest of the crew is coming in now.

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7/4/14 10:50 P

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Oh, Joanna! So sorry to hear that all your hay got wet! I just hope it doesn't rain again on it before you get it in. I remember the heavy dew we used to get up there, down here we almost never have dew so the farmers can start in baling early in the morning. They just cut and baled a field next to our back field.

Have fun this evening at your family BBQ and fireworks! Sounds like fun for sure! We aren't celebrating in any way, due to the tragedy in Comanche where that doctor was killed.

I remember the big mosquitos up there too! They say everything is bigger in Texas, not true! Michigan mosquitos could carry 10 of the Texas ones in their mouth! LOL! Plus, we have very few mosquitos here and I almost never get bitten. Don't have to wear any repellant, either! We do, however, have scorpions and tarantulas. I don't mind the tarantulas, they won't bother you if you don't bother them. I do not like the scorpions though! Have a great weekend, and like I said, hope you get your hay in OK this time! emoticon

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7/4/14 10:42 A

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I have no ideal why no one wants to look on here or comment but since its a main link I am putting my comment on here anyway.

Happy 4th of July...have a safe and fun celebration and enjoy your independence day.
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7/4/14 10:34 A

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Oh my you would not believe the mess a good rain can cause. And I got it yesterday morning the storm came in like a flash and rained only for 10 minutes but it was hard enough to put two inches in our lake and that means the hay was a soggy mess. Last night it took two hours trying to fluff it and turn it ....but now we have the morning due and it will have to sit all day in order to dry....and tomorrow we will spend the afternoon after the due dries trying to turn it again and let it sit....then hopefully Sunday we can bale it...and get it up before the storm that is coming on Monday.

Anyway I guess we are use to it for this is Michigan weather and there is always something going on. It would just be nice if you could plan something and it turn out the way you plan it. Other than that and the mosquitoes things are going good up here. Everything is beautiful...lush green fields...flowing streams and river bed....and the lake is nice, clean and full this year with all the rain.

We are getting ready for this evening...lots of family and friends come out to bar-b-cue and enjoy the fireworks the hubby puts on every year. I think he so looks forward to being able to blow up things each year. It's a way of getting the frustration out or he is just a kid at heart. A little bit of both I would bet.

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend...and that everyone stays safe and sound.

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7/2/14 10:34 P

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Joanna, I remember summers in Michigan like that. One year my Dad cut his hay when the forecast said no rain. The hay was down 1 day before it poured rain on it. Then, a dry day so they turned the hay over and it rained again, and again. My parents kept turning it and then it would rain. We lost all of our first cutting that year, and had to sell the hay for almost nothing to the mushroom farms.

Down here, we have the opposite problem. It has been a drought for years and nothing will grow without water. We are blessed this spring, and the farmers have a bumper crop of hay. All around us there is hay done up in huge round bales in the fields.

I hope that the 4 days stay rain free for you and that you can get the hay in the barn. Hope everyone turns out to help! God Bless you! emoticon

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7/2/14 9:38 P

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Oh my ,Jonanna, what a hard start to summer for you. Thank you for being in farming! I know so many of our people in this beautiful county or ours are stoping being farmers. So thank you for sticking with it.
I have read the dangers of getting hay which has not dried in the middle and exploding in fire. Please be careful!!
I encourage you to increase your protein . I know down here in FL on hot days (102 heat index) I sure do not feel like eating so I have discovered I LOVE frozen fruit, kale, protein powder and greek yogurt smoothy. It's like getting a treat of ice cream only it's good for me.
I will never grumble about lifting 4 bales of hay again.
I will be praying for you!
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7/2/14 9:08 P

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that sucks. i just got some beautiful green hay in my barn yesterday. the year before last our trusted hay supplier sold us hay and half the load ended up moldy. he honorably replaced it, but, we had to drive and hour and a half again to replace it. and the pain in the butt of getting rid of the moldy crap (no cows around here).

i don't grow hay and i only have 2 horses, but, i do empathize with your situation. being a farmer is a hard freakin' job! hats off to you and your family for being farmers.

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The weather has been a nightmare for me this year. My farm survives on Hay for feeding horses, cattle and lamb. Without it I would be forced to buy it elsewhere and I just can't afford that. We need close to 4000 bales a year and another 100 or so large round bales to make it through the winter and to next years crop. Unfortunately this year is not working out real well. In order to get in good hay...it has to be cut then dried out....then flipped around....dried some more finally bailing and storing. This along is a hard job, anyone of you that have to do it or use it knows the value of timing. The whole process can take from 3 to 6 good days....depending on heat, sun and wind. The thicker the crop the longer the time, but each day that it does not rain is a plus. This year so far we are not getting that at all. Just when you think you can cut the hay here comes the rain. Two weeks ago I cut a small section of an 8 acre field hoping to get hay for the horses right now. I let it sit for a day to dry out....I raked it ...that day hoping to get some wind and air to the under side....then without notice I saw heat lightening...that evening...and we rushed to bale it and get it up in the trailers under cover before the rain came.


We were bailing, picking up and stacking until almost 4am...thinking the rain would come and if the crop got wet we would loose it. Well....out of the 480 bales I managed to get up...I am now finding out that about half of them were not dry enough and already the mold is setting in. Not that I can't use it to feel the cows, but the poor horses and sheep are going to be starving here shortly. I am hearing that we are getting 4 full days of sunshine over the 4th of July weekend....so no traveling, no lake, no boating, or much of anything else this weekend...we have to call in all the family to help to get the full acres cut...which should be close to 2500 bales ....but just cutting is not the work...its getting it up and into the barn and storage area to keep it safe is the hard work and will take us all of two days....if not more just for that. Cutting so late in the year also...puts a damper on things...it might not allow us to get three cuttings this year....we might only get two.....and it also turns brown and will not be a green as we like if we are not careful. So mother nature is not looking out for us Michigan Farmers this year...she is being a pain in the butt.

The good news is I along with everyone else will get a good workout and we eat light so we can work harder on the hot days...so I should be fine there.

Hope you are all having a great day.


Joanna


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