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Farm News October 2013

We had a fun and busy summer here on the Zills Farm.  We did some traveling, and had a wonderful time at the wedding of our granddaughter in Oklahoma City.  Most of our family was there and it was a renewal of our family bonds.  I’m so proud of my family and what good people they are.
We’ve been fortunate to be able to spend lots of time with various family members this summer.
Lee has been busy and even managed to get a new roof put on the old farm house.  His next project is replacing a couple of windows in the farm house, and most of the windows in our house.

 

Corn is not dry yet.

Corn is not dry yet.

Actual farming has been delayed due to the weather.  The soybeans and corn have been slow to dry so are still waiting to be harvested.  We had a very wet spring so the fields were planted later than normal.  Consequently the late harvest.
Here’s something new.  Lee found an enormous Giant Puffball mushroom.  I’ve never cooked or eaten them, but he really wanted to try it.  I sautéed some for him to put on the pizza we were having for dinner and he liked it.  I did not.  I thought it tasted like soggy bread.  I’m going to try cooking it differently by slicing it into “steaks” to fry in butter. See the picture below.
The hummingbirds are gone.  Most of the sandhill cranes are gone.  We have a robin and a couple of kildeer still hanging around and I’m not sure why.  I hope they get moving soon.

I’ve been trying some new recipes, so stay tuned!
Have a happy fall!

 

Giant Puffball.  This one was as big as a soccer ball.

Giant Puffball. This one was as big as a soccer ball.

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Leah and Craig: The Wedding

The whole family descended on Oklahoma City for the wedding.  We had tons o’ fun!

Leah and Craig did all the planning and work themselves and they did a wonderful job.  Although there are probably hundreds of pictures from the weekend, I just want to share a few of my favorites from the wedding itself.  The rainbow theme was beautiful and I especially liked that Leah chose bright colors, not pastels. Click on the pix to enlarge them.

Instead of a big wedding cake, they had a small cake for cutting, and a fun cupcake bar, with naked cupcakes and all the fixings.

Congratulations Leah and Craig!

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May and June Catch-Up

blossoming treeIt’s been a crazy spring.  Cold and wet.  We’re closing in on the middle of June, and  the fields are not fully planted yet.  Lee has been planting as the fields dry out, but he still has to plant around the wet spots.  It’s raining again today so no planting for a few days.  We just haven’t been getting enough time between the rains to let the ground dry off.  We just have to be patient and wait and see how it all works out.  Lee’s definitely feeling the pressure.

The good news is that the rains have brought lush growth to the pastures.  Too lush for the minis, but the sheep are benefiting from all the lovely grass.  Of course we went from seldom  mowing the dry, brown grass last summer to frequent mowing this spring.

It’s been fun watching my bird feeders this spring.  So many colorful birds.  I had two indigo buntings coming to the feeders for a few days.  They must have been just passing through because I haven’t been seeing them lately.  I saw at least half a dozen orioles in a tree just in front of the house.   It was before the tree had fully leafed out so it was a gorgeous riot of color in the tree.  The orioles have been using the nectar feeder I set up for them.  Lee’s favorite birds are the cardinals and he also likes blue jays.  I think because he can easily identify them.  We’ve had lots of turkeys, our sandhill couple is back to nest here again, and we’ve been seeing deer come out of the woods every day.  We can sit at the kitchen table and enjoy seeing the wildlife while we eat a meal.

charlie collarCharlie has a new collar, which has a QR Code tag.  It can be read by any smart phone that has a QR Code reader app.  It also will send you to a website if you don’t have a reader.  On the website is Charlie’s ID page, which has contact information and health history.  It was very inexpensive.  The collar with tag was $10.99, I think, and you can get just a tag for less.   Just go to FurCode.com, or they also have a Facebook page.

Charlie is 10 years old now and he’s begun to have some health problems as he ages.  Recently he injured his back, but healed quickly, thank goodness.

We are going to Oklahoma in July, and we’ll have to board Charlie at a kennel.  He’s only been boarded a couple of times and the last time was a bad experience so I’m  nervous about doing it again.  We’ll be taking him to a different kennel this time and I got references from the vet, so I’m really hoping it will be okay.

The family are all doing well.  We’re so excited to be going to OKC for Leah and Craig’s wedding.  It’s turning out to be a wonderful family reunion too.  I just can’t wait to see everyone, and this will be the first time in years that I’ll be together with all 3 of my kids at once.  It’s going to be fun to have Lee coming along.  It’s so hard to get him to leave the farm.

Here are fairly recent pictures of Carys (at her archery lesson), Payten at 3 years old, and Noah.

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January/February 2013

jan-13 horses     The first two months of 2013 have been  typically boring for me.  It’s the weather.  It’s cold.  It snows.  The wind blows.  I’m forced to go outside twice a day to care for my animals, but the rest of my time is spent indoors within the confines of my cozy home. We live in the country and   I hate driving on icy winter roads, so I don’t go anywhere alone.  Lee takes me to the grocery store about every 7 to 10 days and we usually also hit the drugstore and have lunch somewhere while we’re in town.  That is my winter life.  It’s why I look forward to spring so fervently.

 

 
charlie footWe did have a couple of events that broke up the monotony for us.  Our Boston Terrier Charlie had grown some lumps and warty things that needed to be removed.  There was a large lump on the pad of his paw that turned out to be a benign tumor. We had to keep that paw bandaged for two weeks, and I have to say he really milked it for sympathy.  He held that paw up pathetically whenever anyone was looking at him.  We carried him up and down stairs and such so that he wouldn’t pounce and rip his stitches.  He got to the point where he expected to be carried.  He’s all healed now and he should be able to go for long walks with me when the weather gets nicer.

 
jd visit jan-13JD made a work related  trip to Wisconsin and stayed with us the nights he was here.  I loved having him here, doing Mom stuff for him.  All three of my children have moved out of state and I just don’t see them often enough.  I miss them.

 

 

 
Looking forward to:  My annual trip to Las Vegas with my Vegas buddy (and sister-in-law) Shirley; A trip to Oklahoma City in July for a family wedding; and long term, a trip to Hawaii in 2014.  These planned vacations keep me alive in winter!

 

Meredith and Jim 11/13/10

The weather was rainy and blustery, but it didn’t matter because there was so much love and warmth on this day that we didn’t notice or care about the weather.

Meredith was a beautiful bride, and Jim was so handsome in his uniform. I can’t wait to see the professional photos, but for now the amateur snapshots will have to do.

It was so nice to spend the day with family and friends and we truly missed those who weren’t able to attend.  Collin was there via Skype.

Are you Ready?

Being the planner/organizer/list maker that I am, I’m well into the “get it done” phase of the party in October.  The occasion is the celebration of the marriage of JD and Kim, and the blending of their two families.  I’m doing my fall cleaning a little early, and nagging Lee to get his part of the cleaning at least started.  Think dirty garages.  Since the party is in October, and  both JD and Kim have German heritage, we have a theme.  Oh yay!  A theme! 

oktoberfest-2008Yes, ladies and gentlemen, bring your appetite for sauerkraut, wurst, pretzels and beer, and save room for the roast pork.   Everyone in this family loves to eat good food and I promise there will be plenty of it prepared with lots of love.

 

bigjoebgFood isn’t the only attraction though.  We must have music and dancing!  Not just any music, but at least a couple of polkas.  This crowd loves to polka!  The more beer they drink, the more they love to polka.  That must be the origin of the Beer barrel Polka?

And speaking of dancing, no wedding celebration is complete without the ever popular chicken dance.  Be sure to practice your chicken dancing skills before you get here.  chicken_dancing_chicken_dance_hg_clrWe don’t want you making a fool of yourself in front of all the relatives.  Tongues might wag.  If you need a little refresher course in chicken dancing, just click on the chicken  picture and he’ll (I think he’s a rooster?) show you the basics.

 

So bring your appetite, your dancing shoes, your lederhosen and your giant tuba

giant_tubaand be prepared to be fed, entertained, amused, and exercised.

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, don’t wait too long. 

See you on Oct. 11th!

Celebrations

IMGP1023Last week I got an email from my cousin Bob, who lives in Michigan.  He had attached several pictures of himself and his wife Mary on their 50th wedding anniversary.  They look wonderful, and I’m so in awe of anyone who maintains a marriage for 50 years.  Congratulations to Bob and Mary and we wish you many more years together.

JDI learned about celebration #2 on Monday.  My son JD was offered a good promotion, and he accepted it.  In these difficult economic times, it’s been rare to hear good news regarding employment.  Of course we’re thrilled for JD and we have every confidence that his superiors made a good decision. JD is a newlywed, so he’s having lots of change going on in his life these days.  We’re proud of you JD, and so happy your life is going so well!

Lee01The 3rd celebration of the week was Lee’s 50th birthday.  He spent part of the day making oat hay in the 90 degree temps.  It was a hot, sweaty job, and not a fun way to spend a birthday.  In the evening we met his siblings and their spouses for dinner at the Chinese Buffet.  We had a very nice time.  Even though we live near each other, we seldom get together, so we enjoy seeing them and catching up.  Shirley picked up a little birthday cake, and  there were the obligatory age joke birthday cards.  A very enjoyable get-together.

The final celebration of the week was Meredith’s graduation party.   Meredith is a beautiful young woman,  smart and clever and funny.  We’re so proud of her and wish her only the best in everything she does in the future.  Nikki made enough food to feed an army, as always.  She gets that from me, but I don’t do that so much any more.  We missed seeing Collin and Alora while we were there.  We never see Collin any more and we miss him.  He’s so busy making a life.

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