Friday, September 24, 2010

A Farm Yard

A farm's yard is like no other.  It has been decorated with care just to be trampled over by loose cattle, eaten by deer, torn up by tractors, and loved by children.  I took a few moments last weekend to take pictures of my yard and all it inhabitants at the time.  So here goes
 Molly our, youngest cowdog is learning to watch fence lines

A pair of mud boots that have apparently been abandoned by their owner

 A pair of overturned tractors...a rough day on dry ground, I 'spect.

A lonely four wheeler that has seen too many hours in the blazing South Carolina sun.

A tractor, wagon, and if you look close a dump truck working in the silage pit.

 Another wreck of some sort with a combine, a train, and a tractor trailer truck...oh and a hay bale too!

Or it could be they are getting ready for a wash down!
A tractor that has spent too much time in the mud...amazing how little boys can find mud even when it hasn't rained more than a spit in 40 days.

 A LARGE dump truck carrying around a backhoe

And the creator of these accidents, silage pits, and little man, Wyatt

Here he is again with Reba...bless her, she will tolerate anything he throws her way.  At just under a year she is gonna make a good dog, even if she does end up just a pet.

 And one last picture of the boy
whose playground is as far as the eye can see
who would rather be outside in the dirt
than inside any day of the week,
who has stolen my heart

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cowdog Catches

All farms and ranches have their share of working dogs.  Some have herd dogs, some have guard dogs, and some end up just being pets.  We have had our share.  Back when William & I were dating we got Maggie (tri-color in pic).  Maggie didn't really do much work most of the time since we were at school 5 days of the week.  However as she grew and our lives changed she became a loyal working dog and a wonderful pet all wrapped up into one.  Then after our first year of marriage we be purchased Cowboy (the red merle).  He was young and very active.  I loved him dearly, I am sad to say we lost him due to a heat stroke at 10 months old.   Maggie was with us through college, the first few years of marriage and the birth of our son.  Then one night when Wyatt was 2 months old and William was headed west to deliver some bucks to a test, I didn't shut the screen door well and she went to find him.  She didn't make it far before she was hit and killed.  It took a long time to get over losing such a wonderful worker. 

Now we have two young cowdogs.  Reba and Molly are a far cry different in attitude from our past cowdogs (Maggie & Cowboy).  Neither Reba or Molly have had their first birthdays yet so we are still waiting to see if they will become good working partners or just companions for my little man.  Reba is older and listens better to commands than Molly.  She is also calmer and smoother when working.  However Molly is more aggressive and will take charge faster, but hasn't learned to control herself yet.  So time and training will give us a better idea.

                                                    Molly                                          Reba
Both dogs have been spending some time in their pen this week due to our crazy schedule.  This morning when I let them out I noticed that Reba had a chunk missing out of one of her front legs. 
 It looked like someone tried to cut an orange slice out of her leg.  Now I don't have a problem with blood or flesh missing but I do tend to over react when any animal or child has a piece of flesh missing but that's just the mom in me I think. 

Vetrap & Oiniment
Well I decided that since it was still bleeding some that we needed to do some doctoring on the pup. 

Wyatt helped me to select some pink vetrap and together we put some oinment on the wound and wrapped it up. 

Now just for the record Reba didn't like this one bit.  To get her to cooperate I had to hold her between my legs and have Wyatt pet her. 

My helper
I am happy to report that she is feeling better.  I rewrapped the leg this evening during feed time and it seems to be doing well.  I realize that she probably would have been fine without the wrap however at least this way she will keep the dirt out of the wound. 
Reba with a fresh, clean wrap

 William is gonna bring a shot home from the barn just to help ward off infection.  And according to Wyatt he's gonna kiss it and make it all better.  I still get to keep the job of wrapping though cause who wants to be the bad guy???  Just another day in the life of a Farm Wife....

Have a wonderful weekend,

Caci....The Farm Wife

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

South Carolina Farmer Magazine

Here is the latest copy of the South Carolina Farmer. There is an article about the dairy industry and our family was one of the ones selected. Please enjoy reading about our farm and how we began.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

York County Fall Livestock Show

The programs are printed, the classes are set, and the ring is ready...Tonight began the final phase of preparing for the largest South Carolina Only Youth Livestock Show in our state.  We spent a few hours out at Triple Creek Farm getting all the last minute details together.  This week is always a whirlwind of activity and lots of stress but worth every minute of the year long preparation. 

Let me give you a few details about the began in 2002 after our county fair decided the would no longer host a livestock show for the youth of York County and sold the land the show barn was on to a local university.  A group of parents got together and decided they would step up and begin hosting a yearly show.  With support from the community and numerous volunteers we put together a show.  We continued the tradition today.

The committee has changed and evolved to represent our changing livestock community around the state.  We never know what breeds we will have for beef and sheep however we know without a doubt the kids will come out and have a great time.  So if you are in the Rock Hill, SC area this weekend come out and join us for a great time. 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Homecoming Sunday

Today was homecoming at our tiny church in McConnells. The church began in 1842 and has helped to raise generations of my husband's family and now helping us to raise or little man. Of course if you know us at all you know we were LATE as usual. The Y-man was having issues of what to wear this morning and I was still feeling a little under the weather. We finally made it to Sunday school about 9:50 or 10 a.m. Even though we were late we did have a great lesson. Our class is reading the book "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges. It is really an eye opener and causes one to reflect on their actions.

It amazes me each year how many people gather in the tiny church to celebrate and worship with each other. We were packed each row filled with people who somehow, someway had a connection with this tiny brick church. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Al Ward from a sister church just down the road in Lowrys. He did an excellent job of reminding us that we have never felt the punishment that those in the Bible felt for worshiping God, we are comfortable in our faith and that needs to change. We need to understand that comfort leads to a life that doesn't depend on God but uses him as a casual acquaintance instead of the bread of life.

I know personally I have let my faith slip from time to time and need a gentle (okay maybe a hard) kick to get back to where I am walking with God in the way he desires instead of in the way that is easiest for me.

Of course after the wonderful sermon we all gather to eat lunch on the grounds, and I have to say it was the most beautiful afternoon to do so. There was a light breeze and comfortable temperatures to keep everyone happy and enjoying fellowship with friends from near and far. We all enjoyed the delicious food that was prepared so lovingly, especially Ms. Beck's Banana pudding and Mrs. Salder's homemade bread.

After a nice long time of fellowship we said our goodbyes and William headed to work on a cattle trailer that needed repairing and Wyatt and I headed south to Lowrys to help a 4-H'er shear her two lambs for an upcoming show.

I am always delighted to help a new exhibitor prepare for their first show but this little girl is special. Court, is a freshman in high school, and showing comes as easy for her as talking. She is a natural in the showring however she needed a little encouragement to really feel comfortable. I think she will do a wonderful job next weekend and can't wait to let you know the outcome.

I even got to spend a little time with Rachel today just shooting the breeze and discussing school, life, and of course boys (what else does a 15 year old girl talk about). I am happy to hear that it seems she is learning more about herself and what is important to her. She understands she doesn't need a boyfriend to be popular or happy. She is also learning some hard lessons as well about friendship, trust and honesty. It amazes me that she is still willing to open up and discuss her life with me, I know one day this might pass so I soak it all up while I can.

As another day draws to a close I am thankful for what God has provided for my family and I. Tomorrow we are headed to Newberry for a Jersey sale to help raise money for the Skill-a-thon team to go to nationals. I am hoping to get the little man down and out for the count shortly so I can organize my living room, grade a few hundred papers (no that is not an exaggeration) and possibly get a few items pieced together so I can sew tomorrow evening.

Until next time...have a wonderful evening and thank the Lord for the blessings in your life,

The Farm Wife

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fall is here...for today anyways

Today has been the coolest day in months.  It was comfy all day long and to be even better its suppose to get into the 50's tonight!  I might stay up all night just to get to wear a sweatshirt...a Georgia one that is because with the start of fall begins the start of the greatest time of year...College football and show season. 

I realize for most of the country that show season is winding down however for us in the Southeast we are just getting started good.  We are gearing up for our county livestock show which is the biggest South Carolina youth only livestock show in the state.  (Our state fair allows youth from other states to exhibit in our junior show.)  We are recounting ribbons, entries, and awards to ensure that we are ready but don't worry we are!  And are setup to have the best show ever! 

I am still finalizing some of the setup details but come Thursday we will be ready for the trailers to begin rolling in.  Stay tune for updates. 

On the farm front we have been busy chopping silage and beginning calving season.  We had 17 cows due in 5 days, needless to say it was a little hectic.  In the mist of all that I began a new job teaching 7th grade science at the local middle school.  I can't say it has gone off without a hitch but it has been good.  We also held the 2nd South Carolina Beef Ambassador contest and awarded the 2011 winners, I am proud to say that William's youngest sister Rachel will be serving as SC Jr. Beef Ambassador for the upcoming year.  We are winding things up with our current ambassador and will be heading to South Dakota at the end of the month to compete in nationals. 

I have taken a break from sewing lately with everything going on.  But I realized that sewing was my release.  I have very stressed lately and finally figured out it was because I haven't been doing anything for myself.  So the sewing will begin again maybe as early as tonight if I can get everything sorted out and cleaned up. 

Speaking of cleaning...I have set a new declutter and organize my home by December 31, 2010.  In short that means I will be clearing out all the JUNK that clutters our home and finding new ways to corral all those items we plan to keep.  Any suggestions???