Day! Julie's volleyball team hosted a tournament after school
today. There are 18 girls on the C team so there were a lot
of substitutions and the games took a long time. Julie did real
well - served 9 in a row over the net!
Dean took time off to watch the tournament. The guys are hoping
to start planting wheat by the end of this week so they're really
hustling. One project is using a land mover pulled by a tractor
to build up some of the terraces, especially near the ends where
the terraces empty into waterways. If we don't rebuild the terraces,
eventually the water will cut around the ends and keep washing
away soil - rather than running into the waterway where the
soil is held in place by brome grass. One saying is that 'terraces
make running water walk'. In other words, on hillsides and slopes,
terraces hold the water until it drains away, rather than letting
it flow straight to the bottom of the hill, cutting channels
in the earth.
volleyball games after school. Julie didn't play until almost
6 p.m. and only got to cheer the second half of the 8th Grade
football game. She was pretty tired when we finally got home.
last few days, we've noticed at least 2 praying mantis near
our dining room and office windows. Today, we watched the female
praying mantis lay her eggs on the brick wall near the dining
room window. We've marked the date on the calendar and hope
that the eggs hatch and we get to see the babies.
The guys spent 3 hours chasing and catching our big bull this
morning. He's gotten to where he won't stay in any pasture we
put him in so, once he recovers from all the running around,
he'll go to the sale barn. We really like the calves he's given
us but we need to have a bull that will stay where we put him
and not go running all over the countryside. The neighbors probably
won't be sad to see him go!
The kids only had a half day of school today so we took off
in the afternoon to go visit my folks. Dean stayed home to farm.
I hadn't planned on trying to catch up with dad as I knew he
would be busy farming. However, while we were visiting my mom
at the nursing home, one of the neighbors told us that my brother
was helping my dad plant wheat. Since Robert lives in Oklahoma,
we don't get to see him very often so we tracked dad and Robert
down and visited with them before heading home.
area is really dry. He ran out of grass and had to start feeding
his cows two weeks ago. Robert helped him 'dust in' his wheat.
It won't sprout until there's some rain. They are really concerned
about the topsoil blowing. Dad jumped in and planted his wheat
this early hoping that he would get some moisture and the wheat
plants would get big enough to help keep the ground from blowing
later this fall and winter.
showered enough that there won't be any field work today. Dean
stopped in at the high school debate tournament to see if they
needed any help with judging. He ended up judging 3 rounds and
Julie went with him. They both came home all fired up.
Wayne and I worked on his 4-H records and awards applications
all afternoon. Julie's turn came after supper. Everything is
due on Monday. Every year, we say we're going to start early
but we're still working on 4-H records at the last minute. While
they don't like all the writing, the kids would soon forget
all the things they've done if we didn't keep good records.
They like looking back to see how their handwriting has changed
and remembering different animals or events. Dean and I emphasize
keeping 4-H records. I can still remember using my 4-H record
book to fill out scholarship applications when I was older.
The kids like looking at our 'old' 4-H books - especially at
each year's school pictures.