Magnolia Garden

I still have a few pictures to share from my trip in June. This set is from Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX.

It was an interesting week at our house. Monday morning J and I baled up the CRP he cut on Sunday and J cut the last field of CRP. It was a hot afternoon, followed by a storming night. There were several people, including J, watching for fire in the wee dark hours. Thankfully no fires were started and we got a rain. The rain totals were very spotty. We received .13″ and we heard reports over .40″ in our neighborhood.

The fresh and cool of Tuesday morning was a nice change of pace. You know it’s going to be a hot one when the a/c kicks on before the alarm goes off. J and I moved the replacement heifers to a different pasture. J rounded out the morning by checking cattle and I cleaned house.

Tuesday evening was another stormy lot. Not much rain and luckily no fires either.

Variety is the spice of life and that was Wednesday. J went to check the south group of cattle and I worked on the windmill pasture fence. When I got my task completed I had a message from J saying “call me;” this is usually not good.

Apparently the bulls got in a fight. They worked over a corner brace and tore out some fence. We had several pairs and a couple of bulls in the neighbor’s pasture. J asked me to load my 4-wheeler and fencing supplies and head south. By the time I got to the pasture J had most of our cattle home and his 4-wheeler was running on empty. We got the fence back up and home by noon.

After a quick dinner J sent me out to rake the last field of CRP. We got that baled and CRP haying checked off our list. I love a day full of busy tasks and that “good job done” feeling at the end of the day.

The heat returned on Thursday; it was 100* with a strong south wind. This brewed up some severe weather. Luck was with us again as we dodged hail and fire. J spent some quality time in the fire truck watching the lightning show from our hill top. We were excited to see .46″ of rain in the gauge!

My friend Jodi had a Big Bold Wildflower & Photo Workshop at her house Friday afternoon. I jumped in with another friend, Jen, and we headed to White Owl. It was a great afternoon full of inspiring women, beautiful flowers and fun! Look for a more details and pictures next week.

Saturday was a catch up day. J sprayed Canada thistle and did odd jobs in the shop. I harvested rhubarb, made jam, worked on a project for South Dakota Women in Ag and got caught up on bookwork.

I don’t do well sitting around in the house all afternoon. I get a bit stir crazy when I feel caught up on skirt work. I told J I prefer the heat over extreme cold. At the very least most mornings are cool enough to work outside and maybe open house windows. Then the evenings cool off enough to sit on the deck and water flowers.

With the extreme cold the warmest part of the day can be well below zero. In addition, when it’s cold I have to wear 17 layers of clothing and heavy boots.

Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of the sunbeams. ~ Helen Keller

Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

I hope all of you have a wonderful week!

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