This week has been a warm one, the hottest of the summer thus far. We had four days with temperatures at 100*or higher. It has also been more humid than normal for our area. You know it’s going to be a hot one when the air conditioner kicks on before the alarm clock rings.
With the extreme temperatures J and I got up early to get some work done outside. Tuesday we rotated pastures at home. We also pulled off a couple of bulls that got hurt.
Wednesday morning we headed south to finish hauling the far away hay home. We got that field hay hauled and a field of oat hay gathered.
Between the heat, dry conditions and wind it’s best to not be out and about on the prairie as we are in high fire danger. There have been several fires in our area this week. None that got out of control and luckily J wasn’t called to the fire line.
Below is a picture of an owl nest. J and I spotted it last spring, but I never made the time to photograph it. At one time, J did see baby owls in it. I’m guessing it has been abandoned by now.
In the heat of the day I’ve been working on mixed media art! It is a fun way to fill up the afternoon and be creative. I’ve been working on “shelf sitters” and using up some of the materials I have on hand. I have several more blocks I want to work on this week.
If you are interested in seeing the final pieces, check out my Mixed Media Art page.
Saturday morning J and I head to a friend’s house to pick up my new hens. Last spring we were visiting about chickens and she said she would be willing to raise chicks for me. The new girls are doing well in their new home. I got several different breeds of chickens and it sounds like I’ll have blue or green eggs in the future.
Sunday J and I decided to take in the local turtle races. The small town/community to the west of us has an annual gathering the end of July and Sunday features turtle races. It’s a family oriented social gathering including turtle races, games (balloon toss, bubble gum blowing, gunny sack races and more) and a potluck.
J and I are not big fans of humidity and extreme heat, but we had a good week. A little cattle work, a bit of hay hauling, shop jobs for J and creative projects for me. We spent the weekend enjoying friends and visiting with neighbors. Hard to complain about that!