We’ve had a pretty steady week on the ranch. The weather has been inconsistent, as we have had days with a high temp of 80* and 100*. J and I watched storm clouds build and quick fronts move through leaving the ground damp. Some of these storms were sever and caused damage to the south of us. Family and friends to the west of us got measurable rain. Our weekly accumulation of moisture was .16″ and it took three showers to get that.
The oats took their time drying, but we got them baled. We spent Friday afternoon finishing the oats and baling around the hay corals. We are unofficially done haying! J is a little hesitant to clean up and put the haying equipment away, because every year he has put equipment away early he’s found more hay to put up. Sounds like we are going to put loaders back on the tractors and start hauling a little hay this week.
I have two good reads to share with you. More Than You Know, by Nan Rossiter, is a novel about three adult sisters who lost their mother. As the sisters come together to go through their childhood home and make funeral arrangements, they find their mother’s journal. As the girls work through their sadness they also work out the life challenges they are facing. This is a light, feel good read with enjoyable characters.
I am currently reading The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. This novel is about two Italian families in the early 1900’s. One main character, Ciro, and his brother were left at a convent to be raised by Nun’s. At a young age their Father died and the Mother felt she couldn’t care for her sons. Ciro was expelled from the convent and moved to America.
Enza is the oldest child of a middle class, hard working family. After a couple incidences of bad luck Enza and her father move to America.
Ciro and Enza’s paths crossed while teenagers in Italy. As young adults in America, Ciro, a shoemaker’s apprentice and Enza, a seamstress, meet up again.
I am working on a couple of creative projects. I went back to try my hand at crackle paste again.
Sunday afternoon Kari, Tad and their three kids came over. We went fishing in our stock dam and grilled burgers for supper.The guys caught some nice fish. Kari didn’t have the luck they did, but we had a fun time visiting.
It’s hard to wrap my head around how fast this summer seems to be moving. How is your July going?