Thursday, August 6, 2009


Last night we went to the Medina County Fair to watch the steer show. There were only 34 steers. I can remember when my brother showed and there were 90+ steers. Sorry for the bad photo - I took it with my cell phone and the lighting in the show arena was not the greatest.

So I'm tired today.

I'm stopping at our Amish neighbors on the way home tonight - the kids and Todd like canned beets, so I thought I'd buy some and can them. Since my beets didn't get more than a couple inches high and then died off.

Jessie spent about a half hour yesterday working with Porky. She has got him to the point she sets up 2 buckets in the barn, and walks him in figure eights around the buckets. Of course, we had to adjust his feed again. 10 lbs. in 3 days is not a good plan for an ideal weight of 275 at the county fair weigh in.

Next week I start my new schedule at work, since Tyler starts kindergarten next week. I'll be working 9-3 so I can get the kids on and off the bus. I'm hoping if I can continue to get up at my regular time (6:00), I can fit in cooking breakfast and a 2 mile walk every morning before putting them on the bus at 8:20. Somehow, walking with the kids tagging along is not. the. same. as walking by myself for exercise. Lately I've seen 3 or 4 other mothers/grandmothers out walking up and down our road early in the morning - it always creeped me out walking by myself when I was pregnant with both kids (we have some pretty nasty looking houses that are at the other end of our road), so safety in numbers? Even if they aren't with you they are there.

Hope your day is sunny!


warren said...

Too bad there aren't more steers...are people not farming as much in your area or just not showing as much?

audreypawdrey said...

i wonder why there weren't as many steers too. I need to be walking two miles a day, too. Good luck and I agree about safety in numbers!

Dena said...

Pickled beets are the best. I wasn't able to plant a garden this year becaused of my broken ankle, but I'm busy planning my garden for next year. Got my list and checking it twice! LOL

Gill - That British Woman said...

it's years since I have been to a country fair, I always used to enjoy going.

Your routine is making me tired!!! I am working next work from 9am until 3pm everyday, not sure how I'll manage as its an hour and a quarter commute each way. Still its only for a week.

Gill in Canada

isolada. by design said...

I've a feeling this economy has affected the small farmer. Even if they are able to maintain their family farms, they may not be able to afford to travel or raise to show. We can only hope things WILL get better and the way of life so many of us want...simple, earth giving & sustaining...will be possible and for duration.

An early morning walk is a wonderful way to start the day. And I would agree there's safety in numbers. You can never be too careful.

I'm excited for Tyler and hope he enjoys kindergarten very much. I think he will! :)