Thursday, October 30, 2008

When it Rains it Pours

Wondering what a typical day in the life of a dairy farming family is like? Me too!! Except each week or day is different than the last. Last week we had a pretty calm week, but this week has been insanely busy. First I have to tell you the kids in Wisconsin have a short school week because of the teachers state-wide conference. So yesterday my daughter and I met my mom half way so she could spend today and Friday with them. My mom is also a teacher so this works out rather well.

Back at the farm, we had the hoof trimmer...pausing...I have to tell you our old milk truck driver just went by. He lays on the air horn as he's coming that's how we get our kicks around here. Of course I called my husband to ask him if he had heard him and he was in the combine so he had not. Back to our regular scheduled programming...So we had the hoof trimmer here and he has a hydraulic shoot the cows go in and have their feet checked for delicious items such as warts and abscesses. They thank us later because they feel soooo much better after they have their feet wrapped. It's like a giant pedicure for cows. Kinda. So that was yesterday. Last night, Andy the guy who combines our corn called and said he was coming today.

This morning we went to Andy's to pick up wagons. My husband took a tractor to pull two wagons home and I took the truck. Maybe I'll take a pic of the combine. Kurt's (that's my husband) nephew is suppose to be here later. Plus I'm waiting for a guy to come who is going to look at our heifers (have not had a calf yet). He analyzes them to see what traits they need so we can breed them to the bull that has the strength of traits that the heifer lacks to pass on to her calf. Sorry if I lost you at Back on the farm : ) I had better get at our bookwork. The receipts need to be corralled.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and Saurkraut

I baked six pie pumpkins today. Which unofficially yielded 30 cups and comes out to five cups per pumpkin. A couple of weeks ago, I did four pumpkins and they only yield 12 cups which would be three cups per pumpkin. You are probably wondering what in the heck I'm going to do with all of this pumpkin. I'm going to make Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread for all! Actually around Christmas time we give the people we do business with "gifts." The bread is going to be part of this year's gift along with saurkraut my mom and I started yesterday.

I bought 10 heads of cabbage that are larger than basketballs for $1 each. It's a heck of deal. My mom and I were only able to use seven of them. These buggers are big and once you start shredding them it does not take long to fill up a 33 gallon can. The funny thing is I had never tried saurkraut until three years ago. I know the smell turned me off too, but try to look past it or should I say smell past it. It is soooo worth it!! YUM!