Friday, June 27, 2014

LOVE isn't such a bad thing...

When I think of the word love many things come to mind. First, those sappy "love" movies or stories I read are what I consider "fictional love" or in other words, the writers perspective of what the ideal love is. It's a way for them to take the ordinary love and make it perfect, in my opinion, not real.

Another thing that comes to mind when I think about love is the love and compassion I have for my family and my friends. When I say I love someone it doesn't mean I admire them for their looks but instead it means I truly love them for the way they make me feel and their personality. I love on so many different levels!

I love my friends for sharing encouraging messages with me. I love my boy for giving me endless hugs. I love my parents for never giving up on me. I love my sister for allowing me to find someone I can hate at the same time. And most important, I love my God for showing me the importance of a purposeful life.

But, when I look at love as a relationship I look at my grandparents and smile knowing they've beat the odds of all the cards in the deck. Happy 65th wedding anniversary Grandpa and Grandma Zoubek!

These two have some amazing stories they've shared with me over the years. While eating lunch this past weekend with them while celebrating their 65th anniversary I asked them what they did for their honeymoon. Their answer was simple, they traveled for a little bit but had to be home early because it was getting close to harvest time. Yes, they're a true American farming family. I had to laugh because this is something Trav would totally pull on me if we were to try out a honeymoon in the summer. 

My grandparents have raised six successful children and have loved their 30+ grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They have shown us all what it's like to work hard and raise a family all while having fun and living a down to earth lifestyle. 

Kids (missing one of the brothers)
So, congratulations Ernie and Rosie Zoubek! You've done an amazing job with your kiddos and now they're all raising some successful offspring of their own! I love you and my entire Zoubek family to the ends of the earth and I'm so proud to celebrate a day dedicated to love that's still alive after 65 years of marriage!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Farming On The Four's

I'm excited to be back into my routine of posting my Farming On The Four's. As I'm putting my 2014 "yearbook" together slowly I realize that I really do miss seeing these updates so if I only blog strictly personal posts and farming updates that's considered a win in my book! 
What's been going on around our farm? A LOT! The cows have been out on pasture for a few weeks, we've brought home some new farm equipment, received more rain and hail and finally finished up planting for the second time.
On the 16th of June we got more rain, hail and some pretty fun lightning storms. Not a whole lot of rain, around .55" but enough to keep Trav out of the field for a few days. Lately we've been running through tiny rain patches. Not all bad except for the fact that when they come through they're almost always severe weather type storms. Those aren't fun! We've already been hailed on several times this year and my poor garden hates the harsh 60+ mph wind that rolls through.
Speaking of the garden, I think I've been growing super food! Check out this radish I've been growing. 
At this point they're not edible but it's been fun to see how big they've gotten. It started out as "no leave them so I can get a picture of them tomorrow" and then turned into a month later let's just pull them, they're no good anymore. Yes, I'm guilty of wanting a picture of them, mostly because this is the first year I've actually had a good looking garden that's producing veggies. 
Right now the garden is currently producing radishes (ok those are done) peas, green beans, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. I'm pretty darn impressed with myself! This year the weeds are minimal and compared to last year you can see what specifically is growing in each row. Over the past few years of my own gardening career about this time it gets too hot and I give up going outside to weed or mulch. This year I've been keeping up on the weeds and I'd say about 85% of the garden is mulched at this point.
I still want to get back out there and plant a few more things like another row of green beans and possibly more peas but overall I'm extremely satisfied with how it all look. My little peas have pods about an inch long already so I'll be keeping a close eye on them so I can go sneak the first one of the season!

On the 18th of this month we brought home the boys' NEW combine! The 7230 is officially on the farm and getting the "Travis Approval" for the 2014 harvest season. He always goes around and makes the fine adjustments, adding dates to specific things so he knows when to change them in the future. He also has to add in their computer monitors and other items that were taken out of the old combine before it was loaded up and taken to the dealership for a bath and awaiting a new owner.
And how cute is Travis' little nephew Jax trying out the new combine?! He really wasn't sure at first what to think when grandpa took him in the cab but I'm sure come harvest time he'll enjoy it a little more and check out what his family does for fun. 
This is the third brand new combine they have bought! I love getting to see the new combines pull onto the yard. There's something exciting about knowing there's a brand new piece of equipment that cost well over half a million dollars coming onto the farm. It just shows that there is still money in farming and that if you work hard sometimes you can upgrade to get something new and fun to play with! 
I think my favorite update that I'll be sharing this time is the fact that on the 20th (Friday night) we decided to finally hold our baby kittens for the first time since we've found them! I kept telling Travie we need to leave them a bit longer so mama doesn't move them but I caved because he convinced me that if we don't start holding them now they'll become wild and we won't be able to catch them. Luckily mama hasn't moved them since we've started playing with them daily but I'm still a little worried. As you can tell I was LOVING our first set of baby kitties! I cannot wait to watch them grow up and I'm really hoping the dog stays away from them!
Also, on gardening updates, the 21st we added my cucumber trellis! This is the first year we've been so far ahead of the game that we actually put something out for my little cucumbers. Spending just a few hours a night has made a huge difference in the garden and I love it because it gives us a little time to spend together and catch up on the day and what the rest of the week looks like!

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