And now the CHF 2014 awards presented by Chris Jordan.
This year I nominate myself and humbly accept the award for best dressed. The holes in the clothes, the hair that says, “I’m already married.”, the too much stuff being carried to show off for my wife. Oh yeah. Winner.
Of course I’m kidding. Julie wins any beauty pageant. Even if she doesn’t try. Here she is not trying at Aunt Marian’s birthday party. Isn’t she pretty?
What do pigs do on a farm? This one wins every year. Talk about SEO. Sheesh.
I’ll tell you what pigs do. They escape and come looking for me…the guy who brings the food.
My favorite post…and the top post we published this year…
The Way I See you, The Way I Love You. Read it for yourself.
Most Valuable Player
We love our new chicken house. I can’t say enough about it. We have lost ZERO chickens to predation, it kept the birds cool and comfy in the summer. Egg production stayed high all summer. We captured manure in the bedding on the floor we could redirect to specific locations on the farm. It’s easy to move on down the road. Just great. I would make two changes to it though. The next one will be a little taller and four feet longer. And the nest boxes will be on the other side so we don’t get dripped on. Other than that…great.
With a minimum of effort and expense and against my wishes, dad single-handedly and somewhat magically converted a field of corn stubble into a magical land of clover (and weeds). We cut it for hay then, later, we grazed our way through.
I must have read The Farming Ladder 10 times this year but, in spite of that, I think I liked Farmer’s Progress better. What a great book. Well, that and Carry On, Jeeves. But please, let’s don’t think I’m an anglophile.
Best Money Spent
We bought a truckload of oak odds and ends from the local sawmill really just for the price of the hauling. This isn’t all of it. This is a nice picture Julie snapped for ..like..art..stuff.
Livestock and Farm Animals
What a great year. We had a hen go broody and hatched chicks we weren’t expecting. 5 calves were born with no problems at all. We raised pigs, we raised chickens, we had fun.
But you know, sometimes things just don’t make it on the farm. It’s a hard place. We lost a calf this year. That was pretty hard. A mink killed 12 ducks one evening. My youngest’s favorite cat got hit by a car. That was rough. There were also whole litters of kittens that didn’t survive. We really thought Horatio was going to pull through but another, older kitten took his mama’s milk. My oldest daughter took it pretty hard. But that’s just how it is. Animals have a hard time. Especially the semi-feral barn cats. Most especially the semi-feral barn cats we name.
Lesson Learned Repeatedly
Julie doesn’t want to milk. Every. Stinking. Day.
Aunt Marian was suddenly gone. One day she was peeling grapes at her sink. The next day she was in the hospital. Within a month we were remembering her life. At a birthday party this year she looked at a plat map with me. The map was from 1893 but farms don’t change hands frequently. She told us what she remembered about each farm, where the house was, how folks were related. She knew everything. We miss her every day.
So that’s the year in review…awards for 2014. Some of that was pretty rough but we’re ready for more. Aunt Marian won’t fall asleep in a chair at the next birthday party but we move on. There are eggs to collect, cows to milk and calves to tag. There are children to raise. So here’s to 2015. We pray that God will enlarge our borders and keep us from harm.
One additional note, most of the pictures in this post were taken with Julie’s MotoX and are untouched. The old MotoX not the new one. That may be something we wonder about some day. I doubt a reader cares though. Indoor shots seem to suffer with that phone. The bearded Christmas selfie and the picture of Farmer’s Progress were both taken with my iPhone 5C…my employer’s iPhone 5C.
Here’s to 2015, indeed. Happy New Year.
Uh huh – just as I suspected you had a productive year and were not just kicking back on the wknds after the chores were done and watching baseball and football games followed by an evening of back-to-back Netflix!
Great Award categories too – gets me wondering what the 2015 Book of the Year will be as reading/hibernation season is upon us. My 2014 People’s Choice Book awards your blog pointed me to would be Laddie for Fiction and Greg Judy’s No Risk Ranching for Non-Fiction.
Ooolala – that award winning outfit for Best Dressed is a must have and the accessories you chose compliment the outfit just perfect! You will have to auction it on eBay when you are done with it of course 😉 BUT I am a little worried though that you took that modeling gig a little too seriously by going on one of those anorexic diets that high fashion models follow. You look like you lost an unnecessary 30 lbs looking a bit gaunt with your clothes hanging from you – eat your lunches man!
So what is the answer to the lesson you learned in Julie vs. Milking? Are you going to sell the dairy cows or some of them? Yikes they are pets so that would be hard… Are you and/or the kids going to take over the daily milking this year?
As a trade off for milking, I hope you can negotiate for 2015 to have Julie to do a guest post(s) of what her week looks like with farm chores, home schooling, running the household, being a mother, a wife, handling? the weekday farm sales of eggs, broilers etc, running her doTerra business and time for herself if it exists. You guys are living the dream of a lot of like-minded people interested in small farming, home schooling, etc – the Whole Package. Julie is a BIG part of the farm and dream and it would be great to have a non-sugar coated look that your blog is known for, of the behind the scenes of her part. You would have to add a new Awards category for Guest Posts of course and maybe your dad and sister would come out of the wood work and favor us with guest posts again too if they knew there was a chance of an Award? lol All the best in 2015!
Way to go Kari. Make fun of the skinny kid.
We will milk again. But we have to modify our schedule so it’s more of a team effort. Or so that Julie has weekends off. Or something. The All-Julie show is the problem, not the cows.
What the blog is known for? My blog is known? The Julie post can happen. A dad post would be good. I think dad and I are working to be more of a team…though I bent something yesterday and…well…um…maybe I’m on the bench for a bit.
Haha – not picking on you just saying – eat your own words and check your triangle lol !
Great news on some guest posts! Yes, to me at least your blog is known as honest, not all staged perfect photo’s with all is “it’s rosie and easy” text to accompany it – you literally give us the real poop – good, bad and the ugly and I love it!