August 13-19, 2014 Back to ND!

Once again I am behind on posting.  We finished up in South Dakota after a big rain break!  The spring was late and wet which means the majority of North Dakota will be harvesting at the same time this year.  We will harvest around home next!  We have lots of work lined up plus our own flax and beans.  It’s always nice to have everything and everyone home!  It’s so nice to have a shop, yard and house to work out of!  Plus it doesn’t get as hot as everywhere we’ve been, although there are always the darn mosquitoes!  We’ve been a little bit of everywhere this week.  Seems like such a blur!  Here are some of my pics…

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This sign in western South Dakota – what an understatement!  I am so glad we don’t farm in hills like this! I think the sign is in the only flat spot! It’s not just curvy, but also steep, narrow and rough!…at least we didn’t come across any more rattlesnakes!

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Brett spent the day hanging out with the combine.

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Our Honey Select sweet corn, Yukon Gold potatoes and Rainbow carrots at home.  Everything could really use a good drink.  Mick says “It’s drier than a popcorn fart.”  We’ve been dragging hoses, trying to get them to hang on.  Even after having water on all day, it’s dry at 4″ down!

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Our Gold flax really turned this week!

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I took the kids to celebrate St. Peter’s Catholic Church 100th Anniversary in Gentilly, MN on Sunday.  This is one of the many stained glass windows.  The windows have all been restored.  The church raised $50,000 for the restoration project.  They had the bricks cleaned, windows restored, clergy artists repainted the interior, the crosses on the exterior were taken down and refinished in gold.  The church was built in 1914 for $35,000.  The exterior is shown in last weeks post.  Here is a picture during construction.St.-Peter's-Catholic-Church-1914

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This little bambi ran next to us for a long time!

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Max had fun running through our sweet corn patch.

Have a great week!

Erica 

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Rain Break Week #32 August 6–12, 2014

Our rain break turned into 4″ of rain in South Dakota! It turned into almost a week at home for everyone.  We could’ve really used the rain at home, but that wasn’t in the plan.  Our fields are very dry.  We’ve been dragging hoses for our sweet corn and potatoes everyday.  Our tomatoes and the rest of the garden are mostly dried up. Sad smile  We made it home just in time for a 4-H pool party.  The kids were pretty excited to see friends they haven’t seen in a while.  We checked up on our crops, planted some trees, then by the end of the week hit the road again.  Here are some of my pics from the week…Day-219

Our 4-H picnic at the local pool.  Brett ‘going off the diving board’.  He did it several times!  I was a bit nervous with him at the pool since he is normally such a dare-devil.

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Our soybeans are in blossom with tiny purple flowers.

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We made it home just in time for Max to do a few days of swimming lessons.  He absolutely hates water in his face.  We didn’t make it back in time for swimming lessons last year, so I was pretty surprised he was still brave enough for the diving boards!

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The boys helped dad plant 6 Arborvitae trees on the north side of the shop.

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Our last supper with everyone home for a bit.  We had steak, potatoes and corn on the cob.  The mosquitoes chased us indoors shortly after supper.

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We had some geese fly over the yard. I don’t like seeing them around this time of the year, usually it means winter is around the corner.  We have a few just hanging around in some of our fields.

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This is St. Peter’s Church in Gentilly, MN.  We spent the night in the area since Mick had a dental appointment early the next morning.  The church was restored and is celebrating 100 years on the 17th of August.  I have a lot of family history at this church.  My daughter and I were both baptized here.  All of my relatives on both sides are buried in the cemetery behind the church.  I knew it was a beautiful church growing up, but didn’t realize how rare it was until I was older.  I am in awe of the courageous leadership of Father Theillon, the priest who helped build it in 1914.  Not only did he help build the church, he also studied agriculture.  Father Theillon helped the struggling farmers build a very successful co-op cheese factory. The Grand Forks Herald recently published this article about the celebration.

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July 30-August 5, 2014 Week #31 Custom Harvesting SD

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What a week!  Our dog Peaches has made a full recovery from her rattlesnake bite!  We lucked out on most of the rain this week!  We’re custom harvesting northwest of our campground in Murdo, SD this week.  We got shut down one afternoon and were able to resume harvesting by the next afternoon.  It was perfect timing – one of our crew members had a visit from his parents.  We were able to go back to camp for supper.  We grilled burgers & potatoes and had corn on the cob I picked up from the farmer’s market in Pierre.  We also celebrated a crew member’s birthday with cake.  It was nice to have a sit down meal back at the camper.  It had been quite awhile since we were able to do that!   Here are this weeks pics…

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Brett was walking Chevy as we waited to feed the guys supper.

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This field had no flat spots!

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Unloading on top of the hill.

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We were on a few hundred acres for a few days.  It was so hilly!  The trucks were unable to get very close.  We could have used 2 grain carts.  The combines were sitting by the time the grain cart made it back from the trucks.

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We were surrounded by rain and thought maybe we lucked out.  Then it rained – very hard!  We weren’t sure we’d make it out of the field.  The field ‘road’ was very slimy!

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One of our combines was vibrating more than it should.  Our rain break turned into a repair day.  Mick replaced all the knives on this chopper at the back of the combine.  We were able to combine by supper time.

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More rain around us.  This one turned into almost 4” by the next day.  We headed for home!

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