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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Catch The Moment 30 July 23-29, 2014

We’re still custom harvesting in South Dakota. The fields have been yielding pretty good for this area. The weather was a little cooler this week 95F most days. We harvested about 40 miles southwest of Murdo most of the week. We tend to think we live in the middle of nowhere, but these guys are even more in the middle of nowhere than us! Here are some of my captures from the week…

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This was the ‘shortcut’ to our next field. Around here there are no ‘shortcuts’. We drove very slow through a very narrow rough pasture. Everybody was glad to be done with this trek!

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This was on the way to the field. We had 12 miles of this to drive through. It was very hilly, curvy and narrow.

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An old narrow bridge we had to cross on the way to the field. On the way out the combines had to use the river to get across since they are too wide for the bridge.
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Some of our equipment moving to another field.

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Chevy was prancing with a rabbit she caught as Brett watched. It was such a beautiful day.

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Our combines harvesting winter wheat southwest of Murdo, SD.

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This is one of my favorite places in the area. It’s such a beautiful spot in Pierre.

I just dropped our dog, Peaches off at the vet in Pierre, SD. We didn’t know what happened but her leg was swollen and after a midnight phonecall to the vet we decided she would be ok until morning. She was bitten by a rattlesnake and spent the night at the vet. She is a great hunter so she probably put up a good fight. The vet said she had a good dose of venom. She is recovering but it is a slow process. Until next week…
Erica

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