Monday, June 24, 2013

U Is For Unexpected

I'm taking you on a journey from A to Z through the land of dairy! 
There's no need to pack your bags, just come along!
  U Is For Unexpected

I am a list maker. Are you? I make grocery lists, guest lists, to-do lists, honey-do lists (Farmer John loves that one) blog idea lists, farm goal lists, etc.etc.etc. If it is something to do, buy, or remember- it goes on a list. One thing that did not go on a list was for us to buy hay for the cattle.

If you remember my post Hey, Where's the Hay? you know that about one half of our hay crop was affected by winterkill, thus reducing our amount of feed for our animals. Also, the newly planted hay (alfalfa) which replaced the winterkill hay, will not be ready to cut until fall. As if this wasn't a big enough reduction in our food supply to our cattle, something else reared its ugly head...too much rain! We here in our area of Minnesota have experienced rain nearly every day therefore we have been unable to cut and bale hay. You can learn about this at  A Is For Acre.

I'm sure Farmer John had "find hay supply" on the top of his to-do list, since the health and care of our cattle is a farmers top priority. Just like a knight in shining armor riding in on a white horse, our neighbor came to our rescue! Farmer John received a phone call from our neighbor telling us that they do not have cattle at this time and may switch over to cash-crop farming. "Do you want to buy some hay?" said our life-saving knight. Farmer John jumped at the chance, and after more than 35 years of NOT purchasing hay, the sale was complete. Expect the Unexpected.

Now, back to my list making...bridal shower guests, bridal shower food, bridal shower games. My niece Dena and her boyfriend fiance Aaren are getting married (NOT unexpected) and I'm hosting a shower!

Dena chose a farmer!

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 See you here tomorrow...V Is For Veterinarian


  1. It's official, he's part of the family!

  2. I am sure Larry will see this sometime today!

    1. I think you are probably correct Dena. Hi Larry and Irene!