Aug 292009

We’ve been back from Jena’s certification trip for about a month now… she’s gained somewhere around 10 horses to trim and has prospects for more. She’s set up a Facebook page, stop by and become a fan!

Less than a week after we returned home, we headed up to Americus, Kansas to help our friends, Ben and Alice, celebrate their marriage. Josh and Jena were bridesmaid and groomsman for the couple. There are very few things that can get Farmer Josh to dress up in a button up shirt, much less a suit… guess a wedding is one of them! :-)

8-8-2009 (20)

Steve, Josh, Graceson and Jena have been putting up hay using a borrowed tractor since our Ford is still not going and we don’t have all the equipment needed to bale hay or put up loose hay using the horses.

8-5-2009 (17)

Imogene continues to be the Hoeing Hero. She can be found in the garden most days by 6:30 a.m trusty hoe in hand, slaying the weeds one by one. She is one amazing lady!

8-6-2009 (3)

The summer harvest has been somewhat disappointing. Tomatoes have been slow to start producing and now that they have begun, we’re having quite a bit of trouble with them rotting on the vine. Sweet corn harvest was limited but somewhat better than last year. Most years we’ve had trouble with voles or gophers tunneling through the rows eating the corn seed not too long after it’s planted. This year Josh planted castor beans among the corn and the varmints left them alone. Unfortunately, corn ear worms don’t mind the castor beans at all and they had a hayday in the corn, eating more than their fair share. The peppers and okra are going gangbusters though. Josh and Imogene just started transplanting into the hoophouses this morning, so we’ll have good stuff to eat out of the hoop houses well after frost.

8-5-2009 (7)8-17-2009 (13)

After several weeks of hot, dry weather, the Lord send rain to break the dry spell… 8 inches of rain in 4 days! It was so nice! The cow’s didn’t know what to think of having water flowing in the creek again!

8-20-2009 (9)

The turkeys are growing and are now happily catching grasshoppers in their paddock. We see the grasshoppers at the tops of the weeds, just as high as they can go when the turkeys are on the hunt… strange… you wouldn’t think a grasshopper would have the brains to know to get out of the way, but they seem to know somehow.

8-20-2009 (34)

Josh is working on another "Farmer Josh" update. He works on it evenings after he gets in if it isn’t too late and is hoping to be able to finish up within a week or so. With as long as it has been since the last update, I’m afraid it might be pretty long… stay tuned!

After the rain one evening while I was doing chores, I looked up to see this beautiful rainbow. What a priviledge.

8-17-2009 (7)

’Til next time!