Dear step counter/fitness tracker: We had a deal. Every day I am supposed to drag my sorry carcass out for exercise. You are supposed to whistle, beep, and send me shiny icons and provide motivation to continue doing that. Most of all though, you are supposed to count. Imagine my surprise when I looked and saw … More An Open Letter to a Malfunctioning Fitness Tracker
We spent a lot of time last night bringing the cows home from their winter corn stalks and getting hay bales set out for them. Why? Because of winter storm “Kayla”, which was predicted to bring 8-12″ of snow along with 40 mph winds to our little corner of the world. Livestock can handle harsh weather … More Blizzard February 2, 2016
You may, or may not, be aware that Nebraska is among the many states that was affected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Nationwide, around 47 million birds (chickens and turkeys) died or had to be euthanized because of this disease (late summer 2015). One of the possible vectors (ways to spread a disease) … More Avian Influenza, Toy Chickens, and County Fairs
Those of you that are regular readers know that I have three sons. No daughters. Just sons. I was always a tomboy and never a ‘girly’ girl. So, I thought that if anyone could adjust to living with all these males, it was me. I was wrong. Even a tomboy brain like mine does not process things … More Life With Sons – Some Lessons Learned As a Mom of Boys
It has been a busy summer on the ranch. So busy, that I have not had time to sit down and write for a while. Three sons means that June is consumed with T-ball and baseball games. Except for that one week it rained…. The ball field in our little town is located in a low-lying … More Flood Cleanup At the Ball Field – More Than Just Getting Ready For a Game
I have written in the past about extreme gardening in the Great Plains. Between wind, drought, and more wind, I have often wondered if I should seek some type of therapy. I have gotten used to a gradually-warming climate (welcomed it even). One side effect of climate change is the uptick in extreme events. We have … More May 18. Frost Advisory. Unhappy Gardener.
Most families have traditions, whether they realize it or not. Ours seems to have developed the ignoble tradition of setting the lawn on fire. I am happy to report that the most recent fire occurred while I was off the premises. All the household males were solely responsible for this blaze. It was a normal day. … More Family Traditions (a.k.a. the Lawn Burned Again)
We live in the information age. Now, I know why ignorance is bliss. I have information coming out of my ears (figuratively, not literally), but the hard part is not acquiring the bits and pieces of information. It is organizing them.Computer hard drives are larger than ever. Mine is perpetually full. So I started using … More File Not Found 404
I really am not sure if I should tell this story. It makes me seem like a terrible, horrible, cruel person. And I am not a terrible, horrible, cruel person. I just caused a possum to have a horrible, terrible, no-good, very-bad death. One evening, the hubby and sons were off at some activity and I had to … More The Possum Zombie Apocalypse Will Be My Fault
Recently, hubby and I spent the day talking to high school sophomores about careers in animal science. We both have advanced degrees in this field (masters degree in ruminant nutrition) but our personalities and preferences have taken us to very different jobs. This makes us uniquely qualified to talk to students about the wide variety of … More Career Day–Future Animal Scientists?