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Nathan’s Graduation!

Our youngest has graduated from high school.  He has plenty of credits to do so and has managed Summa Cum Laude status with a 4.0 GPA, including, his nine hours of dual credit college courses in College Algebra, Psychology, and English Writing course via internet with North Central Missouri College at Trenton.  He has only a few modules and a couple of lab projects to complete for Physics and his mom is insisting on finishing Human (advanced) Biology (both Apologia courses, but this curriculum has changed hands since we purchased).

Sunday afternoon (7 June) is the big day of visiting and thanking friends and supporters of his 12 year home education career.  I’ll have some old photos displayed and we’ll grill some beef dogs and burgers along with picnic type food.  It’s planned for outdoors at our house, so hope the weather allows.

In preparation, the house needs spring cleaning top to bottom.  Though I have a good start, only one room is completed, and that is daughter Jessica’s room.  She is scheduled to arrive at Kansas City airport Friday night having completed her 2-year contract of teaching Kindergarten at The American School of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  We haven’t seen her in person since October!  Thank Yah for Skype and all the modern technology which allows family and friends to keep in touch.

So, the windows are shined inside and out, sills and sashes washed, wood frames, furniture, floors, floor trim, doors are all washed and dusted.  Bedclothes are washed and in order, chandelier polished.  Next room…..

With dear Pierrette too far away to help me with this massive undertaking (yes, it is a big job for me – i’d rather be building fence than cleaning house!), I’m grateful my husband has freed up our sons and Rick Tate a bit to help me not get too far behind in my farm work.  It seems they, too, are likeminded about house cleaning!  😉

Cheers!

tauna

Next Day – Thursday

This morning, after chores, Dallas and I were to deliver clover seed to New Cambria Sale Barn.  The buyer couldn’t meet us at the predetermined time, however, so we were to just leave it there and he would pick it up later.  He had left the check with the lady who runs the sale barn cafe.  About a 35 minute drive over, so didn’t take long and I had a nice ride with my son.

Took a bit of time to prune landscaping.  Dallas has been pruning his grandpa’s cherry and apple trees.

Ashes 'helping.'
Ashes ‘helping.’

Early this morning, I had started making 6 lbs of sloppy joes and a batch of deviled eggs for the firemen’s meeting tonight. However, Allen received a text that said Alex would bring lasagna.  Hooray!  Nevertheless, I finished the batch and we’ll enjoy sloppy joes for a while, then I’ll freeze the rest for later.  The deviled eggs are quickly disappearing already.

After a stop at Orscheln’s to purchase more lamb milk replacer (will be glad when they are weaned onto creep feed!), we arrived

Ashes spying Midnight
Ashes spying Midnight
And finally, they had to start fighting.
And finally, they had to start fighting.

home in time to warm up lunch, then I headed up to the farm.  Odds and ends maintenance and repair on fence, water, taking out mineral to both cattle and sheep.  Also, made some plans to modify the corral in the shearing shed and gathered a few materials for that as well as doing some measuring.  Got home about 8pm.

Cheers!

tauna

Prioritize for Profit

When it’s ridiculously cold outside, sometimes it’s best to just sit and think (once all the work and chores are done).  Here is a thought from a man whom I’ve yet to meet, who has words of wisdom worth pondering taken from his column “Strategic Planning for the Ranch” in Beef magazine

Prioritize for profit rather than convenience.

Sometimes convenience and profit are closely related, other times, they aren’t related at all or may even be antagonistic.  Don’t let your desire for convenience get in the way of improving profit — unless, of course, you’re already profitable enough and convenience can add enough quality of life to offset foregone profit.”

Burke Teichert, a consultant on strategic planning for ranches, retired in 2010 as vice president and general manager of AgReserves Inc.  He resides in Orem, Utah.  Contact him at burketei@comcast.com