January Farming

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sydney-with-frosty-breath

Above is a photo of Sydney I took a couple of days ago during our cold snap.  I was noticing how well you could see her breath in the cold air and sunshine.  Today we got to catch her to give her a shot.  Both Tom and I are ill with nasty colds so this was a good time.  We finally were able to get her into a pen in the barn and give the immunization safely.  But this is what it is like trying to manage a farm in January.

While I was finishing up the animal chores, I started noticing the thick wool on the sheep (between coughing a lung up).  I particularly noticed Wendel and Harlen (brothers from another mother).  

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wendel-and-harlen

Harlen’s wool is strikingly long and thick,

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harlen-side

as well as being a pretty golden color.

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harlen-front

Looking forward to spring with its warmer weather, flowers, and pretty shorn wool.

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Farm Trucks

So in 2013 I was listening to Weekday on KUOW and they were talking about the commercial about farmers that had just played during the Super Bowl.  Here is the commercial

They commented that they did not understand why it was a truck commercial, that trucks are not farm equipment.  This was my last straw with KUOW.  The comments seemed both arrogant and ignorant.  I know we are small potatoes, but we used our farm truck for many things: hauling livestock, bringing home equipment, moving hay, as well as for recreation. Everyday I see trucks used for farming here.

But our farm truck is now old and needs to retire.  The mechanic says we cannot trust it for towing or long distances any more.  So we need to say goodbye to our truck.

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truck at our wedding

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pigs-in-truck

 

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Trip to pick up Lewis

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Truck n Eugene

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Hauling stuff from Grampa White’s

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Vacation

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Dinner during goat rental

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Truck camping

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Picking up cider press

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Bringing home goats

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Motorcycle trip

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Moving hay

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At Dad’s cabin

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Grand Canyon trip

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Moving the Boles Aero

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At the Boles Aero

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Now old farm truck

So today we purchased a new farm truck to replace our old one.  It is sad saying goodbye to the old one, but fun to say hello to the new one.  We drove to Idaho and stayed in Wallace.

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Fainting Goat in Wallace, ID

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blurry-center-of-the-universe-sign

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stardust-motel-sign

We stayed at The Wallace Inn and greatly enjoyed their hot tub, pool, jacuzzi and steam room.

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icicles-on-the-wallace-inn

We bought our new farm truck in Kellogg, ID,

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New Farm truck

and then drove back home.

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knitting-in-new-truck

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tom-driving-new-truck-home

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columbia-at-vantage

Welcome new farm truck!

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Tom’s Birthday

Birthday dinner

Birthday dinner

Behind bar at dinner

Behind bar at dinner

birthday cake

birthday cake

Morning view

Morning view

French cider with a view

French cider with a view

Tug boats in action

Tug boats in action

At Capitol Cider

At Capitol Cider

The wheel

The wheel

Chris Egers' Band at Highway 99 Blues Club

Chris Egers’ Band at Highway 99 Blues Club

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