Milk Fact Mondays

With June being Dairy Month (is there a better month?) I compiled a whole mess of dairy info graphics. If you don’t follow along on Facebook, here’s what you’ve been missing!

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imageimageimageimage Hope you were able to learn something from these little snippets of info! Make sure to follow along on Facebook so you don’t miss all the fun 😉

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Mud Puppies

We have a monsoon season in Ohio. Sooner or later I’m going to need to find some blue prints for an ark. All this rain has made lots and lots of mud. It’s everywhere. What happens when you have 3 kids, waiting on their mom to finish chores as patiently as they can, when they are surrounded by mud? Bad things. I realized I had lost all control of the situation, gave up and busted out a camera.

image It started out innocently enough with a simple mud pie. Emma made a huge pie that Taylor promptly stomped in.

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Then we started losing ground….
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Our mud was not muddy enough so they had to add more water.

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We we will conclude our mud pictures with this one. It sums it up well.

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Before climbing in my car **shudder **, I shooed them in to the milk house. I had pretty much hose them down. They also found this hilarious. After getting home I made all 3 march their muddy little booties to the bath tub. After about 3 rounds of bath water and soap they looked like my kids again! Hopefully this rain slows down some time soon. I’m not sure I’m up to this on a regular basis.

Gardening with the Tribe

The other afternoon I felt brave, real brave. One of those moments where you wonder if you’re temporarily insane brave.

Every summer I put out a sizeable garden. I use it to can, freeze and enjoy fresh produce in the summer. It’s that time of the year where we have been swamped at the farm.  My garden has, understandably, not been a top priority. After finally roping my husband in to tilling it this past weekend, Mother Nature decided we needed some rain. Ok we did need rain, but we had a tilled garden I was chomping at the bit to get in!

After a few rain free days, I could take it no longer. I headed out to plant the garden, tribe in tow. Yes you read that right. I had temporarily lost all cognitive thought.

We started by laying out all of our seeds and plants. I made the executive decision we were going to plant 2 long rows of sweet corn down the length of the garden. I used some hi-tech row markers, ok sticks, to have an attempt at straight lines. Ha ha ha….. Then the sweet corn was planted in rows. Rows about 3 seeds wide… I’m not sure how this is going to turn out. You may need to stay tuned for a sweet corn thinning how to. I went with the theory we were getting the most use out of our space.

Next we needed to dig holes to plant our peppers and tomatoes. Upon digging the first hole a slimy, what normal people call earthworms, was discovered. The tribal elders had to show Henry how to go slimy hunting.

The coveted slimy.

The coveted slimy.

Slimy found!!!

Slimy found!!!

After realizing how neat worms could be Henry had to check every hole. If there was a worm, he was going to find it! Determination is the way to find worms.

Yes, he literally shoved his head in all the holes.

Yes, he literally shoved his head in all the holes.

All the holes were dug and we were down to planting cabbages. By this time we were all hot, tired and Henry had started to realize he could yank plants out of the ground. That was a fun learning experience. With the placing of the cabbages we were done. We had survived!

Cabbages going in!

Cabbages going in!

Our rows may not be straight, our seeds may be plentifully planted, but we had fun! Here’s to a summer full of veggies and gardening 🙂