A thank you note is an expression of gratitude. A way to show someone how much they and their actions mean to you.
In the day of digital communication, it seems the art of pen and paper is becoming just a memory.
There is certainly a place for digital communication. Waiting in the car pool line, for the click list grocery order to be loaded in the car, or going through the car wash are all great times to pick up the phone and shoot off a quick text or e-mail of thanks. But, taking five or ten minutes at home, with personalized stationery and favorite pen, takes the note to a whole new level.
The calendar may say it's spring, but here in Ohio we know that spring means we are in for a roller coaster ride.
This weekend we were at the top with warm sunshiny days. It reminded us that spring really is here and summer is right around the corner.
Each year we learn something new..
When we first started this cattle business, we learned so much. Each year we would look back and were amazed at how much had changed and how much we had learned.
We know so much more now than we did then. Each year be build on our base of knowledge, but when we look back, sometimes it doesn't feel like we are learning as much now.
Maybe we haven't been learning as many things, but each lesson is just as valuable as the things we learned in those early years.
Showing cattle involves a lot of hurrying up...
Hurry and get to the show to feed your animals.
Hurry to the wash stall before it gets full.
Hurry and get your cow dry before the icicles form.
Then you wait...
We just came home from our seventh year at the Ohio Beef Expo.
I can't believe it has been seven years already.
As always, the week is packed full and always fun.
Daniel arrived at the fairgrounds early Wednesday morning to post stall assignments and move in all our equipment.
I was at work and Isaac and Walker were getting in one final day of school, so Daniel was on his own for all the heavy lifting.
Yes...I know...we have been showing all winter.
Just about every other weekend since November, we have been at a show.
But...it's time for the grand finale...
The Ohio Beef Expo!
Our favorite show of the year.
Yes...our favorite because we are down right tired and just want to be done...
This weekend was the last regular show of the BEST season.
We were all at the show this weekend...including Nash.
We were all needed because with two rings of showmanship things got a little chaotic at times. But, we tag teamed and each took a kid...and everyone made it to their appropriate ring on time.
Show day is a mix of taking your time...hurrying up...and then lots of waiting.
Next up is the grand finale at the Ohio Beef Expo.
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It's that time of year again.
Time to nominate your cattle for the Best of the Buckeye.
What is the Best of the Buckeye?
It is a program sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen's Association that recognizes cattle that are born and bred in Ohio.
Why is this important?
A showman walks into the show ring with his cow all clean, fitted and looking fine.
The showman isn't looking too shabby himself with his crisp, clean shirt, fancy show jeans, cowboy hat and boots to match.
But getting to the show ring looking like a million bucks is easier said than done.
You see...there is a whole lot of poop going on back in those barns...
And it is no easy feat keeping the poop where it is supposed to be and not all over the kid.
Not long ago, a new trend emerged in footwear at cattle shows. It used to be that everyone wore square toed boots.
While boots will always be a fixture in the cattle industry, a new, more comfortable footwear item has stormed the scene.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.