We are a little bit old fashioned.
There are smart phones, laptops, desktops, i-pads and all sort of electronic devices...all of which have calendar apps on them.
But...to keep our busy schedule straight...we would be lost without our old-fashioned wall calendar.
Sure, I use the calendar on my phone for some items, especially those dates that I know I will need when I am out and about, but there is something about seeing it in black and white that makes it stick in my brain.
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It is the time of year that our engagements are stretching us into next year. I have sticky notes, calendar notes and appointment cards, but it is time to order that 2018 calendar and putting all those important dates in their permanent location.
Believe it or not, a calendar can tell a lot about a person.
Some people's calendars are just utilitarian. They are O.K. with whatever free calendar comes in the mail from some organization usually begging for money. Others are O.K. with whatever free calendar the neighbor is trying to get rid of.
Other people could care less what pictures are on their calendar, because they have so many papers hanging from the nail they have no idea what picture is underneath.
Some people's calendars are the neighbor kids fundraiser. Showing their support of the community or those they support.
Other people use their calendar as an expression of something they love.
For us...that is cattle.
Have you ever googled cattle calendars?
Yeah...you will be disappointed.
I like cattle...but I am not really into those bony dairy cattle.
Several years ago, after much searching, I finally found a cattle calendar that I am excited to hang on my wall.
I would really love to have a calendar that is just Herefords or Miniature Herefords, but I am willing to compromise...especially to look at these beautiful pictures.
Each year David Stock R. Stoecklein, legendary western cattle photographer, compiles amazing pictures into his cattle calendar.
But...calendars are not all about pretty pictures.
One of my biggest pet peeves, is to find a beautiful calendar with tiny squares. What good is a calendar with squares so small or so full of advertisements you can't write in them?
I don't know about you, but our calendar is much more than appointments and birthdays.
Our calendar is our history book.
As you can see, the calendar is where we keep most of our cattle records.
We do have a very detailed book for all our cow records, but I don't always have time to enter all that information.
Daniel won't enter info into our cow book, because, as you can see, very few people can read his writing.
When we come in from a long day or cold night out in the barn, all we want to do is eat dinner and get a shower. The last thing we want to do is pull out the cattle records and spend time updating them.
Our compromise....write it on the calendar. Then, when I have time, I transfer all the information to our permanent cattle record book.
It is a system that works for us.
But, we need a lot of room. Those tiny squared calendars just don't cut it around here.
There is a note section at the bottom of each month that we use to remind us of appointments we need to schedule.
I love that you get a bonus photo on the bottom of each month.
This is also great for those of you that put all those papers on the nail....
My 2018 David R. Stoecklein calendar is on order, and as soon as it arrives, our year will be filling up.
For us, calendars are a tradition.
We have found a new tradition in our cattle calendars. Our calendar keeps us straight on what is happening this month, but it also records all our history for the year.
At the end of the year, our calendars do not get thrown away.
We are those hoarders that keep those calendars... just in case I need to know something about last year.
And...you know what....I go back to those calendars all the time.
Order yours today...you won't be disappointed.
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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.