I know I have been gone for awhile. Sorry About that. I have not been in the mood much to blog. But I am back. Hopefully I won’t be gone as long next time. I have missed being here.
On Wednesday we went to a yearly Jackson County Conservation District dinner and program/meeting. One of our neighbor friends won a 2015 Bankers Award for work they did on their property. They put in Grassed Waterways, Gradient Terraces, Tile Terraces and Underground Outlets. Now I don’t know exactly what all that means, but I am sure if any of you are farmers or ranchers, you know what it means. All I know is that it is improving the land for future use and taking care of it at the present time. These neighbors are the same wonderful and helpful friends that lend us a bull every year and help us a lot with any problems we have with the cows and calving times.
There were four other awards given to four other rancher/farmer families. A 2015 Outstanding Conservationist award, 2015 Grassland award, 2015 Filter Strip award and a 2015 KACD Grassland award. And again I don’t know what KACD means. The Grassland award went to our insurance agent. He rented a bull to us to use one year too. He fathered some very nice calves.
It is held every year at the First United Methodist Church in Holton. And the ladies do the cooking. It is always a good meal. This time it was a meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans and a large roll. For dessert we had a piece of cherry nut cake with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Really good and filling meal. After the awards, there was a speaker who is married to a local rancher and she is called Chef Allie. She cooks and does speaking engagements nation wide. And she has a blog! 🙂
There is also an FFA (Future Farmers of America) student from one of the local High Schools that gives a winning State essay speech. Sometimes those can be kind of boring. For me at least. But this year it was pretty interesting and very well told.
There is also Poster award winners from the local grade schools for first through fourth grade. And also awards for Middle School students for essays they wrote. The first place winner received $50, the second place winner received $25 and the third place winner received $5. After all was said and done they have a door prize drawing for three really nice paintings of farm or wildlife. We didn’t win any of those. They also usually have a drawing for vases of flowers. This year the District manager, who is a woman, decided that since Valentines Day was just a few days before the Conservation dinner, asked how many women didn’t get flowers. Several hands flew into the air, including mine, and there was a lot of laughter as husbands and maybe a few boyfriends got put on the spot. So since there was twenty vases of flowers, everyone who had there hands in the air, got a vase of flowers. And here is mine.
There were a lot of different colors and they were all pretty.
Of course the men, or who ever wanted one, got cattle flags to use on the farm. Although the District Manager said that last year the woman used them on their husbands! 😀
The day I took this picture, Tom was grumpy and didn’t want his mugshot shown.
Well, that is my post for tonight.
Stay Safe and God Bless!