The Evolution of a Modern-Day Farm Wife

Zero to Eighty

The weather in Kansas has been wacky. 

So, what’s new?!?

Seriously.

Yes, it is winter.

Yes, I expect snow.

Yes, I expect ice.

Yes, I expect nostril-freezing wind chills.

But, eighty degree temps?!?

EIGHTY DEGREES!

It is MARCH, right?!?

It is MARCH, right?!?

I’ll take it…I guess.

As I sadly stare out my window from my classroom after fielding requests from students all day long to have classes outside.

ALL. DAY. LONG.

The problem is we’ve had some really, really freezing temperatures lately followed by warm, crazy-like weather.

It’s confusing.

One week ago it was literally freezing.

Today, I’m overhearing kids say they should’ve worn shorts to school.

Zero to eighty in a week.

Goodness.

I don’t think the wheat likes it either.

The snow that came with the below-freezing temps has helped the wheat by insulating it.

Snow keeps the wheat insulated from the cold.

Snow keeps the wheat insulated from the cold.

The problem is that when the temps rise, the snow melts, and then another front blows in with freezing temperatures which leaves the wheat vulnerable.

The warm temperatures have melted the snow leaving the wheat vulnerable.

The warm temperatures have melted the snow leaving the wheat without any protection.

Adam and Dwight scouted fields on Friday.

All I can say is that we’re hoping the wheat bounces back after this last cold, freezing spell…

…And that the temperatures stay above freezing.

Although the wheat can’t seem to get away from the crazy, inconsistent weather, Adam and I were able to get away for a few days and go to Del Mar, California, for some meetings.

Getting his feet wet in the Pacific for the first time.

Getting his feet wet in the Pacific for the first time.

Dwight and Cindy were able to go as well.

For a farm family, getting everyone off the farm at the same time is a nearly impossible feat.

But we did it, and enjoyed our time in sunny Del Mar.

Breakfast in Del Mar.

Breakfast in Del Mar.  Look, Mom, no wool socks!!

The time change left us waking up long before the sunrises.

Surf's up, farmer dude!

Surf’s up, farmer dude!

I found it funny to see the birds, the surfers, and the Kansas farmers out on the beach every morning before the rest of the coast was awake.

Since we’ve been home, Banks and I have been anxiously awaiting calving season during the below freezing/freezing/above freezing temperatures.

Eat your food, cow, and then have your calf already!

Eat your food, Cow, and then have your calf already!

Today we hit above 80 degrees.

Look, girls, here comes more chow!

Look, girls, here comes more chow!  Look, girls, I’m not wearing a jacket!!

I suppose this warm-up has its positives.

We finally had our first calf of the 2014 calving season late last week.

Our first calf of 2014.

Our first calf of 2014.

Isn't she pretty?

Isn’t she pretty?

Two more calves have shown up in the last 24 hours and I’m guessing they’re going to keep on coming.

The first bull calf of 2014.

The first bull calf of 2014.

Hopefully the temperatures stay nice and warm for these little guys to keep showing up and to give the wheat a chance to break dormancy and begin to grow.

After all, drastic temperature changes can shock our plants and animals.

We don’t want sick calves and we don’t want dead wheat.

I say bring on spring!

And for heaven’s sake, let’s keep the temperatures consistent.

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Comments on: "Zero to Eighty" (6)

  1. Irene Baldwin said:

    Loved the pictures! Surely Spring is on it’s way! Grandma Irene

  2. Lois Willis said:

    Thank you for including me in distribution. 82 degrees in March is pretty special! My yard thinks it is spring here, too. So far it exceeds expectations for this time of year. I do hope that the wheat and your animals stay warm enough to enjoy the spring. Most animals and plants want to live. Banks is such a cute little boy. I appreciate seeing how he has grown. I am glad the sun was out in California for you two and Dwight and Cindy. Lois

    • Lois,
      Thanks for the comments. It is warming up. In fact, we spent all day yesterday outside. I even opened the windows in the house. It’s a good thing I closed the windows, because it was SNOWING when we woke up this morning!

  3. Wow wonderful photos. Love the pictures very much. Thank you!

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