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August 16-22

Agriculture.com Staff 07/07/2010 @ 9:09am

This last week is a blur. It started with Shawn leaving very early Monday morning to drive truck so that he could get home in time to go with me to pick up our first load of feed. The feed is coming from Cenex Harvest States in Hermiston, which is about 2.5 hours away.

After the heat we had been having , Monday was the day for the weather to change to rain. It threatened off and on all day but once we got loaded, it stopped long enough to get back with out having to put the tarp on. We dropped off a load of hog feed that we special ordered and then went to Johnstons' to drop off their ton of minerals. We parked the rest of the load in their shop for the night so that we could wait until Tuesday to unload the rest.

Shawn drove truck on Tuesday and while he was gone, I did the last of what needed done at the store before I opened. We also unloaded the feed Tuesday evening. Shawn left late on Wednesday so that he was there when I opened to see if I needed anything. I was open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday. We are closed on Sunday.

Thursday was Shawn's 38th birthday and it is also our neighbor Kirby's birthday. Kirby made dinner for us, which was very nice, then on Friday after I closed, we meet a group at Diane's in Wallowa to celebrate Shawn's birthday again. He was off work from Saturday thru Monday and spent time helping me at the store and did a lot at home.

We turned off the irrigation in the hay field so we could get ready to cut the hay, but it has been raining ever since. It has also cooled off quite a bit. I went from wearing shorts to wearing jeans and sweatshirts overnight! I guess it was good timing. With opening the store it is nice to have one less thing at the ranch to do.

Shawn and I both check the animals morning and night to see what they need, and he has been a great help in the house too! I am spending more time at the store than at home right now, and we are still working on getting it stocked. I am getting something new all the time and getting new catalogs daily.

I already have regulars that come for coffee everyday and I am sure as summer comes to an end there will be more joining us. Shawn is going to get another load of feed on Friday and probably will every couple of weeks. We are slowly getting into a new routine. I have always been a night owl and hated mornings but I am becoming a morning person! The horses arn't sure what to do when they see me so early in the morning!

They are forecasting rain all week, so no one will be getting much done in their hay or grain fields. We are told that it will burn off and there will be plenty of time to get the second cutting of hay in soon enough.

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This last week is a blur. It started with Shawn leaving very early Monday morning to drive truck so that he could get home in time to go with me to pick up our first load of feed. The feed is coming from Cenex Harvest States in Hermiston, which is about 2.5 hours away.

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