Fair time!

Hey there! Hope you all enjoyed your August, cause it has left us. This morning I thought about winter and all the cold, and now I’m sad. But it will come and go, just like this summer has. I’m looking forward to the fall though! Lets focus on that! I thought I would tell you about my fair experience this year, so lets get to it.

So as you know, last week was the county fair in mena. I was going to show a cow and a dairy goat, but my goat didn’t work out. And by that I mean I ran out of time, and she wasn’t quite where she needed to be. So all I entered under the livestock barn was a cow. I did enter three pictures and a scarf though. I got a best of section with one of my pictures, and a second with my scarf. I was pretty happy with that. Now cow placing is a little more complicated, so I’ll take it from the top.

There are five different divisions for cows, Registered, American, English, Composite, and Exotic. I was in the English division. My heifer was 3/4 devon and 1/4 angus. There were only five cows total in the English division. Then in each division, there are classes. How they decide which animal will show against which, is by weight. So come show night, I went into the ring with another person and got first in my class. Which was awesome! I was so excited, because last year, I got last in my class of four. This year, I then went on to show against the other three class winners (there being only three classes in the English this year). And then I got Reserved Grand Champion of my division, which is second. If I would have gotten Grand Champion, I would have gone up against all the other Grand Champions for Supreme, which is the overall best. But I didn’t. And I am so happy I got that far! Mom came up to me after I got reserved and said, “I guess its better than last year since your not crying!” And it was so much better. I would have wanted to either gotten grand or gone into sale, but theres always next year! Here’s a picture of me and my calf (by the way her name is Shortie, and you will see why in the picture) after the show.

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Oh, and I won’t be posting next friday either. I’ll be in Texarkana Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the fair down there! And I think I’ll probably be showing on Friday. But as far as I know, I should be posting the next week. I hope you enjoyed it! See you back in two weeks!

Your quite tired (from fair week) farmgirl,

Matti

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Fair time!

Hey there! Hope you all enjoyed your August, cause it has left us. This morning I thought about winter and all the cold, and now I’m sad. But it will come and go, just like this summer has. I’m looking forward to the fall though! Lets focus on that! I thought I would tell you about my fair experience this year, so lets get to it.

So as you know, last week was the county fair in mena. I was going to show a cow and a dairy goat, but my goat didn’t work out. And by that I mean I ran out of time, and she wasn’t quite where she needed to be. So all I entered under the livestock barn was a cow. I did enter three pictures and a scarf though. I got a best of section with one of my pictures, and a second with my scarf. I was pretty happy with that. Now cow placing is a little more complicated, so I’ll take it from the top.

There are five different divisions for cows, Registered, American, English, Composite, and Exotic. I was in the English division. My heifer was 3/4 devon and 1/4 angus. There were only five cows total in the English division. Then in each division, there are classes. How they decide which animal will show against which, is by weight. So come show night, I went into the ring with another person and got first in my class. Which was awesome! I was so excited, because last year, I got last in my class of four. This year, I then went on to show against the other three class winners (there being only three classes in the English this year). And then I got Reserved Grand Champion of my division, which is second. If I would have gotten Grand Champion, I would have gone up against all the other Grand Champions for Supreme, which is the overall best. But I didn’t. And I am so happy I got that far! Mom came up to me after I got reserved and said, “I guess its better than last year since your not crying!” And it was so much better. I would have wanted to either gotten grand or gone into sale, but theres always next year! Here’s a picture of me and my calf (by the way her name is Shortie, and you will see why in the picture) after the show.

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Oh, and I won’t be posting next friday either. I’ll be in Texarkana Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the fair down there! And I think I’ll probably be showing on Friday. But as far as I know, I should be posting the next week. I hope you enjoyed it! See you back in two weeks!

Your quite tired (from fair week) farmgirl,

Matti

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Hey there everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer, cause its about to leave us. It’s been really short, but we’ve been kept busy and had a ton of fun! About every month we’ve had a something big and super fun to do. Speaking of which I’ve got some pictures from one of these events. Its from our vacation to Beaver Lake 2 months ago.

Oh, and sorry I haven’t been posting here lately, it seems something always pops up on a Friday. Last week, we moved me into my brother’s room, but the whole house suffered the consequences. But it all (mostly) settled back down. It does look better though! We still have some stuff to do, like paint cabinets and such. As far as I know, I should be able to post next week. But the week after that, for sure not! Thats the week of our county fair, so I’ll be pretty hooked up at the fair grounds. Anyway, here are the pictures from Beaver Lake!

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This picture took awhile to finally capture. From waiting on a boat to go by, then to waiting on the waves to come in and be big enough. But I finally caught it at just the right moment.

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I thought I would try to get some different angles on this old tree right by the shore. I really like the old, weathered look of the wood, against the water and the green.

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This picture was actually kinda accident. I put the camera on a flat rock to take a picture of the island, but the rock decided to photobomb. But I think it adds to the picture.

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Heres another picture of the old tree. I loved the roots in the water. Not really sure why, but I did. Took quite a few pictures of this tree. It was my main model that day.

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Hammocking by a lake, after a great swim. Sound awesome? It was! I would put up some ziplining pictures, but that was really fun too! Flying 300 feet above ground was amazing! For a person with a fear of heights, I really wasn’t scared. Thankfully! I wasn’t too good at sticking the landings though!

I really hoped you enjoyed! If you have any requests or questions, just comment! Have a great day!

Your missing the summer farmgirl,

Matti

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Say cheese!

Hello! Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer so far! It hasn’t been here very long, but it will be gone in the blink of an eye! I’m so close to the end of my school I can taste it! Or maybe that’s me taking a baseball bat to my computer, which ever comes first.It will come soon enough. Hopefully.

Again, sorry I didn’t let you know that I wouldn’t be posting. This next friday, as far as I can tell, I will be able to write.

Here lately I’ve been getting back into wanting to do photography and draw and write. But mostly photography. So yesterday, after I crashed an awesome picture (a doe and her two fawns, still with spots, were standing on tall golden grass, in golden sunlight, beside and old metal wheel in the middle of our field) I went out and started to take some random pictures of whatever caught my eye as I drove around. So here are some of the ones that I liked the best.

 

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Ok I lied, partially. I took this picture a little while ago, and forgot about it until I downloaded it with all the rest last night. I’ve always liked pictures with a focus like this. I also like how everything is tall.

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Here is another one from a little while ago. Same day as the other one. I like taking pictures from different angles to give the “subject” a new look. This tree for example now looks like the biggest, baddest tree in our yard. Now only if I could photo shop a bald eagle in there…

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Okay, now the rest of these are from yesterday. Heres another example of that focus thing. If I would have swung over to my left, you could have seen my chickens in this shot. You can imagine the rude looks and noises I was getting for my presence being there and not giving them food. They weren’t pleased.

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Right across the road from the previous picture is our horses. The stud (just kidding he’s a gelding) in front is my baby, Rocky. Then theres Reba, the, actually my brothers horse but I take care of her, child off in the back.

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I tried and tried to get a good picture like this of Rocky, but no. He hast to constantly move. So then Reba got jealous and came over (literally over me) and struck a few poses for me. She is the photogenic one. I really like the colors in this picture, they all seem to pop a little.

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This is probably my favorite one so far. I love the angle, the colors, the look in her eye, everything. Even the clouds look just right. I was so glad this one turned out the way it did. She was totally zoned out and perfectly still!Image

 

I know, I know, this ones blurry. But its the best i got of him. If it wasn’t blurry it would be by far the best one of him. But again he had to move. Oh, well. Whatever.

Welp, that’s the last of them, and the last for today. I really hope you enjoyed it, and I would love some feedback!

See you next week!

Your professional photographer farmgirl,

Matti

 

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Rabbits and celebrations!

Hey there! Hope you guys (again) didn’t get washed away. To say the least, I’m glad the sun is back out. I know of some people who got up to seven inches in one rain. We were lucky to get just a good soaking rain. Then it went on and on, and it wasn’t fun anymore. I’m thankful for it though! Hope we get some of those rains this summer!

A few days ago, Dad was out in the garden beside our house, weeding around where he had planted some chestnuts and some other types. He pulled back a wad of grass and fur. It was the cover of a rabbits nest! As far as we could tell there were at least six. They are so cute (I wished I could hold one, but I’d rather it live than me hold one)! This morning, we noticed that the cover had been pulled away (they were all still there) but then we came back and they were gone! They had probably just gotten too hot and went into the nearby grass. Hopefully anyway. They are fairly grown, probably about to be weaned. I only have one picture, but here it is.

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Sorry its not a great picture, I couldn’t get to close. They were stuffed in there! I’ve always wondered why they all have that little star on their head in the exact same spot. There has to be someone who knows!

Sorry for the short post, but I really need to start school! I’ve got a late start today, as you can tell. I hope you enjoyed! Come back next week!

Come join us for free food and the celebration of MeatWorks turning 1 tomorrow! Its actual birthday is Sunday. But please come tomorrow and join us having a good time!

Hope to see you soon!

Your silly farmgirl,

Matti

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Runaway Dairy

Hey there! Hope you guys didn’t get flooded out in the rains yesterday. I know some places got a little bit of flood damage. Thankfully, we didn’t get any damage. We got just what we needed, and we needed it! There was plenty to get Dad and I soaked, and it did. Here, let me tell you about it.

I’ve said we have milk cows, right? Well, anyway, we do. We have three that are milking right now. Dad milks them every morning, except Sunday morning. We pen the calves the night before so they don’t drink all the milk out before Dad gets a chance at it. And as you know, we don’t feed any type of grain whatsoever. So to keep them still while Dad milks them out, we give them alfalfa pellets, which they love. Well, after that random side note, they tend to be (how do I put this nicely) pretty stubborn and not too bright either. And even if they have great grass in their patch, they think they have to get out and go find some other grass (which I’m sure they have in their patch). We just close them into their patch with an electric fence, like we use for all our cows. Lately they have been getting out, but not going far at all.

Well, apparently they decided it was best to get out in the ran and go farther than normal. I noticed part of the fence down when I went to go take care of my little chicken (pullets and cockerels). Not thinking they had gone far, I was then distracted by trying to catch a loggerhead snapping turtle and getting it out of the road (really important stuff of course). Dad showed up (he was coming to look for the cows) got the turtle and asked me if I had seen them. I told him I was going to take care of my lil chicks then go look. I did so. He went to the garden patch, I went to the orchard, no luck. He drove out the road a little ways. No luck. I started to go down past our house looking into the field across from out house. He pulled up beside me and  told me to go back home, he just got a flash flood warning (it was still raining). I went home, changed, them wandered around, peeking out the windows. He called. He’d found them and he needed me to block a road. I drove down to the road (actually a driveway) and blocked it off. Up the road a little ways I saw the cows. The started to go into a woody area, came out, and went into the field (not where we wanted them). One of the calves, the oldest one, didn’t get in and Dad started driving it down the road. I hopped in his truck, then the calf went up the bank that lead to the field (there was a fence, so she didn’t get into the field). I still have no idea how she got her fat self up the bank. I was almost at a ninety degree angle. I had a little trouble getting up. I got her down and she went past the truck going the wrong way. We got her back. Then a little farther down the road. she got through the fence and went to the cows. Dad opened up a gate and got them back on the road. I went ahead and blocked the road off. After a little bit of a wait, they popped over the hill and went into their into the barn. Dad and I penned the calves, then left them in there cause we didn’t know when the rain would stop. If you ever wondered, this is a normal day on the farm (not really). Tracking down milk cows in the rain. Thankfully they were all safe and sound. And in the end all that was wrong was Dad and I were wet and cold.

I hope you enjoyed my slightly too long story! Come back again soon.

Your tracker farmgirl,

Matti

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Slurp!

Morning! Sorta. Again, hope you stayed warm during our last cold snap this week. Looks like warm weather up ahead! Finally! Maybe Mother Nature doesn’t hate us. Or maybe she does. I’m not sure anymore. I’m ready for some swimming weather! One can hope right?

Thought I’d share a picture from one of our friends that have some chickens. Abby couldn’t get the chickens to come up to her for her to take a picture, so she busted an egg and gave it to them. That got ‘em! She couldn’t look at the pictures till they were on the computer, and she had quite the laugh. She sent me this one.

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I love perfectly timed pictures like this one! This is one of the best ones I’ve seen so far! By the way, that is egg yolk.

Sorry for such a short post!

Hope you enjoyed!

If you have any questions or things you would like to see posted about, just raise you hand. Oh, wait, no, comment, yeah, just comment.

Have a great rest of day and weekend! See you next week!

Your silly farmgirl,

Matti

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