~~~~~~~~~ "We are here for only a moment, wanderers and sojourners in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace." I Chron. 29:15 NLT

Thursday, July 01, 2010

What's Next

According to the calendar summer has just begun (June 21st for the uninformed). The 21st is when I start counting backwards--the days begin getting shorter until the first day of Winter, when they begin elongating again. Whether or not we have daylight savings time life would go on, the Lord willing. It seemed simpler when time was all the same, which it is now, even though we play games with our clocks and minds.

Last Friday was the last day of our daughter and her hubby's wheat harvest. They made it simpler this year with just one meal a day to take out. The harvesters took lunch with them, and only one main meal was needed to be taken out to them. I didn't go out at all this year. Every year I lose more of my farm-girl history because of my body's inability to adapt to heat. I stayed home with Baby April and a couple times Alana didn't want to go out either. We enjoyed our time together in a nice clean, cool environment. But the grandkids each got their turn riding in the cab of the combine with Daddy.

It took 6 days to complete the job. A lot of time is saved with Dean's method of no-till farming. No collecting the straw or plowing the stubble down into the ground. It's all left to enrich the soil and next year's crop. There isn't loss of top-soil either while the field is fallow during the cold, windy winter. At least this is my understanding of no-till farming. If you want to know more about it, you can always Google it.

When the guys came in from the field between 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. I had made home-made ice-cream and Amy baked a cake for an end-0f-harvest party. Alana and Derek sure got in the mood and no one went to bed early. It had been a pretty good week with the heat and wind drying out the kernels after a couple of weeks of unusually high rainfall. It rained enough to flood a few areas of Newton along Sand Creek, and as usual, the park and golf course in Hillsboro experienced low-lying area flooding. A few other towns in Kansas weren't so lucky.

I find myself being disappointed that I don't have or take the time to post more so I can treasure and explore more of life. Like how or why I struggle with the time I spend with my wonderful grandkids, and the time I would like to spend studying the Bible and reading books that encourage me to grow Spiritually in the Christian life. Perhaps I'll be ready to talk about that the next time I post. I hope to be back on-line at home so I can post some pictures of my adorable grandkids and family. And then there's the side columns on my blog I need to keep current. In the meantime, God bless and be with us.