My longtime friend Andrew Jenkins asked me to speak at his St Johns Rotary Club meeting. I spoke about modern farming practices, and the community members there were great and asked fun questions.
That morning, I'd asked my kids what I should be sure to share with them. My youngest told me to tell people the difference between calves, heifers, and cows, because everyone calls them cows - even the boys! I did mention that, and a woman spoke up and said, "You can tell your son I didn't know the difference," and she pointed to a woman sitting next to her - "And she didn't either!"
It was fun, and it made me feel very fortunate I live in such a nice community.
Everything here on the farm is in winter mode. The cows - and calves, and heifers! - get milked and fed every day, but there's not a whole lot of extras going on. Instead, it's meeting after meeting. This week we have Michigan Milk Producers Association meetings.
As for new things ... something new happened here that I'd never seen before. We were outside - the boys were jumping on the trampoline and I was doing yard work because it was about 50 degrees, and it made me feel yard-worky - and Ty pointed out that there was a rainbow in the middle of the sky! We have never seen this before. I'll take it as a sign that 2019 is going to be AWESOME! Of course, I'd have thought that even if I never saw it.
If you're a podcast person, there are lots of new ones up on the Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT site. There's even one where I talk with the program director Elaine Bristol, who is my favorite sheep farmer. Enjoy listening!
Happy new year ... hope it's all sunshine and rainbows.