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Farming and Family-ing 

25 Aug

Between farming and family-ing, blogging has taken a pretty big backseat the past few weeks. It’s been a lot of harvesting like this….and this…And looking at fields waiting to be harvested like this green bean field….And fields that are done for the year and are taking a break before starting to grow again for harvest 2018 like this perennial ryegrass field…

All with a little fun “Eclipse-ing” thrown in…

But what has probably kept me the most out of sorts, distracted, exhausted, not to mention puking, and excited all at the same time is this…I’d like you to meet baby Frketich #3! Due March 29th, 2018!!!

Eclipse 2017

23 Aug

Ok, so I wasn’t even planning to be super impressed by the whole path of totality eclipse business. Honestly I wasn’t.  There was so much hype and hubub leading up to this once in a lifetime event here in Oregon since we were in the “Path of Totality”.  But I thought, yeah I’ll get some glasses, and see what the hype is all about, it will be sort of cool to see.  But then, watching it, experiencing it, and wow….it was by far one of the coolest things I have ever seen!!!

We had a good get together at the farm, lots of laughs over silly glasses, a few jokes about flying up to the heavens and mostly a very cool time watching the moon totally cover the sun.  At the farm we had around one and half minutes of he moon totally covering the sun.  Or “eating the sun” as Hoot put it! 

As the moon started the cover the temperature dropped quite a bit.  The darkness started to set in.  When totality hit it truly did get dark or at least a dark twilight all around.  Even the horizons looked like sunset or sunrise.  But probably the most cool was being able to take off the glasses an look straight at the moon covering the sun with the “diamond ring” circling it.

Even Auggie was cheering and pointing! *Sidenote for all that noticed…that is not actually WD-40 Auggie is sucking on!

It was incredible!  I was a skeptic, but after getting to have the experience first hand, it was absolutely totally worth it!  Now I say this also with the filter that I did not have a horrendous drive home, my 2 minute commute from the farm looked more like 4 minutes with all the traffic. While some others spent hours and hours and hours…and hours sitting in traffic.  Even on back roads, following the event.

All in all….I now get what all the hype is about!  Hope you all got to enjoy a little eclipse action as well!  And if you ever find yourself in the “Path of Totality” it’s well worth grabbing some silly glasses and having a party!

**Thank you Karen Kirsch and Amelia Safley for letting me borrow some photos…we were too busy staring and forgot to take any!

Happy Birthday to My Farmer

14 Apr

I have always loved this photo.  I took it a few years ago while we were out in a field that had just been planted.  We were down in the dirt counting green bean seeds to check the planting rate and I remember looking over at Matt as we both were kneeling down, and being thankful to have him out there with me.  I wasn’t sure how I got so lucky, I’m still not, but I’m reminded often that I am.

And today just so happens to be this great guy’s birthday!  And while it might seem like just another day on the farm, I wanted to share something special on here, because as real life happens, we don’t say all the good stuff enough.  My farmer is the one who gets to (has to) be there when I can’t (usually because of our growing family).  He works tirelessly at the weather’s beck and call, yes…even on Sundays.  He takes risks alongside me as we make decisions that will effect our success and ultimately our livelihood.  I can’t imagine what my life would be like without this man, and I can’t imagine our farm without him either.

Although now that I think about it, he might be able to…I think it would probably involve a lot more fishing and hunting (sorry babe!).  Plus I have to be honest here, farming together isn’t always perfect moments of bumper crops, slam dunks and sunshine (especially this year!), and we are together very literally all the time, no really, ALL. THE. TIME.  Sometimes it’s tough, but we are doing it, we are working together, sometimes with trial and error and a few (or a lot of) deep breaths.   But I’ll give him credit, he’s my rock when I get (very rarely obviously) all wound up about this that or the other.  I can’t thank him enough for that.

He’s also a great dad, who loves his boys with a love that is unwavering.  We are finding that we are lucky….every single day….to get to do what we love with who we love.  So today happy birthday to my one and only.  You’re a great friend, my solid ground, an incredible dad, wonderful husband….and as it turns out, almost as good of a farmer as me (wink wink). And cheers to another wonderful year of hanging out in the fields, inevitably covered in dirt, with our little farming family!

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