Knolltop Farm Wife

Welcome to my blog! I'm a wife, mother of four and a self-employed freelance writer. I live on a dairy farm with my family and I enjoy sharing our life with family, friends and anyone else who wants to visit the farm. There's no telling what the I will write about from day to day, but hopefully you'll be enriched when you stop by! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Monday, August 31, 2009

South comes North

It's a beautiful morning here on the Knolltop. Cool and 48 this morning when we went across the road to the barn!

The southern belles are up visiting this weekend! They came out yesterday and will be out Sarah is busy cleaning up the kitchen and I need to get the rest of the house cleaned up before the come back out!

I'm not sure what we will be up to today besides a Dr. appointment for Bobby. Maybe some eating, maybe some talking, maybe some eating, maybe some know how it goes.

Better get busy!

Friday, August 28, 2009

They Lost!

Cool and rainy...and I mean rainy on the Knolltop today!

JW's home from his judging trip, but I haven't had a chance to visit with him about it. I sent him directly to the barn when I woke him up. When he gets in, he can download all of his info!

Luke had a game last night, Bobby and Jake went, Sarah and I stayed home to milk. My parents and their comrades also attended over in Adrian. They lost. They got shut out. It wasn't good. Knowing Luke was in a bad mood and it would take some coaxing to get any information out of him, I had him sit on the couch and I sat on the floor with his feet in my lap and gave him a foot rub. It's amazing how much they will talk while getting their feet rubbed! I practically relived the whole game and I didn't even have to pay admission!

Today I have to finish painting the office. When I get done blogging and writing and Sarah is finished folding the clothes, we will get to work!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


It's a cloudy day on the Knolltop and a bit cool too.

Why is it that my day begins with great intentions of getting so much done, but then by 9 am, I still don't have things done that should be done?

I don't know what I'm going to do when Sarah goes back to school. This morning I had her canning peaches and doing dishes while I blogged on Dairy Agenda Today and put out some fires. Speaking of fires, she had one last night and I'll tell you about it if you promise not to mention it to her!!!! You can't tell her I wrote about it!

While working on Dairy Agenda Today and keeping one ear open to the rest of the house, I heard Sarah stirring around in the kitchen and by the sounds of it, she was making popcorn. A few minutes later I heard the smoke alarm go off, no not the beeping kind, it was Jake yelling, "MOM, FIRE, MOM, FIRE, MOM, FIRE!" I ran out to the kitchen and sure enough there was a fire in the popcorn pot that Sarah had heated up.

When I saw the fire the second alarm started going off, no, not the beeping kind, me yelling, "BOBBY, FIRE, BOBBY, FIRE, BOBBY, FIRE!" Running around in circles wondering what in heaven's name I should do I didn't do anything until he came up with the great idea of putting a lid on it. I quickly got a cast iron lid and put on the pot and it was gone. WHEW!

Normally I thought I was pretty good in emergency situations, but not this one! I think I need my BFF Angie, aka, EMT, Firefighter from Calhoun County to come down and give me some private training! After she recovers from her combine derby experience from last week. Yes, the woman climbed in a combine and went "head to head" with a ring full of men in combines ready to take her out! Rumor has it she ended up with whiplash, bruises, a third place ribbon and a whole lot of pride! Way to go Angie! Better you than me!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fragile decorations

It's another beautiful morning here on the Knolltop!

Jake and Sarah are out finishing up chores, Bobby is running an errand, Luke went golfing and JW is on his way to Ohio for a three day judging trip.

No peaches were done yesterday, but I got a really nice package in the mail from Georgia! A fragile box filled with jars of fig preserves, strawberry and pear preserves and a jar of honey! They were so pretty, I decided to put them on display instead of eating them.

Today the peaches have to get done, along with the mowing, trimming and painting!

This sounds like way too much work, I think I'll get a cup of coffee instead!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunny Monday

It's another beautiful day here on the Knolltop! It's sunny and cool and just picture perfect.

Sarah and Jake are out helping Bobby while JW and Luke went to get roasted beans. I'm still here working on Dairy Agenda Today stuff. If you want to read about what happened in the barn this morning go there and read the, fun, fun.

Sarah has been hard at work repainting my office. We picked the color out Saturday and we couldn't wait so we had to paint a corner of the room on Saturday night and then she painted more yesterday, she likes to paint I guess. It's going to look so much better! I've had so many things to put on these walls in this office that I've been collecting, I can't wait to start pounding nails!

But first, peaches are calling. Maybe some peach jam, and then some canned peaches. We'll see how many I can keep out of their mouths!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cool August Morning

Good Morning from a sunny, cool, very cool knolltop!

We had another bat this morning that sent me ducking and diving under the covers until Bobby got up and with broom in hand batted him down (pardon the pun) and I took a baseball bat and killed him!

That is the second bat killing this summer....just call me "BatWoman!"

Luke is golfing this morning, he had a scrimmage last night and he made a couple of touch downs and threw a couple TD's too. It was fun to watch football again.

JW is on his way to Green Meadow Farms for a judging workout, Bobby is back out to the barn which is where Sarah, Jake and I am headed shortly!

The lawnmower needs to get fixed today, so I have to go to town for that part, then my wonderful neighborhood mechanic and resident Oliver lover will fix it....again!

Better get!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Busy but not

Good almost noon from a very sunny Knolltop! I can't believe it's been nearly a week since I posted, this is just not me!

I can't say that I've been swamped with stuff to do, but I just can't seem to get to this blog! The kids and I went school clothes shopping with Grandma and that's always a blast! We've also been swimming a few times and yes, that's fun too! But we are having a very normal August with nothing but daily mundane chores to do.

We may have company toward the end of the week, so we are busy getting in shape for that, but it just seems like I can't get anything accomplished. I'm so interrupted by so many things, I just can't get it all together any one day!

The weather outside is beautiful, sunny and 75, you just can't beat it! Luke is gone golfing, JW is rescuing his truck that broke down last evening, Jake is at Grandmas and Sarah is slaving away at the laundry....poor gal!

Well, I've got to write my column and I've procrastinated long enough!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I took these pictures a while back, but never posted them, so I thought I would provide something to look at while I procrastinate writing my weekly column!
Two bailers, one field.

Luke took the round bales to the barn and then Bobby put them away with the skidsteer.
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Sunny and beautiful!

Good Morning from a sunny knolltop! It's a beautiful morning and going to be an even more beautiful day!

I've got so much to do today, it's not even funny. Not only do I have to write my fingers off, I 've got a half bushel of peaches on my counter that need to be made into jam or canned.....Where is Sarah????

Yesterday I made more strawberry jam and didn't have time for any other jam. All of a sudden I'm simply overwhelmed with stuff that needs urgent attention! I hate that! But as I make my list and start crossing stuff off, I'm sure I'll feel better. Sarah and Jake will be scraping the garage again today so they can get it painted, for some reason they enjoy painting!

Well, I've got to get my weekly column finished...better get!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Warm weather has finally arrived

Good Morning from a humid, sunny Knolltop!

It was warm yesterday and it's going to be warm again today. I guess summer has finally decided to visit.

We had the best breakfast but probably the worst for you! I cooked some bacon and then plopped blueberry pancake batter in the bacon grease and they ended up being deep fried pancakes. Oh my heavens they were sooooooo good! But sooooooo bad for us!

JW is at a dairy judging workout today at the Kent County fair, Luke started football practice last night and he was tired.

It's time for me to go walking, my brain is foggy and I'm lethargic! I need to get moving!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Everyone is home!

Good Morning from a breezy, warm Knolltop!

Heritage Day was a bust! It rained all day long. So we watched the parade in the rain and went back to the house and Gramps, Grandma and the family had Blueberry Buckle and coffee. We needed the rain, so no one really complained about it.

Later that evening the boys went up and watched the band play, but it got boring so they came home.

JW arrived at 10:15 pm from his mission trip and we were glad to have him home! He said he had a great time and we keep hearing bits and pieces of the trip as he remembers them. He was tired!

Well, it's time to get moving!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Getting ready for Heritage Day!

It's a cloudy morning on the Knolltop, but still quite nice!

We are gearing up for Heritage Day tomorrow, when we take our tractors in and ride them in the parade and spend the rest of the day in town enjoying fellowship while we wait for the antique tractor pull to start! Yes, I will be taking my JD A in for the parade!

Still silence in the corn patch...the tonic worked! One reader asked what fly bait and coke did to the coons, so I will answer. They eat it and then they die. It's the best way to keep the coons from destroying my corn patch.

Better get much to do!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Silence in the corn patch

Good Morning from the Knolltop! It's clear, cool and sunny this morning.

As I sat at my desk this morning I didn't hear shucking or grinning or giggling, just total silence! Yes my coon trappers did their job and I think the coons are gone!

Last night I gave my coon trappers a pair of rubber gloves, three pans of fly bait and a 2 liter of coke. I told them where to place the pans and to be careful so the bait doesn't spill out. I was sitting at my computer and I listened through the window as they set the traps. When they came back in, they brought at least half of the bottle of pop back in with them and said, "Can we drink the rest?" I asked if they even used any of it for it's intended use, they assured me they put plenty in the pans! I should've known this would happen when they asked before they went out if they could drink what we didn't use. Silly me.

This morning as I sat at my computer at 3:30 am posting the news on Dairy Agenda Today I heard total silence! It truly was "Golden."

I went to count the coons, but I didn't want to get all wet from the dew, so I will send the coon trappers out for the count!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Giggling in my Corn Patch!

Good Morning from a sunny, cool Knolltop.

Every morning when I get up to post the news for Dairy Agenda Today at 3 am, I have my office window open and it's fun to hear the night sounds. Sometimes I hear a cat walking through the bushes, other times I"ve looked out and under the mercury light I've seen a skunk scurrying around the yard, but the last two mornings I've heard a nightmare outside! Nightmare in the corn patch!
While everything else is really quiet, I have heard the squeeky sound of corn being shucked. Now I know that as dedicated as my children are to making sure we have enough food for winter, I'm pretty sure they've been asleep in their beds and that the shucking culprits are those BLASTED COONS! As I sit there at my computer I can hear them knocking down the corn stalk, pulling off the husks and while I can't hear it, I can imagine their giggling faces as they munch on my just ripened sweetcorn!

Tomorrow morning I'm going to put out a coke and fly bait buffet and let them enjoy some sweet tonic! We'll just see who's giggling tomorrow morning!

Monday was a treat as I was on Rural Route Radio with Trent and Kyle. That is always a bunch of fun. And Kyle was kind enough to send a picture or two of his trip to Ft Worth for a Ag Media summit. Looks like these business trips can be real grueling.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

JW is doing well!

Good Afternoon from a sunny Knolltop.

This is an odd time for me to be posting, but I had to since I've been so bad at posting lately.

First of all, thank you so much for praying for JW but don't stop now! He just called from his mission trip in KY and he said he is having a great time! YEEHAW!!! It is such a relief to hear that. When he left I wondered if he was going to have a rotten time or a great time, but I also know JW and I knew he always has a good time wherever he goes!

Just wanted to give you an update. Gotta go milk!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Missed YOU!

Shame, shame, shame on me for neglecting this blog! It was a busy week for Dairy Agenda Today, so that's my excuse.

It's a beautiful day here on the Knolltop! Yesterday was a monumental day around was JW's 18th birthday! And he wasn't even here to celebrate! We shipped him off to boot camp. No, just kidding, but he is gone, he left for Kentucky on a week long mission trip. He got up when we were headed to the barn, had all of his bags packed and left for the church. I've never sent my kid on a mission trip and I was a little worried. But I am sure he is going to have a great time, but please, keep him in your prayers!

We celebrated his big day the day before with cake, ice cream and presents. He received three of those musical cards. I figured it up, that's about $15.00 worth of birthday cards! What were we thinking???? He could've used that money for gas in his truck! Makes you think about the silly novelties we spend our money on, doesn't it?

It's quiet around here, Jake is gone. JOKE! Really, with JW gone and Jake at a friends house, Sarah and Luke are relaxing and I think enjoying some down time. I'm posting the results of the Ohio Holstein show online as it happens and so right now I'm in between classes...they are just about to announce the champion.

Better go and get that done so I can get a nap!

I promise to be better this week about posting...oh the guilt and shame of it all!