Posted tagged ‘Winter’

Ice, Ice Baby!

January 20, 2011

Snowy weather and I have a Love-Hate relationship. Oh, how I love to look out my window first thing of a morning and see the gorgeous sight of black and red cattle in a snowy pasture. And Oh, how I love tie a tire to the back of the 4-wheeler and crash through deep snow drifts with my siblings. And Oh, how I love, and I repeat LOVE to have snow days from school!  But like many other agriculturists I know, the weather doesn’t always love us back.

When the weather gets crazy like it has been as of late, some extra chores are required around the farm. One of these would be chopping ice. If you are from Georgia, it’s Crackin’ Creeks. Or if you hail from Texas, you might call it Breaking Ice. (Or at least that’s that the roomies told me. I’ll believe them.) While this seems like a hassle, it is essential so our cattle can drink water, even during cold Kansas winters.

While I sure put my time in on swingin’ the ax, I never pass up an opportunity to let my brother, Flinton, or my Dad take their turn! After all, I was always told it builds character.

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Breakfast Anyone?

December 22, 2010

What beats the smell of fresh pancakes, sizzling sausage and eggs, and hot coffee in the morning? In my book, not a whole lot can beat that. Lions’ Club Pancake Day is an annual event in my small little town. This is a by-donation event where breakfast is served all day long (the one time a year I eat pancakes two or three times in one day).  The Saturday before Christmas the local Lions’ Club members get up early in the morning to set up and start cooking for this big event.

Brady (one of the Lions' Club member's sons) and Dad hard at work serving food

Everyone's favorite table - Desserts made by the wives 🙂

Meet the entire population of Barnard – multiplied by about 3, maybe more. The entire community turns out to support the Lions’ Club, and of course just to gossip.  Many people turn this into a family affair, resulting in quite a temporary population increase.

Now what would a pre-Christmas event be without Christmas music and decorations? They even took the time to decorate my 4-H club’s sheep herdsmanship trophy with cute mini stockings and spruce up the old Barnard High School senior photos with hanging decorations.  (Fun fact: my dad’s senior picture is hanging up there!)

The biggest event of the day is when Santa arrives to visit with the little kids. Some kids need a little convincing to sit on Santa’s lap:Some kids just aren’t too happy about the whole ordeal (poor Logan!):and then there are the few kids who think sitting on Santa’s lap is just pretty cool. However, my favorite picture of the whole day is probably this one:

Meet Mason and Mya - twins born the day before Thanksgiving and the youngest members in attendance at Pancake Day. They were more than happy to sit in Santa's lap...well more like happy to be held by Santa...although they were asleep...that may have had something to do with their cooperative spirit

Of course, Santa has to have a ride! Since I would assume his sleigh only works on Christmas Eve the local fire department gives him a hand in getting to and from the Community Building:

I still think it’s super cool to see how united and supportive one small town can be. This year the Lions’ Club made somewhere around $2500 from this event. The main point of this event is not to just raise money, and it’s done strictly off donations. So I’d say that’s a pretty good turnout in a town of less than 100 people. What I really enjoy though is getting the opportunity to see everyone come out and just interact with each other and spend time with their families.