Friday, August 8, 2014

5 on Friday.

Happy Friday friends! 

It's my Friday off from work, so I'm spending the day here at the ranch.  This morning's already been busy moving cows, delivering breakfast, and watermelon picking is in full swing!

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1. Watermelon Harvest


This is the first year Double M has rented a field out for watermelons since we've been here, so it's been fun to see how they grow.  We've learned that growing watermelons is SUPER labor intensive...there are always crews out in the fields working.  I won't ever question the price of a watermelon at the store again....honestly, I'm not sure how they keep the prices as low as they are, now that we know how much labor goes into the crop.

Watermelons are picked early in the morning, and late in the evening when the temperatures are cool.  Every morning this week, flatbed trucks with bins strapped to them have driven by our house, headed to the watermelon field.  I drove out to the field this morning to catch a few images of the guys at work.....after watching them for a few minutes, I'm thankful for their hard work and labor.  Picking watermelons is not an easy job - they toss them, person to person, in a line from the field to the truck and then gently place them on the bins. 





Then the bins are trucked from the field to the processing shed where they're inspected and labeled for sale.  Neat, huh?



2. My favorite thought this week:

From Max Lucado:

Are you in prison?  If your happiness comes from something you deposit, drive, drink, or digest, then face it - you are in prison, the prison of want.

That's the bad news.  The good news is, you have a visitor.  And your visitor has a message that can get you paroled.  Make your way to the receiving room.  Take your seat in the chair and look acros the table at the psalmist David.  He motions for you to lean forward.  "I have a secret to tell you," he whispers, "the secret of satisfaction. 'The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1 NKJV).
 
3. My new favorite snack.

- Jalapeno Artichoke Dip from Walmart -

Guys - this is so, so, sooooooo good!  My friend Dallas brought it to Bunco last month, and then again this month and now I'm hooked.  Like so hooked, that I pre-portion it into 2 tablespoon servings so that I only eat a little bit every day!  I never thought I would find a dip better than Costco's artichoke & jalepeno dip, but Walmart's takes the cake!  You'll find it in their deli section, near where they keep the ready to cook pizzas, pre-made salads, cheese & meats, etc.  I would have posted a picture of my own dip, instead of pulling a fuzzy image off of Google, except this happened this week when I went to the store to buy it:


Noooo!  This happened to me last Sunday at our Wal-Mart in Hermiston.  Dang it.  :(   I had to take a picture and text it to Dallas.  Her response was hilarious...and totally appropriate.  "Poor thing, don't worry, you'll make it through this!" 
 

4. Moving cows at the ranch.









Moving pairs to new pasture is a never ending task in the summer.  Thankfully, the ranch is fenced well and the cows know that when Clint honks his horn they need to start coming to the gate.  Once the gates are opened, it only takes a minute or two for all of the pairs to cross the road and enter the new pasture filled with grass for the to graze.

'Tis the season - right?!?  :)


5. Umatilla Co. Fair & Farm City.




It's fair time here in Umatilla County, which means the Farm City Rodeo is going on too!

We're headed in to help with the Youth Livestock Auction tomorrow, and then we're going to take in the rodeo with our great friends Terry & Anna.  If you'd like to find out more about how you can come out and support the youth auction, click this link - it's a great way to support our youth in agriculture!

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Happy weekend friends -

Keep living the dream!


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2 comments:

  1. I had no idea Oregon was a watermelon state. How many can you plant in say, an acre? ...it would be hard not to run out and snag one for yourself!

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    1. Alicia - I have no idea how many are planted in an acre - I'll have to ask! They're planted in mounded rows, and a drip line irrigation system delivers water and nutrients to each plant. Watermelons are actually started from seed in greenhouses, and then transplanted one by one to the field in May, after the danger of freeze is gone. Watermelons are super sensitive and don't like cold temps or breeze. The field these plants are in has a good tree shelter belt around it, but in wide open fields the farmers will plant strips of barley in between rows to act as a windbreak.

      We actually don't eat a ton of watermelon - but I agree, if we did it'd be easy to run out and snag one! :) Clint says they'll be picking into September in the Double M field, and after that we'll probably turn cows out and they'll get to enjoy the aftermath. :)

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