In the last few days we experienced the serious threat of tornado, flash flood warnings from thunderstorms where we had nearly 3 inches of rain in an hour and lightening struck near our internet signal frying the cable completely.
The crack and sizzle of lightening made us both jump! Dan was home from work early because of the rain. The Eclipse sighting didn’t happen with such a thick cloud cover and pouring rain. It simply got dark. Dan got on the phone with our internet provider and they sent out a couple technicians within the hour. It was their lucky day. Since I couldn’t work on the computer, 5 loads of laundry was finished and Nathan was sleeping I made chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. They left with a treat in hand and happy customers. What a crazy day! Eventually the clouds lifted, the Eclipse passed and we played outside in the puddles. Nathan mostly, of course.
Early in the week we had pouring rain too. Wednesday Dan took a few goats we sold for meat to a locker while I had an acupuncture appointment in Sioux Falls. Nathan stayed with Dan, but we all got soaked and felt cold. I actually turned the heat on in the car, and when we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch, we asked if they had started a fire in the old stone fireplace where we could dry out and warm up. They had not and the A/C was on, which made it quite chilly.
Thursday it was wet again, but the cool weather has allowed the cool weather loving crops to flourish with a second crop. The cauliflower burst into big heads and the broccoli sent out all kinds of side shoots, called florets. Nathan and I had them for lunch and as a veggie tray on Friday. The voles, crickets and grasshoppers are tearing up our tomatoes, and we rarely get a perfect one that is bite free and ripe. The kittens do their best to eat all the critters but the plants are so dense they can barely see underneath.
Friday I sold 27 pounds of cucumbers and there is plenty more! If you’re looking for cucumbers to eat or can for pickles, I can help you! Just let me know! Friday night Dan’s parents joined us for Friday Night Fun Night and we dined on pizza, veggies, coleslaw and homemade vanilla pudding with fresh raspberries. The plan was to enjoy a nice bonfire after Nathan went to bed, but the threat of tornado kept that from happening. Apparently Rushmore and Wilmont got the worst of it, with several funnels touching down, but we were spared.
Saturday we decided to process as much sweet corn as was ready. Nathan helped Dan pick the ears and put them in the wheelbarrow while I got busy husking. The goats have eaten much of the pasture down, so when Dan and Nathan took some corn stalks to them, the rushed him like a mob crowd at concert. It was funny. The rest of the day we did some mowing, more harvesting, and enjoyed a relaxing evening.
In Nathan news, his bye-bye is starting to look more like a robot hand as he slowly moves just his thumb and fingers up and down. He really is a great helper. I pick green beans and he puts them in the bucket, along with a few in his mouth of course. The zucchini can sometimes be big, but with two hands he can carry them to the big pail. As you know, we don’t often give Nathan a lot of sugary treats, but yesterday when I made cookies, after he ate his healthy yogurt and blueberries I shared part of a cookie with him. Later when I was working on the computer, he was playing with his trucks in the kitchen, and then silence. I looked over to find him reaching up on the counter to swipe a cookie and his mouth was covered in chocolate. I had to laugh. I put the rest of the cookie on the table out of reach, or so I thought, until I caught him again as pictured above. He is so much fun!
And that’s the news from this tornado-flash-flood-lightening-struck week on the farm!