Life on a family dairy farm
in the wilds of
Upstate New York
Friday, July 27, 2012
Everyone was all in a swivet yesterday over the potential for dangerous weather. Tornado watches, storm warnings and all sorts of frantic stuff. Big charts and maps all vivid reds and yellows and lotsa panic all over the teevee and Facebook. Even the governor was telling us to round up our lawn chairs and all. I meant to go out and lay the heavy metal one I have by the garden pond down on its side, but I forgot (it tends to get flopped over and slammed around when it's windy).
When it got right down to it we didn't get much more than an intermittent drizzle...... which was just fine with me. I dreamed of much worse though, trees tumbling and thunder grumbling; it was good to get up this morning and get away from all that. Guess some areas did get nailed, alas.
It is all too easy to remember this week last year when there were several tornadoes the week of the Boonville Fair. The fair is on now too and the guys and maybe Liz 'n' Jade are headed to the tractor pulls tonight. Last year we went up for the first time in ages and were just missed by those twirly storms all day. Last year the crops up that way were a lot better than down here because they didn't get the ridiculous amount of rain all summer that we did.
Don't know what they will find this year. Around here there is a little good corn and a lot of spotty corn where it was wet and cold when planted and then dry as popcorn for a couple of months. I think we will indeed see higher food prices this winter. I think I would like to read an explanation of why milk prices are going up in the store right now, while farm gate prices are stagnant and low. And I know a lot of beef has been liquidated lately due to the drought, but we sent a really nice, large, handsome healthy young heifer to the sale and got thirty bucks for her. Wish we'd kept her now.
Ah, well, have a good one. It's raining right now, but I guess it will be nicer later. Please hold good thoughts for my lovely sister-in-law today as she is facing surgery.