Vacation in an Instagram

 

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I went on vacation. I went home. To the farm. Where my parents farm 500+ acres and the ladies are always waiting for someone new to show up! Hello ladies! These are a few of our girls in one of our up close barns. They’re pregnant and due within a month or two. They’re put in here so they have more space, can get a super diet of nutrients to care for that calf, and are currently “dry” or not giving any milk. Every cow on the dairy gets a two month “vacation” before she has her calf. We call it nesting, they call it “mooing without a cause.”

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It’s the middle of summer haying season and my dad was getting the discbine ready to go and the cows…..they’re just always ready to get into something!

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Molly, she recognizes me, she loves me, and she’s always ready to play. Advance apologies for the exorbitant number of photos I take of her. I just love her to pieces.

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My friend flew in for a wedding weekend and since I’d never really done any “touristy” stuff in my own neck of the woods, it was extremely fun to do some things with him! We spent a day in Cooperstown at the Farmers Museum and then went to Ommegang for the tour, an amazing lunch, and tastings galore!

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Before the wedding, we got all dressed up and headed to Saranac for the tour and two full size tastings before the ceremony. I loved this tour! For $5, there’s a really detailed tour of the history of the FX Matt Brewing Co. and it ends in the tasting room. Sure, we started early, but it was a day for celebration. Don’t worry, we paid for our extra fun day the next morning 🙂


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I love this saying. I’ve been following it all summer. It’s so easy to get sucked in to someone else’s problems and when I realized how unhappy it made me at times, I started removing myself from situations and even loosely held friendships. I appreciate that everyone has some bad days once in a while, but some folks have a bad day every day and that’s not acceptable after a while.It wears me down!

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We went and got ice cream one afternoon after I had mowed lawns. She looked less than thrilled until her pup cup showed up! (like my rhymin’ there?)

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And of course, my mom sent me back with a boatload of produce. I enjoyed her fresh tomatoes with some fancy mozz and basil from my garden. Heaven. I repeated the next day w peaches–also delicious! 20140805-193734-70654200.jpg

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My mom had to be away for a few days, making me the “head lady farmer” of the house. Besides feeding hungry mouths, I also fed my dad, kept the garden harvested and the lawns mowed. Summer is a wonderful time on the farm and my mom had pickles canning, tomatoes starting to come on, fresh blueberries to freeze, and sweet corn for miles. What a lucky lady I am to have grown up with all of this out my back door! We also have one zucchini cat and one corn dog.

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Can we go and play now?

Vacation was great and just what this doctor ordered. I’m back at it, working up my syllabus for the upcoming semester and boosting a few research projects off of the ground.

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