Greetings from 50 degree Minnesota. The promised rain has arrived, and we’ve had a haphazard drizzle for the past few days. All our corn is harvested (yay!) and safely in grains bins, but we’re hoping (hope with us if you want) for dry weather soon so we can finish plowing the fields. I guess plowing may be a whole other post…
I have a bunch to talk about tonight, so we’ll so how concise I can be. First, it’s starting to get chilly enough at night that we’ve brought out the coats…
The calf jackets have a water repellant canvas outside and a softer, quilted inside. We also have some black jackets, but they’re aren’t nearly as fun as the red ones 🙂 Since these pics, we’ve already had 2 more calves born and bundled into coats. This time of year the calves may only wear the coats for a few days or until a warm day pops up. During mid-winter, we’ll likely leave the coats on each calf up to a month. What a great invention for little calves.
Because of the cold, rainy weather and my general lack of motivation after a botched long run on Friday morning (if you didn’t read I somehow turned 10 miles into 4.33) there are no running tales from the weekend. I don’t want to say, but in the interest of full disclosure I’ll tell you I ended this last week at 11.9 miles. Ug. I just decided to start fresh Monday, and I had a rather uneventful 4 miles at 9:49 pace earlier today. So it goes.
What I really want to talk about is the shopping we did this weekend! I love shopping when done in moderation, and we seriously needed to go. One good thing about the weekend’s rain was it meant that the hubs wasn’t in the field plowing on Sunday afternoon. Together we drove the 1/2 hour to our nearest “shopping hub” or city with a population of 5 digits. What proceeded was a frenzied struggle amid masses of people to stock up on staples like bulk coffee beans, huge jars of green olives, and tasty frozen pizza. Don’t judge; we all need at least one go-to frozen food. 😉 We also mysteriously acquired roughly three pounds of these…
and 10 pounds of these…
After our harried trip, we headed to the farm for evening chores, which included coating another new baby heifer in red. When we finally arrived in our kitchen around 8:15, hunger was paramount. J set to work creating something, while I unloaded our groceries and other, ahem, purchases.
The supper creation turned out to be quite tasty. I told him to name it and try to reconstruct the recipe while I scrawled it down on a post-it. I actually just posted a separate entry for the newly created Sweet and Spicy Mexican Steak and Yams. I decided I should also use some of the pears, so my dessert looked a little something like this.
I bet you want to know what my “other” purchases mentioned above are? I seem to have an addiction to new running gear, and I was in need of a good winter running hat. I ended up coming home with both of these:
The winter hat even has a pony-tail slot! The white Adidas cap is wicking, super lightweight and the perfect thing to shade my eyes from the summer sun, that is pretty much non-existent now. Oh well, it will be perfect for next summer. I have an extreme need to agonize over and rationalize all non-essential purchases. These were both on sale, and the white hat was way cheaper than expensive running sun glasses. Successful purchases I think.
Do you get the feeling that I’m trying to masquerade as a food blogger? Well, I kind of just did. Hopefully you don’t mind too much. After all, everybody’s gotta eat!
Thoughts on the calf coats?
Have you recently purchased too much of a food item (a’la 10 pounds of yams)? How did you use it all up?
Picked up any fun clothing or personal purchases lately?