All posts by Kmcdaniel

Feeling a little stressed?

When you are trying to figure things out it’s easy to slip into fear, stress, and overwhelm. This isn’t an easy place to be – especially when you’ve been there for long periods at a time. Those of us in agriculture have experienced seasons and years of this. To be trapped in a cycle of […]

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Grab Bag

Sometimes when things are too close you don’t know what you are grabbing. The other day my honey was eating those delicious Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels – and he was hungry. One after another he was grabbing them. He didn’t have to think about it, he knew the bag was there and where to grab. Until […]

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Let’s Talk About the Weather

Let’s talk about the weather.This has been the longest summer harvest we’ve experienced. One of our fellow farmers says this is the longest harvest he’s seen since he was a young man (roughly 30-40 years). I also know of many local people fighting to put up their hay up. This is not just a local […]

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Lighten Your Load

We are getting flooded with articles about how the farmer is going broke. It’s on the news, Facebook, in the papers…everwhere. It’s a good thing that we are getting the message to those that need to see it, but we need to be careful about how this is affecting our mental health in the meantime. […]

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Surrounded by Storms

I was out harvesting tonight and the storms were all around me. Here I was in my own little bubble trying my best to just finish filling the truck before the storms let loose. There I was trying not to be anxious and hurry my way finished. That never ends well. I take my focus […]

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Long Stressful Days

There have been some long, stressful days with planting this year. The planting, spraying, and fertilizing have been compacted into a small window due to the weather – for those of us who were able to get in the field. The pressure and stress of it all starts to wear down our bodies and our […]

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What our kids teach us

We are coming up on graduation and I was reflecting on the kids going out into the world. They must be pondering all the questions we did when we graduated. The excitement of a new chapter. The hesitation of the unknown. I think about all the lessons and teachings we have given them – all […]

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It’s Messy

Let’s be honest. No one has their shit together all of the time. Sure, there are moments when maybe you do. The bills are paid (because you actually have money), the laundry is done, dishes are clean and put away, and the dog hair is vacuumed up. Those days are few and far between. But […]

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Letting Go

Letting go of things can be hard.  I have this piece of exercise equipment we bought several years back.  We really don’t use it. It’s not the go-to for the workout anyway. But when we bought it – it was going to change our lives.   Yet, it sits in the basement gathering dust. It no […]

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Harvest Blues

You’ve worked hard all year. Pushed through “non-ideal” planting weather maybe.Pushed through surprise breakdowns – and maybe some unsurprised.Pushed through deadlines and unforeseen agenda shifts. But you got the seed in. Then comes hope, prayers, optimism.And checking fields and spraying and more praying.And moisture – God please bring the moisture. You know we need it […]

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