BY ROSANNA BAUMAN
TUESDAY: I juggled the phones of the Butcher Block trying to find a new packaging machine as ours is dying. I’ve been searching for over two months and I’m now just finding a possibility. Emmalee and I lunched with “Wolf” today (editor’s note: Rosanna made no reference as to why the employee is called “Wolf” and I didn’t ask) to interview him. I left the Butcher Block early afternoon to complete some stuff at the farm since it was such a nice day. My brother Ivin and an electrician are working at wiring the feed mill. I typed the weekly farm update to insert into the egg cartons, and help mom and Joanna prepare some of the eggs for deliveries. For supper we used the hambone for a family favorite: ham and beans with sweet cornbread. In the evening I finished writing my weekly article for Plain Kansas. Dad made a little desk to put at the treadmill so I can type and walk. This helps me keep my focus so much better than sitting in a chair, because then I just want to relax and fall asleep. Only focus can still be an issue on the treadmill. I had a sudden epiphany about the treadmill’s location, so I bent over to check out the space between the treadmill and the wall, walking sideways. Crunch! My bare little pinky toe become crammed underneath one of the metal guards. Gasping, I jerked my toe out and stumbled off the moving machine. Bummer. Now my foot is throbbing, bleeding, and swollen. No more treadmill and I still have the article to finish. This may not be a great article.
WEDNESDAY: Mom takes Joanna to town for a driving test. This farm permit will allow her to drive by herself on farm errands. She was very nervous about the deal, but is now excited about achieving this important teen milestone. The boys are glad to have another “go fer” for planting season. The boys, Marvin, Kevin, Steven, and Ivin, rented our neighbor’s Skytrack to set up six grain hopper bins for the feed mill. About 20 feet tall, these bins will be holding about 80 tons of non-GMO grain. They had them set up in no time and went on to remove an old fence and topple over a giant dead tree. When we all work together we can accomplish a lot, fast. I missed this exciting event because my USDA bigwig inspector wanted to meet with me at the Butcher Block to discuss changes to my HACCP food safety plan. We conduct another lunch interview. Employee relations are just like any other relationship: communication is pivotal. I left about 2 PM to stop by my cousin might Maralee’s newly purchased house . This hundred year-old house needs a lot of updating, and today’s family “scrub day.” Joanna and I spend a couple of hours washing woodwork and walls before we need to head back to the farm. Arriving home, we finished packaging the rest of the 350 dozen for delivery tomorrow. We finished at 9 PM