As fall settles into Midwest Missouri many things come to an end as the warmer weather moves out. However, the farmer carries on with his and her duties. There are still chores to be done and plans for the coming winter to be made. Therefore, I find that this is a good time for me to reflect on some of the things I love most about life on the farm. Some of the top five things include the following:
Calving and kidding season: I love to see what several months of waiting has finally brought into the world. I thoroughly enjoy watching all the little ones run and play with each other. I also like to watch them grow and see how they turn out. There are always surprises in the way they can turn out/ look and so there is never a dull moment.
Hay season: This on may come as a shock since there is a lot of work and labor that goes into putting up hay, but you can’t beat the smell of fresh cut hay. Bucking bales (square bales) also helps keep a person in shape, so there is more than one benefit.
Nature: This one plays a big role in my life. I love to sit on the front porch and listen to the nature. You can hear the crickets, frogs, coyotes, owls, and many more. I also enjoy walking through the fields and woods and seeing the wildlife that it contains. I can stand in one spot for several moments at time just simply admiring them.
Summer: I love going to stock shows and farm shows. I greatly enjoy showing livestock as well observing. I like to keep up on what consumers in the livestock industry are currently looking for and the qualities that are want in their livestock. It is also interesting to follow the different blood lines. Another fun time is riding horses, fishing, and playing in the creeks and ponds.
Sunrises, sunsets, and stars: I like living in the country where you can look up at the sky at night and see the stars. I also like to see the sunrises and sunsets. There isn’t much to block out the beautiful colors. You can sun rise and fall over the land. It is a beautiful image like a painting across the sky.
These are just a few of the many blessings I have while living on a farm in the country. My heart feels at home and there is nowhere else I would rather be. It sure is a peaceful place and one that I hold most dear.