As I write this, it is a quiet June Sunday afternoon. The sun shone for a while, but some clouds are moving in -- perhaps there will be a shower of rain. For some that will be good, as I heard a farmer from one area say that his soybeans needed rain. For others rain will not be wanted, as there are areas where they just finished planting soybeans and corn in muddy fields. Hay in some areas is off the fields and in other places it is still standing. It looks like it is going to be another unusual summer for farmers to cope with.
The temperature has been in the 90s, so hot and humid. That is hard on dairy cows and the production drops. Horses working the fields need some extra rest under the shade trees. If workers are lucky enough to be near a creek, they often take time to splash water on their faces and arms and the farm dog always wades in for a bath to cool off. The heat slows down the growth of market animals, as they just don't eat and gain as well as usual. People are fortunate if they have air conditioning to work in and sleep in, however not everyone does, especially farmers.
It was a hot day last Saturday for the District 3 Open Invitational Holstein Show. There were 70 outstanding and beautiful calves, heifers and cows who paraded the show ring and were placed by judge Phillip Topp and received the many trophies and ribbons. I will have a full report on the show next time.
What could be more relaxing than sitting on the porch, an ice cold glass of lemonade in hand, just enjoying the peace and the quiet? There are people all over this world who would give almost anything to be able to do that. We should be so thankful for our country way of life.
Perhaps a little later we might take time to read an article in a farm magazine or enjoy a good book. We can choose what we want to read about. We can choose any activity we want to be involved in. We can join in with family, friends, neighbors or even total strangers to have fun and games. Or we can just sit around and enjoy pleasant conversation. Or we can take a nap. We are so fortunate that the choice is ours.
Years ago, it was so important to have lots of shade trees. There was no mechanical means of keeping cool. On those hot days, farmers had to take breaks in the fields for both themselves and their horses and that nearby shade tree was such a relief from the heat of the sun. Many places had summer kitchens, outbuildings where the cooking and canning was done so the heat from the stove wasn't added to a house that was already very warm. Families often spent their nights sleeping on blankets placed on the grass. As a child I thought sleeping outside with my Dad was a lot of fun! That was our way of "camping out."
By the time Sunday rolled around in those days, everyone and everything needed to relax and rest up. In today's hectic world, there is still that need for a quiet Sunday afternoon. I am just glad that I grew up a country girl and have been able to enjoy many quiet Sunday afternoons. Our world would be a better place if more people took advantage of them.