There's no place like home. I feel this classic "Wizard of Oz" line is even more true for people, like me, who feel a strong connection to the farm they were raised on. I've traveled and lived away from home, and currently live 2 1/2 hours away, but I do love home and that's partly because it's where the farm is.
This weekend instead of staying in the Twin Cities, I went home after work on Friday. My uncle has been living at my home for the past week to help my Dad with fencing so he was there and will be staying for at least another week. It's nice that my Dad has the extra help because my youngest brother is the only sibling still at home but he's gone for most of June at a 4-H conference, Boys State, and a boy scout camp.
I always enjoy being back on the farm. When I'm in the city I miss the cows, I miss the fields, and I miss doing chores. I like to go back home and feed the cows and clean the barn, simply because I think it's fun. I like to talk to my dad about the crops and about what's happening on the farm.
Cows are nice and I've had some great favorites, but this weekend one of my favorite parts was playing with the young calves. We have 4 heifers in the pen that houses the youngest calves and they are all very friendly. this weekend I petted the 4 young heifers for at least 10 minutes. It's fun to see how curious they are and how much they like to be petted.
Of course this year hasn't been a normal planting season and I was able to talk to my Dad more about that while I was home. My Dad hasn't even finished planting his corn and he just started last week. Our farm has clay soil and it's been a cold, wet spring so planting got started very late for us. My Dad is hoping to get some barley in as well but we don't have enough tractors to do both corn and barley planting at the same time.
On a non-ag related note, I also got to attend a grad party for one of my friends and her younger brother (her from college and him from high school), go to a bonfire the same friend had, and see the boyfriend who is currently interning at a company in Bismarck and living 7 hours from me this summer.