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July 18, 2011

YES We are that family!

You know the one - that can make a good christian use multiple strings of 4 letter words when they see us coming, the perpetual walking 3-ring circus, the one you cross the street to avoid for fear you will be mistaken as part of them!

We survived the first day with out killing any of our children or cattle - score one for us!  I'll be blunt - it is hotter than hell here and only due to get worse as the week goes on - now I'll be honest - I am a hot weather wimp, it sucks, it makes me whine and complain like a small child  - at least in cold weather you can keep adding layers and drinking warm drinks, in hot weather it just sucks wearing any clothing and it just wouldn't be pretty if I didn't anyway (well that and illegal since I am in public)!

The hot hell-like weather has just about done me in today, we left home around 7am to head in and I decided to wear jeans - my theory: it was early, we bring in from night ties, feed, wash, dry and weigh cattle in, I could head home around noon - shower put on shorts and head back to fairgrounds!  My theory didn't work at 8am it was only 75 degrees but 100% humidity I was dragging some calves, some calves were dragging my children and I know we were making the good folks running weigh-in wish that I had just taken out the kids and cattle yesterday and put everyone out of their misery!


Not pretty and not sure why my kids only take pics of me that suck - but this pic says exactly how defeated and hot I felt this morning!  I had been at the fairgrounds for a whole 45 minutes and was covered in sweat, cow manure, cow snot, cow hair!


Put it this way by the time my kids walked their own calves across the scales they (the calves) got a burst of energy and I ended up having to lead them one by one back to the wash rack, after each calf I would walk back to get the next with tears running down my face (for real), luckily I was sweating so profusely no one noticed - and speaking of sweating, why do some women "glisten" when they sweat or appear "dewy", I don't - my hair gets frizzy, dirt sticks to me, my eyes droop but I definitely don't "glisten", I do stink but I don't "glisten"!  Anyway that is the exact point I hit a brick wall (8:15am to be exact), I grabbed the keys to my truck, jumped in it and drove straight to Kohl's (luckily right next to the fairgrounds), I parked, walked in the front door of Kohl's (which luckily opened at 8am), smiled politely at the clerk and said:
"Good Morning, it is really hot outside and I am sweating by butt off, I am going to walk over and get a pair of shorts off the rack, go into the dressing room, peel off my jeans, put on the shorts, tear the tag off, put my boots back on, pick up my jeans and I will bring you the tag and will pay on my way out!"
Seriously that is what I said and that is exactly what I did, luckily the clerk was very sweet and understanding, as I was checking out she said she hoped that I stayed cool the rest of the day (she was either really sweet or extremely terrified of the crazy woman in front of her)!  I went straight back to the fair and finished working - we washed, dried and clipped heads, cleaned up night ties, cleaned up feed pans, ate walking tacos, had heifer paperwork and tattoo checked, signed up for showmanship -


Much happier in shorts and boots!

- now I am going to head home to take a shower and wash the cow hair off that is sticking to me everywhere and I mean everywhere!  Then back out to the fairgrounds to get the calves ready for the market steer show tonight and the tractor pull (well we'll go to the tractor pull not the calves)!

Chris is spending all day at our hog barns - this heat is so hard on the hogs so he is keeping an eye on the ventilation and putting up extra fans to keep the air moving.  This is also breeding week, which takes a lot of time and extra work especially in this heat, which is why I am flying solo as much as possible at the fair!

On a much happier note Chris and I have been married 19 years today!  He bought a new-to-me truck for me for our anniversary - 4 doors, cab lights and even put a goose neck ball in it for me - I do love that man!



Last night as I was finally able to go to bed at midnight and was drifting off to sleep I said to Chris, "I love you, Thank you for marrying me and giving me such a great life!"  and in his half- asleep voice he said to me, "Oh that reminds me - don't leave for the fairgrounds in the morning without taking the water buckets out of the back of the truck!"  Every day is a fairy tale come true!

18 comments :

  1. And they lived happily ever after (after heat, after dirt, after 100-degree-plus fair, etc., etc., etc.!)!

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  2. Happy Anniversary!!! Such a nice gift from Chris. Enjoy it and try to stay cool at the fair!

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  3. LOL! happy anniversary to the hardest working fair couple around!

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  4. I read your post twice, and my smile, along with my heartfelt sense of sympathy grew. Kudos to you! I am proud to be able to say, "I know that crazy woman!"

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  5. This sounds all too familiar. As we prepare to have a first year 4-Her next year I realize more and more what all my mom did for us all the time but especially at fair time as a single mom. I'm proud to know you and Happy Anniversary!!!!!

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  6. I feel your pain! Good luck with the shows, and say cool!

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  7. I laughed all through your post....you have a way with words. Until I got to the part about you and Chris..then I teared up. Happy Anniversary! You sure know how to celebrate....about like my anniversary during deer season!! Love you both!

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  8. Awww Jen, this is great! You do so much for your family and for that you should feel so proud of yourself. Crazy or not...we all love you and feel blessed to know your crazy butt...lol! Happy Anniversary to a wonderul fair family! :-)

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  9. Oh, I can't imagine how horrible this week is for fair week. Ours was last week, and after the horrible storms they didn't have electricity or even know if they were going to have the fair until the day before. Hope you all manage to stay safe in this heat. And congrats on the anniversary!

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  10. Happy Anniversary!!
    I understand not liking this heat..and no, I don't glisten either. The women that I know that do, have hubbies that go out and turn on their car and air conditioning before they step out the door!
    Sounds like you have a great life...and a fun one!
    Loved this post!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your fair with us. It totally brings back memories of our fair years with my boys, and I do miss those years. The fair was always so stressful, yet it was such a great time. Enjoy it!

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  12. Whoops, I forgot to say Happy Anniversary!!!

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  13. I know all to many fair weeks that went just like this one. But then again it wouldn't be county fair season if it wasn't hot. Happy Anniversary!!

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  14. Happy Anniversary. You have a great red truck. I missed our fair this year as we were haying (duty calls), I was disappointed but I know the feeling about loving your man and living the good life stinky or not. B

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  15. I so feel for you! I word a t-shirt to the fair grounds last night, lime green in color and a short scooped neck line. We were just setting up and marking the commercial tent, and I was sweating so much that my boobs were leaving marks on my shirt! SERIOUSLY! Like two short, ok fat, cucumbers, soaking wet had smacked me right in the chest! I may have to run to Kohl's today, NOT next to my fairgrounds by like 40 miles, and buy a couple more tank tops. Better to see the real things "glistening" that wonder what the heck I ran into! ;0

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  16. They should have the fairs in the fall when it is cooler or the spring then the state fair can be in the summer....goofy people.
    I have always said that ...in the winter I can always ADD more layers...but you can't take any more off in the summer and be cool even if you are naked and in jail (altho I assume the jail is air conditioned). :)

    Happy Anniversary...that is my kind of gift. B.

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  17. God Bless Farmers!

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  18. Happy Anniv., July 18 is our anniv and we were married 46 years. we have celebrated the 18th of every month for the 46 years, sometimes just a happy 18th and I love you but we always treat the 18th as a special day.

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