Grandma’s Pants

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Isn’t it amazing how small things can hold great comfort?

Today I am home with my youngest. She started running a fever in the night and woke up this morning feeling even worse. I just scrubbed puke out of the carpet…

However, now we are snuggling on the couch. Curious George is on the TV, there’s a bucket next to me, and we are snuggling under a quilt that has been dubbed “Grandmas Pants”.

It is this heavy and cozy quilt made of old polyester pants my husbands Grandma made for him more than 20 years ago. Whenever anyone in our home is not feeling well they automatically choose this quilt to snuggle under.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to really know his grandma, she had end stages of dementia when we got married and she passed away a few days after our oldest was born. Knowing her children and grandchildren though I can almost guarantee that she would be happy that it provides comfort when we are feeling down.

So here is to a day snuggled on the couch with my little girl in her footie pajamas, with a cup of coffee in my hand and feeling cozy under Grandmas Pants!

What are some things you find comfort in when you don’t feel well?

Flat Aggie Visits for Dry Bean Harvest!

We are excited to have a special visitor for dry bean harvest that started this week!

Flat Aggie!!

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Flat Aggie journeys across the continent visiting farms and ranches, collecting great pictures and even better stories.   I’ll let him tell you what he’s been up to this week…

Hi Flat Aggie here!
This week I’m vacationing at A Little House on the Farm, it is located in the Thumb of Michigan. Did you ever notice that Michigan is shaped like a mitten?  If you look for the Thumb part, that is where they farm; surrounded by water on 3 sides! The climate here is warm in the summer and early fall, cold and snowy in the winter and cool until the lake warms up in the spring.

They plant corn, wheat, soybeans and dry edible beans.  Dry edible beans come in many different colors but they plant Navy Beans and Black Beans. Navy beans can be used to make bean soup and baked beans. Black beans are used in a lot of cooking and some salsa’s.

Beans are usually planted in early to mid June and harvested mid to late September. The farmer said they were blessed with an early planted spring this year so these beans were planted between May 30th and June 6th.

 


There are a few ways to harvest dry beans. On their farm they “pull” the beans.  Which means they use a Pickett rodder to bring the beans out of the dirt by their roots and put them in windrows. You can see in the picture that there are rods that bring the beans out of the ground, spike like teeth that pull them up to a conveyor and then the conveyor puts them in a windrow.

 

They do this in the morning and evening when there is still dew on the plants to help keep from splitting open the pods(also called shelling) while they get moved around. You can check out a drone video of them pulling beans right HERE.

In the afternoon when the windrows are dry the beans are perfect for combining.  The combine will harvest 2 windrows at a time and separates the beans from the pods, stems, and leaves. Check out a video HERE.

 

Once the beans are in the combine they are unloaded into a truck using a special belt conveyor that is gentle on the beans and helps keep them from getting split or cracked. You can watch a video of them unloading HERE.

After they are loaded into a truck they are taken to an elevator where they are sold to companies that make yummy food for us!

 


Did you know Navy beans got their name because of the frequency they were served to sailors at sea?!

You can find out more information about A Little House on the Farm on their FACEBOOK PAGE.  Their kids are always doing something silly!

You can also find out more about dry beans at the Michigan Bean Council. 

If you want to find out more about my adventures or even host me at your farm click HERE or on Facebook!

 

A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer

Sharing this from The Fit Farmer’s Wife because its perfect!

We are about it enter into Dry Bean harvest and its an exciting busy time.  I run one of the bean puller and Farmer pulls beans, runs the combine, and keeps track of everything.  I pray for him daily but even more so during this time as he gets tired and works so hard for us.

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A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please watch over us during harvest. During the busy. During the crazy. During the parts runs, the harvest food runs, and elevator runs. During the fast paced on the go unloading, and the slower than slow break downs. Grant us the weather conditions that allow us to get harvest done in a timely matter. Guide and protect all of us during this season.

Help my husband to be safe always. Give him reason and time to think and somehow, enjoy this busy season. Cover him in your grace and blessings. Allow him patience during the breakdowns, because we know they are enviable. Allow him quick reflexes and thoughts when he has to think on his feet. Allow him the love and strengththat he needs to function during this busy season.

Help our children to understand why dad is busy, can’t tuck them in at night, or can’t be home for dinner. Guide their little hearts and bless them. Help them to understand this season and grow up with an appreciation of the farm and knowing how hard their daddy worked to provide for us. Help them to remember and cherish this season, as a time to harvest.

Help me as a wife, Lord. Help me to stay strong. Give me the strength to pack the coolers, help with the homework, clean the house, do chaff filled, dirty laundry, prepare and think of easy harvest meals, and somehow allow my heart peace during this crazy time. Help me to find time for You and for me. Even though I go to bed a tired, and alone woman at night, I know You are there protecting our family. Watch over my husband during the late nights and early mornings, and grant us the rest we all need.

Most of all, thank you for the harvest season. We know it’s tiring and seems endless, but it is just a season. And with You, every season brings a time of hustle, crazy, tears, and also joy and blessing. We are so blessed for this harvest, for this season, for our family, our love, and for You. Please lead, guide and direct us, during this harvest season, and in Your perfect timing and love.

Amen.

Source: A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer