August 2018

                                                                                                                                    August 2018

      Good morning! Summer is whizzing by, before we know it fall will be here. There are some things that make me think it may not be far off, it is hard to tell though, so many things enter in.

      We are having a dry summer in this area. The pastures and hay have been affected most. Surprisingly the corn is looking good, most of it was planted early, it had moisture to start out and we had heat early, getting it going before the dry weather came. There are some areas that are very dry and the yields are poor. Thunderstorms are usually spotty, I thought they seem extremely so this year. We had some rain this week again, every little helps.

       Milk production is at the low point, the cheese makers are having a hard time getting enough hours in. It’s too bad we can’t even it out more, in the winter they can hardly keep after. Maybe some day we will have a more level flow. Our good cheese makers are Nathan, Roy, Trevor, Jordan, Stephen and Aaron. Next week Aaron will go back to college, he will only work part time. Joseph is now in the office, he is the SQF practitioner. He is a good one to slog through all the paper work and legal jargon on some things, Junior is happy to turn some of that over to him. He can still fill in if needed.

        The cutting room ladies are Taylor, Tonya, Julie, Amanda & Kari. Jordan & Judy do most of the packaging, with Jordan doing the orders and helping with the heavy work. They don’t seem as busy as some years because we finally have enough of help, they can stay worked ahead instead of scrambling to keep up. Sales are up, we know we are putting out more product. We have new accounts starting, although sometimes that can take a couple of years till the first pallet actually goes out.

   

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March 2018

                                                                                                                                                March 2018

     Good morning and Easter greetings! The sun is shining, it’s 56 degrees, at least for now. There is rain in the forecast for later this morning and falling temperatures. We’ll enjoy the sunshine while it is here!  This week has been cloudy and rainy, the sunshine is welcome again.

       The cheesemakers have been very busy the last few months, this is the time of the year when the cows are milking more, it is keeping them stepping, making an average of 14 batches a week, that means double shifting. Nathan, Joseph, Stephen, Roy, Trevor, Jordan & Aaron keep that field covered.  They are doing a good job in keeping things on track.

     The orders were slow which is typical for this time of the year. The ladies were having a hard time getting enough hours in. Taylor, Judy, Katie & Julie are in that department. The orders are picking up, they will get hours in now, may have to do some overtime. A new cheese cutter has been a great help to them, taking out some arm muscle labor. The cutter has a cylinder, they press the foot peddle and a wire goes across the 40# block, another arm comes down and cuts it into loaves. It is lots faster and easier. We are also having one worked at for cutting the loaves into retail pieces. It will enable them to do more in a day.

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November 2017

                                                                                                                                            November 2017

Season’s greetings to all our e-mail friends. It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of another year. How time seems to go so fast, I guess that means we are busy and happy. Life is good, we are thankful for the blessings we have.

      Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. Daughters Jane Marie & Rose and their families came, it is very seldom they are both here at once, it makes it a special occasion. Randall’s (Jane Marie) arrived here Wednesday evening with their seven children. They live in Withee, WI, are dairy farmers. Dennis’ (Rose) came by noon Thursday with their three, they also live in Withee. Dennis does some cash cropping, mostly he is away installing electric in new chicken barns with his crew of 6, sometimes installing equipment, also. Wednesday Rose picked him up at the job, about 2 hours south of them, they came part way and got a motel. They both leave for home Sunday again. Randall’s are sleeping here, Dennis’ at Mark’s.

    Yesterday (Thanksgiving) we went to church. Randall is a minister, he had the main sermon. I had 4 little boys with me, they did well. David & Daniel – almost 5, Randall Jr. 3½, and Curvin – 2 on the 28th. Wasn’t sure, thought we could have a circus but they are well-trained . Leon Earl – 9 sat with the boys his age, Sheila sat with Junior’s wife Crystal and dau. Jessica, a treat that probably didn’t happen before. Baby Janita – almost 4 mo. went with her Mom, of course.

We had a family gathering on my side, my parents, 9 of us siblings and our children. There were approx. 109 people in all, with 6 missing. We rented the Lodge in the Lacey Keosauqua State Park, it was a beautiful day, the children could be outside in the afternoon. It is a nice place to have it, also inexpensive. Everyone brought food, the menu was ham balls, roast beef with a sauce (pulled like pulled pork) cheese potatoes, baked corn, green beans with a white sauce, make your own salad bar, pie and ice cream. Five people brought 3 pies each, there was pumpkin, oatmeal, apple and one cherry pie. There were some pies left over, but the meat was just barely enough.

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