I was just listening to Lee Greenwood's song - I am proud to be an American. When my oldest girl was about four or five, we were at the fireworks in Norfolk and they played that song over the loud speaker. Must have been the first time she heard the song. She put her hand on her heart. And at the end she said, "Mom, I think I got a tear in my eye."
When she was in Kindergarten, she performed the whole song with her class and I got a tear in my eye.
Happy Independence Day! Be safe this weekend!
Am I the only one that is overwhelmed with the number of passwords we need to function in our world? No wonder people tend to use their birth year or the simple 123456. Well, I haven't posted for awhile as I just didn't have time to figure it out all over again. Time for a Happy Dance! I got it!
Happy May! The best month of the year...in my opinion!
In these days of a lot of email, texting, SnapChat, Facebook and everything done through your phone, except talking,
pick up the phone and call an old buddy!
You will inspire an old friend and reconnect with someone meaningful in your life! It's great to keep in touch with these other avenues, but for the wonderful lady that called me last night....she changed my week! We have been friends for 15 years! Kids, work, activities keep both of us moving, but we LOVED taking that time on the phone!
I will call someone else to brighten their day.
Now, YOU pick up the phone and call someone too!
Dwight and JD came up with this idea and it is better than I could have envisioned! My 9 year old LOVES listening and trying to figure out whose voice is talking. Hope you enjoy!
And from my wonderful family...
Caleb and Cassidy
We enjoyed the Nebraska Power Farming Show! Plenty of products to see. Most farmers would have probably liked to have a couple of days to see it all.
One of my favorite memories = The parents pushing their one year old twins (a boy and a girl) in a side by side stroller and had a 3 year old walking in his bib overalls. As a mother of 1 year old twins, I felt she was brave. She said we decided we were going to go and do things and expose them to more stuff and we were just going to go! I've heard that conversation in my head also.
(Still thinking her babies were more quiet than my munchkins).
Enjoy the season! It's almost Christmas!
I am not sure how I love Halloween so much! We live in the country and the trick or treaters would still come - we had over 50 one year. Of course, to make sure they came, we started to "do things" so they would HAVE to stop at Mauch's. And often they wanted to make it the last stop because they were going to be here awhile.
Gilligan's Island arrived this year. Ginger took her fancy outfit to School yesterday so she wouldn't forget...can you forget it's Halloween?
Skipper and Mrs. Howell mostly want the parasol. Happy Halloween!
We wrapped up soybeans here last week. I can't help but think about my Double Cousin Jim. When we were about 9 or 10 years old, we had a little yellow wagon we would slowly fill up with soybeans. Our stash to eat over the winter. We would CHOW down on soybeans! I remember the second year when our stash was "discovered." Whoops! We were NOT suppose to be taking beans!
Soybeans were dry this year so a little hard on my teeth this year. I can't help but miss our little yellow wagon, the joyous times of our childhood, and my dear sweet double cousin that died last December. Missing you Jim!
I think it's been a good week. I was nervous on Monday when Hubby was working on the windrower. Pounding is never very good. Sold cattle on Tuesday. Pounding continued the rest of the day. Wednesday...still some pounding. Scared. Hay got cut and nothing more was said.
Fine tuning the combine with hopes of combining today.
The crazy season of chopping silage is here!
I could have said that about five times but they are ACTUALLY in the field ..finally. Chopping is one of the hardest parts of being on the farm. I know the first day the plan changed at least three times. Breakdowns. Rain. Sabbath Day. A plethora of delays and changes. That's just the way it goes.
With combining, a guy can start and when the helpers arrive, they just pick up and start going.
But chopping....is all hands need to be there at the same time. For us, we need 5 people to stay ahead of the chopper.
That's a lot of coordination! And RE-coordination every time it changes.
Hey, don't forget your cook this season if you want to eat!
Happy Day! I have been following David Ward for quite awhile. I just love what he says about choosing to be happy! My mom gave lots of speeches to her Mary Kay friends about
Choosing the Color. It's very similar. Because she IS my mom, perhaps hers was better, but David's is pretty good! Enjoy!
And CHOOSE to be happy.
Yesterday, I had one of those moments. You know the one I mean. It’s when you’re having a bad day and you are convinced that you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not good at anything, and you should probably give up and go do something else.
Yeah, that kind of moment.
But then I paused and thought about it. I thought about things that were going well, things that had amazing potential, and things that I was really good at, and the cloud of doom over my head floated away.
Just like that, I went from near despair to being excited about the future, and with that, I got back to work.
Do we really have that kind of power? Can we really just think ourselves into being happy?
Dale Carnegie said, “Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”
Yes, you can work your way through a funk. But had I tried to suck it up and work my way through my malaise, I’m pretty sure I would have simply found more “proof” of my inadequacies and justification for feeling sorry for myself.
Eventually, I would have forgotten about what was bothering me and returned to my regular chipper self. But instead of having an entire day being down, I was able to get back to “me” in just a few seconds.
When you are feeling blue, or experiencing any kind of negative emotion, instead of charging ahead despite those feelings, “change the subject”. Think about something that feels better when you think it. I might have thought about walking on the beach. That would certainly have felt better and my mood would surely have improved.
I chose another way. Instead of distracting myself from the issue (not being good enough), I found some aspect of that thought that felt better (thinking about what I was good at).
Either way works.
When we are unhappy, we can wait until our circumstances improve and then be happy. Or we can choose to be happy now and use that feeling to improve our circumstances.
Because happiness is a choice.
Happy Birthday Dear Ryan!
Our fine young man would have turned 35 years old today. He is a cherished and missed friend of the station. He was an honorable person and someone that always brought joy! And I miss him wearing his yellow jacket! Pretty sure we will want to have a dilly bar or a grilled cheese sandwich in your honor today.
Ryan Guill died 8 years ago. He will always be in our hearts.
Tim Peterson Receives Denny Waddle Award of Achievement
The Rural Radio Network named Tim Peterson the winner of the inaugural Denny Waddle Award of Achievement. The award was named for Denny Waddle, former Director of Sales for the Rural Radio Network, world class mentor and friend. This annual award recognizes stellar performance of one member of the Rural Radio Network sales team. Tim is dedicated to his clients' success, and that of our entire network. He is a loyal team member and, after nearly 25 years with our company, recorded the biggest sales revenue year of his career for the past fiscal year.
Congratulations Tim! The Denny Waddle Award is the most prestigious award within our company. I had the privilege of being a Manager under Denny's direction for 10 or 11 years before he passed away. When I grow up, I want to be Denny!
Monday was a blessed day for me! The Sales Team came over to my house. Having twins born in about a week has kept me from my normal travels. The crew brighten my day and refreshed my energy!
Many people are in jobs that they hate and work with people they don't like. It's very sad to me that people would need to spend that much time with people they didn't enjoy. I did that once and I am committed to never being in that unhappy position again. I have mentioned this many times before, but we are very blessed at KTIC to work with a fantastic crew of people! The entire staff - announcers, production, traffic, sports, news, support, and sales team is a crew of individuals that people live their life trying to find an atmosphere like we have at the station. We have a working paradise!
Thank you to my work family!
Top Picture includes...Kaela Steffensmeier, Lana Minton, Sherri Sobotka, Nikki Hagedorn and Kristine Kienbaum.
Bottom Picture includes...Sherri Sobotka, Lana Minton, Judy Mauch, Kristine Kienbaum, Nikki Hagedorn, Kaela Steffensmeier
Through my career in radio, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. Most radio people get real excited to meet Little Big Town, Oak Ridge Boys, or Kentucky Headhunters. I like to meet the people that help me in business and help me to see things differently. It could be Radio work or Farm / Ranch work.
About 14-15 years ago, I met Bill Hobbs from Ewing at the BBQ Auction in Bassett, NE. It's a big 2 day sale! Lots of cattle, buyers, and sellers. I am intrigued by all of it!
Well, there were bets going around about how many potloads Hobbs would be buying. I think 10 - 12 potloads is big. I certainly never bought that many! I don't remember the exact number but it was 52 or 54 potloads of cattle. WOW! That's a pretty big check to write. (No, I have never written a check for that much before).
This weekend, 1075 of his cows are selling at Atkinson Livestock. His calves are coming up. Machinery will sell soon. His land will also sell in December....almost 14,000 acres!
Mike Tasler from Atkinson Livestock told me that he put this together - nothing was given to him. Hobbs also had a memory for numbers. If some cattle got put in the wrong pen, he would remember all the numbers associated - what number bought it, how many calves, weight, price and the pen they were sent to. Holy Cow! I would be thrilled just to remember my own when we are selling!
Our world is blessed with many fine folks that have a lot to teach us! I'm just glad that I had the privilege of meeting Bill Hobbs. And I appreciate his accomplishments!
Our friend and Tractor Rider, sweet Wayne Vermeline has passed away. His funeral is actually today. Our staff loved this guy and his passion!
I remember one year his pretty white tractor broke down before the first morning break. Wayne was still a smiling! I knew from that moment I wasn't going to forget him! We checked on him and he said he was packing it up and heading home. We hate to see that happening!
Wayne headed home and by the time he got to his place, his son had another tractor loaded on the trailer and he turned around and came back to the ride. I don't remember if he caught up with us by the afternoon break or what time frame he was back, but I am sure I just gave a look like "Wasn't that you?" With a B I G Wayne smile, he said he was home, back and ready for the rest of the ride.
We ran into Wayne quite often and actually just saw him at Husker Harvest Days with his crew of family. He's just a young fellow at 85. But we certainly enjoyed our time with him.
What a joy he has been to have on the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride with us! We will still be thinking of you Wayne! God Bless Wayne and his family - we've met several of you over the years.
Thank you for blessing our lives!
How is it that when there is a spotted tornado near my folks place, my Dad is always on the roof watching the weather? Darn kids don't always listen.
There is a whole list of Do nots....being on the roof is one of them!
I love the quote I heard on the radio....
"I must do something" always solves more than
"Something needs to be done."
I love working with people that think "I must do something."
Isn't that the truth?
This morning I was reading an article about the Top Ten Majors for college students. They had a list of:
Most Valuable (according to Forbes Magazine)
You can guess that engineering, health fields, computer science related fields were included. Marketing did come up as one of the most researched. A smart, talented person great in sales will out-earn and be happier than a lot of these other professions. I am not saying that money is the most important thing. If you love what you do, the money will follow. I would be pretty sure that the salespeople on our team LOVE what they do, are HAPPY to help others, and THRIVE when a business owner opens their hearts to some ideas and says....what do you think?
Soybeans are starting within the hour 4pm Sunday September 29! Snapping corn this week too. Planning on starting corn on October 7th. Well, that's the plan....
During the crazy season for farmers (planting, chopping, harvesting), the farmer's wife is an unsung hero!
"We should be here for lunch tomorrow. About 8."
Meal plans are prepared even though the lovely wife is heading to work. Little rain overnight.
"We are starting after lunch today. No one will be around to eat."
After a couple of days IN A ROW, I just wonder if this should be considered in the Farm Safety messages?
My mother-in-law is not a big fan of silage chopping. Trucks come flying in and out of the driveway by her house every four and a half minutes. It's a little nerve racking when the farm is normally peaceful.
Today we start with grain sorghum. A week ago Sunday, the sorghum in the area started to fall. Hubby knew what was causing it. Something that happens every 20 years. And a week of additional falling grain puts a little stress on timing and feed source for the cattle. So the chopper was here at 8:30 ready to go this morning. Trucks in place. Chopper couldn't get it picked up quite right. So, we are windrowing and the chopper is coming back at 12:30 to start chopping what's windrowed. And then another neighbor is coming over with his windrower trying to keep ahead of the chopper.
Thank you for the blessing of the neighbors and family because when it comes to farming, I still appreciate our neighbors helping however they can. What a blessed place we live in.