Nebraska Saturday Phone Dump

Please excuse the lack of a post last week. I won’t make a habit of that. It was just a cluttered week. This week it’s all about a couple of April Saturdays in Nebraska.

A week ago Saturday we went to Lincoln to take in the “Spring Game.” We went early to see if we could get Ameer Abdullah’s autograph. Way too many people had that same idea, so a disappointed Wyatt had to settle for just standing near him and looking.

Ameer AbdullahWe joined the over 77,000 to watch a football practice and worked really hard to not pull the plug out of the kid in front of us. (I probably haven’t told you this before, but I can be really good at being critical of others. I only just worry about my glaring issues you’re thinking about. Just tell me to my face. I can deal.)IMG_2075Brad wanted to check out the highest seats in the house. He’s in this picture. Take my word for it. Nebraska Spring GameThis most recent Saturday was adventure on this side of the state.

I saw this.

Cattle DriveThen later that day we drove west on the interstate and saw this.

April HailI promise you, that is NOT snow. It’s hail!

Hail

P.S. We had over an inch of rain! Hallelujah!

A Reminder

Nothing like a little hail to remind us how little we can really control in life.

As a farmer, Brad does as many things as he can to get the best crop, but weather is one thing we can never control. Last year were constantly reminded of this because we needed rain, especially for the non-irrigated corn. This year we’ve been blessed with adequate rain. The irrigated and dry land corn was looking great. Then last week a one mile patch of hail hit the pivot.

Hail Damage to CornReally, it shouldn’t hurt the overall yield dramatically; but it still makes a person frown to look at it when it looked so lovely before the hail.  Hailed CornI’m just taking it as my reminder of the One who is really in charge and who ultimately provides.

Weekend Peek

Alternately Titled: I’m enjoying the calm pace of this summer. Using my real camera and blogging seem to be taking a beating because of it.

Friday:

photo 1

S’more time!

Saturday:

pea sized hail

Hail. The video I have of it falling is very entertaining to me, but I’m sure you could search and find a similar video of hail falling.

Sunday: photo 3 martin bay lake macA gorgeous afternoon at the lake!

If you’re hoping for something to substance, I have a couple of books I need to tell you about soon.

Wicked Hail

We went for a country drive tonight to check out the damage from the storm today. It was shocking. We aren’t raising corn right now, but all of Brad’s brothers had major damage to their corn. It’s quite sad, especially when you think of all the hours they spent to get it to where it was before this.

 

Hail + STRONG wind = completely knocked over corn stalks

From hail, not a raccoon

A few stalks are still as tall as they were this morning.

Brad sporting his cut off shirt for you. Proof he's a full supporter of this blog.

Only as tall as his knees!

It was getting dark, but we wanted to have a picture to show you how tall corn is supposed to be. This is actually a low spot in the field too.


If you didn’t notice it on any of the other pictures here’s a picture of the sky for you.