The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series I, Weather, Weather, Weather, Friday, January 14, 2022

One thing I’ve learned in my FULL YEAR of being alive…is outside is FULL of WEATHER!!!

I see it every day…sometimes it’s wonderful, sometimes not wonderful.

My perfect day of weather —is soft and a little on the cool/cold side. When it’s like that I think outside is BEAUTIFUL!

Other times it’s, well, AWFUL!   There is wind—I detest wind,

there is rain…it’s the worst,

there is snow…I can do snow if it doesn’t melt on my fur, but the most horrid of all-weather is

HOT!  I spend all my time panting just like Black Beauty Dog!

Miserable!

BUT I can be outside (I LOVE OUTSIDE) much, much longer than in winter when the days seem very short!

So, for this wee series, I am going to tell you about the weather, here on the farm,

and how Mom, Dad, and I deal with it!

TLC Cai-Cai

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Happy Birthday to ME, Friday, January 7, 2022

I am a WHOLE YEAR OLD! 

I came from the city where I was wandering in a parking lot by my human sister’s work—to Mom and Dad and the FARM

I missed my mom and my brothers and sisters, but I must say

Life is good!

I have lots and lots of stuff to do

And lots and lots of love.

Happy One Year Old to me!

TLC Cai-Cai

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Winter Arrived, Friday, December 17, 2021

Okay.

There is nothing to really do when it’s terribly cold.

AND

There are some BIG! SCARY! THINGS on MY FARM!

They scare me so much I growl at them and run to the house!

MOM!!!!

I’m ready to come in.

TLC Cai-Cai

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Dad is Driving a Big Scary THING, Friday, November 26, 2021

I was just minding my business—

you know, checking out the farmyard

Looking for mice

Chasing a bird or 60

When Dad came out,

got into that big THING that makes lots of noise

And headed to my CORNFIELD

Everything is TERRIBLY SCARY right now!

RUN!!!!!

TLC Cai-Cai

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-HELP! It’s Scary Here, Friday, November 19, 2021

The field next to our long farm lane has a

HUGE! BIG! GREEN! MACHINE in it!

Totally and

completely SCARY!

I’m having a very hard time staying outside!

TLC Cai-Cai

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Leaves, Friday, November 12, 2021

The leaves fell off the big tree in the yard

And I loved it

I ran and jumped and had a blast in the yard

Then Mom came along and took all the leaves away

Bummer.

But I do like the grass, I like to lay in it and roll around

So, I guess it all works out!

TLC Cai-Cai

Life at Ten Months Old—Chapter Four, Dad and I, Friday, October 29, 2021

Sometimes it’s rather boring outside.

I try to check everything out

But

Sometimes there is nothing to see

Do

Or chase

Then DAD comes!

YAY!

TLC CAI-CAI

 

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series 10, Corn, Friday, October 1, 2021

“Let’s Go Outside, TLC Cai-Cai.  I’m sure you can find lots to do.” Mom picked me up and took me outside with her.  Then while Mom worked on the flower bed beside the red rocks, I hung out with her.

Tell me more about the farm, Mom.  I’m still learning. I purred, wrapping myself around her legs, getting between her and the weeds, purring and purring.

“Okay, you sweet loving kitty. Let’s go have a sit and I will give you a wee farm lesson.  Gosh, today you are 10 months old. (We really don’t know your day of birth, but the vet thinks you were born very close to the 1 Day of January, so we are going with that.)”

“Happy Ten Months, Dear Kitty!”

“Now, let’s see,” Mom put me on her lap and started petting me, “the farm.  We talked about the hay, the big loud things that do stuff, and the fact we raise. Corn.  I’ll tell you about corn.

Corn is our very most important crop.  It’s the crop that takes us from paycheck to paycheck.  For a Corn paycheck,  that means a paycheck in December (usually—one year it didn’t mean that, but that is another story for another time.)

That paycheck in December takes the farm and everything on the farm clear through the whole year until the next paycheck in the next year’s December.

The corn crop Starts in January.  Yes, it does.  That is when Dad sits down, figures out how many acres he wants to grow the corn on, then he figures out how many seeds he needs to purchase from the seed supplier.  The seeds make up all the bushels/tons of corn he will sell.

Then he starts watching the corn market.  By the end of February, he knows (has a general idea, anyway) the amount of corn he wants to plants, will the crop will bring when he harvests the corn in late fall…that can be late October, or in November, or December.

By March the cows have left the cow hotel, so it’s time for Dad to work the ground.  First, he disks the cow manure and all the left-over stalks of everything up — chopping everything into tiny little bits.

After that, he hooks up the plow and turns all the chopped-up bits over into big slabs of dirt to mellow out and feed the earth.

After all the soil dries, he goes back in and rolls the ground flat.  This is so he can get a good clean place to work with.

Now it’s time to level the fields so he can get ready to start the water.  Leveling makes sure there are no humps and bumps in the field so when the water starts it will run right through the furrows from the beginning to end, not washing out the seeds or pooling up somewhere along the way.”

I rather stopped listening, I even stopped purring, but I didn’t go to sleep.  If I went to sleep Mom would sit me aside and go back to work.

I reached up and patted Mom.

Mom chuckled.

“Okay, after the leveling, it’s time to mark up the furrows and Start the Water.

  Then we wait for that to dry a wee bit, after which Dad plants the seeds.  Lots of work in the spring.

When the little seeds get to growing and have four leaves…

Dad will go out and cultivate the rows…which means get rid of the weeds.  Then he marks it out again and we start the water again.

We irrigate all the time, moving the water across the fields, onto other fields, then back again.  All summer long.

The corn grows and grows and grows…. finally getting to a spot in the fall where Dad takes the water away because the plant is so big and so mature it can no longer take in any more water into itself.

Then we wait.  It’s a little bit of downtime…time to get caught up on other things (of course the other crops have needs too, but we are just talking about corn right now)

Then in late October, or sometime in November, possibly December we harvest the corn.

We talked about that earlier when I was explaining how you need to stay away from the big machines on the farm.

So, there you have it, My Darling Sparkling little kitty. Corn. The big crop on the farm.

Mom gave me a kiss on the nose and put me down on the red rocks, now it’s time for you and me to get something done around here.

So, Mom and I got busy!

 

TLC Cai-Cai

 

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series 9, The Crop Market, Friday, September 24, 2021

MOM!!! MMMMMEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

“Come in, TLC Cai-Cai,” Mom invited. “Come sit with me for a spell and have your head rubbed.

So, I did.

So, she did.  It was so peaceful, just sitting with Mom, purring.

Maybe you could tell me more about Farm Living, Mom. I purred.

“Well, let’s see…the Crop market.  I don’t think I’ve told you about the crop market.  You see this is the PRICE Dad gets when he sells something. That price is set by a thing called “Supply and Demand.”  Mom explained, as she gently rubbed under my chin.

AHHHHH….so nice.  Purrr.

“What that means is, if there is a lot of something, then the price for that something is low, but if there isn’t a lot of something then the price rises higher.”  I stretched out my full length so Mom would rub on my backbone.

“So, you see, if the market is down, then the whole season’s work (March through November) can make it so a farmer doesn’t get anything for all his effort.

That is why a farmer tries to grow lots and lots of different crops. There is corn for silage/ensilage, corn for people to eat all summer long called sweet corn, corn for animals, and corn for people called corn flakes, cornmeal, lots of corn things.  This is why corn is such a big crop.  At least around our part of the world.”  Mom petted me all the way down my side and clear over to the tip of my tail.

Lovely….sigh….purrrrrrrrr

“Some farmers grow onions, and pinto beans, and pumpkins, and well just lots and lots of different products so people and animals can eat.”

“Oh, yes, Mom said scratching my ears OH MY THAT FEELS GOOD—and hay.  Hay can be alfalfa and it can be grass. We grow alfalfa here. This way farmers try to have different types of crops so there is always some money coming in.”

In, I thought dreamily to myself.  I understand about wanting and needing to come in.

Suddenly Dad was in the house getting a drink of water. I jumped up and headed toward the door.

I’ve had enough of In…

Out I go with Dad.

TLC Cai-Cai