A couple weeks ago I found out that the dairy that produces the milk I usually buy is going out of business. Mallorie's Dairy has been in business for 56 years. They also bottle their own milk. The prices of feed has gone up over 50% which makes it harder to make a profit, no thanks to the economy, world wide and state. Corn, which is in food for cows, is used to produce ethanol, which goes into cars we drive, unfortunately. It's put into our gas, thanks to the government. It decreases our gas mileage. Stipulations hurt the farmers who are trying to make a livelihood for their families by feeding people. They can't make ends meet when cost per gallon is $1.56 and cost for production is over $1.65. After 2 years there's no point in it. I feel for these people who have given a good portion of their lives, some of them, to dairy farming and now watch it go away. If this can happen to a dairy farm that has been loved by their stores they sell to, what is going to happen to the other dairies? Are we now going to need to get milk from dairies out of state? Drink synthetic milk (don't go there!)
Why do I feel their pain? I grew up on a farm and I know what it's like to have your dad and mom sell their farm that had been in the family for years.
(For more information on this dairy story you can click on the blog title. )
Monday, January 10, 2011
Owen , our adorable grandson! These photos were taken in the evening 13 hours after his birth.
Grandpa, Owen and Melody
Grandpa, Owen and Melody
Big Sister talking and singing to her little brother and Mom!
It was quite the day! Get a phone call in the a.m. that Owen was born.
We went to church. I checked my cell phone after first service. There were 2 messages, one from daughter and one from son. Well, we wound up meeting Megan at Taco Bell about 20 miles away after church was over. She had gone to hospital to get Melody and took her to church with her. Then we meet up with them and ate at Taco Bell. Then got car seat and took Melody with us to Costco before we headed home with her in the back seat, where she fell asleep. The birthing center in hospital has a long couch against the wall. Melody was asleep when they got there, early Sunday a.m. She stayed asleep even through the birth. But when she woke up later, there become a problem of rest for the weary mommy and daddy. So we stepped in to help. We had a fun afternoon. Had planned on making french toast for dinner but when we got a phone call that Justin requested a $5 footlong sub from Subway, we decided to just go eat there since we were both tired and had to go there anyway! Worked out great. Melody fell asleep in the car on the way up to hospital. Before she did, she was singing about mommy, daddy and Owen the boy, that later turned into baby brother! So cute! I had to shut the radio off!
We spent an hour at the hospital with them and took photos. Left Melody there, even though she wanted to come home with us. (They are to home early afternoon today.) Came home and downloaded my photos and had the scare of my life. New computers do that! I thought I lost all my photos or the last portion. I pulled the memory card out too soon. But my compassionate hubby helped me find them again. We put the media card back in and they were found! Thank you, Lord. Sigh of relief! Will share photos of Melody's day with us in another post! I don't want to show you too much cuteness in one fell swoop!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Our little grandson was born this morning. Little Owen
arrived weighing in at 7 lbs, 15 oz and measured 20.5 inches long.
We are watching granddaughter Melody now and will take her back to see
dad and mom and baby brother, at hospital this evening.
Melody calls him "Owen the boy".
I will get photos posted soon.