It's about 9:30 p.m. and I really should be crawling into bed.  Instead I decided to play around on the Proud To Dairy webpage.  I thought maybe it was time to search through the members and see who I knew.  I also thought maybe I would try a blog post for the first time.  As I sit here, I am listening to the wind howl outside and blow all the snow around.  It was a tough day on the farm.  The hired hands were able to make it in this morning and then home for lunch.  However, come evening milking the one hired hand was snowed in.  I don't milk often, but had to tonight.  We milk 187 cows in a swing 12 parlor.  One hired hand and I milked while my husband plowed cow lots and mixed feed for the morning.  The driveway has blown shut with snow, so we have a path plowed through the field to get down to the barn.  We were lucky to get the milk truck in today.  Because school was closed today, we bundled the kids up and told them to play in the calf barn and build with their wood while mom and dad took care of the farm.  We have 3 boys ages 10, 7, and 5.  There was no way a babysitter was getting out here today to help.  They listened and played in the snow as well.  I pray the wind stops and they get the roads cleared so everyone can make it to work tomorrow.  School has been called off again tomorrow so that means an extended Christmas break this year.  To everyone in the midwest working through this blizzard - I pray you keep warm and safe until the better days ahead.  God Bless and good night.

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