Tag Archives: fun

WE Made a Video

This past spring, thanks to CropLife America, I got the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to talk about what I do. While I was certain I was going to die from anxiety, before and during the event, miraculously, I did not. It turns out, I had a fabulous time, and I felt like I was finally promoting my way of life in a way that I could feel. In short, I wanted to do it again!

The best Washington D.C. Felfie I took. Ali Velshi's socks and my boots. So much fame.

The best Washington D.C. Felfie I took. Ali Velshi’s socks and my boots. So much fame.

When I saw that the U.S. Farmers and Rancher’s Alliance was searching its next class of Faces of Farming and Ranching, I decided to enter. I felt I was ready to finally leave the Ranch and take my advocacy to the next level, and this was the perfect year and forum to do that.

I spent a month making my Parents take video of me doing everyday activities on the Ranch. We started to really get into it, thinking of the prettiest places on the ranches to film, trying to get ‘good’ shots. I, somehow, managed to talk my friend Brendan (who has two small children – one is a newborn, a lovely wife, and a full-time job) to use his amazing talents and craft the short video needed for my application.

My Dad took this picture of me while we were filming, and I just loved it.

My Dad took this picture of me while we were filming, and I just loved it.

I asked my musician friends if I could use one of their song’s for my video soundtrack. This became more of a community effort. It was fun to have so many different people being supportive, helping and offering insight. Pretty much everyone in the immediate “circle of Meg” knew I was doing this and was pretty excited about it.

In typical Meg fashion, I turned my application and video in the day it was due. It was a very exciting day. However waiting the month to hear back was agony. I vacillated between being super excited and having super anxiety. This was a big deal!

When the big day came, I ended up not being a finalist. But I realized I was actually ok with that. I had so much fun making the video! Involving my friends and family was the best part, I made memories! The icing on the cake is I have this super, awesome video that shows a good part of my life! Plus, I’m getting twenty pigs this year and I’m certain my Parents would kill me if I left them that job.

I want to share this video because of all the work others put in, thank you everyone!

I’m really proud of this video. Brendan is so good at what he does! This was a bunch of 5 second, shaking clips from my iphone that got turned into something cool that I can share. Plus I totally know one of the finalists, and she is an amazing advocate that is going to kick more ass than I could! When it’s time, vote for Dairy Carrie!

1 Comment

Filed under Ag, agriculture, animals, family, Humor, Know a California Farmer, Media, photos, Pigs, Ranch life, Video

Outside “College” Bench

Like most of us, one of my guilty pleasures is reading the BuzzFeed lists. Of course, my favorites are the ones on food and gardening, like this one.  One item in that post really got my attention:

Photo from http://lenasekine.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-outdoor-seating.html

Photo from http://lenasekine.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-outdoor-seating.html

 

This “couch” was perfect for my yarden, and perhaps as a Mother’s or Father’s Day gift? Plus it reminded me of college.

I spend a great amount of time outside in my yarden, and it’s hard to find durable, affordable patio furniture. And since my yarden is a constantly evolving project, I need to be able to move my furniture around, again, this was perfect!

I used the tutorial from The Basement, and it worked great!

 

If you are really nice to the Home Depot workers they will load all this stuff on your cart and in your truck!

If you are really nice to the Home Depot workers they will load all this stuff on your cart and in your truck!

I went down to my local Home Depot and gathered all my materials. You will need:

  • 12 – 8″x8″x16″ cinder blocks
  • 4 – 4x4x10 pieces of lumber
  • Cushions
  • Paint

The lumber and blocks cost $67, the paint was free (I “borrowed” it from my Mom), and the cushions were $30 and it took me mere minutes to set up. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

The hardest part was packing all this stuff into my yarden from the truck.

The hardest part was packing all this stuff into my yarden from the truck.

Make sure your ground is level, or this will not work well at all. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

I assembled it in a jiff!

I assembled it in a jiff!

I’m going to stain this wood, just so it lasts longer.

Add some paint and a wine bottle,  mosquito oil, lamp and you are ready to relax!

Add some paint and a wine bottle, mosquito oil lamp and you are ready to relax!

In the other tutorials they used adhesive to glue the blocks together. I did not do that. I felt like it was sturdy enough, and I plan on moving it around. All in all – I spent about $100 and an hour painting and putting it all together. I felt like it was worth the time and money. In fact I might cut the lumber in half and make “love seat” sizes next!

 

 

 

5 Comments

Filed under Ag, animals, arts & crafts, Humor, photos, Ranch life, Uncategorized

Headshots – AKA I’m So Vain

For the first time in my adult life I had professional pictures taken of myself. I had to, I’ve had several requests for headshots, and the picture I made my Mom take of me a couple years ago wasn’t cutting it.

 

The headshot I made my Mom take.

The headshot I made my Mom take.

Now I am lucky enough to know many, talented photographers. I asked my social media friends if anyone would be interested in taking some “real” pictures of me, with lighting, and lens, and make-up and photoshop! I was secretly hoping, my friend Shannon Rosan would have some time, and she did! (You may know her work from Jenny’s wedding (that’s how I met Shannon).

Before and after hair and make-up.

Before and after hair and make-up.

I was also hoping my friend Maddie Rae at Reborn Salon, would have time to lend her expertise to my hair and make-up. I lack sorely in the cosmetic and beauty knowledge department, and since these pictures were professional, I wanted talented make-up and hair artist.

So here you go, this is what an amazing, nationally known photographer and stellar professional make-up and hair artist look like:

I love it.

I love it. I love the ranch and light behind me.

This is Joe horse! The last Ranch horse. My Papa gave him to me.

This is Joe horse! The last Ranch horse. My Papa gave him to me.

YAY!

YAY!

I like my hair in this one.

I like my hair in this one.

I have hay hooks and I know how to use them!

I have hay hooks and I know how to use them!

 

I look famous.

I look famous.

More Joe.

More Joe.

Head-shot!

Headshot!

This was such a fun, confidence building event. I felt pretty! I highly recommend everyone do this at least  once in your life!! A big thank you to Maddie and Shannon! You ladies rock!

3 Comments

Filed under Ag, agriculture, animals, Media, photos, Ranch life, Uncategorized

Horsemanship & Cattle Working Clinic

 

 

I am excited about this. My friend Brian Drake is doing a Horsemanship Clinic. And guess what? He’s gonna use Sue horse! I am super exited about this and I urge you to attend if you have any interest. I’ve had the privilege to ride with Brian, and it was a life altering experience. Seriously, do it!
BRIAN DRAKE CATTLE WORKING CLINIC FINAL 6.15.13

2 Comments

Filed under Ag, agriculture, animals, photos, Ranch life, Uncategorized

Wordless Wednesday: I Went; I Saw; I Took the Required Hipster Photo Booth Picture

renegade

1 Comment

Filed under arts & crafts, Field Trip, Humor, Media, photos, Ranch life, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: I’m on Vacation

20120912-125912.jpg

1 Comment

Filed under Field Trip, food, photos, Ranch life, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: the things you do to amuse yourself in the country

20120418-101228.jpg

1 Comment

Filed under Humor, photos, Ranch life, Wordless Wednesday

Fun Ag Facts IV

Every couple of months I go back through my facebook and gather all my fun ag facts that I post there. Here is number 4. Enjoy!

fun ag fact of the day: A lemon at room temperature will yield more juice.

fun ag fact of the day: Vegetables account for more than 70% of the nitrates in a typical human diet. Cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, spinach and root vegetables (potatoes, beets, turnips, etc) contain higher amounts of nitrates than other plant foods. About 6% of the exposure comes from meat and meat products; which sodium nitrate is used as a preservative and color-enhancing agent. – from the Bureau of Environmental Health Health Assessment Section

fun ag fact of the day: Cheesecake was invented in Ancient Greece and served to athletes at the very first Olympic Games.

fun ag fact of the day: CA is the world’s largest producer of almonds. With its ideal growing conditions, we produce 80% of the global almond supply.

fun ag fact of the day: When lambs are six months old they are considered to be fully-grown.

fun ag fact of the day: Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight. They only have lower teeth that press against the upper palette.

fun ag fact of the day: A one-year old sheep is called a hogget. A two-year old sheep is called a two-tooth.

fun ag fact of the day: Did you know an ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows?

fun ag fact of the day: Blueberries are Georgia’s top moneymaking fruit, over $102 million in 2009.

Fun ag fact of the day (last one for a week, I’m going on vacation!): the U.S. is the third largest producer of raspberries in the world.

fun ag fact of the day: Mature turkeys have more than 3,500 feathers.

fun ag fact of the day: Grazing of land by cattle can minimize the invasion of non-native plant species and lower the risk of wildfires by decreasing the amount of flammable material on the land.

fun ag fact of the day: Approximately 85% of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for producing crops. Grazing animals on this land more than doubles the area that can be used to produce food. Cattle serve a valuable role in the ecosystem by converting the forages humans cannot consume into a nutrient-dense food (meat!).

fun ag fact #2 of the day: The estrogen levels in dairy and beef products from animals treated with growth promotants are essentially the same as products from untreated animals. Estrogen occurs naturally in many foods.

4 oz. beef from steer given hormones: 1.6 nanograms of estrogen
4 oz. beef from untreated steer: 1.2 nanograms of estrogen
Average soy latte (one cup of soymilk): 30,000 nanograms of estrogen

fun ag fact of the day: Cheese was first made over 4,000 years ago in Asia!

Fun ag fact of the day: There are many different farming and ranching methods. One is not necessarily better than another. It depends what works for you, your land, your climate, and your end goal. I urge you to ask questions and research before you conclude a farmer or rancher is “bad”.

fun ag fact of the day: the largest pig recorded in history was Big Bill, a 5’ high 9’ long, 2,552 lb Poland China hog in the early 1930’s.

fun ag fact of the day: One beef only produces 2 tri-tips and 2 briskets per animal. That is why I urge my customers to buy a whole half of a beef instead of a quarter of a beef. You miss out on fun stuff!

fun ag fact of the day: an 1100 lb steer will average about 80 lbs of steak. It does come as a surprise to many people that the whole animal isn’t steak.

fun ag fact of the day: There are over 4,600 walnut growers in California. They account for almost all commercial walnut production in the U.S.

fun ag fact of the day: Hot and cold weather helps to make soil by breaking down rocks through expansion and contraction.

fun ag fact of the day: a rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen takes 30-35 a minute.

fun ag fact of the day: according to the USDA – 91 percent of farmers in California did NOT collect subsidy payments.

fun ag fact of the day: On average, we each consume 584 lb. of dairy products a year.

fun ag fact of the day: carrots originated in Middle Asia about 5,000 years ago. In Roman times, they were either purple or white! They also contain a lot of vitamin A.

fun ag fact of the day: have you noticed that some farms restrict farm visits from the public? This is because restricting visitors in barns keep germs and sickness away from their animals, farmers will treat sick animals, but prefer prevention.

fun ag fact of the day: In the North America, hormones are not approved for use in any poultry or egg production (Again, remember that all living beings have naturally occurring hormones, nothing is hormone free).

fun ag fact of the day: coloring was originally added to cheddar cheese to distinguish where the cheddar was made. (Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive.) Cheddars made in the New England states traditionally do not contain color additives, retaining the natural white color.

fun ag fact of the day: coloring was originally added to cheddar cheese to distinguish where the cheddar was made. (Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive.) Cheddars made in the New England states traditionally do not contain color additives, retaining the natural white color.

fun ag fact of the day: aging is the only difference between mild and sharp cheddar. The longer cheese is aged naturally, the sharper and more pronounced the cheddar flavor becomes. Mild cheddar is generally aged for 2 to 3 months, whereas an extra sharp might be aged for as long as a year.

fun ag fact of the day: it takes approximately 1.4 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

I weep that Farmville players outnumber real farmers in the U.S. by 80 to 1.

fun ag fact of the day: it is said that Strawberries got their name from the way they were grown; on top piles of straw.

fun ag fact of the day: peanuts are not actually nuts. Peanuts, like soybeans, are members of the legume family.

fun ag fact of the day: cows have an acute sense of smell, and can smell something up to 6 miles away.

fun ag fact of the day: the average American eats 22 pounds of tomatoes each year – over half in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.

fun ag fact of the day: Lean beef is as lean as chicken breast but has nearly two times the level of iron, zinc and B12.

fun ag fact of the day: corn is available in red, white, and blue varieties.

fun ag fact of the day: the term “got your goat” refers to taking a racehorse’s companion goat before a race to upset the horse and affect race outcomes.

fun ag fact of the day: directly from cow, the temperature of milk is 97 degrees Fahrenheit
fun ag fact of the day: Jerseys, a breed of dairy cow, produce milk with the highest butterfat content.

fun ag fact of the day: The endive does not exist in nature. It was contrived by man’s ability to manipulate nature.

fun ag fact of the day: beet colorant is the traditional dye for pink lemonade.

fun ag fact of the day: Most bacon sold in the United States is “streaky” bacon,
long narrow slices cut crosswise from the hog belly that contain veins of pink meat within white fat. Unless otherwise noted, the information in this publication refers to “streaky” bacon.

fun ag fact of the day: there is a dairy in all 50 states.

fun ag fact of the day: 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Ag, food, Uncategorized