The Run Down!

I just got the best news ever: HARVEST 2020 is COMPLETE!

While there’s a few weeks left to chisel plow, plant cover crop, move hay bales, etc. the final push is over as of about 8 pm on Sunday night.

Craig has been really pushing himself, he’s exhausted. The weather has been so incredible this season so he’s been going going going since mid-September except for about one week when it rained every single day. We miss him so much. It’s going to be an adjustment to have him home again!

If you read my mom’s blog ( you’ll know why I’ve been absent from the blog. Iowa is surging with COVID right now – more than most other states. All extra shifts picked up now until Thanksgiving are double pay.

We’re using our surge plan and converting non-COVID floors into COVID units. I’ve worked 7 of the last 10 nights – I’m on a two-on-one-off pattern which has been…okay but I’m ready for a break. I do have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night off so I’m hoping to get some self care, some family time, and hopefully get a date with Craig squeezed in before I go back for a four-in-a-row stretch this weekend.

I’ve essentially cleared my schedule for November – remember I said I was going to start re-recording my music? That’s getting pushed off. I missed meeting with my personal trainer the last two weeks. My friend is hosting a business conference next weekend and I can’t make it. Thanksgiving is cancelled on my family’s side, probably with Craig’s family too. Nothing fun for us – we are trying to keep to ourselves, I’m trying to help out as much as I can at work.

Carver has been on quarantine because his buddy at school had COVID and gets to go back to school on Thursday. Hopefully after Thursday our lives can resemble some form of normalcy. Carver asked me the other day: “Mom, when I grow up can I use bad words?” HA!

And little Gannon is loving speech therapy every Friday. He’s grown by leaps and bounds the past few weeks. We are still waiting on the genetic testing results – we should have those back by Christmas.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful the past week – the boys were playing outside barefoot today. I kicked them outside as much as I could the past few days – soaking in every bit of this Indian summer!

I hope this blog post finds you healthy and well. I’ve got a few other things up my sleeve that I can’t wait to share with you so check back this week!



  1. Linda
    November 9, 2020 / 2:01 pm

    Thank you for all you do. Thanks to all the first responders, medical staff, housekeepers, and all who work at hospitals.

  2. Kim J LeMere
    November 9, 2020 / 3:04 pm

    Nice to hear that another harvest is in the bag, I recall those days. Enjoy your few days off with family and thank you for taking those extra shifts with the surge in Covid.

  3. Elle
    November 9, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    Cheers to Craig! This farmgirl knows how hard he works and I thank him for feeding the community and the animals that need his work.

    Thank YOU for serving your community. This retired RN understands the stress it causes as well as the personal drive to provide the patient care and volunteer for even more , setting the personal risk in 2nd place.

    Be well. Enjoy this stretch of time you have with your family before you return to the C unit.

  4. Cynthia 'Cinders'
    November 9, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Have missed your updates but you have been busy!! You’re all doing great avoiding Covid, and bless you greatly for all the overtime you are doing during this health crisis. It does take a village! Stay safe and well, and love your blog and will stay tuned for yoipur updates. We’re safe distancing in our family as well for Thanksgiving and probably Christmas as well.

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter
    November 9, 2020 / 10:43 pm

    End of harvest is a huge thing to celebrate!!! Double pay…get those remodeling bills paid off faster, bigger emergency fund, fund the next vacation…sweet!! That carrot of extra money AND getting to help people, for the short-term, works…just remember not to burn your candle so much that you crash!! Definitely take time for some self-care this week…you and your family deserve it!

  6. Kimberly Clark
    November 10, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    Way to go! I’m so happy for you and your family! Carver is so funny, “Can I use bad words when I grow up?” Out of the mouth of babes!

  7. Ellie
    November 10, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    Glad Craig is finally finished with the extra long days. Thank you for working so hard to help caring for people. I’m happy to hear from you today but with the way you’ve been working we understand how writing blogs is hardly a priority. Enjoy your time with the boys and your mom. Take time to take care of yourself as well. You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself.

  8. Joy
    November 10, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Thinking of you and thanking you and all the healthcare workers that are giving their all! We had our Thanksgiving Saturday evening as the weather was so nice! We could be in the garage and be distanced. Take care and stay safe!

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