Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cell Phones & Manners

For one of my jobs, I moderate a discussion board for Beck Ag called "Email, Texting & Tweeting ... Oh My!" on their social media platform, Beck Ag Connects.

According to their Beck Ag Connects, "This is a members-only, online community where Ag Professionals can connect with others in Agriculture like producers, veterinarians, consultants and retailers to share experiences, ideas and solutions to improve business results. If you're in Agriculture, come join the conversation!" It's actually a really neat tool, and a great way to learn from other ag professionals. To join, click here.

So I research technology things that professionals in the ag industry can find useful in their everyday lives. This includes services, software and apps - we even have a new app Friday.

Recently, I wrote a post about the need to "unplug." 

I told my readers that it's okay to leave their phones off every once in a while.

I told my readers there are 13 places you should never take your phone, according to this post. The 13 places include the bedroom, the gym, the dinner table, weddings and funerals, ceremonies, the bathroom, the car, concerts & shows, the boardroom, on vacation, with your kids, at a party or in a movie theater. * To clarify, most of these are places you should minimize use of your phone. Clearly, if there's an emergency, you'll need your phone in the car ... but that doesn't mean it's okay to Instagram at stop lights.  cough guilty cough (sorry Dad) *

Then it hit me ... I am addicted to my phone. In some cases, it is my only lifeline to the outside world, so I think it's justified ...

But then, I stopped mid-conversation with Homeboy at the supper table to answer a text. THAT IS NOT OKAY.

The people I choose to spend time with, deserve my full & undivided attention. The people who call me, typically can handle waiting a half hour for me to finish my meal before I call them back. Text messages don't need to be answered right away, my friends will understand. Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook can wait until the dishes are done.

I am having an epiphany right now. When did our cell phones become more important than actual conversation with the ones we love?

I don't mean to sound old fashioned, but I don't want these tangible things in my life to matter less than what's on social media. I am a slave to my phone and that is not okay.

That's it, no phones at the supper table. No Facebooking in bed. No more posting pictures of Cougar every hour of everyday on Instagram. (Okay, maybe a few a day will suffice.)


P.S. - Is this out of line? How do other Generation Y-ers feel about this? 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Fresh Start!

You may or may not have noticed, but my blog was not working for about the last month! I tried to reason with Wordpress and sort things out, but it was a fruitless endeavor.

Thus, I have moved my blog to Blogger, the Google account based platform, and am slowly rebuilding.

Some of my old posts look awful! But I promise to get them fixed.

With that being said, I am making an addition promise to you, my fine blog readers, as well.

I promise to start posting again!


Blogging is an important part of my life, and helps me share with my friends scattered across the country.

So, what's been happening you ask?

1. We went to MAINE! And it was beautiful and relaxing and we ate too much.

Snapped a picture of this little guy as we snuck into Acadia National Park (thanks government shutdown)!

I ate a LOT of lobster. This is a hot lobster roll that I had in Bar Harbor.

I'd never seen pine trees next to the ocean before, so beautiful ... especially in the fall!

2. I've been working. Taking pictures and designing and editing and and and ... it never seems to end.

This is Fresh Brew, a Miller buck who now lives at Lambright Club Lambs in Shipshewana, Ind.

3. Moving my blog over to Blogger was considerably easier than I thought it would be! Yay.

4. Now I'm back for good and you can't get rid of me :)

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Richey Cattle

I wanted to do a little plug for my friends at Richey Cattle.

Tom & Karen Richey sold us our first "big time" heifer, known as Karen. We purchased her in 2008, and she is out of the famous "Joey" cow at Richey's. Ironic, huh?

This is Karen and her calf this year, Mambo. She stamps all of her calves with a unique "look."
This is Karen and her calf this year, Mambo. She stamps all of her calves with a unique "look."

Tom & Karen and their sons, Wess & Shane have taught us a lot about cattle - showing, fitting, feeding too. They each have their own operations as well, R2 Cattle Co. & Richey Show Steers. Not to mention, their wives and Shane's daughter Dallas are awesome too!

This year, they have put together a great set of cattle selling on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 4pm EST in Plymouth, IN.

Check out this girl! -

She is cool! Monopoly x Widespread Panic/Shorthorn
She is cool! Monopoly x Widespread Panic/Shorthorn

I'm excited to head to Plymouth and walk through the rest of the cattle. Also, baby brother Joey will be coming home from Oklahoma State for the sale. Cue excitement!

If you would like more information about the sale or the calves, call Tom 574-780-6223 or Karen 574-780-6222.

We also bred one of our cows to their bull, BNWZ BBR X. Can't wait to see that one after it's born next Spring!