Iowa Honey Queen
I had my Junior Senior Prom on Friday, April 17. They had predicted rain all week, but it was a wonderful with a bright sunshine and the bluest sky ever!!
Chores were done early because the goats do not like my long fingernails at milking time! I finished my fingernails and toes in time for us to eat Chinese for lunch. Then it was off to the hair appointment. that was a task because my hair is super thick. It took a hour and three people to get it on my head. What a Party! Now, were on the down hill run of picking up the flowers and getting my make up done.
Austin came at 6pm and we were off to Grove Trucking for our ride. My chauffeurs were Justin Grove and his 4 year old Collin.
We went in his Black Peterbilt, I got to ride shot gun, while Austin sat in the sleeper. of course, we had to take it on the loop a few times to show it off!!
Our theme was "Bright Lights and City Nights," We had it at the Ida Grove Skate Palace. Our Junior Class did a great job decorating. After super we danced the Night away,
At midnight, we went to a friends house to change our clothes. Then, we had to be back at the high school by 12:30 for our after prom party. We had a hypnotist, games, lots of food and best of all lots of fun and memories!!
I was home by 6am and yes, I had to do chores before I could go to bed, It was a great party and I am ready to do it all over again!!
I bought a black bottle calf for my new 4-H project. I named her "Cookie" because she has a white "cookie" on her forehead. The same weekend our friend, Adam, called and he had a angus calf that was blind. So Mom named her "T-Bone.
They are both doing well on their goat milk and love to get out of there pins and play. We have to be careful with T-Bone so she don't run into anything and get hurt.
On Friday, April 24, We had a 4-H lock-inn at the BC-IG Middle School. I gave a Bee workshop to 30 4-Her's and volunteers. They each go a twelve page booklet on information about bees and their activities. I had a few volunteers to help us harvest the honey this summer. I was done at 7am, so I had to change clothes and help at the 4-H sheep and goat weigh-in from 8am until noon it was a long night and even a longer morning!!!
I was also asked to be one of the judges for the 4-H state project awards. My Group reviewed and interviewed 18 possible candidates. It was a very interesting process and I learned a lot. And I hope to do it again next year, Congratulation to them all because they did an excellent job representing their clubs and counties.
I spent the weekend in Omaha with friends and we went to the aksarben rodeo, I even got Guilherme Marchi to sign Collin Groves hat Guilerme is going for his third straight world bull riding title!!
On Monday, May 11, it was time to move the bull to the pasture with the cows and heifers. Everything was going well until the bull kicked at the middle gate and my pinky finger got in the way, and in a flash, I had no finger nail. It really hurt and mom said, "Good thing it didnt break it." Well guess what, I was still in pain the next day at Swan Lake. Mom had me stop at the doctors and after exrays we found it was broke. So, I'm still wearing my new "finger ring." It's better, but I will be glad when the six weeks are up, and I can take it off.
On Tuesday, May 12, my mentor, Ceceila and I went to Carroll to Swan Lake. I gave a Bee workshop to the Carroll County school district children. I talked to 120 Kids and volunteers. Not only did they learn about bees, but they also learned about Green Earth Games, Soils, Dragonflies, Campfire Safety, Outdoor Recreation, Nature Walks and Wind energy.
The first week in May, Cecelia and I were able to split 12 hives, We nuc boxes, We were concerned if they would rear the queens, Cecelia called Mom when I was in Wyoming and we had 100% success! Cecelia continued to monitor their progress while I was gone!
On Wednesday, May 13, my family traveled to Decorah, Iowa for my brother Whitt's, graduation from John Deere Tech School in Calmar. My brothers came from Wyoming for the event. We stayed at a motel suite. Trust me, there was a whole lot of snoring going on! Ha!
The fun didn't stop there. Whitt and I went back to Wyoming with them and won't be returning until June 1st!
Next month I will be presenting a Bee workshop at the Galva-Holstein Grade School for there summer program. I plan to attend the Summer Field Day on Saturday, June 13. I also will be going to my church Camp Cayoca, for a week at Manson. Lastly I will be attending 4-H Conference in Ames, Iowa for 3 days the end of June!!
I hope all Mother's out there had a wonderful day and made many memories!!
2009 Iowa Honey Queen