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View from the Cab: A return to normalcy

What was supposed to be a most unusual summer is turning more normal by the day.

We honestly didn’t know what to think when all of the county fairs were cancelled along with countless other events. What were we going to do? How were the kids going to react? Would we be homebound for another few months?

Our family is getting by. In fact, we are making the most out of this summer. Kasen may not have been able to participate in the Livingston County Ag Fair or Fairbury Fair dairy show during his first year in 4-H, but we still participated virtually by recording a short video of Kasen and his calves. The blooper reel is hilarious. It took a little behind-the-scenes work, but we got the calves to move.

The many rides on my mother-in-law Karen’s golf cart are always popular with the kids. We enjoy taking a family ride down the road every once in a while to take in the farm scenery or catch a country sunset. It is a good excuse to have a little fun during the summer. The kids also enjoy riding on my dad’s John Deere Gator and golf cart. They are becoming quite the drivers, too.

Thank goodness there are some Boys and Girls Club baseball games to attend every once in a while. Kasen and Kenadee both have games during July and it keeps our Monday and Thursday evenings busy. Both kids are getting better all the time and have gotten hits. They have a large family cheering section at each game.

Rebecca and I were blessed to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary last week. We took the kids to the family pond for some swimming, boating and grilled hot dogs during the day before we actually went out to supper for the first time in months that evening. I always love a good steak and can’t complain about the meal. Chomping on a steak and having a couple of drinks inside an air-conditioned restaurant made the world seem a little more normal.

I am looking forward to some junior livestock shows coming up in McLean County during August and at the Illinois State Fairgrounds the following month. This means there is still hope for a little summer fair coverage on the Central Illinois Farm Network.

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