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The Friday Favored: 7th Edition

Easter seems awfully late this year.  Regardless, Holy Week on the farm is not sacred to the cows, but they did behave themselves pretty well this week.:)    Thanks to the birds, I managed to find a few moments to be mindful of the bigger picture of this week on the church calendar.

Hope you enjoy the weekend with your families and friends.


The Friday Favored: 7th Edition


1.) Job Bank:

The American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) has a job bank.


One of the jobs, not the bank itself.

They all sounded so fun – jobs and internships – but there was one fatal flaw in this job bank – one crack that brought the crash – one unnegotiable dream destructing factor –

– the jobs are not in the SOUTH!

So, I cried my mama and heaved a rare geographically dejected sigh.

Then, I saw an announcement and all was not lost!   Maybe I’ll go to the AAEA Ag Media Summit in Indianapolis this summer – that’s close-ish.  I can pretend I get paid for an ag comm job.

So, what do you think?  You wanna go, too?


2.) For When You Don’t Know:



So much in this post – the steady mystery mom, where trailing apologies come from when none were before, sandpaper seasons, parenting a little one with “a fierce and big spirit for not yet” (so hard to rein that in – but you know if reined and not broken – the “yet” will be such a prize for both).  Go have a look at Ellen’s blog.  It’s delightful.


3.) Scratch your hiney or have a baby:

Either one is fine – but make up your mind!


Being a near-sighted farm hand – and that’s saying it nicely – I often see things in the distance that interest me.  In this case, I had a moment of panic when I saw that light-colored appendage hanging out the back end of that cow.

Oh no!  We don’t have any Charolais bulls (creamy white in color).  Lord have mercy what is coming out her hiney!?



…she shifts forward. Then back. Then forward.

I guess I just caught her on a scratching pause and thought she had half of a magically conceived Charolais calf hanging out – because I’m real imaginative that way.

Hiney scratching – it can be scary if done in plain sight.


Neck scratching is better.  I’m not worried about anything coming out that end of our cattle four months of every year.



4.) New Blogs and the County Fair:

I was over at Feedyard Foodie this week and Anne introduced two farm bloggers that are new to me.  I was so pleased to meet them.





5.) Fashion with Modesty and Style:

versus modesty and function for chores. 🙂

As a farm dwelling woman, I’ve had to work a little harder on fashion than I imagined- on and off the farm.

I have to be ready for work and messes on the farm,


and once I get that done on any given day, then I have to get myself cleaned up and remember how to dress up.

It’s a lot to manage.  It can push you to the edge – the one that has you wrapping your toes around the teetering ledge of “just stay home or go out dirty and disheveled.”

edge of spring-4It’s a constant battle for the female species in all industries.
Clothing.  Appearance.  Jeans that fit well – or well enough.


Last month I found Bramblewood Fashion and I’ve been pleased with the level of modesty and style she presents.  Her look is similar to my own – when I have time to think about what I’m going to wear.  Therefore, her look is also doable for me from my closet as is today – no shopping.  So, I’ve been camping out at BF a few minutes each week and getting in a fashion review session.  It doesn’t take long and the visual reminders help the next time I have a few minutes to get ready and want to look like I had closer to an hour.


This week she reviewed the Pearl Blossom Boutique (an etsy shop) and is hosting a giveaway from that shop.  You can enter, too, if you like – there’s still time.

pearl blossom boutique

Click pic to shop.




Happy Easter.

Emily Grace


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10 Responses to “The Friday Favored: 7th Edition”

  1. countrylinked

    Happy Easter to you! Thank you so much for linking up with the Blog Party. So good to have you.

    I am going to have to look into fashion a little more myself. Function often, okay always, trumps style. But I do try!


    • Emily Grace

      No kidding. Without function I’m so frustrated. I’ve found http://www.duluthtrading.com women’s clothing to be a great “uniform” for farm life. They have great end of season sales, too, so I can typically get a great fitting pair of jeans and some nice long-tailed/high-necked shirts for a steal. Otherwise, it’s remind, remind, remind to wear something with less frump. The husband loves me either way, but I do like feeling like I put my best foot forward – and his appreciation is, well, appreciated. 🙂

      Hope you are having a great week. Best, eg


  2. Caitlin | The Siren's Tale

    I loved all the pictures in this post, and was cracking up about your near-sighted story! I am blind as a bat without my glasses/contacts and often “see” terrifying things far away. It’s always funny to go up close and see the reality!


    • Emily Grace

      So, true, Caitlin. The real take on things just makes me laugh and shake my head. But hey, if we’re gonna have imperfect vision, it may as well be amusing, right!(;


      • Caitlin | The Siren's Tale

        Haha, exactly! This is embarrassing to admit, but the other night I was standing outside waiting for my pooch to do his business. I had my glasses/contacts off, and suddenly I spotted a gigantic buffalo. Yes, a buffalo in a New England urban town. I grabbed my dog and went hollering inside the house. Imagine my surprise when my boyfriend casually investigated and found out it was a boulder. Buffalo… boulder… hey, they are close enough!


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